Graduate Student Research Funding

Graduate student research funding is crucial to the advancement of all research. It can take many different forms, from grants to research assistantships. Regardless of the opportunity you pursue, make sure you start your application early.

Key competitions include:

  • National awards (SSHRC)
  • Provincial awards (OGS)
  • Internal awards: Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), scholarships, travel research grants, bursaries, in-course awards          

Research funding deadlines

Award name Value Approximate deadline
Vanier CGS - Tri-agency award $50,000 yr/3 yrs mid-September
SSHRC Doctoral & CGS Doctoral $20,000 yr (12-48mths)
$35,000
early-November
Ontario Graduate Scholarship program $15,000  early- to mid-November
Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master's) - CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC  $17,500 (12 mths) early-December

*Please note these deadlines are approximate. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm exact dates for each year.