External Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) administers a number of external awards programs, including those offered by federal, provincial, and other scholarship agencies. UNBC students are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities from Canada’s three major government research granting agencies:  the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Competitions for many of the major federal and provincial scholarships that UNBC administers take place in the September Semester each year. Applicants are required to check the websites below, as well as the agency websites for eligibility and application details and instructions.  Students should also note that application procedures vary for many external competitions. In some cases, applicants are required to apply directly to the granting agency, while in others, the award undergoes an adjudication process at UNBC’s Office of Research. Please contact grad-scholarships@unbc.ca with any questions you may have.


Federal awards

Award and value  Deadline   Application page 

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters
$17,500 for 1 year

December 1, 2022
5:00 pm

 Apply

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral
$35,000 per year, 3 years

October 17, 2022
4:30 pm

Apply: CIHR

Apply: NSERC

Apply: SSHRC

CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement
Up to $6,000

 June 1 and October 1
12:00 pm 

Apply: NSERC

Apply: SSHRC

Apply: CIHR

NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Award
$4,500 plus organization contribution

March 1, 2023

Apply

Vanier CGS (Doctoral Award)
$50,000 per year, for three years

September 23, 2022
5:00 pm 

Apply

External awards

Award  Deadline  Application page

Rhodes Scholarship
Fees and stipend, see website for details 

September 9th, 2022

 Apply

Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarship
$8,500 

February 1, 2023

 Apply

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
$40,000 per year, for three years.
Plus research and travel allowance

TBD 

Apply

McCall MacBain Scholarship
Fees and stipend, see website for details

September 21, 2022

Apply