Financial resources for graduate students
This represents just a small sample of opportunities available to you as a graduate student. We strongly encourage you to explore alternate sources. When searching for additional funding for your degree, be sure to search:
New students (applying for admission to a Master’s or Doctoral program) are now automatically considered for all Internal Awards; there is no separate application process.
Current students may apply for select awards disbursed through open competitions held by the Faculties or Programs.
Concordia offers these prestigious awards to students starting their degree program at Concordia who at the same time will begin receiving full external fellowships/scholarships from a designated provincial (Québec) or federal granting agency.
PhD candidates may receive a Special Entrance Award valued at $10,000 during the first year of tenure of their External Award.
Master’s level students may receive a Special Entrance Award valued at $6,000 in the first year of tenure of their External Award.
External award recipients are encouraged to contact the School of Graduate Studies for eligibility criteria and any additional information.
Consideration for Entrance Awards is now automatically part of the admissions process for all new students.
All students are eligible for these awards.
Current students, registered and in good standing, may apply as long as they meet eligibility requirements. Competitions and deadlines are announced by the Faculties and Programs directly. Applications are made available accordingly.
Additional funding opportunities available to graduate students from internal sources include:
Individual Program/Department/Faculty-based Awards
Open to all students. Contact your Graduate Program Assistant for details (including availability, criteria and application deadlines).
Concordia Accelerator Awards
Valued at $5000, Concordia Accelerator Awards are granted on a competitive basis to qualified, registered graduate students in thesis or thesis-equivalent programs. Deadlines are announced during the academic year. Download the application form
Funding for Conference Presentations
Funds are available to registered graduate students for presentations at major scholarly conferences, or artistic exhibitions in a peer-reviewed or juried context. Download the application form
Concordia Stand-Out Graduate Research Award
Valued at $1,000, this biannual competition is meant to recognise exceptional research projects that have been released to the public in the eight months prior to the deadline date, as well as the ability of the graduate researchers to convey the importance of their investigation to the general public. For additional details and to apply please download the application form
Many graduate students receive support in the form of a stipend paid by a faculty member holding a research grant. Contact your department Graduate Program Director or thesis supervisor for possibilities.
Faculties typically allocate funds annually to individual departments for teaching assistants, markers, lab demonstrators, conference leaders, etc. Contact your department Graduate Program Director for details.
The School of Graduate Studies administers the Carolyn and Richard Renaud Graduate Teaching Assistantship. For eligibility and conditions of tenure, consult the Awards Directory listing. Download the application form (MS Word)
On-campus employment is a great way for graduate students to supplement typical sources of award funding. Contact the Counselling and Development Office—Career and Placement Service located at 2070 Mackay, Room 106 (SGW campus) and/or the Financial and Awards Office located at 1550 de Maisonneuve blvd W., Room 220 (SGW campus) concerning the Work Study Program.
Note: Graduate Fellowship holders are typically prohibited from working on- or off-campus more than ten hours per week. Recipients are advised to study the terms of their award carefully, and consult with the Graduate Awards Office.
The Québec government offers Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral student scholarships through:
- Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC)
- Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
- Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ)
- Institut de recherche en santé et securité du travail du Québec (IRSST)
Applicants must be:
- Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (landed immigrants) and
- Québec residents having resided in the province for at least one year by the application deadline (having both filed Québec income tax and possessing a valid Québec Medicare card).
The programme de bourses d'excellence pour étudiants étrangers (PBEEE) award program is open to international Doctoral and Postdoctoral students only. It is administered by FQRNT but candidates from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Candidates cannot apply directly to the agency. Only candidates nominated by a University may submit an application to the provincial competition.
Applications and eligibility
Applications and eligibility requirements are available on respective government agency websites by late August. Deadline to apply is in October (July for PBEEE) for awards tenable the following academic year.
At the time of application, the candidate may be a senior undergraduate student, graduate student, or either an undergraduate or graduate degree holder not currently enrolled in a program, but planning to pursue graduate studies the following academic year.
Numerous Canadian government agencies offer Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral fellowships and graduate scholarships annually through the:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and more.
Eligibility and deadlines
- Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (landed immigrants)
- Late August: government agency websites indicate applications and eligibility requirements
- Deadlines may be as early as October 5th annually
- At time of application, the candidate may be a senior undergraduate/graduate student, or an unregistered undergraduate/graduate degree holder planning to pursue graduate studies the following academic year.
Additional funding opportunities available to graduate students from external sources include:
Private Individual, Small Business and Corporate Awards
- Applies to specific discipline-based research or study, or to students who meet certain criteria (eg Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and international students).
- Some of these awards are administered by the Graduate Awards Committee of the university, while others are administered directly by the award sponsor.
- Consult the Graduate Awards Directory for more details.