Scholarships, Grants and Awards

SFU Graduate awards are processed using the Graduate Awards Applicaton System (GA3). All graduate students should set up their GA3 profile, including transcripts, CV and other documents, early in their program, and revisit it regularily to update it with current records. You should do this independantly of applying for awards. With a current GA3 profile in place, applying for open awards is quicker.

It is wise to review the terms of reference for the awards so that you know which one's you can apply for. The terms of reference for each award are listed on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website.

Timelines and Deadlines

Different awards open at different times, and awards are administered at different levels. REM receives a budget which covers entrance Graduate Fellowships (GF), progress GFs, Travel and Research Awards (TARA), the Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship, the Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship and President's PhD Awards. The process and timing for each of these awards is different and the notification for when the applications are open comes from your Graduate Program Assistant (GPA) by email to your SFU account.

Other awards, such as the Donor Awards, will open to applications for a limited period of time. Watch those opening and closing dates and ensure that your application is complete. GA3 can be fussy, so its worth going back to check your application after you have submitted to ensure all the necessary documents have saved correctly.

Procedures

Graduate Fellowships (GF)
The Graduate Fellowship (GF) is a one-term award normally valued at $7,000. REM does all GF awards by nomination only. The Graduate Studies Committee considers all eligible students each semester and makes recommendations based on availability of awards, previous financial support through the department, and academic accomplishments. The minimum GPA of 3.5 applies for all award funding.

Travel and Research Awards (TARA)
Where students anticipate specific costs associated with their research or attendance at an academic conference, funding should be requested in advance using the TARA applications. These awards typically open in October/November for payment in spring term, and March for payment in summer term. These awards cover a broad base of research and travel related activities and the value of the award is variable ($50 - $1500 typically). REM prioritizes knowledge mobilization at academic conferences for funding, but we do try to provide some funds for the majority of requests that fit under the stated terms of reference, which can include research supplies and equipment. Please submit a complete request including full costs, even if the total request far exceeds the typical funding. Awards will be determined based on funding priority and available budget.

Private Awards
Most private donor awards are by application or sometimes supervisor nomination. Having a complete GA3 profile can assist with ensuring your application or nomination can be submitted quickly. Review the terms of reference for each award as listed in the GPS website.

Entrance Scholarships
SFU’s Entrance Scholarships are only available to applicants during the first semester of their program. Applicants do not apply for these awards but are nominated by the department.

Tri-Agency (NSERC/SSHRC/CHRC) and Trudeau and Vanier Scholarships
TriAgency awards are administered directly through the Government of Canada. See the GPS website about these awards for more information.  

REM students who are Canadian citizens can apply for NSERC or SSHRC grants, depending on their area of research. Students can not apply for both NSERC and SSHRC. International students can apply for the Trudeau and the Vanier.

Undergraduate students who are considering grad school and have been out of University for a certain amount of time should check the NSERC / SSHRC website for the correct process of application if they meet the minimum GPA requirement. The deadline for these applicants may be earlier than the University deadline for graduate students. Check the agency’s website for details.

MITACS
This national internship program managed by MITACS Inc connects companies and other organizations with the research expertise in Canada’s universities. See the MITACs website for full details and speak with your supervisor if you wish to pursue one of these opportunities.

Other Sources of Funding
Many different agencies and groups run scholarships independant of SFU. Where they are able to, GPS hosts links to those competitions, however it is very difficult for them to stay current with these competitions and you may need to spend more time investigating these opportunties. You may also find local service clubs in your home community (the Legion, the Lions, the Soroptomists, Rotary, etc) may be willing to help with small contributions of funding if you simply write a letter and ask. SFU also has some bursaries and other funds you should look at and see if you are eligible.

Award Payment

Awards will be offered to you by GPS via email to your SFU account. The awards are paid based on when you accept the award according to a schedule. Typically, the awards are deposited to your student account before tuition is due. Your tuition is deducted from your award payment, and then the remaining funds are transfered to your linked account if you have signed up for Direct Deposit in goSFU (do this, keep it all simple).