Awards and Scholarships

1 – Undergraduates

1.1 – NSERC / Faculty of Science Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

    • Faculty of Science deadline: Friday, January 26th, 2018

These awards are intended to stimulate the interest of undergraduate students in research by providing them with valuable experience in a scientific research environment, and to encourage them to undertake graduate studies. Students holding one of these awards must be exposed to research activities during their work period.


  • Eligibility
    • Visa students are only eligible for the Faculty of Science award.
    • Students from other universities are only eligible for the NSERC awards.
    • Students in their first year are not eligible for any awards.
    • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.
    • University of Manitoba students must be registered as a full-time student in a Faculty of Science Bachelor’s degree program (i.e. U of M minimum of 9 credit hours per term). NOTE: If a student is registered full-time throughout their program, except for the final year during which they were only required to register part-time in order to complete their degree, they are eligible to apply for an award to be held in the session immediately following their final term.
    • Students must not have started a program of graduate studies.
    • Students already in possession of a Bachelor’s degree who are studying towards a second Bachelor’s degree are eligible to hold this award, provided they do not hold a higher degree in the natural sciences.
    • Students may hold a maximum of three (combined NSERC and/or Faculty of Science) awards throughout their university career.
    • Supervisors for NSERC awards must be NSERC holders and have an appointment in the Faculty of Science.
  • Value of Awards
    • NSERC: These awards have a minimum value of $5,625. Of this amount, $4,500 will be provided by NSERC and the remainder (at least $1,125*) will be provided by the supervisor.
    • Faculty of Science: These awards have a minimum value of $5,500. Of this amount, $3,750 will be provided by the Office of the Dean of Science and the remainder (at least $1,750) will be provided by the supervisor. The supervisor’s portion can be from their NSERC grant or any of their other research grants. In spite of this latitude in source of funding, the supervisor of the student must be a faculty member who holds an active NSERC research grant.
  • Duration of Support
    • The duration of the NSERC and Faculty of Science awards is 16 consecutive weeks. If a supervisor wishes to extend this period, the difference will have to be reimbursed from the supervisor’s grant.
  • Location of Tenure
    • Students may undertake their research project through any department in the Faculty of Science.
  • Calculation of GPA
    • For students in their 2nd year, the GPA is based on their first year of course work – their cumulative GPA.
    • For students in their 3rd or 4th year, the GPA is based on their last two years of course work – their cumulative GPA.
  • Application Procedures
    • Application forms are available from any departmental General Office in the Faculty of Science. These must be completed by the student and signed by the potential supervisor and the Department Head. The recommendation section of the form must be completed by a knowledgeable instructor, who then returns the application to the Department Head. An official transcript is not required, but the completed form must also be accompanied by the student’s online academic transcript. An incomplete form may result in a negative award decision.
  • Deadline for Preliminary Applications
    • Dean’s Office deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Selection of Students
    • Ranking will be based on GPA. A department ranking is only required if it deviates from the GPA ranking. If so, please provide an explanation.
    • Great care should be exercised in determining the GPAs, particularly for transfer or second degree students.
  • Application forms are available in the Microbiology office (213 Buller Building) or click here:  Test-Final-USRA-application-Sept-2018

1.2 – Microbiology offers four undergraduate awards on the basis of scholarship
(applications are not required)

    • Mindel and Tom Olenick Medal and Prize is awarded to a graduating student in the Bachelor of Science Honours degree program with the highest standing in Microbiology or Biochemistry Honours throughout the program.


    • Mrs. Edna S. Hollier Scholarship is for students completing their second year in an Honours or Major program in Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology. The award is based on high academic standing for students taking a full course load.


  • Mrs. Edna S. Hollier Scholarship is for students completing their third year in an Honours or Major program in Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology. The award is based on high academic standing for students taking a full course load.
  • Oscar Vong Memorial Scholarship is to a student who has completed the second year of study in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science and achieved the highest standing of eligible students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. The student must be enrolled full-time in the third year of study in an honours program in the Department of Microbiology.

1.3 University Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

  • Wondering what to do this summer? Experience research!
    • Why not experience research with a professor at your own university? Professors at the University of Manitoba, through their research, scholarly work and creative activities are contributing to the cultural, economic, health and social well-being of the citizens of Manitoba, Canada and the world. Professors work individually or in teams to analyze challenging and complex issues to make our lives better and more meaningful. They collectively bring in more than $160 million from external sources, on a competitive basis, to support their research, scholarly work and creative activities and to nurture young minds to become trailblazers, pioneers, and innovators.
  • About the award:
    • Last year, we offered undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to compete for one of up to 80 awards; to be mentored full-time with a professor of their choice for 16 weeks, to receive a $6,000 award, and to gain valuable experience in their field of interest. We received over 260 applications and funded 80 students. Pending Senate approval in December, we are pleased to offer the award again this year.
  • Who is eligible?
    • Full-time U of M students (must be enrolled in 24 credit hours at the March voluntary withdrawal date)
    • Completed a minimum of 24 credit hours
    • Minimum degree GPA of 3.0 based on all credits completed at the time of application
    • Cannot be held in conjunction with other competitive awards such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Undergraduate Research Summer Award.
  • What is required?
    • Interview two professors (any two) to find out more about their areas of research, scholarly work or creative activity.
    • Write two 150-word summaries based on the two professors you have interviewed on their research, scholarly work or creative activities.
    • Choose one of the professors and write a 250-word rationale for your choice, indicating how this research, scholarly work or creative activity fits with your own long-term career aspirations.
    • Submit your paragraphs, along with a completed application form to Lindsey Troschuk at
    • You are encouraged to present the results of your research, scholarly work or creative activity at the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. (
  • How to apply?
    • Completed URA application 2018
    • Electronic scan or pdf of latest printout of students’ grades from Aurora account
    • Three summary paragraphs mentioned in #2 and #3 above.
    • Email these to: Lindsey Troschuk (
  • When will you hear about the decision?
    • All applicants for the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Research Award will be notified by April 2018. Submissions will be adjudicated by a committee appointed by the Vice-President (Research and International).
  • Successful awardees:
    • After receiving notification, each award recipient should contact their chosen professor to provide a 250 word (maximum) signed outline of the research program, specifying how you will fit with and augment their research program. In cases where a student’s work is not directly linked to the professor’s research, scholarly work or creative activity, the professor must indicate how they will ensure that you are being mentored in the area and discipline as an undergraduate researcher.
    • This signed outline, a fully completed direct deposit form (with void cheque attached), your Social Insurance Number and date of birth must be submitted to Lindsey Troschuk (S100A Medical Services Building, 750 Bannatyne Ave. R3E 0W3) to release your award.

2 – Graduates

2.1 – University of Manitoba Graduate Awards (visit U of M Graduate Studies for more information)
(applications required)

2.2 – External Graduate Awards:
(applications required)

  • Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC) Studentships/fellowships
    • Deadline: TBA
  • Amber Scholarship Fund
    • The Amber Scholarship Fund is administered by the Winnipeg Foundation and provides scholarships to high achieving graduate students studying Microbiology at the University of Manitoba. One scholarship is awarded per year for $1,000.
    • Eligibility:Enrollment as a full-time student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in any year of study in either the Master’s or doctoral program delivered by the Department of Microbiology at the University of Manitoba
      1. A minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate-level study in their current program in order to be considered for this award.
      2. Minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 6 credit hours (or equivalent) of study from graduate-level courses the student has taken in their current program;
      3. Outstanding academic achievement and strong research potential.


      Applicants will be required to submit an application to the Department of Microbiology by September 14th, which will consist of the following materials:

      1. i) their thesis or dissertation proposal (maximum 1000 words);
      2. ii) a current academic transcript (web transcript acceptable);

      iii) One letter of reference from the applicant’s supervisor/advisor or from a professor who has taught the applicant one or more courses. This letter should assess the applicant’s ability to succeed in a graduate program and/or speak to their research potential;

      1. iv) a curriculum vitae of the applicant;

      Please, submit hard copies of your application to the Department of Microbiology.

      This year’s deadline is September 14th 2018 4:00 PM. 

2.3 – Microbiology offers one graduate award on the basis of scholarship
(application not required)

  • Howard Lees Scholarship in Microbiology is for a student who becomes a first year M.Sc. or PhD student in Microbiology within 8 months of graduation with a B.Sc. Honours or Major in Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology from the University of Manitoba.