Funding Opportunities

The funding opportunities noted here are for current students in the MPH, MSc, and/or PhD programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  For information on entrance awards for incoming students, please click here.

Unless otherwise noted, all award applications will be submitted through the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System (GA3).  Current students log in with their SFU computing ID and password.  

The below information is provided as a brief summary of each award.  It is the student's sole responsibility to be aware of all application requirements, and to ensure that a complete application is received by the deadline.  Incomplete or late applications will automatically be discarded - no exceptions.   

SFU Awards

Graduate Fellowship (GF)

Value: $6,500 (full) or $3,250 (half).  

Eligibility requirements: full-time Master's or Doctoral student at the time of application and in the term applying for funding; minimum 3.50 CGPA; within first 9 semesters of Master's program or first 15 semesters of PhD program.

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Fall (deadline in June) and Spring (deadline in October) terms.  Applications will be submitted via GA3.

Travel and Minor Research Award (TMRA)

Value: up to $2,000 per competition. 

Eligibility requirements: full-time Master's or Doctoral student at the time of application and in the term applying for funding; minimum 3.50 CGPA; traveling to a conference to either attend or present research, or travel to conduct research.

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Fall (deadline in June) and Spring (deadline in October) terms.  Applications will be submitted via GA3.

Graduate International Research and Travel Award (GIRTA)

Value: one award up to $6,500 in the student's entire degree program, tenable only in the term in which the travel is occurring.

Eligibility requirements: full-time Master's or Doctoral student at the time of application and in the term applying for funding; minimum 3.50 CGPA; within first 2 years of Master's program or first 3 years of PhD program; request for funding meets one of the following categories:

  • research where travel to informants is necessary
  • research that requires travel to natural phenomena
  • research where travel to cultural phenomena is necessary
  • research that requires the student to use facilities not available in Western Canada or the Northwestern USA

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Fall term (deadline in June).  Applications will be submitted via GA3.

President's PhD Scholarship (PS)

Please click here to view the Terms of Reference.

Value: one award of $6,500 in the student's entire degree program

Eligibility requirements: full-time Doctoral student at the time of application and in the term applying for funding; minimum 3.50 CGPA; completed fewer than 12 terms of enrolment; completed all degree requirements except the thesis.

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Spring term (deadline in October).  Applications will be submitted via GA3.

Private Awards

Value: various (see below noting that listed values are approximate based on previous years of funding).

Eligibility requirements: click on the link for each award to view the eligibility requirements.

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Fall (deadline in May) term.  Applications will be submitted via GA3.

FHS Awards

Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian Child Health Practice and Research Award

Value: one award with an approximate value of $3,000 in the student's entire degree program.  Budgets exceeding $3,000 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility requirements: pursuing a full-time practicum in child health as part of the MPH program; undertaking travel for fieldwork related to child health as part of thesis research for the MSc or PhD programs; seeking to present MSc or PhD research related to child health at a scholarly conference; seeking to contribute to child health research or practice in a way commensurate with the overall goal of this award.

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Summer term.  

Janes Corbett Faculty and Staff Community Health Practice Award 

Value: one award of $1,000 in the student's entire degree program.

Eligibility requirements: pursing a practicum in community health practice as part of the MPH program.

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Summer term for payment in the fall.  Applications will be submitted via GA3.

CIHR Dr. James Rossiter MPH Practicum Award

Value: approximately $2,500.

Eligibility requirements: completing a practicum as part of the MPH program.

How to apply: a call for applications will be issued to students annually for the Summer term (subject to availability of CIHR funding). 

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Awards Program

Information coming soon!

Graduate Student Conference Registration Support

The Faculty of Health Sciences will support graduate students with nominal funding to help with conference registrations fees. There is no deadline and applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis contingent on the availability of funds.  

External Awards

If you are interested in applying to any of the external awards listed below, please check your eligibility, the application procedures and forms on the website of the target funding agency.

Master's

CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC: The Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's program (CGS-M) supports students in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada's three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.  For more information, please click here.

Doctoral

CIHR: The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.  For more information, please click here.

NSERC: The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral program (CGS-D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral program (PGS-D) provides financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering. For more information, please click here.

SSHRC: The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS-D) aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.  For more information, please click here.

Vanier: The program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students who demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health sciences.  For more information, please click here.

Bursaries and Student Loans

Bursaries and student loans for all SFU students are administered by SFU's Financial Aid and Awards Office.  To be eligible to apply for a bursary, graduate students must be enrolled full-time, have a minimum 3.00 CGPA, and have demonstrated financial need.

Childcare bursaries are available to graduate students who hold current appointments as a Teaching Assistant, Tutor Marker or Sessional Instructor, and are members of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).

TD Bank Financial Group Graduate Bursary Endowment for Health Sciences

The TD Bank Financial Group is committed to supporting Canadian students through bursaries, especially in the area of health education, and have established a substantial endowment for this purpose.  Awards are allocated in any semester from a portion of the annual income earned from this endowment fund. Criteria for this award are:

  1. Registration in a graduate program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University
  2. Demonstrated financial need

To apply for a bursary, please refer to Awards and Financial Aid for Graduate Students or contact Financial Assistance at fiassist@sfu.ca. The award will be adjudicated by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Employment Opportunities

Graduate students may apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions, Research Assistant (RA) positions, and/or Sessional Instructor (SI) positions on a competitive basis.

For more information on applying for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions, please click here.

For more information on applying for Research Assistant (RA) positions, please click here.

For more information on applying for Sessional Instructor (SI) positions, please click here.