Award eligibility

Before you apply for an award, make sure you are eligible. Your eligibility must hold for the entire tenure of an award.

Understanding your eligibility

To receive your award, you must satisfy all of these requirements at the time the award is paid.

UCalgary graduate award eligibility

This is the University of Calgary's requirements for all graduate award recipients. See below for details.

FGS award regulation

For fair distribution of University of Calgary academic competitive awards, the maximum amount a student can hold in ‘other awards’ and/or ‘university-wide awards’, at any given time is: Master’s: $20,500, Doctoral: $26,000. There are a few exceptions to this rule.

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Funder's terms of reference

The terms of reference of external funders can typically be found on their website. Links are provided in the Awards Database, or on our website.

UCalgary graduate award eligibility

For awards administered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, for the full award tenure

You should

  • Be registered as a graduate student at the University of Calgary (including Cotutelle students)
  • Have tuition and general fees as a graduate student at the University of Calgary (including Cotutelle students). Learn more about registration.
  • Meet the terms of reference of the award.
  • Accept the terms and conditions of the award and the Graduate Award Regulation.

You should not

  • Be fully funded by a third party sponsor except when applying for the Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship.
  • Hold or start full-time (30 hours or more per week) employment during the tenure of the award. However, students registered in a program structured for full-time employees are eligible to hold program recommended awards.
  • Hold or start employment when registered as a full-time student involving 612 or more hours per year when the total value of the award (or combination of awards) is equal to or greater than $15,000 (unless otherwise specified by the external granting agency). This annual hourly employment limit includes Graduate Assistant Teaching (GAT) and Graduate Assistant Non-Teaching GA(N)T work hours.

All award applicants must read and understand the Graduate Award Regulation

  1. Award

    Award refers to scholarships, awards, fellowships, internships, research and training grants

  2. Competitive Awards

    Competitive awards are awarded for academic merit and research potential through peer-reviewed competition

  3. Other Awards

    "Other awards" refers to external funding agency awards; major research and training grants; and department, program or institute level awards not administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

  4. Program Recommended 

    Program Recommended awards are nominated by individual graduate programs and administered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies

  5. University-wide awards

    University-wide awards are administered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies