Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship (GDES)

Simon Fraser University offers entrance scholarships to the best incoming graduate students for full-time graduate study or research. All awards are contingent upon availability of funds.

As of January 24, 2017, changes have been made to the Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship, as outlined below.

The purpose of the Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship (GDES) is to provide multi-year funding to recruit exceptional incoming PhD domestic and international students. Continuation of the award is conditional on the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic progress and applying for TriCouncil or equivalent funding every year.

GDES recipients will remain a GDES recipient for 4 years after initiation of their PhD program, providing they remain in good academic standing.

Please note:

  • Students do not apply for this award; these awards are by nomination only.
  • The GDES is valued at $21,000 for up to 4 years at the doctoral level. 
  • Award recipients who receive a TriCouncil or another major external scholarship will have their GDES replaced with payments of $5,000 per year while holding the other award. 
  • GDES Guidelines (updated as of January 2017)

GDES Terms of Reference:

  1. The Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship (GDES) is currently valued at up to $21,000 per annum. Tenure of the award is up to a maximum of two years at the master’s level and up to a maximum of four years at the doctoral level from initial enrolment in the program. The number of scholarships and the value of the scholarships to be awarded each year are subject to available funding.
  2. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be admitted to a master's or doctoral program at Simon Fraser University and not simultaneously receiving an external scholarship valued at minimally $15,000 per annum for master's or $18,000 per annum for doctoral students. In those cases, the students will only receive the GDES in the year(s) during which they are not receiving the other award. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding other scholarships at the same time as the external award.
  3. During tenure of the Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship, the recipient must be registered full-time in their graduate program at Simon Fraser University. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, the successful candidate must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to hold the award.
  4. If a recipient registers “on leave” during tenure of their award, it will be interrupted until the student is registered full-time and payments will be reinstated at that time. No deferment of award payments to future academic terms will be permitted, except under 'extenuating' conditions with the permission of the Chair of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC).
  5. The criteria for this award are: a minimum CGPA of 3.50; demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level; evidence of outstanding achievement at the graduate level, with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  6. Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship recipients may accept scholarship support from other SFU sources including SFU’s private awards (derived from annual and endowed funds).
  7. Awards are granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the SGAAC, upon the nomination of the Graduate Program Chair. 

Revised: January 2017/GUSE007