Internal + Donor Funded Awards

Digital Media

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.

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.

See Award Application Tips to learn more about using GA3 and Internal + Donor Funded Awards.

How to Apply

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

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More Information

For questions and 'Nomination Only' awards, contact your academic unit.

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Featured Graduate Student

  • Andrea Del Rio is a recipient of the 2017 Pat Hibbits Scholarship Award.

  • Shawn Deng is an international student from China in the Master of Digital Media program.

  • Armaghan is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology tackling different types of challenges in different aspects moving from the project forward and achieving the best possible result. (Centre for Digital Media Scholarship)

  • Simranjot is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology learning to develop essential communication, collaboration and leadership skills. (Centre for Digital Media Scholarship)

  • Nwaufa is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology creating compelling character designs, exploring new fields of design and bringing ideas to life. (Centre for Digital Media Scholarship)

  • Chelsea is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology working on diverse projects to practice skills, such as, product management, game design and UX design. (Centre for Digital Media Scholarship)

  • Mzwakithi is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology turning nascent ideas into tangible prototypes/digital artifacts. (Centre for Digital Media Scholarship)

  • Mary is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology whose main focus is on UX design. (Gerri Sinclair Award Digital Media)

  • Ying is a Digital Media master's student who has a high level of experience in producing RWD design, web apps and mobile applications.

  • Ruchika is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology focusing on experiential learning with projects to solve real-world problems for clients across the digital media industry like Gaming, Healthcare, Extended Reality, Entertainment. (Centre for Digital Media Scholarship)

  • Matthew is a Digital Media Master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology whose research ranges from video games to virtual reality simulations. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

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Internal + Donor Funded Awards

There are no SFU funded awards listed at this time.

Donor Funded Awards

British Columbia Graduate Scholarships Entrance Award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Various Programs
 
For the 2022-2023 academic year only, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training provided one-time funding for competitive, merit-based graduate student scholarships. These awards are valued at $15,000 per year, with a one year minimum duration. Students must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

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

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

SFU Guidelines

  • These are entering awards, intended for recruitment and the start date must align with the incoming student’s graduate program start date.
  • The BCGS is valued at $15,000 ($5,000/term for the first 3 terms).
  • BCGS award holders must apply for Tri-Agency awards, if eligible.
  • Awards may be stackable; a student may receive a BCGS award as well as other scholarships but, must not exceed $60,000 funding limit per academic year.

Additional Support for Indigenous Graduate Students

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

Gerri Sinclair Award for Innovation in Digital Media By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value MDM
 
This award recognizes a student in the Masters of Digital Media Program (MDM) who has created a digital media product or innovation that has great potential either as a commercial digital media product or an innovative methodology for creating digital media products.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize a graduating student in the Masters of Digital Media Program (MDM) who has created a digital medial product or innovation that has great potential either as a commercial digital media product or an innovative methodology for creating digital media products.
  2. This award may be given to one or more students, as the Director of the Masters in Digital Medial Program sees fit.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level
    2. full-time registration in the Masters of Digital Media Program
    3. created a digital media product or innovation that has great potential either as a commercial digital media product or an innovative methodology for creating digital media products
  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. Students must be nominated by the Director of the Masters of Digital Media program. Nominations are made on GA3 and must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. a nomination letter describing the merits of the nominee
    3. a one page description of the commercial product or methodology created
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies based on the recommendation of the Director of the Masters of Digital Media Program and on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: September 2017 / GESR172

KCTS9 Graduate Scholarship in Digital Media By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value MDM
 
This award is intended for a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Digital Media program offered at the Centre for Digital Media through the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Digital Media program offered at the Centre for Digital Media through the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.
  2. At least one scholarship, will be granted annually, in any term, to a student who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. is registered in SFU's Master of Digital Media program in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology; and
    2. has demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level or in the most recent degree program completed.
  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 made via Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member, or other individual, familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a current curriculum vitae.
  5. This scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Director, Master in Digital Media program.

Revised: April 2020 / GPSR102

Masters of Digital Media Venture Internship Award By Application | View Approx. Award Value MDM
 
This award is intended for MDM students registered in either DMED 530 or DMED 531 and intend to use the award to help defray costs while creating a new business venture.

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Awards are given to MDM students who are registered in either DMED 530 or DMED 531 and intend to use the Award to help defray costs while creating a new business venture. The number of awards granted through the MDM Venture Internship Award each year will be based on the amount of money raised each year by the Masters of Digital Media and the number of students who meet all the criteria below. Awards will be granted to a maximum of $2000 per student.

Terms of Reference

  1. The eligibility criteria for this award are:
    1. Demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level (minimum 3.50 GPA) or relevant professional and volunteer achievements that may offset this criteria. (Note that the minimum GPA for "academic excellence" of all merit-based awards administered by DGS Office is 3.50).
    2. Registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Masters of Digital Media Program.
    3. A viable approved proposal to build a business.
  2. Awards will be granted based on the following criteria:
    1. Viability of business proposal in 4 to 8 month timeline.
    2. Relevant academic, professional and volunteer achievements.
    3. Proposed use of the award.
  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 in writing should be sent to the Awards Committee, Master of Digital Media Program and must include:
    1. a copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
    2. applicant’s CV, outlining academic, professional and volunteer experience
    3. two-page description of the proposed business, budget (travel and living costs, etc.) and any other relevant information that will aid the Committee in its decision
  5. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the Program Administrator, Master of Digital Media Program by September 30th, each year.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Master of Digital Media Awards Committee, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.
Mclean Greaves Graduate Memorial Award in Digital Mediad By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value MDM
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Digital Media program in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Digital Media program in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.
  2.  One award will be granted annually, in any term, to a student who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. has demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level or in the most recent degree program completed;
    2. is registered at Simon Fraser University in the Master of Digital Media program in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology; and
    3. has a history of community service.
  3.  This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. a current curriculum vitae
    3. a one-page statement outlining the applicant's history of community service; and
    4. one letter of reference from a faculty member, or other individual, familiar with the applicant's history of community service.
  4. The award application is made using the Graduate Awards Application System
  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 of the Director, Master in Digital Media program.

Revised: January 2019 / GPSR091

OUTtv Scholarship in Digital Media By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value MDM
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Digital Media program offered at the Centre for Digital Media.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Digital Media program offered at the Centre for Digital Media through the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.
  2. One award will be granted annually to a student who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. has demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level or in the most recent degree program completed
    2. is registered at Simon Fraser University in the Master of Digital Media program in the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology
    3. whose research explores areas in digital media related to the cultural, ethnic or gender-identity diversity of the LGBTQ2 community.
  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, or other individual, familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a current curriculum vitae; and
    4. a short description of the student's MDM research project related to the LGBTQ2 community.
  5. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the award may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  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 Director, Master of Digital Media program.

Revised: March 2017 / GPSR080