Awards and funding for prospective students

The awards below are for incoming students, and deadlines are usually prior to program entry.

Applications are submitted through the Graduate Award Application System (unless otherwise noted). Prospective students must submit their admission application before applying for awards, and will use their Graduate Application number and password to access the system.

It is the student's responsibility to make sure they submit a complete application by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Visit Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for more information on scholarships and awards.

Funding for MSc and PhD students

All MSc and PhD students in the Faculty of Health Sciences receive financial support either from scholarships, teaching appointments, or professors' research grants. More information is available in the full policy.

Tri-council awards

Students can compete for tri-council awards before they enter the program, and during their studies. To determine your eligibility, and learn more about how to apply, visit the funding agency’s website, or the Graduate Scholarships and Awards page.

SFU entrance awards

Simon Fraser University offers entrance scholarships to exceptional incoming graduate students in full-time graduate study or research programs. With the exception of the Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (instructions below), students are nominated by the admissions committee for SFU entrance awards. All students who meet the eligibility will be considered. All awards are contingent upon availability of funds. Visit the individual pages to learn more.

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES)

Application deadline: May 1

Value: $1,000 – $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 a graduate program from another post-secondary institution (outside of SFU)

How to apply: students must be nominated by their program chair for an SGES. If you want to be considered for this scholarship, submit the following as PDF attachments in one email to by May 1:

  • Maximum 500-word statement on your academic achievements, previous awards, scholarly activities, community activities, and why you decided to accept your offer of admission from the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU

  • Proof of a competing offer to a graduate program from another post-secondary institution (eg. letter of admission)

  • Letter of reference (you can use one from your admission file; just indicate the full name of the chosen reference from your application)

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Provost International Fellowship

Value: $5,000

Eligibility requirements:

  • International student having received a major scholarship to study abroad and living expenses stipend with a minimum value of $15,000 CDN per year

  • Grade point average equivalent to 3.67

  • Registered as a full-time student

How to apply: eligible international candidates should forward proof of eligibility requirements to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office at Make sure to provide the dates and value of the major scholarship you’ve been awarded.

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FHS entrance awards

Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian Doctoral Fellowship in Child Health (PhD entrance fellowship)

Application deadline: January 15

Value: $25,000

Eligibility requirements:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level (and graduate level, if applicable)

  • Complete admission application to the PhD program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU

  • 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 want to be considered for this fellowship, submit the following as PDF attachments in one email to by January 15:

  • Copies of your official copy of transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution you have attended (both sides)

  • CV

  • Two-page statement outlining your proposed research topic, rationale, methods, senior supervisor and potential benefits for child health care

  • One-page personal statement outlining your motivation for undertaking a Doctoral degree related to child health

  • Three letters of reference specifically related to this award application, with at least one academic reference familiar with your work (please have your referees email them directly to

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Donor awards

There are various donor awards available to incoming graduate students. Explore below to learn more about value and eligibility.

How to apply: Applications are submitted through GA3.