Funding Opportunities: Awards & Scholarships


Health Related Scholarship Opportunities  

The following funding competitions related to health-related research are now open. These are not limited to students in any particular program. 

Scotia Scholar Award

The Scotia Scholars Award provides financial support to research trainees with exceptional potential who are engaged in health research at participating Nova Scotia institutions. Funding for this award is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. 

MSSU Student Awards

The MSSU Student Awards offer funding opportunities for graduate students pursuing patient-oriented health research. Students must be entering or enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island, and supervised by an MSSU Associate Scientist.  

BRIC NS Student Research Award

This award is offered annually to a minimum of two recipients. In addition to receiving this prestigious recognition, BRIC NS will contribute an award of $1,500 (non-renewable) to assist the recipient in furthering their research.  

For more information on these opportunities, visit the links above or contact



Information for Dalhousie Graduate Students can be found here




The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition for doctoral researchers is opened for this year. Canada’s most prestigious and highest valued award for doctoral researchers.


The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is designed to support world-class students pursuing doctoral degrees at Canadian universities. It is also open to International students. The scholarship awards $50,000 per year for three years. The program is open to both Canadian and international students. Students must be nominated by the Canadian university at which they plan to study.

Please see the Vanier website for its competition launch memo and complete application instructions. Please note Dalhousie's internal deadline of September 30 at 9:00 p.m. AST for applicants wishing to be nominated by the university. Interested applicants are recommended to consult their supervisor, graduate coordinator and the Faculty of Graduate Studies ( well in advance of the internal deadline to express their intent to seek a nomination.


For students who are currently registered in a degree program at Dalhousie (even if on a leave of absence) or who were registered in a degree program at Dalhousie at any time during the current calendar year. This scholarship is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residence.

Click Here to Apply, for General Information, Helpful Links and Documents 



The federal Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) and their provincial counterparts are dedicated to the creation of new knowledge for the benefit of all Canadians. These agencies support master’s students through the Canadian Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program.


Click Here to Apply, for General Information, Helpful Links and Documents 



Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded annually at Dalhousie University to recently graduated scholars of superior academic research ability in any discipline.  The awards are tenable only at Dalhousie University; however, students who have received their doctorate from Dalhousie are not eligible.

Click Here (Master's) and here (PhD) to Apply, for General Information, Helpful Links and Documents


SCHOLARSHIP Masters  Doctoral  New Student Applicants Current Students International Students
Abdual Majid Bader Graduate Scholarship  *  *     *    *    *
African Nova Scotian Graduate Scholarship  *  *     *    *  
Eliza Ritchie Entrance Scholarship    *     *    *  
Indigenous Graduate Scholarship  *  *     *    *  
James Robinson Johnston Graduate Entrance Scholarship  *  *     *     
Killam Predoctoral Scholarship   *  *     *   * (Doctoral Only)    *
Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship  *  *     *      *