Internal + Donor Funded Awards

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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

  • Rachel is Department of Geography doctoral in the Environment. Three keywords of research: carbon cycle, carbon dioxide removal, earth system modelling (NSERC Vanier)

  • Terri is a Department of Geography doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment. Three keywords of research: Regulating homeless encampments (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships).

  • Lan is Geography master student in the Environment. Three keywords of research: Urban growth modelling, AI-based MCE models, GIS (ESRI Higher Education scholarship, NSERC Master)

  • Brynna is Geography doctoral student in the Environment. Three keywords to describe her research: Relations. Rights. Responsibilities.

  • Tara is Geography master student in the Environment. Three keywords of research: Housing justice, evictions, renters. (B.C. Graduate Scholarship)

  • Tyler Cole is Human Geography master student in the Environment and a recipient of the 2023 CIHR CGS-M award.

  • Naomi is a Geography student in the Faculty of Environment exploring the relationships between colonial power, the Catholic Church's ownership of land, and current private redevelopment. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Liam is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose work in the field of political ecology asks where people draw that often arbitrary line between "nature" and "culture." (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Alex is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses on expanding the modeling of geospatial systems, where interactions between various environments and individuals can be mapped by their locations on Earth and expanding it into three spatial dimensions and through time. (CanPacific/Teck Resources Award, Wayne Goeson Memorial Award)

  • Bright is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research consists of modelling different dynamics of urban growth in diverse regions across the globe and assessing the impacts of urbanization on other connected environmental systems. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Véronique is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose current research examines the labour geographies of 'microwork', the hidden and underpaid 'human intelligence' work behind artificial intelligence algorithms. (SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Hannah is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment researching the under-ice hydrodynamics and biogeochemistry of arctic lakes in the Mackenzie River Delta of the Northwest Territories. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Geography)

  • Joy is a master’s student researching underexplored history of racism and segregation policies in public swimming spaces in Vancouver. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Andrew is a PhD student researching how the political and economic aspects of primary care reform shape whether jurisdictions are successful in their efforts to improve the health of communities and limit public health care costs. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Tsatia is PhD student bringing the urban Indigenous communities in the Metro Vancouver and Russian into dialogue with each other. (Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Babak is a PhD student interested in Digital Soil Mapping, and use soil field and environmental data to generate maps for soil properties. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Alex is studying glacial landforms to reconstruct how water moved beneath the Cordilleran Ice Sheet. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Adrienne is a Geography Master's student in the Faculty of Environment studying digital soil mapping and spatial distribution of soil carbon. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Morgan is a Geography master's student working to identify locations along the Fraser River that act as potential barriers to spawning salmon at different flow levels based on surface velocity. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Simons Foundation Award Environment)

  • Christine is a Geography master’s student working to quantify the potential of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) (NSERC/SFU USRA)

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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

Andre Gerolymatos Graduate Award in Environmental Security By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment
 
This award is intended to provide financial support for graduate students in the Faculty of Environment who are conducting interdisciplinary research related to environmental and resource security such as food security (including fisheries), biodiversity, water security or energy security.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment who aim to improve aspects of environmental and resource security such as food security (including fisheries), water security, biodiversity or energy security.
  2. One or more awards, valued at a minimum of $1,000 each, will be granted to students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. have demonstrated academic excellence in the most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program
    2. are registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment
    3. are conducting interdisciplinary research related to environmental and resource security such as food security (including fisheries), biodiversity, water security or energy security
  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 post-secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a curriculum vitae
    4. a one-page summary of the applicant's research
  5. If suitable candidates are not identified, the awards may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  6. The awards 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 and Research in the Faculty of Environment.

Revised: August 2019 / GESR231

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.

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Terms of Reference

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

Revised: April 2015 / GESR087

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

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

Canadian Pacific/Teck Resources Award for Environmental Innovation By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment
 
This award supports graduate students in the Faculty of Environment who are pursuing or intend to pursue research that focuses on finding innovative solutions/approaches to environmental challenges and sustainability.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Canadian Pacific/Teck Resources Award for Environmental Innovation is to support graduate students in the Faculty of Environment who are pursuing or intend to pursue research that focuses on finding innovative solutions/approaches to environmental challenges and sustainability.
  2. The Canadian Pacific/Teck Resources Award for Environmental Innovation is a two-term award valued at a portion of the income earned from the endowment fund. If sufficient funds are available and multiple students meet the criteria for this award, multiple one-term awards of equal value may be granted.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated research excellence at the graduate level and, if applicable, at the undergraduate level
    2. full-time registration in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment
    3. minimum CGPA of 3.00 and satisfactory progress in the graduate program
    4. current or proposed research that focuses on finding innovative solutions/approaches to environmental challenges and sustainability
    5. preference for this award is given to Masters and PhD students who have not previously received it
  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 and a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. A curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this award
    3. A one-page summary of the applicant’s current or proposed research on innovative solutions/approaches to environmental challenges and sustainability
    4. A letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work and research potential
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the nomination of the Dean of the Faculty of Environment, and on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: March 2017 / GESR178

Coastal Zone Canada (BC) Association Graduate Scholarship in the Faculty of Environment By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses on the science and/or management of human activities, natural environments, physical processes and living and non-living resources within the coastal zone of British Columbia.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses on the science and/or management of human activities, natural environments, physical processes and living and non-living resources within the coastal zone of British Columbia.
  2. One or more scholarships, valued at a minimum of $1,000 each, will be offered annually, in any term, to graduate students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. are registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment;
    2. have demonstrated academic excellence in the most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program as evidenced by a minimum 3.5 CGPA; and
    3. have a demonstrated history or expression of interest in research or work related to the science and/or management of human activities, natural environments, physical processes and living and non-living resources within the coastal zone of British Columbia.
  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 made via the Graduate Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a current curriculum vitae;
    4. a one-page summary of the applicant's research, including how it relates to the broad themes of the scholarship.
  5. The award will be granted by the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate Studies on behalf of the Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Graduate and Research in the Faculty of Environment.

Revised: May 2018 / GESR102

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

Dean's 10th Anniversary Graduate Award in the Faculty of Environment nomination/Application set by program in graduate awards system | Approx. Award Value: TBD Faculty of Environment
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment.
  2. One or more awards, valued at a minimum of $1,500 each, will be granted to students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. have demonstrated academic excellence in the most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program; and
    2. are registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment; and
    3. whose work exhibits outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability and originality.
  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 made using the Graduate Awards Application System. Required documents include:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a curriculum vitae; and
    4. one-page summary of the applicant's research that exhibits outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability and originality.
  5. If suitable candidates are not identified, the awards may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  6. The awards 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 and Research in the Faculty of Environment.

Revised: August 2019 / GESR232

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

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

Geography Alumni Graduate Scholarship entrance award By Nomination Only | View Approx. Award Value Geography
 
This award is intended to provide financial support for one or more graduate students in any year of an M.A., MSc, or Ph.D. program in the Department of Geography, in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University.

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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 year of an M.A., MSc, or Ph.D.program in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University who have demonstrated academic excellence and promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, creativity and skill in research.
  2. One or more scholarships, valued at a minimum of $2,000 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/or at the undergraduate level, as applicable;
    2. are registered at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program (M.A., MSc, or Ph.D.) in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Environment; and
    3. have demonstrated promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, creativity and skill 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. Application is through the awards systems managed by Graduate Studies and must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts; and
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work.
  5. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the scholarship may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  6. The completed application and all supporting documentation must be received by the award deadlines set by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  7. 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 Department of Geography Graduate Program Committee, Faculty of Environment.

Revised: February 2024 / GESR090

Harington Graduate Scholarship for Canadian Cave Studies By Application | View Approx. Award Value Earth Sciences
This award is intended for a graduate student who demonstrates a strong interest in Canadian cave studies (specific area descriptions are included below). Preference given to Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support to a graduate student in the Department of Earth Science and other related disciplines, who demonstrates a strong interest in Canadian cave studies.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Earth Sciences  or related disciplines
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada
    4. demonstrated interest in Canadian cave studies. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an interest in the following areas of research:
      1. new caves yielding significant Quaternary paleoenvironmental information (on faunas, floras, temperatures based on speleothems, etc.)
      2. necessary further work on caves already known
      3. developments of new techniques revealing more about past cave environments - especially those in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and adjacent Northwest Territories)
  3. If the Chair of Earth Sciences cannot identify a candidate in a graduate program in the Department of Earth Sciences who demonstrates a strong interest in Canadian cave studies, the Chair will consult with other departments of related disciplines encompassing cave studies, including paleobotany and/or the study of speleothems within Archeology. The Chair can then bring forward a nomination from another department.
  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 and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. a curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    3. a one page summary of the applicant's current or proposed research
    4. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work and research potential.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, on the nomination of the Chair, Department of Earth Sciences.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR186

HeliCat Canada Graduate Award in Wildlife and Environmental Research By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment
 
This award is intended to provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the award is to provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment focused on wildlife and environmental research in the following areas: wildlife, habitat conservation and species at risk; climate change; sustainability; and avalanche research and safety.
  2. To receive the award, the student must:
    1. be registered full-time in a graduate program in SFU's Faculty of Environment; with a focus on wildlife and environmental research in one of the following areas:
      - wildlife, habitat conservation and species at risk
      - climate change
      - sustainability
      - avalanche research and safety; and
    2. have demonstrated academic excellence in the most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program.
  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 made via the Graduate Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. one current, unofficial SFU transcript or a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
    2. one letter of reference from an SFU faculty member familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a current curriculum vitae; and
    4. a one-page summary of the applicant's research.
  5. Upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Graduate and Research in the Faculty of Environment, which is based on the recommendation of the Director, Centre for Tourism Policy and Research; this award will be granted by the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2020 / GPSR100

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

John Halliday McCrae Graduate Scholarship in Ecological Restoration By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment
This award is intended to support graduate students who are enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment and who demonstrate excellence in ecological restoration, conservation, and/or environmental stewardship.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of these awards is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence in ecological restoration, conservation, and/or environmental stewardship.
  2. One or more awards, valued at a minimum of $1,750 each, will be granted annually to a student who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. are registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment;
    2. must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and
    3. have demonstrated academic excellence in ecological restoration, conservation, and/or environmental stewardship.
  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 made via the Graduate Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a curriculum vitae; and
    4. a one-page summary of the applicant’s research or project that exhibits outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability and originality.
  5. If suitable candidates are not identified, the awards may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  6. The awards 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, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Environment.

Revised: May 2024 / GESR230

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simons Foundation Graduate Award in the Faculty of Environment By Application | View Approx. Award Value Faculty of Environment
 
This award is intended to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. full-time registration in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment; and
    2. have demonstrated academic excellence in the most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program.
  3. Preference will be given to candidates conducting research in sustainable development (from local to global scales), environmental and water security, environmental science, and/ or ethics and best practices.
  4. The award application will be made using the online Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3) and must include:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with applicant's work;
    3. a curriculum vitae; and
    4. a one-page summary of the applicant's research, including how it relates to the broad themes of the award.
  5. 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 Associate Dean, Graduate and Research, in the Faculty of Environment.

Revised: October 2017 / GESR224

Tenenbaum/Park Graduate Award in Human Geography By Application/Nomination | View Approx. Award Value GEOGRAPHY
 
This award is intended to recognize and support graduate students studying human geography, with a preference to those studying economic geography.

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Terms of Reference

  1. TheThe purpose of this award is to recognize and support graduate students studying human geography, with a preference to those studying economic geography.
  2. One or more awards, valued up to a maximum of $10,000 each will be awarded in any term to students who fulfill the following criteria:
    1. have demonstrated academic achievement in their current or most recent program of studies,
    2. are pursuing a graduate degree program within the department of Geography; and
    3. studying human geography with preference to a student studying economic geography.
  3. Applications for the award will be made via the graduate awards systems managed by the Graduate Studies, and must be accompanied by:
    1. copies of transcripts
    2. a nomination letter describing the academic merits and potential of the nominee
    3. a one-page summary of the applicant’s research interests and/or project.
  4. Students cannot be recommended for, or hold the award more than twice in the course of their degree. Master’s students must hold the award within 9 terms of the beginning of their program; PhD students must hold the award within 15 terms of beginning their program. These times may be extended for students who have taken an approved leave. Students who did not complete a Master’s program before transferring into a PhD are eligible to hold the award within the first 15 terms of their PhD, from the PhD start date.
  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 will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination by the Graduate Chair, Department of Geography or their designate.
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

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