Terms of reference
The Graduate Award Competition (GAC) encompasses a broad range of awards funded by donors and the University of Calgary.
Between $700 and $36,000
February 1, unless your program has an earlier deadline
All students applying to, or enrolled in, a graduate degree program are eligible
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:
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.
Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.
You must meet the eligibility criteria for each award for which you are applying.
*The terms of reference for the Killam award, open doctoral awards, and special awards can be found on the Graduate Awards Database.
To be eligible for the Killam and Open Doctoral categories students must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the university issuing the transcripts, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). At the University of Calgary, a student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the last 2 years of study. Each institution has their own definition of first-class average. The University of Calgary does not convert scales.
The Graduate Award Competition opens November 1
You can apply for internal awards using our online scholarship application.
Only one application is required regardless of the number of awards you are applying for.
References for admission may be used toward the Graduate Award Competition as long as they have been written within the last eleven months prior to the competition deadline.
February 1, unless your program has an earlier deadline. Confirm your program’s deadline as late applications will not be accepted.
Results will be announced as follows:
Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops.
The Graduate Leaders Circle (GLC) is hosting scholarship cafes, dedicated one-on-one mentoring sessions for students applying for scholarships. Drop-in and scheduled sessions are available.
If you have eligibility questions or you experience difficulties with the application, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies office (email@example.com).