Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Elizabeth Cannon Graduate Scholarship in Entrepreneurial Thinking

Created to support and encourage graduate students engaging in entrepreneurial activities that will contribute to the growth and vitality of the Calgary community

Recipients of this award demonstrate research-related entrepreneurial activities through entrepreneurial research, innovative approaches to complex problems, developing/operating a business or social enterprise or community building through innovation.

At a glance


$20,000 per year for two years




May 23, 2024 to submit a Preliminary Application Form (PAF). Only students who have been successful at the PAF stage may apply to the main competition.

Degree type

Students registered in a thesis-based graduate program

Preparing your application

You are encouraged to apply for awards when you have submitted your admissions application and received your University of Calgary student number (UCID). You are not required to meet the eligibility requirements in the terms of reference of an award when you apply, but if successful, you must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the award is paid.

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


Students must submit a one-page statement describing how their research-related entrepreneurial activities will contribute to the growth and vitality of the Calgary community through one or more of the following:

  • Entrepreneurial research
  • Innovative approach to solve multidimensional problems
  • Development and operation of a business or social enterprise
  • Community building through innovation


Eligible applicants must first submit a Preliminary Assessment Form (PAF) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Office.

The 2024 PAF is closed. The 2025 competition will open February 2025.

Did you know? Successful students who submit their PAFs early will have more time to complete the full application. 


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