VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

The BIG Student Funding Chart

This page is under construction and will be constantly shifting through the months of June and July.

Where is the BIG chart?

Right. So, the BIG chart got to be a CRAZY HUGE chart and was becoming ridiculous to read. So, we have split the CRAZY HUGE chart into a number of more manageable and accessible tabs. Just check out the larger categories below and search through the relevant awards. If you have questions about any of them, connect with Kendra.Stiwich@viu.ca.

Research Funding and Awards

This funding type supports a specific student project. Undergrads and graduate students will find stuff here.

Graduate Scholarships

If you are thinking of Graduate School or are currently in a VIU Grad program, you should identify ALL funding options. 

Indigenous Students

There are various opportunities for Indigenous students and projects, check them out!

International Students

There are opportunities for international students here in Canada, and at VIU to do great research.

Knowledge Mobilization

This includes funding to attend conferences and some professional development type events, as well as funding that allows STEM students to do community engagement.

THE CHART

There are a number of internal and external funding programs for VIU undergraduate and graduate students who want to engage in research.

Fund Name

Description

Eligibility

Internal or External

Next Deadline

Amount

Research Funding, Fellowships, & Scholarships

British Columbia Graduate Scholarship (BCGS)

CURRENT RUBRIC IS UNDER REVIEW

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (the Ministry) has provided funding ($180,000) to Vancouver Island University (VIU) for competitive, merit-based graduate student scholarships. This funding is intended to support scholarships through March 2021.

Graduate

External funding/Internal adjudication

Nominations are received from graduate programs by May 29, 2020.

$15,000.00 CAD per scholarship per BC Graduate Scholar

(non-renewable)

Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Awards and Stipends

IMN-PN funding supports Indigenous students and researchers pursuing Indigenous wellness-related research. Students studying in or conducting research in British Columbia or the Yukon are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate and Graduate Indigenous Students

External

Varies

Varies

REACH Award

Provides funding for student engagement in research from study design to knowledge mobilization. 

Undergraduate Graduate

10 for UGR and 5 for GR

Internal

October 31, 2020

$3,000

Milner Gardens & Woodland Undergraduate Research Awards

Intended to foster student research at Milner Gardens & Woodland. The project may be primarily student driven or one that is associated with a faculty member’s research program.

Undergraduate Graduate

Contact Geoff Ball if interested.

External

October 31, 2020 @ 4:00pm

$1,000

+$250 for approved budget items

Hannah Summer Studentship

Offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study and

learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history.

Undergraduate

External

To be announced

Anticipate Feb 2021

$5,500

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs)

USRAs are meant to nurture your interest and fully develop your potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies in these fields. If you would like to gain research experience in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university.

Undergraduate

External

Feb 2021, exact date TBD

Contact Kendra Stiwich if you have any questions.

$4,500 plus organization contribution

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program

Scholarships for graduate students undertaking research either in health, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences or humanities.

Graduate - Masters

External

December 1, 2020

$17,500 for 12 months

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program

The (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada.

Graduate

External

Connect with Kendra

Up to $6,000 for a period of research study abroad

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Money for doctoral students. Recipients are based on academic excellence, research potential and leadership.

Graduate - PhD

External

Consult nominating institution for submission deadline

$50,000/year for up to 3 years

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program

The CGS D program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines.

Graduate - PhD

External

Direct: TBA, usually in October

$35,000 per year for 3 years

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships support high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities.

Graduate -PhD

External

Direct: TBA, usually in October

$20,000/year for up to 4 years

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program

Provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university.

Graduate - PhD

External

Direct: October 17, 2020

$21,000 per year for three years

Mitacs Accelerate Program

Provides stipend funding for students to work with business to help them solve their research challenges with academic expertise.

Undergraduate Graduate

External

Ongoing

start at $15,000 for a 4-6 month undergraduate placement

up to $120,000 for a PhD 4yr project

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides funding for students in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas.

Undergraduate

Graduate

External

Ongoing

$6,000

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

D5020 funds one District Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship (DRAS) for one year of study in a post-baccalaureate program related to the Object of Rotary or the new Mission of The Rotary Foundation.

Graduate

External

January 15, need to contact Harry.Panjer@gmail.com several months prior 

$15,000 USD, potentially more

WorkSafeBC Research Training Awards

Funds projects that provide insights and solutions for real issues faced by workplaces and WorkSafeBC.

Graduate (International students eligible)

External

Will launch again in November 2020, monitor website.

$20,000 stipend  + $2,500 research and travel allowance

Canadian Federation of Women Fellowships & Awards

A number of graduate awards for Canadian women.

Graduate

External

Summer 2020 - Online Application Form posted; Winter 2020 - Applications due

More info will be posted as released.

Varies, depending on award.

Scholarship in Food Insecurity

These scholarships will support graduate students who propose to pursue research that contributes to the body of knowledge on food insecurity, including determinants, risk factors, impacts, and the efficacy of potential interventions such as programs, policies, and market instruments.

Graduate

External

February 2021

More info will be posted as released.

$15,000 

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships

Towards tuition fees for any one year of full time study on a postgraduate Masters programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

Graduate

External

July 31, 2020

£8000

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK.

Graduate

International students may be eligible.

External

Applications open in August and close in November. More info will be posted as released.

Flights, accommodation, and course fees are all included

Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowships

The program offers 10 week opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff.

Graduate

External

November 1, 2020

$7,500 USD stipend

Fulbright formal enrollment awards

Intended for students who plan to enroll in a graduate program at an American university. The student must seek admission at the same time as they apply for a Fulbright award. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the first nine months of the student’s graduate degree.

Graduate

External

Opens May 2020

$15,000 USD

Fulbright research awards

Intended for students enrolled in a graduate program at a Canadian university, and who wish to conduct research in the United States that will support their Canadian degree. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the student’s nine month academic year in the United States.

Graduate

External

Opens May 2020

$15,000 USD

Fulbright independent research awards

Intended for researchers who have completed an undergraduate degree or a master’s degree at a Canadian university and who wish to pursue one academic year of independent research in the United States.

Undergraduate (completed)

Graduate (completed)

External

Opens May 2020

$15,000 USD

Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses or to pursue research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. The Hyman Grant is intended to help support a first meaningful field-station experience for a first- or second-year graduate student, or an advanced undergraduate.

Undergraduate

Graduate

External

TBA Historically in February for summer field season

Varies

Conference Funding

Student Travel and Conference Funding

Provides undergraduate & graduate students with funds to offset the costs of attending or presenting at a conference.

Undergraduate Graduate

Internal

May 8, 2020

For conferences between January 1 and August 31, 2020

Varies

Planning Institute of British Columbia Annual Student Conference Funding

The PIBC Annual Student Conference Funding provides financial support or subsidies to support Student members’ attendance at the PIBC Annual Conference each year.

MCP students

External

TBA

$1400 in funding

Planning Institute of British Columbia Annual Student Fellowship Award

The PIBC Annual Student Fellowship Award provides funding to support Student members’ attendance at and participation in the PIBC’s Annual Conference, in order that they may present their academic work to professional colleagues and conference attendees as part of the program of the Annual Conference.

MCP students

External

TBA; normally in December

$800

CPA Student Travel Bursary

To encourage Canadian students to attend the annual conference of the CPA and present their research

Psychology students

External

December 2020

Varies, ~$500

Adopt-a-student

Covers the registration cost to the annual BC Tourism Industry Conference

Tourism students

External

Email: info@tiabc.ca to indicate interest.

Cost of conference registrationValued at $500+

CUR - Biology Student Travel Awards

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, for undergraduate students presenting original biological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting.

Biology Undergraduate students

External & Internal

TBA; expect late February

Up to $250 USD 

CUR - Social Sciences Student Travel Awards

The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year.

Social Sciences Undergraduate students

External & Internal

VIU is allotted one per year.These are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early!

Up to $200 USD 

CUR - Psychology Student Travel Awards

The CUR Psychology Division is offering a limited number of travel awards (up to $200 each) for undergraduate students presenting original psychological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting.

Psychology Undergraduate students

TBA, expect early February

$200 USD 

Research Awards

Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award

This award recognizes outstanding student research. VIU students apply via their Scholarship Profile on their student record. For senior students in their last year intending to pursue graduate studies.

Undergraduate

Internal

March 31, 2019

$500

Canadian Psychological Association Student Awards

Numerous in various sections

Undergraduate Graduate

External

Varies

Varies

Other Awards and Scholarships

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award

The AANSE award aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities.

Undergraduate Graduate

External

Minimum of two months before start of activity

Up to $5,000

NSERC Student Ambassadors

The purpose of the NSERC Student Ambassadors grant is to encourage post-secondary students to share their science and engineering experience with youth from groups that are under-represented in STEM.

Undergraduate Graduate

External

Minimum of two months before start of activity

$1,000

STEAM Horizon Awards

The award will be given to individuals who clearly demonstrate inspiring achievement in these fields by applying their passion to have an impact on their community. Winners can approach their passion for technology and science from any angle, whether from an art and design perspective, research project, public outreach, or development of a new idea or product.

Undergraduate

External

January 15

$25,000 for one year

The W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarship

The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study (master's or doctoral) in any field, in Canada or elsewhere.

Graduate

External

February 1, 2021

~$8500 but is subject to change. 

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