VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

International Students

Please note the funding and awards listed below are ordered chronologically based on their DUE DATE in the academic year (September to August).

Student Travel and Conference Funding

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

Value: Varies

Deadlines: 2nd Friday in January; 2nd Friday in May; Second Friday in September

Availability: Undergraduate and graduate

Laura Bassi Scholarship (3 deadlines per year)

The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. The scholarships are open to every discipline.

Value: $750 for Master's candidates 

Deadlines: November 25, 2020; March 25, 2021; July 27, 2021

Availability: Graduate 


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

Value: Cost of conference registration; ~$500

Deadlines: TBA

Availability: Undergraduate and graduate tourism students

Contact: Email: to indicate interest.

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.

Value: Varies

Deadlines: TBA

Availability: Graduate (MCP)

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.

Value: Up to $200 USD

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

Availability: Undergraduate Social Science students

Mitacs Accelerate

Provides funding to create a paid internship at an organization that needs your expertise.

Value: Funding starts at $15,000

Deadline: Apply anytime

Availability: Undergraduate students can do up to two four-month internships, master's students can do up to four-month internships.

Canadian Psychological Association Student Awards

Numerous available in various sections.

Value: Varies

Deadline: Check specific awards

Availability: Check specific awards.

Reach Award

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

Value: $3,000

Deadline: October 31 @ 4pm 

Availability: Undergraduate (N = 10) and Graduate (N = 5) 

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.

Value: $1,000 + $250 for approved budget items

Deadline: October 31 @ 4pm 

Availability: Undergraduate and Graduate

Contact: Geoff Ball  

Hannah Summer Studentship

Offers undergraduate students and MA students an opportunity to study and learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history.

Value: $5,500

Deadline: To be announced. Anticipate November 2020. 

Availability: Undergraduate and MA students

WorkSafeBC Research Training Awards

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

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

Deadline: Will launch again in November 2020, monitor website. 

Availability: Graduate students 

CPA Student Travel Bursary

To encourage students to attend the annual conference of the Canadian Psychological Association and present their research.

Value: Varies

Deadlines: TBA, anticipate December

Availability: Undergraduate and graduate psychology students

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.

Value: Varies

Deadlines: Normally in December

Availability: Graduate (MCP)

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.

Value: $8,500 

Deadline: February 1 

Availability: Graduate 

Contact: VIU students contact

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.

Value: Up to $200 USD

Deadlines: Expect early February

Availability: Undergraduate psychology students

The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security 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.

Value: $15,000

Deadline: To be announced. Anticipate February 2021. 

Availability: Graduate

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.

Value: Up to $250 USD

Deadlines: Expect late February

Availability: Undergraduate biology students

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.

Value: $500

Deadline: March 31 (done via the application on the Student Record System) 

Availability: Undergraduate, normally at the end of their degree