Awards & grants

Financial suppport for graduate students

The university and School offer, on a competitive basis, a limited number of scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Submit your application by December 1 to be automatically considered for all types of assistance.

Fountain Graduate Fellowships

The Fountain School of Performing Arts offers a limited number of Fountain Graduate Fellowships to incoming MA students who demonstrate excellence in academic scholarship. Candidates are required to have a minimum A- GPA, equivalent to a Dalhousie GPA of 3.7. All applicants who have applied by December 1 will be considered. For further information, please contact the Associate Director, Graduate Studies & Research at

The Faculty of Graduate Studies Conference Travel Grant

The Faculty of Graduate Studies awards conference travel grants to full-time graduate students in Master's thesis programs. In order to be eligible, students must present a poster or paper based on the results of their graduate thesis research at a national or international scholarly meeting or conference. Students are eligible to apply for one travel grant per graduate degree at Dalhousie. Students must be registered in a graduate program at the time of application and at the time of the conference. The maximum travel grant awarded is $500, this amount is subject to change. For more information, see the FGS website.

Institutional and national scholarships

Some institutional and national scholarships require a separate application. The most common scholarships are:

Scholarship Availability Nomination deadline
SSHRC graduate Scholarships*
National November
Vanier Scholarship National October
Killam Scholarship Institutional February
Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarship Institutional February
Eliza Richie Doctoral Scholarship for Women Institutional March
James Robinson Johnson Scholarship
Institutional March

* All Canadian applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for a Master's scholarship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  In order to be nominated for a Master's level Killam fellowship, applicants have to have applied to SSHRC or, in the case of international applicants, its equivalent.

Further information

More awards, scholarships and grants

Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies funding opportunities section for a comprehensive list of financial support options at Dalhousie.