FAQs

Our frequently asked questions list will help with most of your scholarships and awards questions. If you have any other questions that are not addressed on this website, please email dgs-awards@sfu.ca.

Please note: We are unable to provide one-on-one advising services in the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

If you are applying for an award that is internal to SFU (GFs, Private Awards etc), then unofficial transcripts and copies are acceptable. Most external granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, MSFHR etc) require Official Transcripts.

If I am asked to submit an official transcript from another post-secondary institution with my application for an award, how do I order one?

You must contact the other institution directly, and make arrangements to have the transcript delivered. It must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution to your department at SFU, where the envelope will be opened and the transcript added to your award application.

Can I use copies or unofficial transcripts when applying for awards?

If you are applying for an award that is internal to SFU (GFs, Private Awards, etc), unofficial transcripts and copies are acceptable. Most external granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, MSFHR etc) require official transcripts.

I did not get the award or fellowship I applied for. How do I get feedback about the quality of my application?

Please approach your department of application (where the initial ranking is done) to get information on how to improve your application next time.

The office of the Dean of Graduate Studies does not provide individual feedback.

I was not successful in the April GF competition, do I apply again in October?

Some departments will put out a call for more applications for the October GF cycle, but some may not because they have used their GF quota for the year. Touch base with your Graduate Program Assistant to find out if your department has any more GFs to offer.

Do you have any advice for how to write an award application?

Yes. Please see the handout: Tips for Effective Scholarship Applications.

Do I have to convert my CGPA from another institution to SFU's 4.33 scale when completing application forms?

No, you may enter your previous CGPA as it appears on your transcript (for example, as a %) or leave the field blank

I am travelling; can I submit my application form via email to my department?

If the award is an internal SFU award (GFs, Private Awards etc) a scanned copy of your application form is acceptable, as long as it bears your signature.