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 Where to Apply (First Point of Contact)
NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Award Agency, Office of Graduate Programs
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Agency
CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Agency
CIHR Doctoral Agency
NSERC Doctoral Office of Graduate Programs
SSHRC Doctoral Office of Graduate Programs
Vanier CGS Office of Graduate Programs

External Awards

Award Where to Apply (First Point of Contact)
Rhodes Scholarship Office of Graduate Programs
Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarship Office of Graduate Programs
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Office of Graduate Programs