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Graduate Awards and Scholarships

View awards and scholarships offered to our graduate students.

Graduate Student Scholarships (GSS) are awarded by the department without specific application from students. The scholarship is based on academic merit, although other factors may also be taken into consideration in order to ensure that all continuing students are supported.

The Dr. Don F. Tavares Award is awarded to the best graduate student teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry on an annual basis. The winner will be chosen by the department and will be based on student and faculty input, including undergraduate student surveys. The value of the award is $1500. For information, click here.

The Bonnie E King Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry is open to graduate students registered full-time in the chemistry program.This award was originally endowed in 1989 under the name Department of Chemistry Graduate Scholarship. In 2013, it was renamed in honour of the department’s long-time graduate program coordinator, Bonnie King, who passed away unexpectedly while still serving in this role. The renaming was in recognition of Bonnie’s exceptional service to the Department of Chemistry and graduate education, especially her commitment to the graduate student population. Bonnie’s professionalism and diligence were only surpassed by her good humour and her compassion for all whose studies, careers and lives she impacted both in and out of the Department of Chemistry. For more information, click here.

In addition to the scholarships and awards available through the department, the Faculty of Graduate Studies also administers a series. The Faculty of Graduate Studies awards web page provides general information on the awards available.

The Graduate Award Competition awards the following scholarships:

  • Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarships
  • Open Doctoral Scholarships
  • Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) Scholarships
  • Special Awards
  • Bursaries

External awards

Tri-Council Awards (NSERC, CIHR, CGS-MSFSS)

The Tri-Council is made up of three granting agencies that provide research funding for high calibre master’s and doctoral students:

  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships  (Vanier CGS) were created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting those who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement and exemplary leadership.

The scholarship is intended to support students broadening their research horizons. Applicants who have completed both an undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Calgary will not be considered.

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Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures

The Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures (AITF) Scholarships support high calibre students undertaking a full time graduate program in areas of research important to Alberta.

Your research must be related to information and communication technology, nano, or omics (omics consists of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics and regulomics) or additionally supporting the areas of health, bio-industries, or energy and the environment.

Arthur Bollo-Kamara Graduate Scholarship (Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta)

The Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA) has established the Arthur Bollo-Kamara Graduate Scholarship as a memorial tribute to Arthur Bollo-Kamara and the work he conducted on behalf of chemists in this province. This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student registered in a graduate chemistry program at an Alberta university.


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