Entrance Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers awards to new students through the annual Entrance Competition.

These scholarships were established to attract and retain the best and brightest future leaders from around the world in support of the University of Calgary’s Eyes High vision of becoming one of the top five research universities in Canada.

At a glance


Between $12,000 and $35,000




January 15, unless your program has an earlier deadline


Graduate students who have not started their doctoral program prior to the November 1 launch of the Graduate Award Competition (GAC)

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


Doctoral Recruitment scholarships adjudicated through the Entrance Competition are exempt from the Award Regulation unless otherwise stated in the scholarship terms of reference.

Read the terms of reference for individual doctoral entrance scholarships that are posted on the Graduate Award Database. 

To find all entrance awards, refine your search results by selecting the “entrance” category.

Graduate Awards Database


The Entrance Competition opens November 1 of each year. 

You can apply for internal awards using our online scholarship application.

  1. Go to your Student Centre and click the link Apply for Graduate Funding in the Financial Aid section of your home screen.
  2. Select the Graduate Award Competition Application.

Only one application is required regardless of the number of awards you are applying for.

Apply here


January 15 to your Graduate Program Administrator, unless your program has an earlier deadline. Confirm your program’s deadline as late applications will not be accepted.


Results will be announced in March - April

Attend a workshop

Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops.

FGS Awards workshop (Foothills)

Date and time for next workshop TBA

FGS Awards workshop (Main)

Date and time for next workshop TBA