External scholarships and awards

Scholarship Information Sessions

The Faculty of Graduate Studies invites fourth-year undergraduate and current graduate students with a minimum 80 per cent average in each of the last two years of study to attend information sessions about external scholarships. The sessions will focus on the application process and deadlines.

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NSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council 
Award value $17,500 to $50,000
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m.to 11:30 noon, Pond Inlet
(NSERC Representative will facilitate the session)

SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 
Award value $17,500 to $50,000
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Pond Inlet

CIHR Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Award value $17,500 to $35,000

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pond Inlet
(Webinar & Information Session)

If you are not able to attend the session please click here for the Webinar.

OGS Ontario Graduate Scholarship 
Award value $15,000
Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Pond Inlet
Friday, September 28, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Pond Inlet

National Scholarships

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS – DOCTORAL (CGSD) AND NSERC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS – DOCTORAL (PGSD)

Award Value CGS D: $35,000 a year (for two or three years)
PGS D: $21,000 a year (for two or three years)
Application Deadline: October 5, 2018
Level of Study: PhD
Students: Submit completed application to the On-line System. All official transcripts (Undergrad and Grad) will need to be submitted to Faculty of Graduate Studies before deadline date.
Department/Program: Submit ranked applications (including Brock University/Departmental Evaluation Forms) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies on or before deadline date.
Brock’s quota: 10 awards

About the award:
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) provide financial support to high caliber scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) offers two types of awards through one application. The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS D.

Online Application

You may submit only one application per year to one Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)

You may submit an application to NSERC Doctoral and to the VANIER CGS competition in the same year.

Please refer to NSERC website for:

  • Eligibility
  • Application Instructions

Transcripts: Students must have their up-to-date and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the application deadline.

University Designate: Joanna Amodeo, gradfunding@brocku.ca, Graduate Funding & Awards Officer, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1.

Resource Videos:

Award Holder’s Guide – Payment Activation Forms

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGSD) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Award Value: CGS D: $35,000 a year for 3 years
Fellowship: $20,000 a year for 1 to 4 years
Application Deadline: October 19, 2018
Level of Study: PhD
Application Form: Web-based application
Students submit application to: Current department/program
Department/program: Submit completed applications (including SSHRC Departmental Appraisals) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies on or before deadline date.
Brock’s quota: 12 awards

About the Award:
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the social sciences or humanities.  The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers two types of awards through one application.  The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a Fellowship.

Online Application

You may submit only one application per year to one Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)

You may submit an application to SSHRC Doctoral and to the VANIER CGS competition in the same year.

Please refer to SSHRC website for:

  • Eligibility
  • Application Instructions

Transcripts: Students must submit an up-to-date official transcript along with their SSHRC application package to their current program by October 19, 2018.

Resource Centre:

See award criteria here

Award Value: $35,000 a year
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Submit application to: Online application-ResearchNet

SSHRC Impact Awards recognize researchers as well as graduate students and celebrate the achievement that have been funded, either entirely or in part, by SSHRC. Brock University will hold an internal competition for Impact nominations.

Internal deadline: Friday February 2, 12:00 noon

Information for Brock’s internal competition is available at this link here.

Complete information can be found on the SSHRC website.

Application form.

ORS Contact: Biljana Vasilevska at bvasilevska@brocku.ca or x4291.

Award Value: $50,000 a year for 3 years
Deadline: October 5, 2018
Submit application to: Online application-ResearchNet
Eligibility: See requirements here

Award Value: $40,000 a year for 3 years
Deadline: TBA
Submit application to: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Eligibility: See requirements here

Award Value: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
Deadline: December 3, 2018
Submit application to: Student must upload official transcripts to the Research Portal then submit the transcript to FGS by deadline date
Brock’s quota:
NSERC: 4 awards
SSHRC: 12 awards
CIHR: 1 award

The Tri-Agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) established a “Harmonization Committee” to redesign the CGS Master’s programs. The aim was to create a harmonized, more flexible and effective system of application to fund students who demonstrate a high level of achievement in graduate studies.
Successful award recipients will receive one of the following awards depending on their area of research:

  • NSERC – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • CIHR – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship

Application Form: Research Portal on-line application. If you have selected Brock University as one of the five institutions where you are planning on holding your award, the university will be able to access your online application.

Please refer to the Tri-Agency website for:

  • Eligibility
  • Application Instructions
  • Canadian Common CV (CCV) Instructions

Resources, information and updates to assist with your application.

Transcripts: Students are responsible to upload their up-to-date official transcript(s) to the Research Portal by December 3, 2018. If you are registered in a program for the Fall term you must submit a transcript showing that you are currently registered, even though you will have no grades. You must submit the hard-copy official transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate Studies after uploading to the research portal by December 3, 2018.
Note: If you have applied for an OGS award, you may include your official transcript(s) with your OGS application package.
Announcement of Results: Universities will post their competition results on the Research Portal no earlier than April 1, 2019.
Acceptance and Declines of Offers: Applicants will have three weeks to respond to offers of awards. Offers not accepted will be deemed to have been declined.

Award Value: Up to $6,000
Deadline: September 30 & May 31
Submit application to: Faculty of Graduate Studies

This foreign study supplements program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, an Alexander Graham Bell, or a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.

The program description, application form and instructions are available on the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program website:

NSERC: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSForeignStudy-BESCEtudeEtranger_eng.asp
SSHRC: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/fellowships/cgs_foreign_study-besc_etudes_etranger-eng.aspx

Award Value: $8,500 to $10,500
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Submit application to: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Eligibility and application: See requirements here

Provincial Scholarships

Award Value: $15,000 a year
Deadline: December 3, 2018
Students submit application to: Faculty of Graduated Studies
Brock’s quota: 52 awards (2018-2019); TBA (2019-2020)

Please note, this information will pertain to the Brock University’s OGS application process. Each university will have its own application and deadline date.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. The value of an OGS award for one year is $15,000, $5,000 per term. Students may receive the award for two terms ($10,000) or three terms ($15,000), the majority of the scholarships will be awarded for three terms. One-term awards are not granted.
Students must apply for the award at the university where they plan to attend graduate studies. The award is not transferable from University to University. This means that all undergraduate and graduate students wishing to apply for OGS, who plan to study at the graduate level at Brock, must apply and submit their OGS application to Brock.

Deadline Date: December 3, 2018

Announcement of results: mid-February
If you are an undergraduate student or graduate student at Brock, you must submit your application package to Faculty of Graduate Studies by deadline date.
If you are NOT a Brock student and plan to apply for graduate studies at Brock for 2018/19, you must submit your application to Joanna Amodeo, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1 by deadline date.

Eligibility criteria:
In order to be considered for an OGS, students must be:

  • a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] at the time of the OGS application deadline date.
  • enrolled in or applying for admission to a graduate program on a full-time basis at Brock at the time of holding the award.
  • Taking an eligible program on a full time basis.

An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms at an eligible institution leading to a graduate degree.

Visa Students:
International students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa – student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted visa student awards (Brock’s allocation is 2).

Minimum Academic Requirements:
The applicant must, at minimum, meet the following OGS academic requirements:

  • students must have an overall average of at least A- (80%) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).

Eligibility Conditions:
Master’s students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.

In addition, a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded student awards must have not have been exceeded by the applicant. Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Applicants cannot hold an OGS scholarship and an award from any of the following programs, concurrently:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program. Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or fail to complete the term, will be required to repay the award.

OSAP Restrictions

Students who have an OSAP restriction on their file are ineligible from receiving their scholarship until the restriction has been cleared. At the time of disbursement, if the Faculty of Graduate Studies finds a restriction on the student’s file, the student will be contacted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and advised of a deadline by which they must clear the restriction or forfeit their award.

PLEASE NOTE: The application package must NOT be double-sided. No faxed copies or photocopies.

Award Value: $15,000
Deadline: December 3, 2018
Submit application to: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Brock’s quota: 6 (2019/20)

Eligibility and application: TBA

The QEII-GSST scholarships must be awarded to Canadian citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time in approved research masters and/or doctoral programs in science and technology at an Ontario university.

To be considered for QEII-GSST award, a student must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) at the time of the application deadline [Exception: see note on international students below];
  • Enrolled at a publicly-assisted university in Ontario in a full-time program of study that leads to a graduate degree and is approved for operating grant purposes by the ministry; and
  • Enrolled in 60% or more of a full course load as defined by the university, or 40% or more for students with permanent disabilities.
  • Enrolled in a research master’s or doctoral program in a science and technology discipline (See Appendix One for a list of eligible science and technology disciplines).
  • International students are ineligible for QEII-GSST awards

Eligible Disciplines For QEII-GSST Purposes

The QEII-GSST program supports graduate students enrolled in research master’s and doctoral programs in science and technology disciplines. Collaboration, inter-disciplinary study, and innovation are encouraged. The following are the eligible disciplines:

  • Applied Sciences:
  • Aerospace (may include Aeronautical Engineering)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (may include Landscape Architecture)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science (may include Engineering, Engineering Physics, and
  • Nuclear Engineering)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials Science (may include Metallurgical Engineering)
  • Systems and Industrial Engineering (may include Systems/Design Engineering and Operational Research)
  • Biological and Life Sciences:
  • Biochemistry and Biophysics (may include Medical Biophysics)
  • Environmental Sciences (may include Agriculture, Ecology, Forestry, and Toxicology)
  • General Biological Sciences (may include Biology, Botany, Entomology, Microbiology, Mycology, Plant and Animal Biology, and Zoology)
  • Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
  • General Health Science (may include research-oriented programs in Epidemiology, Human Kinetics, Hygiene, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology, and Speech Pathology)
  • Human Biology (may include Anatomy, Biomedical Sciences, Food Science, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology)
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences (may include research-oriented programs in Dentistry, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy)
  • Physical Sciences:
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science (may include Information/Systems Science)
  • Earth Sciences (may include Geology and Geophysics)
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics (may include Astronomy, Meteorology, and Space Science)

Brock’s quota: 6 (2019/20)

  • The QEII-GSST scholarships must be awarded to Canadian citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time in approved research masters and/or doctoral programs in science and technology at an Ontario university.
  • Application Deadline Date:  December 3, 2018 to the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Application Deadline Date:  December 3, 2018 to the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Application Form and Eligibility Criteria
Reference Assessment Form

Award Value:
Master’s: $18,000
Doctoral: $20,000
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Submit application to: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Eligibility and application: See requirements here

Award Value:
Master’s: $25,000
Doctoral: $35,000
Post-doctoral: $50,000
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Submit application to: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Eligibility and application: See requirements here

Award Value: $20,000
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Submit application to: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Eligibility and application: See requirements here