Brock Horizon Graduate Scholarship

Brock University recognizes the value of having a diverse background of cultures and identities represented within its graduate student population. The Brock Horizon Graduate Scholarship will help ensure that Brock University continues to attract incoming stellar researchers and students from various fields while building a diverse and inclusive university community. Our goal is to support these emerging leaders in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Horizon Scholarship application opens in spring (April/May)


Scholarship Amount: $5,000

  • Any incoming research-based student who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour (BIPOC); or as a member of another under-represented group, including but not limited to individuals from low-income or low socio-economic status backgrounds, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, or first generation graduate students, and people living with disabilities.
  • This is a one-time, stackable award (can be combined with other awards) per graduate degree.
  • Student must have begun their graduate studies during the 2023 calendar year (Winter 2023, Spring 2023 or Fall 2023 start).

The application is typically open until the end of May.

Applicants will fill out the application form and answer the following essay questions:

1. Please write a personal statement that includes experiences, interests, creative endeavours and achievements. In your statement, please discuss how your intellectual curiosity has motivated you to pursue your graduate education (max 250 words).

2. Please describe any volunteer, service or leadership activities you have engaged in (max 250 words).

3. Please describe any challenges or adversity you have overcome to pursue your graduate education (max 250 words).

Applicants will also be required to provide one character reference who will provide a letter of support.  Applicants may collect and upload letter of support with their application, or references can submit reference letter directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies via email or mail. References must be received by the application deadline to be considered.


Mailing address: 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, L2S 3A1

  • What is a non-academic reference?
    • A Non-academic reference refers to a referee that can speak to your whole person, rather than just your academic merits. A supervisor or faculty member can absolutely provide a reference for the Horizon scholarship. It is recommended that whoever you choose as your referee can speak to all of your achievements.
  • When will results be announced?
    • Results of the Horizon Scholarship competition are expected to be announced the first week of August.
  • Can continuing students apply for this award?
    • This award is only open to incoming graduate students. Continuing students can not apply. If you are currently a Brock student completing a Master’s degree and moving onto a PhD program, this is considered to be a new program so you would be eligible to apply.
  • If I am a successful candidate, when will I receive the scholarship funds?
    • The funds will be posted to your student financial account in the fall term and will be applied towards any outstanding tuition and ancillary fees.

Letters of support can be e-mailed to:
Subject line: Horizon Scholarship 2023

or mailed to:

Brock University
Faculty of Graduate Studies
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 3A1
Attn: Brock Horizon Graduate Scholarship