Alberta Innovates

Supporting high calibre students undertaking full-time graduate studies in Emerging Technology Areas of scientific research important to Alberta

At a glance


$26,000 master’s, up to two years
$31,000 doctoral, up to four years
$18,000 AGES top-up value
$12,000 Major Award top-up value




This competition is managed through the Graduate Award Competition (GAC)

See GAC application deadline

Degree type

Open to thesis-based students undertaking a full-time graduate program in research areas that are strategically important to Alberta.

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Research areas

Your research must fall within the descriptions of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) or Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Technologies (AMM) in and of themselves and which additionally support one, or more, of the following eligible Emerging Technology areas:

  • ICT – Communications Networks and Services
  • ICT – Internet of Things/Machine-to-Machine Systems
  • ICT – Advanced Data Management and Analytics, including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • ICT – Cybersecurity
  • ICT – Human Interaction with Digital Media
  • ICT – Quantum Computing, Devices and Processors


  • AMM – Automation (Including Robotics)
  • AMM – Lightweight Materials and Technologies
  • AMM – Additive Manufacturing
  • AMM – NanotechnologyAMM – Quantum Materials

Note: Students may not simultaneously hold the following scholarships: Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship, Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship (Technology), Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship for Data-enabled Innovation Scholarship, or Alberta Innovates Graduate Studentship (Health).

Any students currently holding a graduate student scholarship up to and including the 20/21 awardees, will not be impacted by these changes. The guidelines in place for the year a student was awarded the GSS continue to apply. See the links above to access the applicable guidelines.

Preparing your application

Students with a UCalgary student number (UCID) may apply for awards after submitting an application for admission. You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


See Alberta Innovates' guidelines.

Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships


The Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships AGES top-up is only available to students who have applied for, and been awarded, both an Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarships award and Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships award.

The Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships Major Award top-up is only available to students who have applied for, and been awarded, both a major award and Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships award.

For the purposes of the Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships competition, a major award is defined as having a value of $17,500 or higher.


This competition is managed through the Graduate Award Competition (GAC). The Graduate Award Competition opens November 1 of each year.

To submit your application go to your Student Centre and click the link Apply for Graduate Funding in the Financial Aid section of your home screen. Visit this page for detailed instructions.

**PLEASE NOTE TYPO (Award Selection component): The limit to describe your research alignment with Alberta Innovates is max. 250 CHARACTERS.**

Learn about the Graduate Award Competition


The deadline is February 1, unless your program has an earlier deadline. Confirm your program’s deadline as late applications will not be accepted.