External Awards

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) administers a number of external awards programs, including those offered by federal, provincial, and other scholarship agencies. UNBC students are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities from Canada’s three major government research granting agencies:  the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Competitions for many of the major federal and provincial scholarships that UNBC administers take place in the September Semester each year. Applicants are required to check the websites below, as well as the agency websites for eligibility and application details and instructions.  Students should also note that application procedures vary for many external competitions. In some cases, applicants are required to apply directly to the granting agency, while in others, the award undergoes an adjudication process at UNBC’s Office of Graduate Programs. 


Federal Awards

Award and Value  Deadline   Application Page 
$17,500 for 1 year
December 1st, 2019
5:00 pm
$35,000 per year, 3 years
October 21st, 2019
4:30pm
 Up to $6,000
 June 1st and 
October 1st
12:00 pm 
$4,500 plus organization contribution
March 2nd, 2020
Vanier CGS (Doctoral Award)
$50,000 per year, for three years
September 27th, 2019
5:00pm 

External Awards

Award  Deadline  Application Page
Fees and stipend, see website for details 

September 6th, 2019

$8,500 
February 1st
$40,000 per year, for three years.
Plus research and travel allowance
January 10th, 2020