TRI-Agency & Government Awards

External and Government Awards are funded through private, provincial, or federal sources. The application process for these may differ but in most cases students use the granting agency application or application system. In some cases, SFU handles the adjudication process and in some cases SFU only handles the award payment.

Use the table below to discover which external funding opportunities are available to support your research. At SFU, we pride ourselves in having a solid success rate for applicants of external funding and resources in place to assist students seeking these opportunities.

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How to Apply

Most of the awards listed below have a committee review process at SFU, even though students apply through the agency system.
Interested students need to:

Check general eligibility

  To be eligible for most of the awards listed, applicants must:
  • be registered in a research based graduate program at SFU while holding the award
  • normally have a minimum 3.5 CGPA to be competitive for the award (in exceptional cases, other evidence of outstanding ability may outweigh this criterion)
  • abide by additional eligibility and criteria specific to the award

View awards

  External and government funded awards are all listed on the table below.
Select an award to learn more about the award, the application process and important dates.

Check deadlines

  Review all important dates and deadlines for the award of interest. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your application.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure everything is submitted by the deadline date listed. Late applications will not be accepted.

Apply for the award

  Follow the detailed instructions for each award. Apply using the listed agency system.

Awards Table

The following list contains all the External and Government Funded awards available and adjudicated through Graduate Studies. Note that more externally funded awards may be available by direct to agency application.

Tri-Agency Awards (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC)

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Deadline: TBD

Vanier CGS & Doctoral Scholarships

Deadline: Sept 8

CIHR CGS & Doctoral Scholarships

Deadline: Oct 1

NSERC CGS & Doctoral Awards

Deadline: Oct 1

SSHRC CGS & Doctoral Awards

Deadline: Oct 12

SSHRC Talent Award

Deadline: Feb 16

Tri-Agency CGS Master's

Deadline: Dec 1


Deadline: Varied


Deadline: Dec 1

Government of Canada International Scholarships

Deadline: Varied

China Scholarship Council Awards

Deadline: Jan 15

Connect Canada Internships

Deadline: Oct 1

Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

Deadline: Feb 1