Awards and Funding


There are many award opportunities for RES Graduate Students, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for details. For more details on some of the major awards, please follow the tabs on the right panel.


Award/ Fellowship

Who can apply?

Specific Citizenship
required to apply?

SSHRC Master’s & Doctoral students Canadian and Permanent Resident
NSERC Master’s & Doctoral students Canadian and Permanent Resident
Les Lavkulich Scholarship Master’s & Doctoral students Everyone
Freda Pagani Scholarship Master’s & Doctoral students Everyone
Affiliated Awards Master’s & Doctoral students Everyone
Spring Awards Master’s & Doctoral students Everyone
Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Master’s & Doctoral students Everyone. Those of aboriginal decent.
RES Student Travel Award Master’s & Doctoral students Everyone
G+PS Travel Award Master’s & Doctoral students Everyone
Trudeau Scholarship Doctoral students Everyone
Vanier Scholarship Competition Doctoral students Everyone
Four Year Fellowships (4YF) Doctoral students Everyone
International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) Doctoral students International
Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship Doctoral students Those from list of eligible countries.

Top Tips for completing all funding applications

  1. Talk with your advisor regarding your proposal and the appropriate funding agency.
  2. Start writing your proposal early (in August). Leave time for several rounds of revision, either with your advisor or with fellow students.
  3. Send out transcript requests. This is particularly important for international students, whose documents may be delayed several weeks by postal/courier services.
  4. Send out reference requests. You’ll get better comments if you give your reviewers time to consider.
  5. Attend Dr. Kai Chan’s presentation on tips and strategies when preparing an award’s application. Dr. Chan’s awards presentation is part of the Annual Celebration (student orientation) during the first week of September.
  6. Leave time to assemble your awards package. The Tricouncil, Vanier, and Trudeau awards use online application systems that take some time to set up and input information. They are also occasionally glitchy.

When filling out the application

  • Academic History. It may sound ridiculous but it’s easily done. Don’t forget to include your current program when completing the academic history section of the application form.
  • Spell check the whole document. If it is easier write your proposal in word and copy and paste into the form.
  • Remember your audience. Remember that the person who will read your application is unlikely to be an expert in your field. Avoid using jargon or making any assumptions. Get someone in a different discipline to read your application and ensure that they understand it.
  • Be realistic. Make sure that what you are proposing to do is realistic and that your proposal makes sense. Get someone who knows about your topic to read it before you submit.
  • Formatting. Awards councils are very particular about formatting.  This is to ensure that everyone is given the same opportunity. Read the formatting guidelines, they differ from one application to another, and abide by them. Don’t get your application rejected because your margins were too small or your font was the wrong size.

Kick back and relax while others scramble to make the deadline.