Entrance competition

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




Competition opens November 1. Deadlines vary by program. Contact your Graduate Program Administrator. 


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

Students in course-based, master's, and professional degree programs are NOT eligible

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


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


The Entrance competition opens November 1. Deadlines to submit award applications are set individually by graduate programs. To confirm the deadline for your program, check your online application or contact your Graduate Program Administrator. 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