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Awards and Scholarships

External scholarships

External scholarships primarily come from federal or provincial research funding agencies.

Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures

Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures provides funding to the university to administer and adjudicate the graduate student scholarships program at the University of Calgary. These scholarships supports the highest calibre graduate students conducting research in information and communications technology, nanotechnology and omics (omics consists of genomics, proteomics, ,metabolomics, transcriptomics and regulomics). Refer to the program guidelines and website for more details.

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Alberta Innovates Health Solutions

Established by the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (formerly Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research) supports biomedical and health research at Alberta universities, and other affiliated institutions. AIHS provides a number of scholarships to graduate students.

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NSERC scholarships and fellowships

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is the primary federal agency investing in university research and training in the field of natural sciences and engineering. It supports students through a number of scholarships and fellowships programs.

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Alberta Conservation Association grants in biodiversity

The Alberta Conservation Association sponsors this program to increase the knowledge of flora and fauna in Alberta. Students who pursue fieldwork as part of their thesis research should consider applying for this award, which helps cover costs of research.

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Government of Canada funds Canadian Institutes of Health Research and it supports researchers and students in universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes across Canada. 

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) provides financial support to Canadian and international students who have achieved exceptional success in their studies and will pursue a doctoral program in a Canadian university. Students must apply to the Canadian university to which they are applying for doctoral studies.

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Alberta Cancer Foundation Graduate Studentship award

ACF provides stipend support to excellent full-time students currently pursuing masters or doctorate degrees related to cancer research in Alberta.

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Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

A limited number of competitive studentships are offered by the foundation each year to highly qualified graduate students. Funding opportunities include training awards, conference travel, research programs and other grants.

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Mitacs links academia, industry, and the public sector. It offers various programs and workshops. Mitacs-Accelerate connects companies with research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their expertise to business research challenges.

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Operation Wallacea

Runs yearly grant program for doctoral students. It is intended to allow students to visit their sites and conduct research during the summer. The grant will include a flight allowance, accommodation, food, diving if required, use of vehicles and boats, medical and evacuation insurance and basic scientific equipment for the period of the field work.

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