Graduate funding and awards

Before starting your graduate program, make sure you understand your tuition and general fees, and learn about available funding.

Funding

Departmental funding is available on a competitive basis to outstanding students in the form of teaching assistantships, Geography Excellence Awards, and Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships

MA / MSc students

  • Minimum funding for MA & MSc students is $19,000 per 12-month period for up to 24 months.

PhD students

  • Minimum funding for PhD students is $21,000 per 12-month period for up to 48 months.

MGIS students

  • Departmental funding is not normally awarded to course-based students (MGIS); however, there are scholarship opportunities available.

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Scholarship opportunities

In addition to departmental funding, there are numerous opportunities for university and external scholarships and research support competitions. Thesis-based students are expected to apply for scholarship support from a variety of sources, including national agencies such as NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Alberta Innovates, or other scholarships and bursaries listed with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. If a thesis-based student receives a major award or scholarship, their departmental support will be adjusted accordingly


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Scholarships and awards

Learn more about scholarships and awards available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Student loans

If you're a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person or American citizen, you can apply for a student loan.

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Working during grad school?

Have a competing award or assistantship? The Faculty of Graduate Studies can help explain the rules and regulations concerning awards, grants and assistantships graduate students are eligible to receive.