Frequently Asked Questions

Busaries and Awards

I am a first year graduate student. Can I apply for an FGS bursary?

Students in their first year of study are not eligible for bursary funding as students are only accepted into graduate programs if adequate funding is in place. However, in rare instances, if a first year student encounters exceptional, unanticipated circumstances that place them in a financial crisis, a bursary application from a first year student may be considered.

I was awarded an FGS bursary, but I owe fees. Will I receive the money, or will it go to fees?

The bursary awarded will go towards paying any fees owing. If the fees are less than the amount of the bursary, you will receive the remaining amount.

How do I collect the FGS bursary I was awarded?

If you do not owe any fees, a cheque will be sent to your Department or home address (check with your department regarding address).

How many FGS bursaries can I apply for?

You can only receive one FGS bursary per program. However, in exceptional and unanticipated circumstances, a second bursary may be considered.

I have already applied for an FGS bursary, but I was not granted one. Can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply for an FGS bursary as many times as you like. Decisions of the Bursary Committee cannot be appealed.


Scholarship Management

My address is wrong on my funding letter but I have already changed it on Web for Students. How do I fix this?

When graduate students change their address, they must inform both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and their department of the change after updating it on Banner. This is the only way to guarantee that the records Graduate Studies maintain on graduate students remain current and that documentation is sent to the proper address.

I think that the offer on my funding letter is wrong. What should I do?

The amounts that are indicated on your funding letter are submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by your department. If you believe the amount is incorrect then you should contact your department.

Can I receive funding while on a leave of absence?

The policy is that if you are not registered as a full time student you cannot receive funding administered by Dalhousie University.

The only exception to this policy is NSERC and SSHRC scholarship holders can receive four months of paid parental leave upon formal request and approval. Contact the FGS Scholarship Officer for further information on paid parental leave for NSERC and SSHRC holders.

If I am receiving a scholarship from Dalhousie University, what do I need to do if I am going to be away from campus for an extended period of time?

You need to write the Dean of FGS to obtain permission.

Can I hold multiple awards?

Yes, and it is often advantageous and encouraged to do so to establish a strong record of academic achievement.  Total scholarship funding from the combination of multiple awards managed through FGS is limited to $6666 per term for Master’s students ($20,000/year) and $10,000 per term for Doctoral students ($30,000).  This does not prevent students from receiving more than this amount through individual scholarships or funding from other sources not managed by FGS (i.e. employment funding from teaching and research assistant positions, stipends from research supervisors, department allocation funding or bursaries/awards, or external scholarships not managed through FGS).

What does FGS consider as “External Funding” when calculating scholarship funding maximums

Total scholarship funding from the combination of multiple awards managed through FGS is limited to $6666 per term for Master’s students ($20,000/year) and $10,000 per term for Doctoral students ($30,000).  Funding maximums are calculated based on total awards held through tri-council master’s and doctoral scholarships, NSHRF, Killam, NSGS, Abdul Majid Bader, Eliza Ritchie, James Robinson Johnston, Nova Scotia Black and First Nations, Vitamin and Sumner competitions.  “External Funding” calculations used to determine this maximum does not include the President’s Award, employment/internship earnings within or outside of the university, stipends issued by a department or supervisor, departmental allocation funding, or most scholarships and awards not managed through FGS.  Note, however, that students must maintain full-time enrollment in order to remain eligible for scholarship funding.