Funding & Awards

Funding for graduate students is generally competitive. Most graduate students are funded from a variety of sources, including scholarships, bursaries, teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant (RA) positions, etc. Some people take on part-time jobs to fund their studies.

Since graduate studies is more intense than undergraduate studies, we recommend that you work to balance the potential impact of extensive part-time employment (particularly outside the university) on the time required to complete your degree.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC graduate scholarships are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. There is a single competition for both Post Graduate Scholarships (PGSs) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSs) at each of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. The strongest applicants in each level of competition are awarded CGS awards while other successful applicants receive PGS awards.

Masters level scholarships are for one year. The PGS-M award is valued at $17,300 and the CGS-M at $17,500.

Doctorate level scholarships are for two or three years. The PGS-D award is valued at $21,000 per year while the CGS-D is valued at $35,000 per year.

Additional details are available on the NSERC website. Local submission details are described below.

In some cases, students doing health-related research for their graduate degrees may also be eligible to apply for scholarships provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and/or Research Manitoba. Students working in these areas are advised to discuss this possibility with their thesis supervisor or advisory committee members. 

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGFs)

The University offers a number of University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGFs) to MSc and PhD students. These competitive awards are open to all such students regardless of citizenship. The UMGF has a value of $12,000 per year for masters students and $16,000 per year for doctoral students. It can be held for the first two years of MSc study.

At the PhD level, the UMGF can be held for up to a total of the first four years. If, however, a student receives the UMGF at the MSc level, the years of eligibility at the PhD level will be decreased by the duration of time the award was held during MSc studies.

UMGFs are open to all students.  Students who are eligible to apply for national awards (e.g. NSERC PGS) are required to do so. This would normally include Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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Manitoba Graduate Scholarships (MGS)

Students applying for a UMGF are also eligible to receive a Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (MGS). Recipients of the MGS at the MSc level receive and additional $3,000. for a total of $15,000 per year instead of $12,000.

At the PhD level, MGS recipients receive a $7,500 top up to the UMGF award for a total of $23,500 per year.