Below are brief descriptions of the main SFU merit-based awards that are applicable to Earth Sciences' graduate students. For further details and most up to date information, refer to the Terms of Reference which, as well as the application forms themselves, are available in the department or at the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The availability of all awards is contingent on the availability of funding, and the Terms of Reference are subject to change without notice. In addition to these awards, there are also a large number of internally and externally funded awards, ranging up to approximately $10,000 in value. Please consult the graduate awards website, or the Earth Sciences Graduate Studies Chair for information on awards relevant to particular graduate programs.
Bert Henry Memorial Graduate ScholarshipThe recipient is an outstanding student who has obtained a master's degree and is entering any PhD program at SFU. The recipient must show high academic performance and potential for significant contribution to the chosen field of study. Tenure is for one year and may commence in any term. Students already enrolled in the intended program are not eligible.
SFU Alumni Association Graduate Entrance ScholarshipRecipient is outstanding scholar entering any master's or doctoral program at SFU. Students already enrolled in the intended program are not eligible.
Simons Foundation Doctoral EntranceThe recipient is an outstanding female scholar entering any PhD program at SFU. The recipient must show high academic performance and potential for significant contribution to the chosen field. Tenure is for one year and may commence in any term. Students already enrolled in the intended program are not eligible.
C.D. Nelson Memorial Graduate ScholarshipRecipients are outstanding scholars entering any graduate program at SFU. Eighteen or more awards are made. Tenure is for one year and may commence in any term. Students already enrolled in the intended program are not eligible.
Special Graduate Entrance Scholarships (SGES)This is a one term 'top-up' award normally valued between $3,000 and $7,000. Prospective students must be nominated for these awards via memorandum by the Graduate Program Chair to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Departments may submit their requests to Dean of Graduate Studies on a 'rolling basis' being mindful of their quota. Although there is no application or nomination form, evidence of the following criteria must be submitted with the nomination;
These are one-semester awards for a Master's and Ph.D. students (award value varies). They are the main form of fellowship support at SFU. To be eligible to hold a GF, you must be registered full-time, and must normally have a first-class (> 3.50) grade point average (GPA). In exceptional cases, other evidence of outstanding ability may outweigh the GPA criterion. The Department of Earth Sciences GF adjudication policy is listed below:
William and Ada Isabelle Steel Memorial Graduate ScholarshipValued at $17,000 per annum, $15,000 of which constitutes the scholarship and $2,000 of which is available for travel, accommodation, and related research expenses. One scholarship is awarded each year. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a graduate program at Simon Fraser University and be engaged in, or planning to engage in, research which requires work outside the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Application deadline is 15 March. This award is offered to an SFU graduate student who is in the research phase of his or her graduate program. Offers are made in mid-April, following a University-wide competition, for tenure in the following academic year.
President’s Ph.D Research Stipend (PRS)A President's PhD Research Stipend is a one term award valued at $6,250 which is only available to students who began their PhD program by January 1, 2009 (i.e. students who began their program at the beginning of, or after, the summer 2009 term are not eligible to apply). To be eligible to hold a PRS, a person must be registered as a full-time regular student in good standing in the Ph.D. program at SFU and must have completed all departmental and University requirements for the degree (e.g., courses, comprehensive or qualifying examinations), except the thesis.
PetroCanada Scholarship in Earth SciencesValued at $3000 for one semester. For students pursuing a graduate degree in Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser University.