Awards and Funding
Supporting you in your studies
For MES students
You should try to secure funding before starting the program. Get in touch with your prospective supervisor for advice. Deadlines vary by program, so plan early.
If you have excellent academic qualifications, we strongly encourage you to apply for external scholarships (closing mid-December, annually) through granting councils such as:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships (NSGS): $10,000 a year for two years available to domestic and international students in areas of priority, currently: ocean-related science and technology, natural resource sectors, life sciences, business sustainability, social innovation and clean technology including renewable energy systems. There are two calls a year, but the school has earlier deadlines than those listed. See details.
Killam Predoctoral Award: Exceptional candidates may be eligible for this Killam Award ($20,000 a year for two years) but they must have applied for another major award: NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, or NSGS first round. Scholarship details are here, but nominations are made through the School.
The SRES Legacy Research Scholarship: $18,000 a year for two years available for eligible research projects.
Funded Student Opportunities - As a funded student (i.e. through a faculty member`s research project), you will have the opportunity to work on real-world research projects relating to issues of pressing concern to society, government and industry. View current opportunities.
MES Thesis Research Award: Up to $500 to enhance the opportunities for productive and innovative thesis research. Find out more [DOC - 24 kB].
The Neil Munro Parks and Protected Areas Award: $1,000 to provide support for graduate studies in protected areas planning, design, policy, protection or management. Learn more [DOC - 27 kB].
The Gerald and Margaret Godsoe Scholarship with support from the Ward family funds: $15,000 to support a highly qualified and motivated individual entering the MES program. Find out more [PDF - 13 kB].
The Colin Stewart Scholarship: To support and encourage graduate studies that explores the roles of parks and protected areas in conserving the ecological integrity of the Acadian Forest. Learn more [DOC - 28 kB].
FGS Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant: $500 to support master’s and PhD level graduate student travel and participation in conferences where they are presenting their research. Learn more.
For MREM students
Most scholarships and funding are limited to research-based degrees, so the major source of income for you will be your paid internship.
Other opportunities include:
MREM Research Award: In rare instances where internships are unpaid, up to $500 to cover costs related to research associated with either the internship or a project. Find out more [DOC - 24 kB].
MREM Conference Travel Grant: Up to $400 to help with costs associated with travelling to conferences to present ideas/findings based on the student’s MREM internship and project. Find out more [DOC - 70 kB].