There are a variety of funding sources for graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. Many students are supported by a combination of awards, fellowships, or scholarships from university wide competitions, department specific opportunities, and national or external awards.
- Master's: $18,000 for up to two years
- Doctoral: $22,000 for up to three years
- Round 1: December 1
- Round 2: February 2
- Register for the first time in a thesis or dissertation based program at the U of S
- Entrance GPA of at least 85%
- Show evidence of previous research productivity as demonstrated by authorship of refereed journal publications or conference presentations/publications
- You must be be nominated by your supervisor or graduate chair.
- Nominations for Dean’s scholarships are made by academic units after you've applied.
These scholarships are offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis-based graduate program.
Note: There are no service expectations while on CGSR funding. However, the required matching portion of these awards provided from different sources may have service expectations.
The university wide opportunities below require you to be nominated by your supervisor or graduate chair. If you are interested in these funding sources, speak with them when applying and they will advise you on the process, which may require a joint application.
These awards are offered to graduate students who have good academic records and who show research promise. A student must be registered full-time in a graduate program, with a GPA, as determined by the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR), of at least 80% over the last two years of study.
Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships
Are awarded through a university wide competition to twenty Ph.D. students, who are within the first 5 years of their program with a grade point average of 80% or higher. Preference is given to students who have completed their course work and comprehensive exam. Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellows receive up to $20,000 for one year, during which they will receive training in university teaching, and, will deliver an undergraduate course under the guidance of a faculty mentor. You and your faculty teaching mentor must make a joint application for the Fellowship on the application form.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarships (UGS)
Ph.D. students with a UGS receive $20,000 per year for up to 3 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing. Master’s students with a UGS receive $16,000 per year for up to 2 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Fellowships
Provides students with $17,100 per year for up to five years. You are required to work 12 hours per week for the September to April period.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Are available in most departments. New and continuing students should write to the Graduate Chair of the department to indicate their interest in being considered for a GTA. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Research Assistantships
Are offered to University of Saskatchewan graduate students by faculty members holding research grants and contracts. New and continuing students should contact faculty members doing research in their area of interest to ask about possible GRA opportunities. Be prepared to provide full information on your experience in the field. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Service Fellowships
Pays students $5,200 for a 4-month term. The student is expected to provide 12 hours of work per week on projects or initiatives that will enhance services and the quality of graduate programs for a broad base of graduate students. Graduate students will receive valuable work experience and learn skills related to project organization, delivery, and reporting. Contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research Awards Office for more detailed information.
Many students receive funding from their department or supervisor's research grants. When speaking with potential supervisors, students should ask if there are any funding opportunities within the department. In addition, many departments have scholarships specifically for students in their program.
Tri-Council student scholarships are awarded by Canada’s three major research-granting agencies. For University of Saskatchewan students, the application process, nomination of candidates and administration of the awards is through the Graduate Awards Office in College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR).
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
All graduate students who have been awarded a Tri-Agency scholarship and who come to the University of Saskatchewan for a master’s or doctoral program, will receive an additional $6,000 annual top-up scholarship from the College of Graduate Studies and Research for each year that they hold the Tri-Agency award. Many departments also provide a supplementary matching value scholarship. Students should ask their Graduate Chair about this possibility.
These scholarships are competed for nationally. Each award has other specific eligibility criteria and application procedures.
- Eligible students will have completed a Ph.D. dissertation in the year prior to the application year.
- For engineering, medical and natural sciences: $1,500 plus travel expenses to attend the national CAGS conference.
- For fine arts, humanities and social sciences: $1,500 plus travel expenses to attend the national CAGS conference.
- March 7
This award recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field.
Mackenzie King Open Scholarship
- Must be a university graduate (undergraduate or master’s program) from a Canadian institution and planning to pursue graduate studies in any discipline in Canada.
- $9,000 (subject to change)
- February 1
Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship
- Must be a university graduate (undergraduate or master’s program) from a Canadian institution, and, planning to pursue graduate studies in the United States or the United Kingdom in international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics).
- $11,000 (subject to change)
- February 1
You may apply for both The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship and the Mackenzie King Traveling Scholarship with a single application if the eligibility criteria are met for both.
- Awarded each year to up to 15 outstanding doctoral students who are doing social sciences or humanities research related to one of the Foundation's four themes – human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world and people in their natural environment.
- $40,000 with a travel allowance of up to $20,000 per year. Scholarships will be tenable for up to three years.
- November 9
Students must be nominated by their department and applications are submitted to the CGSR.
- Given each year to a student completing a master’s degree in a discipline in which the university does not offer graduate degree beyond the master’s. Student’s must be nominated by their department to the CGSR for this award.
- Certificate, US$1,000 cash prize, travel expenses
- June 13
These scholarships and awards are available to U of S graduate students through the generous endowments provided by our alumni, business and industry, and government contributors. They are available to graduate students who have good academic records on a competitive basis. The scholarships and awards are administered by the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR), on behalf of our donors. Each award has its own eligibility criteria and application process.