Internal + Donor Funded Awards

Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies

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

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

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

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

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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

  • Robert is a poet, artist, and curator who works with Jewish histories as a medium for a context and site-dependent practice.

  • Niloufar involves mathematics, computer science, and biology in her interdisciplinary studies as a PhD student.

  • Katherine is studying forensic search and recovery methods in residential schools in Canada.

  • Matthew is a PhD student studying the history of small music venues in BC.

  • Alice is a PhD student in Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology examining how journalists use preprints - studies that have not yet gone through the peer review process - and what this means for the publics who rely on their reporting. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship, Michael Stevenson Grad Scholar)

  • Asura is studying the infrastructure of scholarly communication in the 21st century.

  • Lucy is an Independent Interdisciplinary Studies Doctoral student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences whose research is on Indigenous museology and Haida museum practice in particular.

  • Ethan Schmidt is a Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies (History/Humanities) doctoral student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a recipient of the Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship and the Katevatis Graduate Scholarship in Hellenic Studies.

  • Makhfirat is a Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies doctoral student in the Faculty of Education and a recipient of the University of Central Asia (UCA) and Simon Frazer University (SFU) Scholarship. Three keywords of research: Success Strategies, Academic Achievement, Motivation

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SFU Funded Awards

Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
The Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship (GDES) provides multi-year funding to recruit exceptional incoming PhD domestic and international students. Students must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit. An IGES award offer replaces any GDES offer.

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

 

Terms of Reference:

  1. Tenure for the Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship (GDES) is a maximum of two years at the master’s level and a maximum four years at the doctoral level from initial enrolment in the program.
  2. To be eligible, a student must be entering a master's or doctoral 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. a minimum CGPA of 3.50;
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level;
    3. evidence of outstanding achievement at the graduate level, with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.
  5. During tenure of the Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship, the recipient must be registered full-time in their graduate program at Simon Fraser University. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, the successful candidate must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to hold the award.
  6. The Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship is normally held during consecutive academic terms. If a recipient registers “on leave” during tenure of their award, it will be interrupted until the student is registered full-time and payments will be reinstated at that time. No deferment of award payments to future academic terms will be permitted, except under 'extenuating' conditions with the permission of the Chair of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee (SGAAC).
  7. Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship recipients may accept scholarship support from other SFU sources including SFU’s ‘donor funded/private’ awards. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may have restrictions on funding.
  8. Awards are granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the SGAAC, upon the nomination of the Graduate Program Chair.

GDES Guidelines

Student receiving the GDES award should read the full GDES Guidelines

Revised: June 2021 / GUSE007

Graduate Fellowships nomination/Application set by program in graduate awards system | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
This award is intended for graduate students in full time research based programs. This award can only be held within the first nine (9) terms of a Master's program or the first fifteen (15) terms of a PhD program.

Applicants are only eligible to receive up to a maximum of two full GFs, or four half GFs, during an academic year.

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Terms of Reference

  1. To be eligible to hold a Graduate Fellowship (GF), a student must be registered as a full-time, regular (not "on-leave") student in a Master’s or Doctoral program.  In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, students must be taking at least six credit hours to be eligible to receive a Graduate Fellowship.
  2. Eligible students must have a minimum first-class (3.50) cumulative grade point average. In exceptional cases, other evidence of outstanding ability may outweigh this criterion. Since academic merit is the primary criterion for ranking eligible applicants, departments must notify all applicants in advance if additional criteria will be used.
  3. Students will be eligible to hold a GF only during the first 9 semesters of a Master's program and during the first 15 semesters of a Ph.D. program.
  4. Students who did not complete a Master's program before transferring into a PhD are eligible to hold the GF within the first 15 semesters of their PhD, from the PhD start date
  5. GFs will be awarded in increments of .5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0. A partial GF (.5) is valued at $3,500; a full GF (1.0) is valued at $7,000. Applicants may be eligible to receive up to a maximum of two full GFs, or four partial GFs, during the academic year (September 1 – August 31).
  6. GF recipients are eligible to hold other scholarships funded from SFU sources.
  7. Graduate Fellowship recipients may accept other scholarship support from external funding sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds). Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a GF at the same time as the external award. Effective Fall 2021, if the total of the GF and other external support exceeds $60,000 per annum, the value of the GF will be reduced so that the total equals $60,000.
  8. There is no restriction on GF recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the GF.
  9. Application is made through the Graduate Award Application System.
  10. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the recommendations of the Departmental Graduate Program Committee.

Revised: November 2020

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

President's PhD Scholarship nomination/Application set by program in graduate awards system | Approx. Award Value: $7,000 Various Doctoral 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.

Program requirements and progress can be checked in the Academic Progress Report (APR) in goSFU.
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Terms of Reference

APR Access: Student instructions | Staff instructions

To be eligible to hold a President’s PhD Scholarship (PS), the applicant must have completed fewer than 12 terms of enrolment in the program and be registered as a full-time, regular (not “on-leave” or “part-time”) student in satisfactory/good standing in a PhD program at Simon Fraser University. 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.

At the time of nomination, 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. Students may not receive more than one President’s PhD Scholarship during their PhD program.

Evaluation criteria includes:

  • the extent to which the student has made excellent progress
  • demonstrated academic excellence
  • scholarly output and leadership

Eligibility while holding other awards/sources of income:

  • 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.
  • Given the intent of the award, recipients are expected, but not required, to limit the number of hours worked weekly.

A PhD student must be nominated for the President’s PhD Scholarship and 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 on the recommendations of the academic unit’s Graduate Program Committee to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Provost International Fellowship (PIF) Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
The PIF is intended for international students who are initiating a graduate program at SFU and have received a scholarship from their home country to study abroad. Students do not apply for this award, inquiries should be directed to Graduate Studies.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The Provost International Fellowship (PIF) will be awarded to outstanding international students who are initiating their graduate program at SFU and have received a scholarship from their home country to study abroad. These awards must provide a stipend* for living expenses for students studying abroad for all three terms including costs of Health and Medical Insurance and student fees, other than tuition.
  2. To be eligible to receive this award, a student’s initial enrolment must meet the SFU graduate program entrance requirements for international students including:
    1. English language requirements;
    2. be registered as a fulltime, regular (not "on leave") student, and
    3. normally must have a first class (SFU equivalent of 3.67) grade point average.
  3. The Provost International Fellowship has a value equivalent to the student’s tuition based on the research program full-time fee and will be disbursed on a per term basis. Normally, these awards are not available to students in premium fee programs.
  4. This award is available throughout the duration of the student’s studies for up to a maximum of 2 (masters) or 4 (doctoral) years, provided PIF recipients continue to hold their country of origin’s scholarship to study abroad, that they remain registered as a full-time, regular (not "on leave") student, and maintain a first class (3.67) grade point average. In programs where fees are assessed on a per credit basis, students must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to hold a PIF. These fellowships will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that all requirements are being met.
  5. There is no restriction on PIF recipients receiving income from Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships performed during tenure of the PIF but the maximum amount of financial support cannot exceed $60,000 (effective Fall 2021).
  6. Academic units are encouraged to match the value of the PIF award through Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships on an annual basis provided the student is suitably qualified to act as a teaching assistant or tutor marker.
  7. Eligible candidates must contact the Graduate Studies office directly and provide proof, including dates and value, of the major scholarship they hold.
  8. Awards are made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, contingent upon the availability of funds.

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

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship Entrance Award By Nomination Only | Approx. Award Value: TBD Various Programs
 
The Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES) is intended primarily as a means of recruiting outstanding applicants for admission. Students do not apply for this award - they must be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of their new academic unit.

Learn more about this award →
 

Terms of Reference

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

Revised: April 2018