Major Entrance Awards

The Major Entrance Awards on this page includes those funded by through the University’s Scholarship, Bursary and Award funds and through the generosity of our donors.

Eligibility

The awards listed are open to various academic units. Students meet any additional eligibility or criteria specific to the award. Awards are adjudicated by the University Scholarship Selection Committee (USSC) or the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC). 

How to Apply

In most cases, students do not apply for these awards - they are nominated by their new academic unit.

More Information

If you have any questions about the awards listed below, please contact your academic unit.

Nomination-Only Awards

For 'Nomination-Only' awards speak to your academic unit if you would like to be considered. Students cannot apply directly for these awards.

Full List of Awards + Amounts

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Major Entrance Awards

Arthur and Ancie Fouks Graduate Entrance Award in Public Service

This award is intended for an entering graduate student with a high level of public service. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this endowed award is to recognize both outstanding academic performance and a high level of public service by a student entering a graduate program at Simon Fraser University.
  2. To be nominated, a student must be applying to enter a Master's or PhD program at Simon Fraser University.
  3. The selection criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. demonstrated excellence in public service (e.g., volunteer leadership, public office) prior to admission to the graduate program
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level
    4. nomination by the department of intended enrolment
  4. To receive the award payment, the student must be registered in the intended graduate program at SFU.
  5. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  6. The award application must include:
    1. Copies of all postsecondary transcripts
    2. One letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the nominee's academic work and public service record
  7. The award will be made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2015 / GESR087

British Columbia Graduate Scholarships

For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years only, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training provided one-time funding for competitive, merit-based graduate student scholarships. These awards are valued at $15,000 per year, with a one year minimum duration. Students must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This is award is by nomination only.
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Ministry Eligibility/Guidelines

As per the Ministry Program Guidelines, the core eligibility criteria for these awards is as follows:

  • Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students must be undertaking degree programs at the graduate level.
  • Eligible degree programs will include both research-intensive and professional graduate programs, with an emphasis, but not exclusive focus, on disciplines related to Science, Technology, Trades, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship and Design.
  • Awards are NOT portable or transferable (ie., cannot be taken to another institution).

SFU Guidelines

These are entering awards, intended for recruitment and the start date must align with the incoming student’s graduate program start date (starting Fall 2019).

The BCGS will be paid as $5,000 per term for the first 3 terms.

BCGS award holders must apply for Tri-Agency awards, if eligible To assist with costs of relocating, SFU will provide a $5,000 Dean’s Graduate Fellowship to new incoming students receiving the BCGS (student who have not attended SFU previously).

Awards may be stackable; a student may receive a BCGS award as well as other scholarships but, must not exceed $50,000 funding limit per academic year.

Additional Support for Indigenous Graduate Students

In support of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the goal of increasing the number of Indigenous graduate students as outlined in the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan, The Ministry has requested that all BCGS institutions ensure Indigenous students are reflected in the BCGS program by ensuring 5 percent of BCGS scholarships are awarded to Indigenous students.

In full support of this request and in celebration of our growing Indigenous student population, SFU is happy to announce that we have exceeded this target.

Bert Henry Memorial Graduate Entrance Scholarship

This award is intended for an entering student with a record of high academic performance and potential for significant contributions in their field of study. The award is paid over the first year of study. Students must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The Bert Henry Memorial Graduate Entrance Scholarship is paid over three terms. One scholarship is normally awarded every two years subject to available funding.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. high academic performance
    2. potential for significant contribution to the recipient's field of study
    3. a Master's degree, or be in the process of completing a Master's degree and planning to enter a Doctoral program at Simon Fraser University. New students who began their graduate program in the Spring term (January 1) are also eligible to apply
    4. full-time registration in a Doctoral program at SFU once the student is receiving the award payments. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, the recipient must be taking at least 6 credits in order to hold the award
  3. Students must be nominated for this award by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted. The nomination must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/or a copy of the official transcript of the most recent Masters degree program
    2. two letters of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work and research potential
  4. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR021

Faculty of Science Graduate Entrance Scholarship

This award is intended for a graduate student coming to SFU from the University of the Fraser Valley and entering into a Master of Science program in the Faculty of Science. Students must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to attract and provide financial support for graduate students from the University of the Fraser Valley entering a Master of Science program in the Faculty of Science at SFU.
  2. The Faculty of Science Graduate Entrance Scholarship will be awarded annually.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a MSc program in Science
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. Application must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. concise outline of the proposed or actual program of studies
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR098

Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship (GDES)

The Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship (GDES) provides multi-year funding to recruit exceptional incoming PhD domestic and international students. The GDES is valued at $21,000 for up to 4 years at the doctoral level. Students must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Note –  Award recipients who receive a Tri-agency or another major external scholarship will have their GDES replaced with payments of $5,000 per year while holding the other award.

Terms of Reference:

  1. The Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship (GDES) is currently valued at up to $21,000 for up to 4 years at the doctoral level. 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 Donor Funded 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. 

GDES Guidelines

Student receiving the GDES award should read the full GDES Guidelines

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Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship (IGES)

The Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is intended for students initiating a thesis based masters or PhD program who have Canadian citizenship and Indigenous ancestry. These awards are valued at $21,000 per annum for Indigenous doctoral students (4 years) and $18,000 per annum for Indigenous master’s (2 years). Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is currently valued at $21,000 per annum for Indigenous doctoral students and $18,000 per annum for Indigenous master’s students. Tenure of the award is two years at the master’s level and four years at the doctoral level.
  2. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be planning to enter a thesis based masters or PhD program at Simon Fraser University.
  3. During tenure of the Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship, the recipient must be registered full-time in a thesis based graduate program at Simon Fraser University.
  4.  The Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is normally held during consecutive academic terms.  If a recipient registers “on leave” during tenure of their award, the award 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:
    1. Canadian citizenship and Indigenous ancestry;
    2. a minimum entrance cgpa of 3.5;
    3. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level;
    4. evidence of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  6. Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship recipients may accept scholarship support from other sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds) provided they are consistent with SFU’s general funding policies. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award.
  7. There is no restriction on Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the scholarship.
  8. Entering students who meet the criteria are eligible for consideration. Students must be nominated for the Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted.
  9. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental nominations are considered.

Revised: February 2017 / GUSE006

Kruger Products Bicultural Graduate Entrance Fellowship

This award is intended for an entering graduate students who has a previous degree from within the Province of Quebec. The award is paid over the first two terms of study. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Kruger Products Bicultural Graduate Entrance Fellowship is to encourage and facilitate the interchange of knowledge and ideas between the people of British Columbia and Quebec through graduate students from the Province of Quebec studying at Simon Fraser University.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program after completion of a previous degree at a university in the Province of Quebec
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
    4. full-time registration in a graduate program at SFU once the student is receiving the award payments
  3. Students must be nominated for this award by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted. The nomination must be accompanied by:
    1. a copy of the official transcript of the program completed at a university in the Province of Quebec
    2. two letters of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work and research potential
  4. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: March 2017 / GESR011

Provost International Fellowship

The PIF is intended for international students who are initiating a graduate program at SFU and have received a scholarship from their home country to study abroad. Students do not apply for this award, inquiries should be directed to Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The Provost International Fellowship (PIF) will be awarded to outstanding international students who are initiating their graduate program at SFU and have received a scholarship from their home country to study abroad. These awards must provide a stipend* for living expenses for students studying abroad for all three terms including costs of Health and Medical Insurance and student fees, other than tuition (*normally valued at minimally $15,000 CDN per year).
  2. To be eligible to receive this award, a student’s initial enrolment must meet the SFU graduate program entrance requirements for international students including:
    1. English language requirements;
    2. be registered as a fulltime, regular (not "on leave") student, and
    3. normally must have a first class (SFU equivalent of 3.67) grade point average.
  3. The Provost International Fellowship has a value equivalent to the student’s tuition based on the research program full-time fee, which is currently valued at approximately $1,666 per academic term ($5,000 per year) and will be disbursed on a per term basis. Normally, these awards are not available to students in premium fee programs.
  4. This award is available throughout the duration of the student’s studies for up to a maximum of 2 (masters) or 4 (doctoral) years, provided PIF recipients continue to hold their country of origin’s scholarship to study abroad, that they remain registered as a full-time, regular (not "on leave") student, and maintain a first class (3.67) grade point average. In programs where fees are assessed on a per credit basis, students must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to hold a PIF. These fellowships will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that all requirements are being met.
  5. There is no restriction on PIF recipients receiving income from Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships performed during tenure of the PIF but the maximum amount of financial support cannot exceed $50,000.
  6. Academic units are encouraged to match the value of the PIF award through Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships on an annual basis provided the student is suitably qualified to act as a teaching assistant or tutor marker.
  7. Eligible candidates must contact the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies office directly and provide proof, including dates and value, of the major scholarship they hold.
  8. Awards are made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, contingent upon the availability of funds.

Revised: February 2018 (due to changes in award eligibility, no retroactive PIFs will be awarded prior to May 1, 2018).

Provost Prize of Distinction (PPD)

The PPD is intended for new students initiating their graduate program at SFU with Tri-agency or equivalent funding. Students do not apply for this award, inquiries should be directed to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The Provost Prize of Distinction (PPD) top-up will be awarded to outstanding students who are initiating their doctoral program at SFU with TriCouncil or equivalent funding (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC etc). Normally, the PPD award is not available to students in specialty programs.
  2. The value of the PPD is up to $5,000 per year which will be paid as a scholarship. 
  3. The PPD award is paid congruently with the major award, provided the recipient remains registered as a full-time, regular (not ‘on leave’) student, and have a minimum first class grade point average of 3.67 (A-). If a current PPD recipient registers ‘on leave’ during tenure of this award, it will be interrupted until such time as the student is registered full-time and their PPD will be reinstated at that time.
  4. PPD recipients may accept scholarship support from other sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds). Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award and that should scholarship support exceed the $50,000 maximum, the PPD will be reduced in value or offered in name only.
  5. There is no restriction on PPD recipients receiving financial support from Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships performed during tenure of the PPD.
  6. PPD awards will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, contingent upon the availability of funds.

Revised: April 2018 / GUSE004

SFU Alumni Association Graduate Entrance Scholarship

The SFU Alumni Association Graduate Entrance Scholarship is intended for a master’s or doctoral student enrolled full time in a research based graduate program. This award is paid during the first two terms of studies. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.This award will be designated each year to a student researching a certain topic or within a minority/underrepresented group, as chosen by the Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

This award will be designated each year to a student researching a certain topic or within a minority/underrepresented group, as chosen by the Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. In consultation with the university community, Dean Jeff Derksen will designate this award to an incoming student with refugee status or a refugee background for the next academic year.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The Simon Fraser University Alumni Association Graduate Entrance Scholarship is currently valued at approximately $12,000. One scholarship is awarded each year subject to the availability of funding.
  2. To be eligible, a student must be planning to enter a master's or doctoral program at Simon Fraser University. New students who began their graduate program in the current Spring term (January 1) are also eligible for consideration.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level;
    2. evidence of outstanding achievement at the graduate level, with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  4. Tenure of the award is for one year (three consecutive academic terms).
  5. During tenure of the award, the recipient must be registered full-time in a graduate program at Simon Fraser University. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, students must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to hold the award. If a recipient wishes to register “on-leave” during tenure of this award, a deferment of the scholarship must be requested in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Permission will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.
  6. The recipient of the SFU Alumni Association Scholarship is eligible to hold other scholarships funded from SFU sources.
  7. The SFU Alumni Association Scholarship recipient may accept scholarship support from other sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds) provided they are consistent with SFU’s general funding policies. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award.
  8. There is no restriction on SFU Alumni Association Scholarship recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the scholarship.
  9. The award is made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental nominations are considered. The Committee will take into account whether nominees are admitted to Master’s or Doctoral Programs, and the expectations of different academic disciplines concerning publication of research work by students.

Revised: January 2012 / GESR015

Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Fellowship

This award is intended for an entering female PhD student whose research work has potential for significant contributions to society. The award value is paid over the first three terms of studies. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Fellowship is targeted to a female student entering a Doctoral program at Simon Fraser University, whose research work has potential for significant contributions to society. New students who began their graduate program in the most current spring term (January) are also eligible for consideration.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level with particular emphasis on dedication to the subject matter
    2. promise of outstanding achievement at the doctoral level
    3. the proposed thesis research topic must be of an applied nature with potential for significant contributions to society
    4. demonstrated understanding of the importance of the human dimension in the chosen field of research
  3. During the tenure of the award, the recipient must be registered full-time in a Doctoral program at Simon Fraser University. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, students must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to hold the award.
  4. Students must be nominated for this award by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted. The nomination must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/or a copy of the official transcript of the most recent graduate program completed
    2. two letters of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work and research potential
    3. a concise description (one page) of the proposed or actual thesis research project
  5. Departmental nominations are normally due to the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows.
  6. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: March 2017 / GESR012

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship

The Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES) is intended primarily as a means of recruiting outstanding applicants for admission. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES) is a one or two-term award normally valued at between $1,000 and $10,000.
  2. It is intended as a means of recruiting to this University, outstanding applicants for admission who are considering other institutions.
  3. The student must be nominated for the SGES by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted based upon evidence that the student is outstanding as indicated by postsecondary transcripts, letters of reference, previous awards, and scholarly activity.
  4. To be eligible to hold the SGES, the candidate must be registered as a full-time graduate student in a Master’s or Doctoral 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. If a recipient wishes to register “on-leave” during tenure of this award, a deferment of the scholarship must be requested in writing to Graduate Studies. Permission will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.
  5. SGES recipients are eligible to hold other scholarships funded from SFU subject to our graduate general funding policies.
  6. SGES recipients may accept scholarship support from external sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds). Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award.
  7. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies.

Revised: April 2018