Funding Your Graduate Experience

The funding opportunities noted here are for incoming students to the MPH, MSc, and/or PhD programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  All deadlines for SFU and FHS funding opportunities are normally prior to program entry.  For information on awards for current students, please click here.

Unless otherwise noted, all award applications will be submitted through the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System (GA3).  New students log in using their Graduate Application (GA) number and assigned password.  Note that you must have submitted your admission application in order to access GA3.

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.  

FHS Graduate Student Funding Policy

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to providing minimum financial support, in the form of a stipend, to all Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students.  This stipend may consist of Graduate Fellowships (GF), Teaching Assistant (TA) positions, supervisor-funded Research Assistant (RA) positions and/or other scholarships/fellowships/awards subject to availability.  Please click here to review the funding policy. 

SFU Awards

Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship (GAES)

Value: $18,000 per year for two years for Master's students; $21,000 per year for four years for Doctoral students

Eligibility requirements: registered full-time in a thesis based graduate program; Aboriginal ancestry; minimum 3.5 entrance CGPA; demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level; evidence of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.

How to apply: students must be nominated for a GAES.  If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, the following must be submitted as PDF attachments in one email to fhsaward@sfu.ca by March 31.

  • Maximum 500-word statement on your Aboriginal ancestry, academic achievements, research achievements, and community activities
  • Official copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution you have attended (both sides)
  • Two letters of reference (can be used from admission file - you must indicate in your email the full names of the references whose letters are to be used)
  • List of scholarly publications
  • Curriculum vitae.

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES)

Value: $2,000 - $10,000

Eligibility requirements: accepted offer of admission to MPH, MSc, or PhD program in the Faculty of Health Sciences; received a competing offer to another graduate program from another post-secondary institution (cannot be another graduate program at SFU).

How to apply: students must be nominated for an SGES.  If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, the following must be submitted as PDF attachments in one email to fhsaward@sfu.ca by May 1.

  • Maximum 500-word statement on your academic achievements, previous awards, scholarly activities, community activities, and why you chose to accept your offer of admission from the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU
  • Proof of competing offer for another graduate program at another post-secondary institution (eg. letter of admission)
  • Letter of reference (can be used from admission file - you must indicate in your email the full names of the reference whose letter is to be used).

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.

FHS Awards

Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian Doctoral Fellowship in Child Health (Entrance)

Value: $25,000

Eligibility requirements: demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and if applicable, at the graduate level; complete admission application to the PhD program in the Faculty of Health Sciences; proposed doctoral research that will contribute to the improvement of child health research, policy, or practice; not already holding a doctoral fellowship from SFU or an external source.

How to apply: Students must be nominated for the Doctoral Fellowship in Child Health. If you wish to be considered for this fellowship, the following must be submitted as PDF attachments in one email to mscphd_assistant@sfu.ca by January 15.

  • Official copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution you have attended (both sides)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two-page statement outlining the proposed PhD research topic, rationale, proposed methods, how it will benefit child health, and the proposed senior supervisor
  • One-page personal statement outlining the motivation for undertaking a doctoral degree related to child health.

The following must be emailed directly from the referees to mscphd_assistant@sfu.ca by January 15:

  • Three letters of reference with at least one academic reference familiar with the applicant's work.

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program

Minimum eligibility for scholars coming to Canada: 

  • Be a non-Canadian Commonwealth country citizen. Anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or for permanent residency is not eligible;
  • Be pursuing academic credit on a full-time basis at a Canadian university towards their master’s or doctorate degree.
  • Be 35 years of age or under at time of application;
  • Meet the Canadian university’s admission requirements.

If you meet these basic requirements and want more information, please email Mark Brockman with information about your eligiblity and your plan. 

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.