Funding

Students at the School of Planning are eligible for a number of scholarships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. These will be posted here as they become available. Most of these descriptions include links to external websites, so make sure that you follow up on them to find out about eligibility, deadlines and other critical information.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Dalhousie Impact Awards

Dalhousie students are known for their academic excellence, but their achievements outside of the classroom are equally impressive. The Dalhousie IMPACT Awards is an annual event hosted by the DSU in collaboration with Dalhousie University, to recognize outstanding individuals and student groups that impact our community. Individual award categories include Academic LifeStudent Life and Community Service, and Residence Life

For information about applying to the Impact Awards, click here.

Canadian Institute of Planners Scholarships

CIP offers the following scholarships for Bachelors students: CIP President's Scholarship ($6,000), Wayne Daniel Smith Scholarship ($4,500), College of Fellows Travel Scholarship ($4,000), Thomas Adams Scholarship ($3,000), David Palubeski Bursary ($3,000), The Ted Fobert and Robert Tennant Planning Merit Bursary.

Click here for more details.

W. Andrew MacKay Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship provides an award for a returning undergraduate Dalhousie student registered in the Faculty of Architecture & Planning, Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Health Professions, Management, or Science, or the Dental Hygiene program. For more information on the nomination process click here.

Jill Grant Entrance Scholarship

Dr. Jill Grant retired in 2017, after almost 40 years of outstanding service to teaching and scholarship in planning. Jill is an internationally regarded planner, who has always  challenged us to critically examine the links between planning theory and practice. She is also prolific scholar and writer, whose insights on social planning have helped shape the way we create healthier and more equitable communities. But perhaps most importantly, Jill is a caring mentor, who sent her students into the workforce as critical and creative thinkers, armed with knowledge, confidence and her passion for excellence.

To honour her commitment to our profession and to her students, we’re establishing the Jill Grant Entrance Scholarship for Planning. This award will give recipients the financial breathing room to learn and excel and will make the School of Planning an more attractive option for the top students from across the country.

More on this scholarship and its availability for students will be posted as it is available.

Lezlie Oler Prize in Community & Environmental Design

In the fall of 2007, Dr. David Zitner generously expressed his appreciation for Lezlie Oler's design ideas by endowing Dalhousie University with funds for the Lezlie Oler Prize in Community and Environmental Design.  The purpose of the Lezlie Oler Prize is to encourage students to generate design ideas that are interesting, attractive, cost-effective and practical for beautifying the city and increasing the public profile of issues related to urban beautification in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). 
 
TERMS:
Applicants must identify a place in HRM where a modest design intervention would greatly enhance the aesthetic quality of urban pubic space;
Eligible applicants are students currently registered in Dalhousie University's Faculty of Architecture and Planning, in either the 4th year of the BCD Honours program or 1st or 2nd year of the Master of Architecture program;
The prize will be awarded to the student that uses modest means to modify a space that promotes a sense of community;
Where possible, the Leslie Older Prize in Community and Environmental Design, will be an in course discussion topic;
The recipient must prepare a 4-page proof of concept booklet (digital and hardcopy) that illustrates their idea and recommendations for implementation.  When possible, the winning concept booklet(s) will be distributed to HRM decision makers;
Applications to be received in the Dean's Office at the end of term.

Applicants grant the University permission to mount their proposals on a public website aimed at foster further discussion. The Jury will be the Dean or designate, one faculty member from the School of Planning, one faculty member from the School of Architecture, and Lezlie Oler or her representative. The prize could be up to $1000. Winning entry(s) will be displayed during May 2018 Convocation Celebrations.

Graduate Scholarships

Dalhousie Impact Awards

Dalhousie students are known for their academic excellence, but their achievements outside of the classroom are equally impressive. The Dalhousie IMPACT Awards is an annual event hosted by the DSU in collaboration with Dalhousie University, to recognize outstanding individuals and student groups that impact our community. Individual award categories include Academic LifeStudent Life and Community Service, and Residence Life

For information about applying to the Impact Awards, click here.

Canadian Institute of Planners Scholarships

CIP offers the following scholarships for Masters students: CIP President's Scholarship ($6,000), Wayne Daniel Smith Scholarship ($4,500), Thomas Adams Scholarship ($3,000), David Palubeski Bursary ($3,000), The Ted Fobert and Robert Tennant Planning Merit Bursary.

Click here for more details.

International Making Cities Livable Conference attendance scholarships

A limited number of Student Scholarships for Ph.D. students, and Volunteer Positions for Graduate students are available. Both positions waive the student registration fee.

This Conference will be a landmark event, with an unprecedented gathering of world-renowned experts in planning, urban design, public health, architecture, social sciences, and allied fields. Please see the website for more details: http://www.livablecities.org/conferences/55th-conference-ottawa 

Scholarships waive the registration fee. They do not offer funds towards expenses. Scholarships and Volunteer positions are not available for junior presenters.

Volunteers can attend all the sessions they choose. Most responsibilities are in helping set up and run registration on Monday, May 14 and following days; monitoring entrance to conference sessions and events; and helping to man the publications table. Volunteer positions offer great access to speakers and exhibitors.

Volunteers need to be at the conference location on Monday morning, to help set up, review the detailed program for the sessions they wish to see, and sign up for helping as their schedule permits.

We are also looking for a volunteer to act as conference photographer, recording informal social events, keynote speakers, tours and special events.

Interested students should send their resume, a short statement (250 words) why the conference is of interest to them, and to which program they are applying (Scholarship or Volunteer) before March 1 to suzanne.lennard@livablecities.org.

Lezlie Oler Prize in Community & Environmental Design


In the fall of 2007, Dr. David Zitner generously expressed his appreciation for Lezlie Oler's design ideas by endowing Dalhousie University with funds for the Lezlie Oler Prize in Community and Environmental Design.  The purpose of the Lezlie Oler Prize is to encourage students to generate design ideas that are interesting, attractive, cost-effective and practical for beautifying the city and increasing the public profile of issues related to urban beautification in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). 
 
TERMS:
Applicants must identify a place in HRM where a modest design intervention would greatly enhance the aesthetic quality of urban pubic space;
Eligible applicants are students currently registered in Dalhousie University's Faculty of Architecture and Planning, in either the 4th year of the BCD Honours program or 1st or 2nd year of the Master of Architecture program;
The prize will be awarded to the student that uses modest means to modify a space that promotes a sense of community;
Where possible, the Leslie Older Prize in Community and Environmental Design, will be an in course discussion topic;
The recipient must prepare a 4-page proof of concept booklet (digital and hardcopy) that illustrates their idea and recommendations for implementation.  When possible, the winning concept booklet(s) will be distributed to HRM decision makers;
Applications to be received in the Dean's Office at the end of term.

Applicants grant the University permission to mount their proposals on a public website aimed at foster further discussion. The Jury will be the Dean or designate, one faculty member from the School of Planning, one faculty member from the School of Architecture, and Lezlie Oler or her representative. The prize could be up to $1000. Winning entry(s) will be displayed during May 2018 Convocation Celebrations.

Teaching Assistantships

Research Assistantships

Dr. Terashima: Research Assistantship, “Spatial Accessibility to Multitude of Services and Amenities as indicators of health-promoting opportunity structures in communities (SAMoSA Study)”

Dr. Mikiko Terashima is offering a scholarship for an incoming MPS student. The successful applicant will be admitted to Dalhousie University School of Planning as a Master of Planning Studies student, and will conduct research as a team member of the project entitled “Spatial Accessibility to Multitude of Services and Amenities as indicators of health-promoting opportunity structures in communities (SAMoSA Study)”. The student is expected to produce her/his Master’s thesis on a topic related to this project. For more details click here.