Internal + Donor Funded Awards

Biological Sciences

The following list contains Internal and Donor funded awards available to your academic unit. Click on the award name to read more about the award, including the full eligibility and requirements.

Most award funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the annual Graduate Progress Report.

Award values
Awards values listed are approximations and vary in value and number depending on the terms of reference of the award, as well as the availability of funds. 

When to apply
Main award competitions are open in the spring, with student deadlines falling between March-June. Some departments may run subsequent competitions in later cycles with the student deadline usually falling in the second month of the term (October or February).

Deadlines posted in the Graduate Awards System supersede those posted elsewhere.

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How to Apply

Most awards listed below are applied for through the Graduate Awards Application System.

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Featured Graduate Student

  • Mohammad Javad is a Biology doctoral student in the Faculty of Science. Three research keywords: Environmental Toxicology, Aquatic Ecology, Pollution

  • Jess is a Biological Sciences doctoral student in the Faculty of Science. Three research keywords: Placenta, sex, development (NSERC CGSM)

  • Claire is a Biological Science Master's student in the Faculty of Science examining how blood-feeding arthropods perceive their environment through chemical stimuli. (Finlayson Graduate Entrance Scholarship, MPM Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Anita is a Biological Science Master's student in the Faculty of Science interested in the biological control potential of a disease-causing fungus towards soil-dwelling Elaterid beetle larvae for use in agricultural systems. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Isabella is a Biological Science Master's student in the Faculty of Science studying the effects of petroleum products on Pacific Oysters to aid in oil-spill modelling and impact assessment for fisheries management. (Graduate Fellowship, Abbott/Fretwell Graduate Fellowship)

  • Claire is a Biological Science Master's student in the Faculty of Science exploring how environmental impacts can create patterns of change in underwater communities over space and time. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Manon is a Biological Science Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science trying to figure out why certain species can be found in one place but not in another, even if it is nearby. (Graduate Fellowship, Glen Geen Graduate Scholarship)

  • Nico is a Biological Science Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science studying the novel ecological interactions that have emerged in Patagonia, southern Chile following the recent establishment of non-native Chinook salmon. (Weston Family Scholarship)

  • Iiro is a Biological Science Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science researching how genes may regulate the information of human behaviours and whether one can make more informed predictions of the 'how' and 'why' questions. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Keenan is a Biological Science Master's student in the Faculty of Science whose research focuses on cellular and metabolic changes that help hinder viral replication. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Ramis is a Biological Science Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science studying how microbial communities form and how they can be directed and controlled, which can lead to generating value from waste at a scale and at low cost. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Heather is a plant pathology-focused doctoral student with an interest in food production and plant biosystems. Heather's current research is aimed towards crop protection and preventative plant disease management.

  • Brett is investigating the concept of 'programmed' mass loss in European starlings.

  • Sanam is a doctoral Sstudent in the department of Biology studying disease transmission in bed bugs.

  • Nasrin is a PhD student researching how to improve the properties of materials to improve the everyday life of people. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Asim is a Biological Sciences PhD student researching the behaviors of ants and how they communicate information to each other, especially during group tasks. (NSERC-CGSD)

  • Matthew is a Biology Master's student in the Faculty of Science researching on how microgravity (space) affects the nervous system at the cellular level. (BC Graduate Scholarship; Dean's Graduate Fellowship; NSERC)

  • Celeste is a Biological Sciences doctoral student in the Faculty of Science examining ecosystem change through historical salmon scale pattterns and isotope analyses of harbour seal and salmon bones. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Chuqiao is an Earth Sciences Doctoral Student in the Faculty of Science researching about the geological history of Vancouver Island to other subduction zones around the world, in order to understand how subduction zones pose unique risks and economic opportunities to the people living near them. (NSERC CGS Doctoral Scholarship )

  • Amelinda is a Biological Master's student in the Faculty of Science doing her research in neural stem cells.

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SFU Funded Awards

Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
This award is intended to recruit outstanding admission applicants to master’s and PhD programs by offering a multi-year award. Award value depends on academic unit approval and budgetary restrictions. Not all departments offer this award.

Learn more about this award →
 
 
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. Intent: this award is intended to recruit outstanding applicants to master’s and PhD programs by offering a multi-year award.
  2. Value and duration: students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment: 
    1. valued between $1,000 - $8,000 (annual max per year is 24K) 
    2. held for a maximum of 2 (master’s) or 4 (PhD) years.
  3. Eligibility criteria: the candidate must:
    1. be entering as a full-time graduate student in a master’s or PhD program. 
    2. have a minimum CGPA of 3.00
    3. 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. Evaluation criteria: academic units may add additional eligibility and evaluation criteria for their program, provided all additional criteria are approved by Graduate Studies and communicated/published to students. Generally, awards are granted based on:
    1. the extent to which the student has made excellent progress
    2. demonstrated academic excellence
    3. research and/or scholarly output and leadership
  5. Restrictions specific to this award: Restrictions are detailed in the GDES Guidelines 
    1. Students offered a major entrance award (eg., Simons Foundation Scholarship, Indigenous Entrance Award etc...) and a GDES must decline the lower value award. 
    2. GDES funding will be adjusted when a student receives a Tri-agency award (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC).
    3. Some admission funding sources cannot be deferred; students must discuss options with their academic unit.
    4. Some funding sources cannot be transferred to a new or different program; students must discuss options with their academic unit
  6. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding.
    1. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    2. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook
  7. Application and adjudication: students do not apply; they are nominated for this award. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC) on the recommendation of the Academic Unit’s Graduate Program Chair or Awards Committee. 

 

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

Graduate Fellowships nomination/Application set by program in graduate awards system | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
This award is intended to recruit and support students in master’s and PhD programs. Award value depends on academic unit approval and budgetary restrictions. Not all departments offer this award.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

  1. Intent: this award is intended to recruit and support students in master’s and PhD programs. 
  2. Value and duration: students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment: 
    1. valued at $3,500 or $7,000 per term (annual max $21,000). 
    2. Academic units may use award values between $1,000 - $7,000, provided their principles and criteria are approved by Graduate Studies and appropriately communicated/published to students.
    3. held in 1 term 
  3. Eligibility criteria: the candidate must:
    1. hold this award within the first 9 terms (master’s) or 15 terms (PhD). Students who transfer from a master’s to a PhD program without completing the master’s program are eligible to hold this award within the first 15 terms from the PhD start date
    2. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, the student must be taking at least six credits to be eligible
    3. have a minimum CGPA of 3.00
    4. have an outstanding or satisfactory annual progress report; if satisfactory with concerns, a clear plan must be outlined in the GPR
  4. Evaluation criteria: academic units may add additional eligibility and evaluation criteria for their program, provided all additional criteria are approved by Graduate Studies and communicated/published to students. Generally, awards are granted based on: 
    1. the extent to which the student has made excellent progress
    2. demonstrated academic excellence
    3. research and/or scholarly output and leadership
  5. Restrictions specific to this award: Award values and maximums may depend on academic unit approval and budgetary restrictions. Some admission funding sources cannot be deferred; students must discuss options with their academic unit.
  6. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding. 
    1. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    2. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
    3. Generally, awards are not paid retroactively once a new term starts.
  7. Application and adjudication: students can apply or be nominated for this award, depending on unit processes. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC) on the recommendation of the Academic Unit’s Graduate Program Chair or Awards Committee.

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

Graduate Travel and Research Award (TARA) Various Programs
 
This award supports the travel and/or research component of the student’s graduate degree. Award value depends on expenses submitted, academic unit approval and budgetary restrictions. Not all departments offer this award.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

  1. Intent: this award supports the travel and/or research component of the student’s graduate degree.
  2. Value and duration: students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment: 
    1. valued between $200 - $7,000 depending on the expenses being submitted, academic unit approval and budgetary restrictions 
    2. held in 1 term
  3. Eligibility criteria: the candidate must: 
    1. hold this award within the first 9 terms (master’s) or 15 terms (PhD). Students who transfer from a master’s to a PhD program without completing the master’s program are eligible to hold this award within the first 15 terms from the PhD start date.
    2. have a minimum CGPA of 3.00
    3. be a full-time graduate student in a master’s or PhD program; students cannot hold this award while on a co-op or practicum term
  4. Evaluation criteria: academic units may add additional eligibility and evaluation criteria for their program, provided all additional criteria are approved by Graduate Studies and communicated/published to students. Generally, awards are granted based on: 
    1. the extent to which the student has made excellent progress
    2. demonstrated academic excellence
    3. research and/or scholarly output and leadership
  5. Restrictions specific to this award: students cannot hold the Indigenous Travel award and this award to cover the same expense.
  6. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding. 
    1. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    2. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
  7. Application and adjudication: students can apply or be nominated for this award, depending on unit processes. The application must include a reference by the student’s supervisor and an outline of expenses. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC) on the recommendation of the Academic Unit’s Graduate Program Chair or Awards Committee.

Eligible Expenses

  1. Examples of ELIGIBLE travel expenses include travel for research purposes, travel to present at or attend a conference, workshop or seminar related to research. 
  2. Examples of ELIGIBLE research related expenses include direct costs of doing research such as interpretation services, paid data sets, computers/laptops, reasonable computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, microphones), art supplies. This award may also be used to reward research excellence.
  3. Examples of expenses NOT eligible include travel to practicums, co-ops, internships, job fairs or interviews, business or first class travel, course related travel or supplies (such as textbooks or journals).

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship (IGES) Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
The Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship is intended for students initiating a research based masters or PhD program who have Canadian citizenship and Indigenous ancestry. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit. An IGES award offer replaces any GDES offer.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

  1. Tenure for the Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship (IGES) is two years at the master’s level and four years at the doctoral level. There is one award available at the master’s level and one at the doctoral level.
  2. To be eligible, the Indigenous student must be entering a research based master’s or PhD program at Simon Fraser University.
  3. Students must be nominated for the award by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted.
  4. 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.
  5. During tenure of the Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship, the recipient must be registered full-time in a research based graduate program at Simon Fraser University.
  6. 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).
  7. Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship recipients may accept scholarship support from other sources including SFU’s ‘donor funded/private’ awards. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may have restrictions on funding.
  8. There is no restriction on Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the scholarship.
  9. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental nominations are considered.

Revised: June 2021 / GUSE006

Indigenous Graduate Travel Award
This award provides financial support for Indigenous graduate students for the travel and/or research component of their research. Indigenous or “Aboriginal” is defined by Canada’s 1982 Constitution as people identified as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada. Students look for and apply directly for this award in the Graduate Awards System.
 

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Indigenous Graduate Travel Award is to provide financial support for Indigenous graduate students for the travel and/or research component of their research. Students can only apply for the Indigenous travel award once per academic year. Indigenous graduate students may apply for this fund before their travel to pay for costs in advance.
  2. To be eligible for this award, the following criteria must be met:
    1. This award is for Indigenous graduate students attending Simon Fraser University.
    2. Indigenous or “Aboriginal” is defined by Canada’s 1982 Constitution as people identified as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada.
  3. Disbursements of up to $1000 each may be applied for in each academic year (starting September 1 of each year).
  4. The funds will be given out on a first come / first applied for basis. The fund will be considered used for the year when the $5,000 limit for the year has been reached. Once the total fund has been distributed for the year, a message will be sent out through the Indigenous graduate student listserv.
  5. Repeat applications will be allowed from year-to-year. Preference, however, will be given to students who have not yet received money from this fund (this is at the discretion of Graduate Studies).
  6. Application includes:
    1. A completed budget which accounts for the requested amount;
    2. A letter of support from the applicant’s academic supervisor or a faculty member familiar with your work (to verify the student’s academic status, intent, and need).

Travel Report

Upon completion of travel, successful applicants will need to submit the following within two weeks to the Graduate Awards Assistant: gpsaward@sfu.ca

A concise Travel and Activity Report, written in language suitable for the general public. Contents and/or quotes from the report may be published in Graduate Studies promotional material. If you do not wish for your travel report to be published, please indicate so.

The following could be included in your report:

  • The activities that were carried out, in respect to how the travel contributed to your research and/or scholarly activities
  • Any unanticipated benefits derived from the travel, including those in relation to your current research objectives an/or to your general experience as a graduate student
  • Any special issues or problems you encountered
PhD Research Scholarship Award by nomination only | Approx. Award Value: $5,400/year Various Programs
 
This scholarship supports new and current PhD students if they meet all the eligibility requirements and conditions outlined in these Terms of Reference. Students should be aware that there are restrictions specific to this award.

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Terms of Reference

This scholarship supports new and current PhD students if they meet all the eligibility requirements and conditions outlined in these Terms of Reference. Students should be aware that there are restrictions specific to this award.

  1. Intent: this award is intended to support full-time students in PhD programs.
  2. Value:  students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment:
    1. valued at $1,800 per term
    2. paid each term student is eligible
  3. Eligibility criteria: the student must:
    1. be enrolled full-time in a PhD program and within the first 12 active terms. Students who transfer from a master's to a PhD program within the first three terms of their master's may receive this award up to the 12th term of their PhD. Students who transfer from a master's to a PhD program after completing more than three terms of a master's may receive funding up to the 9th term of a PhD, regardless of time spent in a Master's
    2. have a minimum CGPA of 3.00
    3. have a satisfactory (S) in all courses with an S/U assessment in the past term
    4. have an outstanding or satisfactory annual progress report; if satisfactory with concerns, a clear plan must be outlined in the GPR
  4. Evaluation criteria: students should contact Graduate Studies with concerns regarding eligibility.
  5. Restrictions specific to this award:
    1. Tuition waivers: students who have an SFU tuition waiver must decline this award but can list it on CVs and award lists (as declined).
    2. Working professionals: students who are working professionals must decline this award but can list it on CVs and award lists (as declined).
  6. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding.
    1. Generally, this scholarship counts towards the admission funding offer.
    2. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    3. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
    4. Generally, awards are not paid retroactively once a new term starts.
  7. Application/Nomination: Students do not apply for this award. Award notice/offer is sent each term to students, provided they are enrolled and meet the eligibility criteria outlined above. 

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

President's PhD Scholarship Nomination/Application set by program in graduate awards system | Approx. Award Value: $7,000 Various PhD Programs
 
This award goes to PhD students who have made excellent progress in their degree, completing all university and program requirements. This award is held during or before the student's 12th term. Not all programs use this award.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

Students and staff can find instructions for the Academic Progress Report (APR) Access: Student instructions | Staff instructions

  1. Intent: this award supports PhD students who make excellent progress in their degree, completing all university and program requirements prior to their 12th term.
  2. Value and duration: students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment:
    1. valued at $7,000 
    2. held in 1 term
  3. Eligibility criteria: the candidate must:
    1. have completed fewer than 12 terms in a PhD program; students who did not complete a master's program before transferring into a PhD are eligible to hold the award within the first 12 terms of their PhD, from the PhD start date;
    2. eligible students must have completed all program and university requirements for the degree (eg. courses, comprehensive or qualifying examinations), except the thesis and, in the case of students in the Clinical Psychology Program, the internship;
    3. be in satisfactory/good standing.
  4. Evaluation criteria: academic units may add additional eligibility and evaluation criteria for their program, provided all additional criteria are approved by Graduate Studies and communicated/published to student s. Generally, awards are granted based on:
    1. the extent to which the student has made excellent progress
    2. demonstrated academic excellence
    3. scholarly output and leadership
  5. Restrictions specific to this award:
    1. Students holding a national award from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC or their equivalent (ie. SFU Entrance Scholarship or a major international award) are ineligible to hold the President’s PhD Scholarship at the same time.
    2. Given the intent of the award, recipients are expected, but not required, to limit the number of hours worked weekly
  6. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding.
    1. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    2. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
  7. Application and adjudication: students do not apply; they are nominated for this award. The nomination must include a reference by the student’s supervisor addressing the student’s progress, academic excellence, scholarly output and leadership.  Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC) on the recommendation of the Academic Unit’s Graduate Program Chair or Awards Committee. 

 

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

Provost International Fellowship (PIF) Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
This award is intended to recruit outstanding international students who are starting a graduate program at SFU with a major scholarship from their home country. Students do not apply for this award; inquiries should be directed to Graduate Studies.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

  1. Intent: this award is intended to recruit outstanding international students who are starting a graduate program at SFU with a major scholarship from their home country.
  2. Value and duration: students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment:
    1. valued at $1,500 per term
    2. paid up to a maximum of 2 (masters) or 4 (doctoral) years, provided the student continues to hold their country of origin’s scholarship to study abroad.
  3. Eligibility criteria: the candidate must:
    1. receive an award from their home country (or equivalent) that provides a stipend for living expenses to study abroad for at least 3 terms including costs of Health and Medical Insurance and student fees, other than tuition
    2. meet the English language requirements for SFU program admission
    3. meet the CGPA requirements for SFU program admission
    4. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, students must be taking at least six credits. This award is not normally available in premium fee programs.

    In addition: academic units are encouraged to match the value of the PIF 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
  4. Restrictions specific to this award: 
    1. awardees must remain in good academic standing
    2. for students on an approved leave, the award payment will be interrupted until the student is again registered full-time; payments will be reinstated at that time.  
  5. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding. 
    1. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    2. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook
  6. Application and Adjudication: interested students should contact Graduate Studies directly. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC) on the recommendation of the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate Studies.

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

Provost Prize of Distinction (PPD) Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
This award 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 Studies.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

  1. Intent: this award is intended for outstanding students who are initiating their PhD program at SFU with Tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) or equivalent funding. 
  2. Value and duration: students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment: 
    1. valued at $1,500 per term
    2. paid congruently with the major award
  3. Eligibility criteria: the candidate must:
    1. be a full-time student in PhD program
    2. maintain good academic standing 
    3. have applied for the Tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) or other equivalent funding prior to applying for admission at SFU. 
  4. Evaluation criteria: students should contact graduate studies with concerns regarding eligibility or evaluation.
  5. Restrictions specific to this award: 
    1. not normally available to students in specialty programs.
    2. for students on approved leave the award payment will be interrupted until the student is again registered full-time; payments will be reinstated at that time. 
  6. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding. 
    1. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    2. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
  7. Application and adjudication: students do not apply for this award; inquiries should be directed to Graduate Studies directly. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC) on the recommendation of the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate Studies.

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
This award is intended to recruit outstanding applicants to master’s and PhD programs. Award value depends on academic unit approval and budgetary restrictions. Not all departments offer this award.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

  1. Intent: this award is intended to recruit outstanding applicants to master’s and PhD programs, who are considering admission to other institutions.
  2. Value and duration: students must be registered full time, regular (not ‘on leave’) to receive payment: 
    1. valued between $1,000 - $10,000 (annual max per year is 10K) 
    2. held in 1 term 
  3. Eligibility criteria: the candidate must: 
    1. be a full-time student in a master’s or PhD program
    2. have a minimum CGPA of 3.00
    3. 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. Evaluation criteria: academic units may add additional eligibility and evaluation criteria for their program, provided all additional criteria are approved by Graduate Studies and communicated/published to students. Generally, awards are granted based on: 
    1. the extent to which the student has made excellent progress
    2. demonstrated academic excellence
    3. research and/or scholarly output and leadership
  5. Restrictions specific to this award: some admission funding sources cannot be deferred; students deferring admission must discuss options with their academic unit.
  6. Funding limits and policies: award recipients may hold funding from other sources but should be aware that those other sources may have restrictions on funding. 
    1. This scholarship is included in SFU’s annual maximum support permitted from university administered awards and scholarships.
    2. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies, outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.
  7. Application and adjudication: students do not apply; they are nominated for this award. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC) on the recommendation of the Academic Unit’s Graduate Program Chair or Awards Committee.

Revised May 2024/ For awards paid Fall 2024 onward

Donor Funded Awards

54th Avenue Capital Corporation Annual Graduate Award By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
This award is intended to provided support for graduate students who is registered full-time in a graduate program at SFU and has demonstrated financial need, with unforeseen or unmet expenses.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for graduate students with unforeseen or unmet expenses.
  2. One or more awards, valued at $10,000 or more, will be granted annually in any term to a graduate student who meets the following criteria:
    1. is registered full-time in a graduate program at SFU;
    2. is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident; and
    3. has demonstrated financial need.
  3. Eligible student expenses may include but are not limited to:
    1. funding for personal expenses such as food and rent;
    2. travel expenses for family emergencies;
    3. travel expenses for education purposes such as conferences; and
    4. registration fees for conferences and workshops.
  4. Applications for the award will be made via the graduate awards systems managed by the Office of Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. copy of most recent transcript; and
    2. a statement of financial need.
  5. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Nov 2023 / GPSR129

Arthur and Ancie Fouks Graduate Entrance Award in Public Service Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
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.

Learn more about this award →
 

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

Aziz and Parin Dossa Graduate Community Outreach Award By Application | View Approx. Award Value FASS
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in any faculty at Simon Fraser University whose graduate research or community outreach project centers on building bridges and sustainable relationships between the Muslim community and other communities who wage the fight for equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in any faculty at Simon Fraser University whose graduate research or community outreach project centers on building bridges and sustainable relationships between the Muslim community and other communities who wage the fight for equity, diversity and inclusion.
  2. One or more awards will be granted annually in any term to students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. are registered full-time in a graduate program in any faculty;
    2. have demonstrated academic excellence in the most recent degree program completed
    3. or in their current degree program; and
    4. are conducting activist research or community outreach projects centered on building bridges and sustainable relationships between the Muslim community and other communities who wage the fight for equity, diversity and inclusion.
  3. This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. Applications will be adjudicated via the graduate awards system managed by Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work; and
    3. a one-page statement that addresses their research or community outreach pursuits.
  5. The award will be granted each year to graduate students in any faculty by the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate Studies upon the nomination from the Director, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies.

Revised: April 2021 / GESR206

BC Council of Garden Clubs Mildred Wells Graduate Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value MPM
This award is intended for students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a Master of Pest Management degree, whose course of studies emphasizes horticultural pest control.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a Master of Pest Management degree, whose course of studies emphasizes horticultural pest control.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. admission and/or registration in the Master of Pest Management Program at Simon Fraser University
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on research ability and originality pertaining to horticultural pest control
    4. Canadian citizenship
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise description of the proposed or actual program of studies, describing the emphasis on horticultural pest control
    3. letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work
  5. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.
  7. The award winner(s) will be invited to give a brief presentation of their research at the BC Council of Garden Clubs’ annual general meeting held in the Fall.

Revised: February 2012 / GPSR018

BCAA Environmental Studies in Transportation Award By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award is intended to support a graduate student whose thesis research is related to the study of land-based transportation systems and their relationship to, and improvement of, the environment.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding academic performance by a graduate student whose thesis research is related to the study of land-based transportation systems and their relationship to, and improvement of, the environment.
  2. The BCAA Environmental Studies in Transportation Award is a one-term award equal to the net income from the endowment fund.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level
    2. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on research related to the study of land-based transportation systems and their relationship to, and improvement of, the environment.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: February 2012 / GESR052

Bert Henry Memorial Graduate Entrance Scholarship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Various programs
 
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.

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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
    3. a current curriculum vitae
  4. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: September 2021 / GPSR021

B.P. Beirne Prize in Pest Management By Application | View Approx. Award Value MPM
 
This award is intended to provide financial support and to recognize an outstanding graduate student from the Master of Pest Management Program (MPM).

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual prize is to recognize the outstanding graduate from the Master of Pest Management Program.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. completion of the Master of Pest Management (MPM) Program at Simon Fraser University in the three terms immediately preceding the Spring Convocation
    2. the student will be judged equally on his/her scholastic record, professional paper and relevant professional attributes
  3. The student must be nominated for this award by the Scholarships Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences. 
  4. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a copy of the current SFU transcript
    2. a letter of nomination
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2015 / GESR010

Darcy and Karina Biagioni Family Graduate Scholarship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award is intended to help attract the best and brightest graduate students to SFU by providing financial support to graduate students entering a masters or PhD program at SFU.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to help attract the best and brightest graduate students to SFU by providing financial support to graduate students entering a masters or PhD program at SFU.
  2. One scholarship valued at a minimum of $50,000, split over the first 2 years of the program, will be granted to a student who fulfils the following criteria:
    1. is accepted to and will be registered full-time in a masters or PhD program at SFU;
    2. has achieved excellent academic standing at the graduate level and, if applicable at the undergraduate level; and
    3. has demonstrated promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  3. This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. A student may be granted the scholarship only once during their SFU academic career.
  5. Students must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Program Chair of their academic unit. Nominations should be made through the online Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3) and must be accompanies by:
    1. a nomination letter; and
    2. copies of all post-secondary transcripts.
  6. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

November 2023/GPSR109

Dr. Eva Voigt Graduate Award in Science for Mentoring Leadership By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science
 
This award is recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in the Faculty of Science who exemplify, through their work as a teaching assistant, leadership and strong commitment to mentoring Science undergraduates.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in the Faculty of Science who exemplify, through their work as a teaching assistant, leadership and strong commitment to mentoring Science undergraduates.
  2. One or more awards, valued at a minimum of $5,000 each, will be granted annually, in any term, to students who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. have demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level;
    2. are registered at Simon Fraser University in a graduate degree program in the Faculty of Science; and
    3. exemplify, through their work as a teaching assistant, leadership and strong commitment to mentoring Science undergraduate students.
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. Applications will be adjudicated via the graduate awards system managed by Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. a Curriculum vitae;
    2. a statement outlining the applicant’s passion and experience in mentoring Science undergraduate students through their work as a teaching assistant;
    3. at least one letter of recommendation from one of the applicant’s mentees; and/or a letter of recommendation from the applicant's graduate supervisor.
  5. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the scholarship may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  6. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination by the Dean, Faculty of Science or their designate.
Dr. H.R. MacCarthy Graduate Bursary By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
 
This award is intended for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Biological Sciences, with preference given to a student studying the biology and management of pest organisms.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Biological Sciences, with preference given to a student studying the biology and management of pest organisms.
  2. The H.R. MacCarthy Graduate Bursary is valued at the interest accrued from the Endowment Fund.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences, with preference given to students studying the biology and management of pest organisms
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of service to mankind through the application of science
    4. financial need
  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. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    3. a statement of financial need
    4. two letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant’s work
  6. The completed application and 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, on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

Revised: October 2014 / GESR071

Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Annual Graduate Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award is intended to recognize and reward an outstanding student pursuing a graduate degree, whose field of study is of benefit to the South Asian community and pertains to South Asian history, culture, politics, or diaspora.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Annual Graduate Scholarship is to recognize and reward an outstanding student pursuing a graduate degree, whose field of study is of benefit to the South Asian community and pertains to South Asian history, culture, politics, or diaspora.
  2. One scholarship will be awarded each year.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program
    3. demonstrated research focus on a topic of benefit to the South Asian community and related to the areas of South Asian history, culture, politics or diaspora
  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 is made on the Graduate Awards Application System and must be accompanied by:
    1. a concise description (one page or less) of the proposed or actual thesis research project
    2. curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    3. two letters of reference: one letter of reference from the student's supervisor confirming the student's research focus on South Asian history, culture, politics, or diaspora, and a second letter of reference from someone other than the supervisor who is familiar with the applicant's research abilities
    4. a current unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  7. The scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR057

Dr. Howard and Caroline Malm Graduate Award in Climate Change By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science
The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students in Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Science who have a focus of climate change research and/or climate change mitigation in their graduate work.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students in Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Science who have a focus of climate change research and/or climate change mitigation in their graduate work.
  2. One award, valued at a minimum of $8,000, will be granted to a student who meets the following criteria:
    1. has demonstrated academic excellence in the most recent degree program completed or in their current degree program;
    2. are registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Science in the term of eligibility; and
    3. is a Canadian citizen or is a permanent resident in Canada.
  3. Preference will go to students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in graduate projects, publications or research in one or more of the following areas:
    1. Climate change
    2. Climate change mitigation
    3. Reduction of harmful emissions to the air.
  4. The award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. Applications will be adjudicated via the graduate awards system managed by Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript or a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program completed; or
    2. one letter of reference from an SFU faculty member familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a current curriculum vitae; or
    4. a one-page research proposal related to the aims of this award.
  6. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the award may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  7. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Science.

May 2023 / GESR259

Dr. John Yorston Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Pest Management By Application | View Approx. Award Value MPM
 
This award is intended for a student pursuing a degree in the Master of Pest Management program, specializing in crop protection, with emphasis on plant pathology and nematology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Master of Pest Management program, and to recognize excellence and career potential among graduate students specializing in crop protection, with emphasis on plant pathology and nematology.
  2. Students may only be awarded one scholarship during their degree program.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in the Master of Pest Management Program
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research in plant pathology or nematology
    4. an understanding of the importance of crop protection in commercial agriculture
  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. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed 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 2015 / GESR114

Dr. Michael Lepawsky MEMORIAL Graduate Award in Hyperbaric Medicine By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science
 
This award is meant to support a graduate student who is pursuing, or has the intention to pursue research on topics related to hyperbaric medicine.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a student enrolled in a graduate degree program in the Faculty of Science who is pursuing research or has the intention to pursue research on topics related to hyperbaric medicine.
  2. One award normally will be offered annually to a graduate student who fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
    1. is registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Science at SFU
    2. has demonstrated academic achievement in their most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program
    3. is pursuing, or has the intention to pursue research on topics related to hyperbaric medicine
  3. Students may apply online on the Graduate Awards System. The following documents must accompany the online application: 
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/or a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a one page research proposal demonstrating research in progress, or the intention to pursue research on topics that include hyperbaric medicine
  4. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, upon the nomination of the Faculty of Science.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR075

Faculty of Science Graduate Entrance Scholarship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science
 
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.

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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 is valued at approximately $1800 and 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 is made on the Application for a Private Graduate Scholarship form and 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: Februray 2012 / GESR098

Flight 752 Graduate Memorial Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This scholarship is intended to recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in any Faculty who are pursuing a graduate degree at Simon Fraser University. Applicants must have contributed to the advancement of Persian culture and the Iranian community through volunteerism or research in Canada or in the applicant's country of origin.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in any Faculty who are pursuing a graduate degree at Simon Fraser University.
  2. One scholarship will be granted annually, in any term, to a student who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. is registered at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in any faculty;
    2. has demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate or undergraduate level;
    3. shows promise of originality and creativity in research; and
    4. has contributed to the advancement of Persian culture and the Iranian community through volunteerism or research in Canada or in the applicant's country of origin.
  3. Preference will be given to an entering student.
  4. This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other scholarships made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. Applications will be adjudicated via the Graduate Awards, Application and Adjudication System  (GA3) managed by Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial transcript or a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a current curriculum vitae; and
    4. a one-page statement outlining the applicant's contributions to the advancement of Persian culture and the Iranian community through volunteerism or research.
  6. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

May 2021 / GPSR110

Glen Geen Scholarship in Marine Biology By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration on marine biology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Biological Sciences a concentration on marine biology.
  2. The Glen Geen Scholarship in marine biology is a one-term award valued at the earned income from the endowment.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences with a concentration on marine biology
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on the intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  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. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all postsecondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed 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: February 2012 / GESR062

Hargreaves Scholarship in Science and Applied Sciences By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science, FAS
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in Science or Applied Sciences whose research will contribute to the technology sector in British Columbia.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in Science or Applied Sciences whose research will contribute to the technology sector in British Columbia.
  2. One scholarship, valued at a minimum of $1,500, will be awarded annually to a student who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level;
    2. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Faculty of Applied Sciences or the Faculty of Science;
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research;
    4. is undertaking research that will address issues of importance to growth companies in the British Columbia technology sector; and
    5. is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  3. The scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards made by SFU or other agencies, where pemitted by those agencies.
  4. Multiple scholarships may be distributed if undisbursed funds have been carried forward from a prior year or term.
  5. Applications will be made via the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript;
    2. a concise description (one page) of the student's research program including a description of the research implications for a British Columbia technology firm or the BC technology sector in general; and
    3. a letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic achievements and experience.
  6. The completed application and all supporting documentation must be received by the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences. 
  7. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee. 

Revised: April 2019/ GESR229

IODE Seaman Morley Scott Memorial Graduate Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
This memorial graduate scholarship award is intended to provide financial support for a female graduate student who is Canadian citizen and has a CGPA above 3.50.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The eligibility criteria for this award are:
    1. female Canadian citizen
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program
    3. cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5
  2. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    3. a curriculum vitae
    4. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
  3. The completed application and supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  4. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: February 2012 / GESR067

Indigenous and Black Graduate Student Scholarship in Biology By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
 
The purpose of this Scholarship is to promote equity, diversity and inclusion by ameliorating persistent under-representation in SFU’s Department of Biological Sciences experienced by students who self-identify as Indigenous and/or Black.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this Scholarship is to recognize entering or continuing graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences in Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Science. The criteria for this Scholarship include a limitation to individuals with one or more of the following personal characteristics:
    1. Self-identify as Indigenous; and/or
    2. Self-identify as Black.
  2. One or more Scholarships, valued at a minimum of $1,500, will be granted annually in any term to students (once enrolled) who meet the following criteria:
    1. have demonstrated excellence*, and/or attributes that the BISC departmental EDI Committee sees fit, in the most recent degree program completed or in their current degree program;
      1. *whereas this scholarship recognizes "a more inclusive notion of excellence values a range of skills and acknowledges alternative (non-linear or atypical) career paths, commitments outside of academia, and the balance between academic and personal life."1
    2. self-identify as either Indigenous and/or Black;
      Note, candidates are not limited to those who are already registered in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences. A prospective student can be an awarded, although payment of the scholarship won’t be dispersed until the first semester of enrollment.
  3. The University will rely on self-identification of relevant personal characteristics by applicants to determine whether the applicant meets applicable eligibility criteria. Due to restrictions on collecting and using personal information, the University will not independently confirm that applicants meet the eligibility criteria or preferences for a proposed award related to their personal characteristics.
  4. The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other Awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies but does not count towards the Biological Sciences minimum funding level for graduate students.2
  5. Applications will be adjudicated via the graduate awards system managed by Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript or a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
    2. a letter from one academic, community, or professional reference which outlines the applicant's excellence as defined in 2. a.;
    3. a current curriculum vitae; and
    4. a one-page research proposal.
  6. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the Scholarship may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  7. The Scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination by the Graduate Program Chair, Biological Sciences or their designate.

1 Fines-Neuschild & Pulido. (2021). Rethinking university scholarships to improve equity, diversity and inclusion among winners

2 Biological Sciences Graduate Student Funding Policy.

April 2023 / GPSR123

J. Abbott / M. Fretwell Graduate Fellowship in Fisheries Biology By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award provides a fellowship to graduate students in Fisheries Biology. Preference will be given to a student with a strong sports background.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The award is funded through the J. Abbott / M. Fretwell Memorial Endowment established by Envirocon Pacific Ltd., Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd., and the Federal Department of Fisheries in the memory of Jeremy Abbott and Michael Fretwell after their death in a tragic helicopter accident in September 1988. The purpose of this award is to provide annual fellowships to graduate students in Fisheries Biology.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program with an emphasis in Fisheries Biology
    3. a strong sports background is preferable
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
  5. The applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences which will recommend recipients to the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee through the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR049

John and Lyn Webster Graduate Scholarship in Biological Sciences By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in SFU's Department of Biology who demonstrate academic excellence and promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support to one or more graduate students in the Department of Biological at Simon Fraser University who demonstrated academic excellence and promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  2. One or more scholarships, valued at a minimum of $8,000 each, will be granted annually in any term to students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. have demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level and if applicable, at the undergraduate level;
    2. are registered at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences; and
    3. have demonstrated promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  3. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing research in any area of symbiosis.
  4. This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. Applications will be adjudicated via the graduate awards system managed by Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work; and
    3. a one-page essay that addresses their research pursuits and demonstrates intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  6. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the scholarship may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  7. The identified candidate(s) will present their research as part of the Biological Sciences seminar series called Les Ecologistes prior to their graduation. This presentation will be called the John and Lyn Webster Scholar Graduate Seminar.
  8. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.
Knud George Pedersen International Graduate Students Fund Endowment By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
The purpose is to provide support for international graduate students with unforeseen or unmet expenses and may also support programs and initiatives designed to enhance the educational experience for international graduate students.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose is to provide support for international graduate students with unforeseen or unmet expenses and may also support programs and initiatives designed to enhance the educational experience for international graduate students. Expenditure amount and type will be at the discretion of the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate Studies or their designate.
  2. Eligible student expenses may include but are not limited to:
    - funding for personal expenses such as food and rent;
    - travel expenses for family emergencies;
    - travel expenses for education purposes such as conferences; and
    - registration fees for conferences and workshops.
  3. To be eligible for this award, students must:
    1. be designated as international students; and
    2. be enrolled either full-time or part-time in a graduate program at SFU.
  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. The application will be made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must be accompanied by:
    1. a copy of the SFU transcript; and
    2. statement of financial need.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

October 2020 / GESR240

Kruger Products Bicultural Graduate Entrance Fellowship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
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.

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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
    3. a current curriculum vitae
  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

Master of Pest Management Graduate Entrance Scholarship entrance award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value MPM
 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a student entering a graduate degree program leading to a Master of Pest Management.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student entering a graduate degree program leading to a Master of Pest Management.
  2. The Master of Pest Management Graduate Entrance Scholarship is valued at a portion of the earned income and will be awarded annually. One scholarship is available each year to a graduate student entering the Master of Pest Management Program, in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in Pest Management. A minimum CGPA of 3.00 is required.
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate 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. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all postsecondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    3. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s recent work
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR095

LOLA pROJECTS gRADUATE aWARD IN sPECIAL cOLLECTIONS By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award recognizes graduate students who show evidence of scholarly interest or creative achievement related to dance, choreography or movement-related holdings at the Simon Fraser university Special Collections & Rare Books division

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to attract and provide financial support to graduate students of any academic discipline who use materials held at the SFU Library Special Collections & Rare Books (SCRB) as part of their research. The award recognizes graduate students who show evidence of scholarly interest or creative achievement related to dance, choreography, or movement-centred research holdings at the Simon Fraser University Special Collections & Rare Books division.
  2. One or more awards, valued at a minimum of $2,000 each, will be granted annually in any term to students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. are enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the term of eligibility;
    2. have demonstrated academic achievement in the most recent degree program completed; and
    3. have demonstrated scholarly or creative interests in the Simon Fraser University Special Collections dance and/or choreography-related materials.
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. Applications for the award will be made to the Library, and must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of official post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work; and
    3. a one-page essay (500 words or less) from the applicant that outlines their research and its relevance to an archival dance/choreography/movement-related collection at Simon Fraser University (SCRB).
  5. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the award may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  6. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination by the Dean of Libraries and the Head of Special Collections & Rare Books.

Feb 2024

Michael Geller Graduate Scholarship in Urban Development By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support for an outstanding Master’s or PhD student whose research is in urban development.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Michael Geller Graduate Scholarship in Urban Development is to provide financial support to a Master’s or PhD student whose research is in urban development.
  2. The Michael Geller Graduate Scholarship is a one-term award valued at a portion of the earned income from the endowment.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program
    2. demonstrated academic and research excellence at the post-graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  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. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript OR an official transcript from the most recent degree program at another post-secondary institution
    2. a concise description (one page or less) of the proposed or actual thesis research project
    3. a curriculum vitae summarizing scholarship achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    4. two letters of reference: one letter of reference from the student’s supervisor and a second letter of reference from someone other than the supervisor who is familiar with the applicant’s research abilities
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR142

Michael Stevenson Graduate Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Doctoral Programs
 
This award is intended for a student enrolled in a doctoral program who has demonstrated research excellence at the postgraduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for students enrolled in a doctoral program at Simon Fraser University.
  2. The Michael Stevenson Graduate Scholarship is a three-term award and it is tenable during three consecutive academic terms in Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level
    2. full-time registration in a doctoral program in any Faculty at SFU
    3. demonstrated research excellence at the postgraduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  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. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program complete
    2. resume summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    3. letter of reference from the student’s senior supervisor describing the candidate’s research abilities
  6. Student applications are normally accepted at the departmental level. One nomination from each Department is submitted to Graduate Studies and forwarded to the Faculty offices.
  7. The selection of a successful candidate(s) in each Faculty will be made by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee from the departmental nominations received. One nomination from each Faculty Dean will be forwarded to Graduate Studies, who will make the final selection from among the Faculty nominations received, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: September 2021 / GESR 181

Mutual Fire Insurance Company of BC Graduate Scholarship in Biological Sciences By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
 
This award is intended for a student pursuing a Masters or PhD degree program in biology with a focus on research applicable to British Columbia’s poultry, dairy, ranch and/or crop agricultural industries.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a Masters or PhD graduate degree program in biology with a focus on research applicable to British Columbia’s poultry, dairy, ranch and/or crop agricultural industries.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences.
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The student must be nominated for this award by the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a nomination letter from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s research interests
    2. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    3. proposed program of studies demonstrating focus on research applicable to British Columbia’s poultry, dairy, ranch and/or crop agricultural industries
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, and on the recommendation of the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program Committee.

Revised: February 2012 / GESR140

Patricia Gallaugher Award in Coastal Science Management By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Science
 
This award is intended to provide funding to graduate students conducting community-engaged research that informs positive change and/or policy in marine or environmental conservation.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide funding to graduate students conducting community-engaged research that informs policy and/ or influences marine or environmental conservation.
  2. One or more awards will be granted annually in the fall term to either a Master's or Doctoral. If more than one award is granted, the preference is to grant equal numbers of awards to Master's and Doctoral students.
  3. The award(s) will be offered to graduate students who fulfill the following eligibility criteria: a. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment or the Faculty of Science;
    1. demonstrated academic achievement in the most recent degree completed or in their current graduate program;
    2. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in community engaged research that inform positive change and/ or policy in marine or environmental conservation; and
    3. focus on community-engaged research that informs policy and/ or influences marine or environmental conservation.
  4. Preference will be given to students in the Faculty of Environment.
  5. The application must be made via the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/ or a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
    2. one letter of reference from an SFU faculty member familiar with the applicant's work and interests in community-based approaches to marine or environmental management;
    3. a current curriculum vitae;
    4. a one page research proposal related to the community-engaged research that informs policy and/or influences marine or environmental conservation;
    5. a half-page personal statement of goals related to the aims of this award.
  6. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Environment.

Revised: December 2015 / GESR211

Philip and Marian McClelland Memorial Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
This award is meant for graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and have demonstrated leadership and research potential.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  2. Multiple awards may be offered if endowment income permits; however, the value of additional awards must be equal to the first award given in any fiscal year. The criteria for this award are:
    1. enrollment in the Department of Biological Sciences
    2. good academic standing at the graduate level
    3. minimum CGPA of 3.00
    4. demonstrated leadership and research potential
    5. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  3. Students must be nominated for this award by the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work, that speaks to the student's leadership and research potential
  5. The value of the scholarship is intended to be above and beyond the normal salary or funding package) offered to students in the Department of Biological Sciences. It is the responsibility of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences to ensure that this award is not considered as part of the funding package guaranteed to the recipient.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

Revised: November 2020 / GESR201

Phyllis Carter Burr Graduate Scholarship in Developmental Biology and Cell Biology By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences, MBB, BPK
 
This award is intended for a graduate student intending to/or pursuing an academic research career specializing in developmental biology and/or cell biology. Preference will be given, but not restricted to, female applicants.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for graduate students in any department at Simon Fraser University who intend to pursue an academic research career specializing in developmental biology and/or cell biology (currently, this would include students in the departments of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology in the Faculty of Science).
  2. The Phyllis Carter Burr Graduate Scholarship is intended to recognize outstanding students and to allow them to concentrate fully on their thesis research during its tenure.
  3. Preference will be given, but not restricted to, female applicants.
  4. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration in a graduate program in science (MSc or PhD) at Simon Fraser University
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on research ability and originality
  5. This award may be held in any term in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies. It may not be held while holding a Teaching Assistantship or other remuneration for work not constituting the recipient’s thesis research project.
  6. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual thesis research
    3. a curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    4. one letter of reference from someone other than his/her supervisor who is familiar with the applicant’s research ability
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.
  8. A copy of the recipient's proposed or actual research thesis will be sent to the donor of the award once a year.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR053

Quirks & Quarks Graduate Award for Best PhD Thesis By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science (Doctoral)
 
The Quirks & Quarks Graduate Award for Best PhD Thesis will be awarded annually from a portion of the income earned from the endowment fund.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize the best PhD Thesis by a convocating doctoral student.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. successfully defended the thesis and completed all degree requirements within the twelve month period ending March 31st in a doctoral program in the Faculty of Science at SFU
    2. demonstrated academic and research excellence
  3. The student must be nominated for this award by the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee (FSGSC) from a nomination package received from each department within the Faculty, consisting of the following:
    1. nomination letter from the Department Chair explaining the significance, impact and originality of the doctoral research and identifying the contribution made by the student as distinct from that by the supervisor of the research
    2. a one-page summary of the research written in plain language and signed by the student
    3. an up-to-date curriculum vitae that clearly indicates the student’s contributions to publications and collaborative research activities
    4. a copy of the external examiner’s pre-defense report on the thesis
    5. a current, unofficial SFU transcript
  4. Applications will be accepted on the new online graduate award system (GA3).
  5. The Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee will select one candidate from the nominations received and forward this to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on the nomination of the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: May 2015 / GESR153

Robert Russell Family/First Nations Graduate Award By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award provides support for an entering or current First Nations or Aboriginal graduate student pursuing studies in the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

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Terms of Reference

The purpose of the Robert Russell Family/First Nations Graduate Award is to provide financial support for a First Nations or Aboriginal graduate student who is entering or pursuing graduate studies in the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

  1. The Robert Russell Family/First Nations Graduate Award is valued at a portion of the earned income and will be awarded annually.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. aboriginal student (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit)
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual research project
    3. two letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant's scholarly work and academic background
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR126

Sharon Clements Biological Sciences Award By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
This award recognizes a graduate student enrolled in the second year or later, in the Department of Biological Sciences. Preference will be given to applicants in the following order of priority: enrolled in the Master of Pest Management program, enrolled in a program of entomological studies, have not received this award before. Preference for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  2. Multiple awards may be offered if endowment income permits; however, the value of additional awards must be equal to the first award given in any year.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. enrollment in the Department of Biological Sciences
    2. enrollment in the second year or later of graduate studies
    3. good academic standing at the graduate level
    4. minimum CGPA of 3.00
    5. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
    6. has not been nominated, concurrently, for the Shaughn Clements Biological Sciences Award
  4. Students must be nominated for this award by the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
  5. The value of the award is intended to be above and beyond the normal salary (or 'funding package') offered to graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. It is the responsibility of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences to ensure that this award is not considered as part of the funding package guaranteed to the recipient.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

Revised: November 2020 / GESR192

Shaughn Clements Biological Sciences Graduate By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences
This award is meant to support a graduate student enrolled in the second year or later and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.  
  2. Multiple awards may be offered if endowment income permits; however, the value of additional awards must be equal to the first award given in any year.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. enrollment in the Department of Biological Sciences
    2. enrollment in the second year or later of graduate studies
    3. good academic standing at the graduate level
    4. minimum CGPA of 3.00
    5. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
    6. has not been nominated, concurrently, for the Sharon Clements Biological Sciences Award or the Philip and marian McClelland Memorial Scholarship.
  4. The value of the award is intended to be above and beyond the normal salary (or funding package) offered to graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. It is the responsibility of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences to ensure that this award is not considered as part of the funding package guaranteed to the recipient.
  5. Students must be nominated for this award by the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

Revised: November 2020/ GESR198

Sidney Hogg Memorial Graduate Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science
 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a graduate student in the Faculty of Science.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual award is to provide financial support for a graduate student in the Faculty of Science.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Faculty of Science
    2. financial need
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
  5. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    1. a curriculum vitae
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a statement describing the financial need.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR066

Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Fellowship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Various Doctoral Programs
 
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.

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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
    4. a current curriculum vitae
  5. Departmental nominations are normally due to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: September 2021 / GESR012

Sulzer (Bingham) Pumps Inc. Graduate Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science, FAS
 
This award supports a graduate student in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Applied Science. Preference will be given to applicants who are sons, daughters or legal dependants of Sulzer Pumps Inc. employees.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Applied Science.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in either a Science or Applied Science graduate program
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, graduate level
    4. preference will be given to applicants who are sons, daughters or legal dependants of Sulzer Pumps Inc. employees, but where no such candidate is identified, disbursement of the award will be at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual program of studies
    3. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s recent work
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017/ GESR081

Thelma Finlayson Graduate Entrance Scholarships entrance award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value MPM
 
This award is meant to provide financial support for incoming graduate students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Master's of Pest Management program.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Thelma Finlayson Graduate Entrance Scholarship is to provide financial support for incoming graduate students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Master's of Pest Management program.
  2. The Thelma Finlayson Graduate Entrance Scholarships are valued at a portion of the earned income and will be awarded annually to incoming students. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level. A minimum CGPA of 3.00 is required
    2. full-time student enrolled in a graduate program in Biological Sciences pursuing Pest Management studies
    3. promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a concise outline of the proposed or actual research project
    2. two letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant's work
    3. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, based on the recommendation of the Chair of Biological Sciences.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR008

Thelma Finlayson Graduate Fellowship By Application | View Approx. Award Value MPM
 
This award is meant to provide financial support for a student pursuing a Master's Pest Management Program degree. Preference given to student studying entomology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a Master's Pest Management Program degree.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. full-time student enrolled in a program leading to a Master Pest Management Program degree
    3. preference given to student studying entomology
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    2. a curriculum vitae
    3. three letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant's work
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR009

Waterhouse Graduate Fellowship in Organizational Change and Innovation By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a graduate student whose research focus is on organizational change and innovation.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide financial support for a graduate student whose research focuses is on organizational change and innovation.
  2. The Fellowship is an annual award, disbursed over two terms in the Fall and Spring. Its value is subject to the income earned from its endowment fund and will increase as the endowment grows.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration in a graduate program at Simon Fraser University
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. indication of interest in issues related to innovation and change management
    4. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on research ability and originality
  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. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts, for the first year graduate student, or a current unofficial SFU transcript, for students past their first year of graduate study
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual program of studies pertaining to sustainability, organizational change and innovation
    3. two confidential letters of reference
  6. The final selection of a candidate for the award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR159

Wayne Goeson Memorial Award By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Science
 
This award is intended for graduate students in the Faculty of Environment or Faculty of Science, who are conducting research related to the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats, with preference for a focus on salmon or steelhead and freshwater ecosystems.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment or Faculty of Science at SFU, who are conducting research related to the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats, with preference for a focus on salmon or steelhead and freshwater ecosystems.
  2. One award will be offered annually in the fall term to a graduate student who fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
    1. is registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment or Faculty of Science;
    2. demonstrated academic achievement in the most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program; and
    3. demonstrated history or expression of interest in research or work related to the ecology or conservation of fish or their habitats.
  3. Preference will be given to students focusing on salmon or steelhead and freshwater ecosystems.
  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. Applications must be made on the online Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3) and must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. a current curriculum vitae;
    3. a one-page research proposal related to the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats;
    4. a half page personal statement of goals related to the aims of this award; and
  6. One letter of reference from an SFU faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work and interests in the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats.
  7. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Environment.

Revised: January 2017 / GESR216

Webster-Chen Graduate Scholarship in the Faculty of Science By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Science
 
This award is recognize graduate students in the Faculty of Science who demonstrate academic excellence.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize two graduate students annually, in the Faculty of Science, who demonstrate academic excellence.
  2. Two or more scholarships, valued at a minimum of $25,000 each, will be granted annually in any term to students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. are registered at Simon Fraser University in a graduate degree program in the Faculty of Science; and
    2. have demonstrated academic excellence in their most recent degree program completed; and
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on the intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  3. This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other scholarships or awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies, where permitted by those agencies.
  4. Applications will be adjudicated via the graduate awards system managed by Graaduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work; and
    3. a short outline of the proposed/current research.
  5. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the scholarship may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year
  6. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Dean, Faculty of Science, or their designate.

Nov 2023 / GESR265

Weston Family Scholarships By Application | View Approx. Award Value Biological Sciences, MBB
 
The Scholarship is awarded to student/s pursuing a Masters/PhD level in Biology, Molecular Biology, or Biochemistry; with preference to those pursuing development activities that support or enhance the aquaculture and/or commercial fishery industry in Canada, or the human microbiome.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The Scholarship is awarded to student/s pursuing a Masters/PhD level in Biology, Molecular Biology, or Biochemistry; with preference to those pursuing:
    1. Development activities that support or enhance the aquaculture and/or commercial fishery industry in Canada; or
    2. The human microbiome.
  2. The Weston Family Scholarship is paid over two terms, which is normally in the Fall & Spring terms.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the department of Biological Science or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, with preference given to those pursuing science-based educational research and/or development activities that support or enhance the aquaculture and/or commercial wild fisheries industries in Canada.
    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 and originality.
  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. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic achievements and experience in marine sciences
    3. a concise outline of the proposed or actual program of studies
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents will be forwarded to the Faculty of Science for selection.
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Dean of Science on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.
  8. The recipient of this award is expected to submit an online Award Recipient Profile Form to the Garfield Weston Foundation after accepting the award. 

Revised: August 2017 GESR112

The William & Ada Isabelle Steel Memorial Scholarship By Application | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
This award is intended to support a graduate student who is engaged in, or planning to engage in, research which requires work outside the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The William and Ada Isabelle Steel Memorial Graduate Scholarship is intended to support travel, accommodation, and related research expenses. One scholarship is awarded per year.
  2. To be eligible to apply, a student must:
    1. be enrolled in a graduate program at Simon Fraser University
    2. be engaged in, or planning to engage in, research which requires work outside the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
  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. This award is paid over three consecutive terms starting in the Fall term.
  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" or "part-time" for one term, a deferment of the scholarship should be requested by writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Permission will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.
  6. The Steel Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarship support from external sources and/or from awards administered by SFU. Effective Fall 2021, if the total of the Steel Scholarship and the other support exceeds $60,000 per annum, the value of the Steel Scholarship will be reduced so that the total equals $60,000. 
  7. The Steel Memorial Graduate Scholarship is intended to provide students with a period of time that they can devote largely to graduate studies and research. Departments may build this principle into their criteria for awarding this scholarship. There is no restriction on Steel Scholarship recipients receiving income for other work during the tenure of the scholarship, except as noted in Point 6. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award.
  8. The award is made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental recommendations are considered.
  9. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. SFU transcript
    2. Autobiographical sketch and statement of research interests and goals
    3. List of scholarly publications
    4. List of other scholarship or financial support held or applied for.
    5. Three letters of reference from Faculty members familiar with the student's academic and research potential.
    6. A current curriculum vitae

Revised: September 2021 / GESR013