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. You can find information about awards not listed on this page in our Awards Database

For additional information about scholarships and awards, contact the USask Graduate Awards & Scholarships at gradstudies.awards@usask.ca.

Scholarships and awards amounts, deadlines, eligibility criteria and application process may be subject to change. If you intend to apply for an award, please review the information on our Awards Database to plan your application submission.

Major university scholarships

Dean's scholarship

Dean's Scholarships are intended to attract high-caliber students to the University of Saskatchewan. These awards will be offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis or dissertation-based graduate program.

Value
Master's: $18,000 per year for two years (department/supervisor is required to fund the seconds year at the same level of support)
Doctoral: $22,000 for per year for three years plus tuition (department/supervisor is required to fund the third year at the same level of support)
Deadline
Check information about deadlines.
Eligibility
To be eligible to be nominated for a Dean's Scholarship, the student:
  • must be registering for the first time in a thesis or dissertation-based program at the University of Saskatchewan (students transferring from a Master to a doctoral program are also eligible as long as they have not registered in their doctoral program at the time of the deadline for the competition)
  • must have a minimum grade point entrance average of 85%
  • must show proof of research activity in refereed journal publications or conference presentations/publications (at least 1 publication or 1 presentation)
  • must be starting their graduate program in either January 2022, May 2022 or September 2022
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Note: There are no service expectations while on the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies funding. However, the required matching portion of these awards provided from different sources may have service expectations.

Graduate awards

The following awards are available to graduate students in good academic standing and who show research promise. While individual awards may have more specific eligibility requirements, all generally require a student to be registered full-time, fully qualified in a graduate program, with a minimum grade point average of 80%.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarships

The University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarship (UGS) is open to students in select departments only. New and continuing students in acceptable academic standing must be nominated by their departments.

Value: Master's: $16,000 per year for up to two years; Ph.D.: $20,000 per year for up to three years.


Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships

Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships (TSDF), in partnership with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, are awarded through a university-wide competition to doctoral students in the 2nd to 5th year of their program, who have successfully completed their Ph.D. comprehensive exam by August 31st of the year applications are being considered. The fellowship duration is one year. Successful recipients receive training in university teaching and will deliver a course under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Value: $21,000 over one year, less employee deductions.


University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Fellowships

Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) are available in most departments. Students must be full-time, fully qualified, graduate students who meet the academic requirements of the award. GTF holders are required, as a condition of the award, to provide up to 12 hours/week of work during the September to April period.

Value: approximately $16,000 over 12 months, less mandatory employment deductions.


University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Students are hired by their academic units to assist with teaching and marking courses. New and continuing students should write to the Graduate Chair of the academic department to indicate their interest in being considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA).

Graduate employment offers are made by departments and colleges. Positions are in scope of the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 40004, payable at union rates of pay, less mandatory employment deductions.


University of Saskatchewan Graduate Research Assistantships

Faculty members holding research funding may have research opportunities available to graduate students. New and continuing students should contact faculty members doing research in their area of interest to ask about possible Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) opportunities. Students should be prepared to provide full information on their experience in the field.

Graduate employment offers are made by departments and colleges. Positions are in scope of the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 40004, payable at union rates of pay, less mandatory employment deductions.


Indigenous Graduate Leadership Awards

Indigenous Graduate Leadership Awards (IGLA) are available Canadian Indigenous students at the master’s and Ph.D. level who demonstrate leadership through active community engagement and/or involvement. The award is also opne to Indigenous students transferring from a master's to a Ph.D. program.

Value: Master's: $16,000 plus tuition per year for up to two years; Ph.D.: $20,000 plus tuition per year for up to four years.

Departmental scholarships

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-Agency scholarships

Note: Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents (landed immigrants) are eligible for Tri-Agency scholarships. International students are only eligible to apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

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 and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Institutes of 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 and Postdoctoral Studies sponsored by the Government of Saskatchewan. The annual top-up is awarded for each year the student holds the Tri-Agency award. Many departments also provide a supplementary matching value scholarship. Students should ask their Graduate Chair about this possibility.

National awards

These scholarships are competed for nationally. Each award has other specific eligibility criteria and application procedures listed on their respective pages below.

The AUCC administers more than 150 scholarships for Canadian students on behalf of governments, foundations and private sector companies. Students must apply. 

Mackenzie King Open Scholarship

Eligibility
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. 
Value
$8,500 (subject to change) 
Deadline
February 1

Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

Eligibility
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).
Value
$10,500 (subject to change) 
Deadline
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.

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.

Value: Approximately $50,000 per year.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program will help shape researchers into engaged leaders who are conscious of the impact of their research, connected to the realities of the communities in which they work, and open to non-conventional forms of knowledge.

Eligibility
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. 
Value
$40,000 with a travel allowance of up to $20,000 per year. Scholarships will be tenable for up to three years. 
Deadline
TBA

Students must be nominated by their department and applications are submitted to the CGPS.

The Walter C. Sumner Memorial Foundation awards approximately 40 fellowships per year to students at the participating universities. The fellowships may be distributed unevenly among the participating universities. Preference will be given to those born in Nova Scotia, followed by those born in any of the other Atlantic Provinces.

External scholarships

These scholarships and awards are available to USask 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 and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS), on behalf of our donors. Each award has its own eligibility criteria and application process listed on its respective page below.

These awards are directed towards women completing their degrees. They will be awarded to female graduate students who are not recipients of any other substantial scholarship(s). The students must have completed at least one year of course work and have an approved thesis or project proposal.

The scholarship is to be awarded annually for graduate or post-graduate study of Saskatchewan politics and government at either of Saskatchewan's universities on the basis of academic excellence.

The scholarship is awarded to First Nations/Métis students who are pursuing graduate studies in any field at any accredited university in Saskatchewan. Students must have graduated from a university in Saskatchewan. Preference will be given to students who have attended or received an undergraduate degree from the First Nations University of Canada.

Open to Canadian citizens entering or continuing full-time graduate studies in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program engaged in research to develop or apply methods to create, identify or select superior forage, cereal, oilseed, or pulse crops for commercial agriculture.

This scholarship is open to students entering or continuing studies in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program at the University of Saskatchewan whose thesis projects deal with an important aspect of either the development or utilization of canola as determined by the Board of SaskCanola.

Open to female students in a Ph.D. program in any discipline.

This scholarship is open to graduate students who are conducting research in human nutrition. The recipient must be a full-time, fully qualified graduate student who does not currently hold another substantial award or scholarship.

This scholarship is open to graduate students in the social sciences and humanities. Preference will be given to students with a research focus on natural resources.