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Federal Awards

Federal awards are funded by the Government of Canada and administered either through the University of Calgary or the Government of Canada.
They are often considered the most prestigious awards for graduate students, requiring a very high standard of scholastic achievement and exemplary leadership.
These federal awards are administered through the University of Calgary:
Tri-Council
Tri-Council scholarships are among the most important graduate awards available in Canada. To be eligible, you must have achieved a first-class average of 3.5 or higher in the last two years of study.
The Tri-Council is made up of three granting agencies that provide research funding for high calibre master’s and doctoral students.
Research must align with one of the Tri-Council agencies:
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
For terms of reference and application details, click here.
Applicants to the following competitions will automatically be considered for Queen Elizabeth II scholarships held at the University of Calgary.
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) - Master's
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Doctoral
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Doctoral
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) were created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting those who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement and exemplary leadership. They are intended to support students broadening their research horizons. Citizenship is unrestricted.
For terms of reference and application details, click here.