Program-specific funding

Begin your search by reviewing the merit-based funding you may be eligible to receive if you are offered admission. Contact your department if you have questions about these funding opportunities.

Did you know? Students entering a USask doctoral program typically receive a minimum stipend guarantee from their home academic unit. During the last three years, average annual funding from all sources for doctoral students was approx. $24,000/year.

Awards search

Use the awards search to explore USask funding opportunities to support your graduate student journey. Search using keywords like, master's, doctoral/PhD, the name of your field of study, etc.

Featured graduate funding opportunities

Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award

The Indigenous Graduate Leadership Awards are open to Canadian Indigenous students at the master's and PhD level who demonstrate leadership through active community engagement and/or involvement.

  • Master's: $20,000 per year for two years
  • Doctoral: $24,000 per year for two years

CGPS 75th Recruitment Scholarship

This scholarship, created to celebrate the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' 75th anniversary, is open to high-performing graduate students (80% or higher USask grade system equivalent). Students do not have to apply directly for this scholarship, but are are eligible to be considered upon applying to a USask graduate program.

  • Value: $20,000 (may be offered for multiple years)

Dean's Doctoral Scholars

These awards are open to both domestic and international students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are entering or continuing their doctoral studies at USask. Domestic student competition details to be released summer 2023.

  • Value: $24,000 per year for two years

Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships

In partnership with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships are awarded through a university-wide competition for both international and domestic doctoral students in their second to fifth year of program. Successful recipients receive training in university teaching and will deliver a course under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

  • Value: $15,000 over one year plus sessional lecturer stipend

Tri-Agency funding programs

Tri-Agency is the umbrella term used to describe the three Canadian government research funding agencies:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

USask students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) are eligible to apply for Tri-Agency funding. International students are only eligible to apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The application process, nomination of candidates and administration of awards for the following competitions are managed by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Each Tri-Agency competition has unique eligibility criteria. Learn more about Tri-Agency awards and how and when you should apply.

Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship

The Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program for post-secondary students provides funding by the Government of Saskatchewan, matched with funds raised by USask with a focus on innovation and excellence at the graduate level. Students do not have to apply directly for this scholarship.

International partnership agreements

If you are from the countries below, you may be eligible to receive funding made possible through USask partnership agreements from around the world.

ESL bursaries

USask offers a limited number of ESL Bursaries for International Students annually to support current full-time graduate students to strengthen their English language skills by taking a part-time course through the USask Language Centre.


Step 1: Contact the graduate administrator or graduate chair in your department to inquire about program-specific funding opportunities.

Step 2: Contact the CGPS awards team if you need additional support.