Funding opportunities and scholarships

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS)-administered awards

There are currently no FGS administered awards. See below for a variety of other awards that may interest you.


Office of the Registrar

AU student travel awards


Research Centre

Athabasca University offers a number of awards, scholarships, and other funding to help students succeed in their program. Check the Research Centre’s website for Student external award funding calendar that is available from external research granting agencies.

Graduate Student Research Fund (GSRF) funding opportunities

Application Deadline: Four times per year, February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1


Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association

As a graduate student at Athabasca University, you may be eligible for a number of awards and scholarships to help fund your education. Check out the student awards offered by Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA).


External awards

Soroptimist Foundation of Canada

Applications Accepted: November 1, 2021 until January 31, 2022

Award Amount: Several grants of $7500

Generation Google Scholarship (North America)

Application Deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT

Award Amount: $10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or $5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2022-2023 school year

Google Lime Scholarship

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 12, 2021 at midnight PST/3am EST

Award Amount: $10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or $5000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2022-2023 school year

Laura Bassi Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 15, 2021

Award Amount: Master’s candidates $750; Doctoral Candidates: $2,500

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (PETF) Doctoral Scholarship

Application Deadline: Dec. 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

Award Amount: Stipend up to a $40,000 per year

The Foundation’s Leadership program is designed to train Engaged Leaders who will have meaningful impact in their institutions and communities. This three-year journey, rooted in the Foundation’s Brave Spaces concept, offers leadership training, academic resources, mentorship opportunities, as well as a stipend of up to $40 000 per year. It also offers a generous annual allocation for language courses for one of the two official languages, participation in our events and research and networking. Applicants must be already accepted into or in year one or two of a full-time doctoral program, and expected to complete their doctoral studies in 2025 or later.

Candidates’ research must be related to one or more of the Foundation’s four central themes: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada and the World; and, People and their Natural Environment.

A virtual information session will be held on Nov. 10, 12:30 pm EST. Registration is required (see website).

Applicants are to apply directly to the Foundation through the application portal (see website).

Please contact Vikki Bellerose (vikkib@athabascau.ca) at the Faculty of Graduate Studies if you decide to apply to this scholarship.

MINDS Collaborative Networks

Application Deadline: December 22, 2021

Award Amount: $250,000 per year for three years

Google Europe Students with Disabilities Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 31, 2021

Award Amount: $7000 EUR (or local equivalent)

SSHRC Storytellers Challenge

Application Deadline: Monday, January 24, 2022

Award Amount: Top 25 submissions receive $3000; Final 5 Winners receive an additional $1000

SNAME Graduate Scholarships

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Award Amount: Varies

HQP Leadership Awards

Application Deadline: Ongoing Applications Accepted

Amount: Varies

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