Last updated: April 8, 2015 @ 05:15PM
Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries and Financial Assistance
Various forms of financial support are available to graduate students. In addition to the scholarships and awards listed below, Brock University awards fellowships, scholarships, bursaries and graduate assistantships (e.g. teaching assistantship) to incoming and full-time returning students on the basis of academic merit. Students' offer letters include financial funding information that outlines, where appropriate, their particular graduate funding package. Information and definitions regarding financial support can be found at: brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources.
To be eligible to apply for internal and external awards, scholarships and bursaries, graduate students must be registered as a full-time student. A student who is withdrawn from the university or has a change of status will have their scholarship eligibility reviewed and adjustments made to their financial support.
Please note, full-time graduate students who accept an award that is not directly administered by Brock must immediately inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in writing. The student’s funding package may be revised based on the financial assistance received.
Brock University Donor Internal Scholarships and Awards
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers a variety of Internal Donor supported scholarships, awards and bursaries. Full-time registered students are eligible to apply for these awards. Students are encouraged to check the Faculty of Graduate Studies website: brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources/internal-awards for a list of all scholarship and award competition deadline dates and application instructions. Please note, many of the scholarships and awards require the submission of an application, at the time of application for admission or as a continuing student. Award recipients will be selected based on the individual award criteria and approved by the Senate of Graduate Studies Awards Sub-Committee.
By accepting any awards administered at Brock University, the recipient automatically provides the University permission to use their name, as well as, program and year of study for release by the University and any other third parties approved by the University. Award recipients are required to provide a letter of thanks to the donor.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
The Province of Ontario offers scholarships (in conjunction with Brock University) to master's and doctoral students in or entering graduate programs. The scholarships are tenable at an Ontario university of the student's choice. The awards are tenable in all disciplines and the applicant must have high academic achievement and meet certain citizenship requirements. The Province of Ontario provides two-thirds of the value of the award, and the University at which the award is tenable, provides one-third of the award. For further information and application forms, refer to the Brock University Faculty of Graduate Studies website: brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources.
Ontario Trillium Scholarship
The Ontario Trillium Scholarship will be awarded annually to international full-time doctoral students who hold a valid Canadian study permit and are registered full-time in a doctoral degree program in any Faculty. The $40,000 scholarship is cost-shared between the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and Universities. Of the $40,000 award value, $26,666 will be provided by the MTCU and $13,333 will be provided by the University. For further information and application forms, refer to the Brock University Faculty of Graduate Studies website: brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources.
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology
The QEII-GSST scholarships are awarded annually to Canadian citizens or permanent residents with an academic excellence (80%) and registered full-time in an approved research master’s or doctoral program in science and technology at an Ontario university. The Province of Ontario provides two-thirds of the value of the award, and the University at which the award is tenable, provides one-third of the award. For further information and application forms, refer to the Brock University Faculty of Graduate Studies website: brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources.
The University welcomes offers of funds for scholarships, awards and bursaries from individuals, companies and associations. Inquiries should be addressed to either:
Office of Development and Donor Relations
St. Catharines, ON
Office of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Graduate Studies
St. Catharines, ON
Special Recognition Awards
Governor Generalís Gold Medal
The Governor General’s Gold Medal is awarded at Spring convocation to a graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a graduate degree program. Graduates from both the Spring and the previous Fall convocation are eligible and considered for the award medal.
Distinguished Graduating Student Award
The Distinguished Graduating Student Award is awarded to the most distinguished graduate for each graduate program. The award and certificate will be awarded at Spring convocation.
Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award
The Excellence in Research Award is awarded to graduate students who have displayed excellence in research. Each graduate program can nominate one master’s and one doctoral graduate student from each of the six Faculties; Applied Health Sciences, Business (excludes MAcc, MBA ISP, MBA, MBA ISP) , Education (excludes MEd course-based, MEd ISP) Humanities, Mathematics and Science and Social Sciences (excludes MADS) based on nominations from each faculty. The successful recipients will receive acknowledgment at the time of his/her convocation.
Graduate Studies Bursary funds are intended to assist full-time graduate students with unanticipated or non-typical financial needs. Graduate Studies Bursary application decisions will be made at scheduled monthly meetings. Students applying are required to fully explain the nature of their unanticipated need for financial support. To be considered for a Graduate Studies Bursary students must complete a “Graduate Studies Bursary Application”. Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources/bursaries-travel for the application and scheduled meeting dates.
Graduate student travel funds are available to full-time registered master’s students and full time or part time registered doctoral students who travel in connection with their graduate program. The total amount of travel funds will be a combination of funds available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Students’ Association and the student’s program/supervisor. The student must be presenting at a conference and the program/supervisor must confirm the attendance at the conference and that attending is of direct benefit to the student’s program and research. Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources/bursaries-travel for the Application for Travel and Expense Funds.
Graduate Student Association Financial Aid
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) offers a variety of financial assistance to graduate students. Bursaries and awards are available at certain times of the year. The GSA also provides financial assistance for graduate students to attend conferences to offset the travel and other conference costs incurred. Please refer to the GSA website brocku.ca/graduate-students-association.
Ontario Student Assistance Program
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides financial aid to students enrolled in full-time studies in graduate programs. This assistance is intended to supplement student’s financial support. The assistance is not based on academic standing but students are expected to make satisfactory progress in their studies. OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs and transportation. Detailed information including application forms and deadline dates are available on the OSAP website osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal . Please note: students from provinces outside of Ontario must apply for government student aid through their home province.
External Scholarships and Awards Administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock University
Please ensure that you review the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for information regarding internal procedures and internal University deadline dates brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/financial-resources/external-awards for the following external scholarships.
Autism Scholars Award
With the support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, a Scholar Awards Program in Autism has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent scholars.
For information on these awards visit: cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/autism-scholars-award
CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Award
The CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Awards administered by CIHR are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a master's degree in a health-related field in Canada. Funding from CIHR for graduate level studies is possible through a number of annual competitions.
For information on these awards visit: cihr-irsc.gc.ca/
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Master's Studentship Award
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario offers a limited number of Master's Studentship awards to highly qualified candidates who have completed or are in the last year of a Bachelor degree.
For information on these awards visit: hsf.ca/research/en/heart-and-stroke-foundation-ontario
John Charles Polanyi Prize
With the support of the Province of Ontario has established a fund to provide annually up to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post-doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university.
For information on these awards visit: cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/john-charles-polanyi-prizes
Mackenzie King Scholarship Award
Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarship are available to graduates of Canadian universities in support of graduate study: The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. The Travelling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations. Applications for the Mackenzie King Scholarships must be received by the Faculty of Graduate Studies by February 1 to support study in the following academic year. For information on these awards visit: mkingscholarships.ca/how-to-apply.html
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is a national funding organization that invests in Canada's capability in science and technology in the natural sciences and in engineering. NSERC offers Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) which provide financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in a master’s or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering.
For information on these awards visit: nserc-crsng.gc.ca/
Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women's Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women's health scholars. The community of women's health scholars fostered by this Awards program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women's health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened heath care system. Awards are offered at the master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
For information on these awards visit: cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/ontario-womens-health-scholars-awards
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Award
The Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral candidates pursuing research of compelling present-day concern, touching upon one or more of the four themes of the Foundation: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world, people and their natural environment.
For information on these awards visit: trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/scholarships
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and graduate training in the humanities and social sciences. Funding from SSHRC for master’s and doctoral level studies is possible through a number of competitions.
For information on these awards visit:
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health; as well as leadership skills. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The Government of Canada and each agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) has posted eligibility information on their respective websites.
For information on these awards visit: vanier.gc.ca/eng/home-accueil.html