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

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Research Funding & Scholarships

British Columbia Graduate Scholarship (BCGS) 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 31, 2019.

$15,000.00 CAD per scholarship per BC Graduate Scholar


Go to BCGS.

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 February 1, 2019 Varies

Go to IMN-PN Awards and Stipends

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, 2019


Go to REACH Awards             


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.


April 15, 2019 @ 4:00pm

For a Summer 2019 project


+$250 for approved budget items

Go to Milner Gardens & Woodland Award
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 $5,500 Go to Hannah Summer Studentship
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

February 8, 2019

Contact Kendra Stiwich if you have any questions.

$4,500 plus organization contribution Go to USRAs
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, 2019 $17,500 for 12 months Go to CGS-M Program
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 Agency: June 10, 2019 and October 10, 2018                   VIU: TBD Up to $6,000 for a period of research study abroad Go to the CGS-MSFSS Program
Foreign Study Supplements in Taiwan Program The FSS-Taiwan Program provides graduate students in the natural sciences and engineering with first-hand research experience in an international setting. Graduate External February 1, 2019 ~$3,900 Go to the FSS- Taiwan Program 
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 Go to Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Scholarships for doctoral students with exceptional academic performance in the social sciences or humanities. Graduate - PhD External Direct: November 6, 2018  Institution: January 9, 2019 $20,000/year for up to 4 years Go to JAB Canada Graduate Scholarships
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program Provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. Graduate - PhD External Direct: October 15, 2018  Institution: set by university CGS D: $35,000 a year (for two or three years)                  PGS D: $21,000 a year (for two or three years) Go to CGS & PGS Scholarships
International Development Research Centre Research Awards Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective. Graduate External September, 2019 Full Salary - varies Go to IDRC Research Award
Island Health Student Research Grant Competition These awards will provide funding to students who are working with Island Health collaborators on a research project. Undergraduate Graduate External If this is renewed, we will update! $2,500 Go to IHSRGC
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 placement Go to Mitacs Accelerate Program
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.



External Ongoing $6,000 Go to Mitacs Globalink Research Award
Mitacs RISE-Globalink Research Internship The RISE-Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative that offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth science, and physics the opportunity to participate in a research project supervised by a doctoral student at a German university or institution.


Science and Tech

External December 15, 2018 $6,000 Go to RISE - Globalink Internship

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.




To be announced

Historically in February for summer field season

Varies Go to Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship

Conference Funding

Student Travel and Conference (STAC) Fund Provides undergraduate & graduate students with funds to offset the costs of attending or presenting at a conference.

Undergraduate Graduate


September 13, 2019

For conferences between May 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019


Go to STAC Fund


Jessica Wilde Fund Provides undergraduate and graduate students with funds to offset the costs of presenting at a conference.   Undergraduate Graduate Internal

May 10, 2019

For conferences between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019


Go to Jessica Wilde Fund


Stephanie Buckingham Fund Provides nursing students with funds to offset the costs of attending or presenting at a conference.  Nursing students Internal

May 10, 2019

For conferences between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019


Go to Stephanie Buckingham Fund


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 To be announced $200 Go to PIBC Student Conference 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 To be announced $800 Go to PIBC Student Fellowship Awards
CPA Student Travel Bursary To encourage Canadian students to attend the annual conference of the CPA and present their research Psychology students External To be announced Varies Go to CPA student travel bursary


Covers the registration cost to the annual BC Tourism Industry Conference Tourism students


Now taking intersted students! Email: to indicate interest.

2019 conference being held at Parq Vancouver hotel Feb 27 - Mar 1.

Cost of conference registration

Valued at $500+

Go to Adopt-a-student


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

January 31, 2019 for conferences between February 16 through June 30, 2019

Up to $250 USD + 50% match from VIU (Up to $125 USD)

Go to Biology Student Travel Awards

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 2018-2019.

Social Sciences Undergraduate students

External & Internal

VIU is allotted one per year, and the 2018-2019 funding  has been awarded.

These are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please check back for notices of future competitions!

Up to $200 USD + matching funds from VIU (up to $200 USD)

Go to Social Sciences Student Travel Awards

Research Awards

Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award This award recognizes outstanding student research. Undergraduate Internal March 31, 2019 $500 Go to Michael L. Warsh Award
Canadian Psychological Association Student Awards Numerous in various sections Undergraduate Graduate External Varies Varies Go to CPA Student Awards

Other Awards

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 Go to AANSE award
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 Go to Student Ambassador Grant
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 To be announced $25,000 for one year Go to STEAM Hozizon Awards

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