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External Scholarships and Bursaries

Many external agencies offer scholarships and bursaries for seminary students. It is important to note that external agencies have defined policies regarding their awards and may restrict the amount of funding students can receive from other awards. These are just a few of the options:


The CGS-D program supports high-caliber students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields, and contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.

In addition to the CGS-D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHRNSERC and SSHRC for further details.

  • CIHR Health Research Training Award Programs. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) strives to ensure a strong foundation of future health research leaders and is committed to offering programs that increase the supply of highly-qualified research personnel.

  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program. The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.

  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships support high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities.

Visit Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program for more information.


The CGS-M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada (refer to eligibility). This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

The CGS-M Program supports up to 3,000 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal agencies: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the institution at which they intend to hold their award using the Research Portal.

The scholarship value is $17,500 for 12 months. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Visit Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's Program for more information.


The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith 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 Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

Visit Canada Graduate Scholarship-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program for more information, or contact


Scholarships for international students in search of scholarships to study in Canada and Canadian students who want to fund their studies abroad.

Visit EduCanada or contact


Visit Foreign Government Awards - Mexico or contact


Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America.

Visit FULBRIGHT Canada or contact Student & Scholar Inquiries at


Mitacs powers research and development by connecting industry with the best post-secondary institutions to solve business challenges — in Canada and internationally. For 20 years, Mitacs has funded cutting-edge research, created job opportunities for graduate students, and helped companies reach their business goals, achieving results that have bolstered the Canadian economy.

Visit Globalink | Mitacs or contact Mitacs International at

OPERATION GROUNDSWELL - Backpacking with a Purpose

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. OG is looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to explore some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

Visit Operation Groundswell or contact


ScholarshipsCanada website lists all relevant scholarships and bursaries free to charge. Students are matched to scholarships and bursaries when they create an account.

Visit ScholarshipsCanada or contact

SOROPTIMIST FOUNDATION OF CANADA - Grants for Canadian Women Graduate Students

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers that will improve the quality of women's lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing services, providing legal counselling and assistance, counselling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counselling women in crisis, counselling and training women for non-traditional employment, and positions in women's centres.

Visit Soroptimist Foundation of Canada or contact


Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad. We are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research, and innovation. Universities Canada, formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.

Visit Universities Canada or contact

WORKSAFE BC - Research Training Awards

Research Training Awards are designed to foster the development of occupational health and safety research expertise in B.C. We support the training of new researchers today who will be able to help answer the critical research questions of tomorrow.

Research Training Awards are available to highly-qualified graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels. To qualify, applicants need to be engaged in a full-time graduate studies program with a B.C. university. International students are welcome to apply. These awards enable students to undertake research training with a focus on workplace health and safety.

Visit WorkSafe BC.


Yconic helps students find Canadian scholarships.

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