Scholarships & Awards

Simon Fraser University offers entrance scholarships to the best incoming graduate students for full-time graduate study or research.

A variety of student financial resources are available including continuing scholarships, graduate fellowships and other awards.

Complete details can be found on the following websites:

Note: Specific programs may be ineligible for Government student loans and grants, please ensure you check with Financial Aid Services. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they and the program meets the eligibility requirements. Please contact Financial Aid Services with any questions.

Students offered admission to the Doctor of Philosophy, PhD program may be eligible for a Faculty of Education Graduate Entrance package. This package is valued at $18,000 per year for a total of $36,000 over two years and is made available through a combination of scholarships and research assistantships.

Types of Scholarships and Awards

  • Multi-Year Funding (MYF)
    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.

    The Multi-Year Funding (MYF) packages are intended for outstanding incoming PhD domestic and international students. Continuation of the award is conditional on the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic progress and applying for tri-agency funding every year.

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

    Please note: Students do not apply for these awards directly.
  • Provost Awards
    Top-up awards for national scholarship recipients from one of the tri-councils: NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR
  • Special Scholarships
    The Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES) is a one-year award normally valued at between $2,000 and $10,000. Please note: Students do not apply for these awards directly.
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Fellowship
    This fellowship is intended for entering or continuing graduate students in MA, M.Sc. and PhD programs.
  • Faculty of Education EdD Graduate Fellowship
    This fellowship is intended for entering or continuing graduate students in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership.
  • Private Entrance Awards
    Comprehensive listing of private awards, deadlines and eligibility requirements.   
    Students must apply for these awards.

  • Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship
    Departments nominate the strongest candidates for these entrance scholarships and forward their nomination form with a copy of the applicant's admission file to the Dean of Graduate Studies by April 1 (if on weekend, the next business day) of each year. Please note: Students do not apply for these awards directly.
  • Funding and Awards for Aboriginal Students
  • Faculty of Education MEd (International Cohort) Graduate Fellowship
    This fellowship is intended for entering or continuing graduate students in the Teaching English as an Additional Language–Fieldwork Stream (TESL/TEFL) M.Ed. program.
  • Awards for International Students
    International students are eligible for many of the awards administered through Simon Fraser University. Find out more about the awards and eligibility requirements.
    • China Scholarship Council Award
      For Chinese citizens living in China, planning on pursuing graduate studies at the doctoral (PhD) level at SFU. Total annual value of the award is $25,400.

Information regarding Award Payments, Timelines, Forms, FAQ's, Tips and Resources for Applying for Scholarships and Workshops can also be found on the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

Employment Opportunities

Various employment opportunities such as teaching and research assistantships (TA, RA) are also offered across the university, and in the Faculty of Education at employment opportunities.

Emergency Loans and Bursaries

Students in critical financial need due to unforeseen circumstances may be eligible for emergency funding. For further information or if you have questions see the above website or email fiassist@sfu.ca.

Other Forms of Funding


You might consider a student line of credit from your bank. They are generally more competitive than a regular line of credit, and most Canadian students with a good credit history are able to qualify for up to $50,000 (amounts may vary by institution).

A Note about Financial Resources

Various forms of financial assistance are available for graduate students in Education. Admission to SFU does not imply financial support. As a consequence of not being able to guarantee funding for all graduate students, the Faculty of Education stresses to all applicants, and particularly those from overseas, that they are responsible for supporting their graduate study at this institution for a minimum of a two-year time period and this should be arranged before arriving in Canada. Thesis-based students are encouraged to apply for Graduate Fellowships and present papers at major conferences, for which SFU supplies some funding.