Funding & Awards

Funding for graduate students is generally competitive. Most graduate students are funded from a variety of sources, including scholarships, bursaries, teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant (RA) positions, etc. Some people take on part-time jobs to fund their studies.

Since graduate studies is more intense than undergraduate studies, we recommend that you work to balance the potential impact of extensive part-time employment (particularly outside the university) on the time required to complete your degree.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC graduate scholarships are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. There is a single competition for both Post Graduate Scholarships (PGSs) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSs) at each of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. The strongest applicants in each level of competition are awarded CGS awards while other successful applicants receive PGS awards.

Masters level scholarships are for one year. The CGS-M award is valued at $17,500.

Doctorate level scholarships are for two or three years. The PGS-D award is valued at $21,000 per year while the CGS-D is valued at $35,000 per year.

Additional details are available on the NSERC website. 

In some cases, students doing health-related research for their graduate degrees may also be eligible to apply for scholarships provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and/or Research Manitoba. Students working in these areas are advised to discuss this possibility with their thesis supervisor or advisory committee members. 

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGFs)

The University offers a number of University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGFs) to MSc and PhD students. These competitive awards are open to all such students regardless of citizenship. The UMGF has a value of $14,000 per year for master’s students and $18,000 per year for doctoral students.

UMGF can be held for up to two years of MSc study, and up to four years at the PhD level. If, however, a student receives UMGF support at the MSc level, the years of eligibility at the PhD level will be decreased, as the maximum duration of UMGF support for any student is five years. 

UMGFs are open to all students.  Students who are eligible to apply for national awards (e.g. NSERC PGS) are required to do so. This would normally include Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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