News & Updates


Our News & Updates pages work with our Monthly Updates email and also include new and time-sensitive information as well as how to access additional resources. 

  • Pro Tip: Bookmark your favourite pages; these links will not change and will be updated as we receive new information that might benefit your graduate student experience. 

Get Connected

This monthly update is sent to SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Request to join
Email: dgs-gradupdates, Subject: Subscribe. Body Message: Subscribe. Follow instructions in confirmation email.

Request to unsubscribe:
Email: dgs-gradupdates, Subject: Unsubscribe. Body Message: Unsubscribe.

Join the "Graduate Students and Postdocs" Facebook Group!
SFU ID required. Get advice and support, movies, free food alerts; plus job postings and awards alerts. See also hundreds of SFU-based groups.

Follow us on Twitter:  @SFU_GradStudies

Last Updated: January 17, 2020

Internal & Donor Funded Awards

  • Most Internal & Donor Funded Awards are applied for through the Graduate Awards & Adjudication System ( Log in and complete your profile so you can easily search for and apply for awards as they become available.
  • Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award, will be given to the best graduate student research paper that advances our understanding of intercultural issues, particularly as they apply to people in or from Canada and the Asia Pacific region. The winner will be presented a cheque in the amount of $1,200 at the award ceremony in Spring 2020. Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Graduate Scholarships in Muslim Studies, offers three different awards funded by the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU. Awards must be submitted through GA3 ( by February 28, 2020

Updated prior to June 10, 2019

  • GA3 TIP: be sure to upload an updated version of your transcripts and update your GA3 Profile before you apply for any awards – the new information will populate your award applications.
  • Graduate Fellowships are valued up to $6500. Deadlines vary. Search GA3 to see availability.
  • External Dissertation Awards, recognize students who are graduating with outstanding thesis dissertations at master's and doctoral levels
  • Tri-Agency Awards (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) - Visit the Award Holder Resources page on the Scholarships and Awards section of our website to find out how to accept, defer, interrupt your award payments.

Mitacs Awards

Updated prior to June 10, 2019

  • Mitacs Accelerate, supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Accelerate International, up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Globalink Research Awards provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.
  • Left & Mitacs Research Grant, offering 16 post graduate positions, alongside co-op positions, over the next 3 years. Various deadlines.

Questions about anything Mitacs-related? Please email SFU’s Mitacs rep Allison Brennan at Allison is available to meet at any of SFU's campuses.

External Awards

The following awards are applied for through SFU:

  • 2020 SSHRC Impact Awards, recognize exceptional SSHRC-funded researchers and students and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities. Competition is now open and institution nomination deadline is April 1, 2020. For more information on SSHRC Impact Awards please visit here.

For the following awards, students apply to the agency directly:

  • London Goodenough Association of Canada Scholarships, support graduate study in London, England through assistance for residence at Goodenough College during the 2020-2021 academic year. Five or more scholarships are available. Application details can be found here. Apply by January 24, 2020.
  • Tanaka Fund Grant to Support Promising Junior Japanese Studies Scholars, supports Japanese studies at Canadian post-secondary institutions. A maximum of $10,000 in grants is available. Apply by January 27, 2020
  • Hugh C. Morris Experiential Learning Fellowship, valued at $40,000 CAD, is open to any graduate student studying in Canada who is working in a field related to earth sciences, geosciences, environment, alternative energy, water, climate change, sustainability, or to the social impact, social sciences or design sciences related to these areas and is designed to provide a unique experiential travel program designed by the student. The deadline for receipt of online applications is 11:59 pm PST on January 31, 2020.
  • The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) awards five graduate level scholarships (valued at $1,000-$5,000) to students whose research topic focuses on water resources. These awards are open to Canadian Citizens only and applicants cannot have been awarded a higher scholarship. This award includes a departmental nomination (only one per department). The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.
  • WorkSafeBC Research Training Awards, fund up to ten graduate students who will undertake research training in occupational illness, injury and disability. Awards provide a $20,000 stipend and a $2,500 research and travel allowance. Open to domestic and international students. Apply by January 31, 2020.
  • Soroptimist Foundation of Canada's Grants for Women, offers four $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada. Recipients must be working towards a career that will improve the quality of women's lives including, but not limited to: medical services, legal advice, counselling, and positions in women's centres. Open until January 31, 2020.
  • Scholarships for Graduate Study in Transportation, are awarded to master's and PhD students pursuing research in the field of transportation. Studies must focus on one of the following three areas: Economics, Efficiency and Competitiveness in Transportation; Transportation Safety and Security; and Sustainable Transportation. Graduate students holding major awards (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC or University PhD awards) and research grants during the period that the scholarship is applicable, are not eligible to apply. Open until January 31, 2020.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships, available through NSERC, provide opportunities to conduct postdoctoral research in the natural or engineering sciences at Japanese universities. Apply by February 1, 2020.
  • Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, offer four $5,000 awards to support research projects related to non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. Open to Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants enrolled in a master's or PhD program. Apply by February 3, 2020.
  • Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) Travel Award, valued up to $3,500 each, awards trainees at Canadian institutions to present their research during the OSSD Annual Meeting on May 4-7, 2020 in Marina Del Rey, California. Research projects must examine sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a socio-cultural determinant of health. Apply by February 3, 2020.
  • Scholarship in Food Insecurity, presented by the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security, funds graduate-level research projects related to the study of food insecurity in Canada. Three $15,000 scholarships are available. Open until February 14, 2020.
  • Chinese Government Scholarship Program, awards full and partial scholarships to students from British Columbia to study at a Chinese university. Application materials and procedures are available here. The deadline for receiving applications by mail is on February 14, 2020. An online application must be completed before this deadline.
  • Dr. J. A. Campbell Young Investigator Award, awards up to $5,000 to research projects related to Celiac Disease and/or gluten sensitivity. This award is available to current students and recent graduates. Open until February 14, 2019.
  • 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize, accepts submissions for original, unpublished works of nonfiction. The competition will award $6,000 to one winner (plus a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity) and $1,000 to four finalists. The winner's and finalists' submissions will also be published on CBC Books. Open until February 29, 2020.
  • CSA Group Graduate Scholarship, supports master's students pursuing standards research. The thesis can be conducted in any discipline and must include standards as a component of their studies. Awards are valued at $10,000 per year for a maximum of two years. Apply by March 31, 2020.
  • 2019-2020 Health System Impact Fellowshipspresented by CIHR, are available to doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows. The fellowship program is founded on partnerships with health system and related organizations (e.g. public, not-for-profit, private for-profit organizations) that are committed to providing experiential learning opportunities. Applications are due on April 1, 2020.
  • The Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) Student Paper Competition, awards student-written papers that focus on a specific transportation practice or policy. Prizes are valued at $500 at the Master's level and $1,000 for the Doctoral category. Open until May 31, 2020.

Updated prior to August 10, 2019


Fall Awards Timeline

External Doctoral Opportunities Roundup
A list of external doctoral opportunities

External Postdoctoral Fellowships Roundup
A list of external fellowships for postdoctoral fellows

Postdoctoral funding database
Allows postdoctoral fellows to search for funding opportunities

Youth Education Assistance Fund
For young adults who have spent time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency (See also Youth Education Bursary)
Lists over 90,000 awards and is Canada’s leading scholarship and bursary platform

Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database
Contains hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities

Open Educational Resource Grants 
Available through the university

Even more databases which list awards from around the world