Internal + Donor Funded Awards

Internal and Donor Funded awards are funded through the University’s Scholarship, Bursary and Award funds, Departmental, School, Academic Unit and/or Faculty funds or through the generosity of our donors. These awards are applied for and adjudicated through SFU.  

General Eligibility

Students must meet the following basic eligibility to hold an Internal or Donor Funded Award:

  • Be registered full time in a research based graduate program at SFU while holding the award (note that you can apply for awards at any time, even if not registered)
  • Have a minimum 3.50 CGPA in your current graduate program OR 3.50 CGPA in last two years, if you are not yet in your intended graduate program
  • Meet any additional eligibility or criteria specific to the award


Although most of the awards listed below are available in cycles throughout the year, there can be additional awards available on the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System (GA3) at various times. We recommend checking GA3 at least once per month for funding opportunities. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure everything is submitted by the deadline date; late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Award Openings

  • Most Donor Funded awards are open in GA3 in May (for fall payment)
  • Most other awards are open throughout the year. Please check with your Department for competition timelines.

Apply for Awards

Some awards listed below are applied for through the Graduate Awards Application Adjudication System (GA3).

Apply now through GA3

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.

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