Scholarships and Funding Opportunities
Tuition and basic stipends
All graduate students in the School of Biomedical Engineering receive funding to support their studies. Recent average funding levels for MASc and PhD students were approximately $20,500 and $28,000, respectively. Funding comes from a variety of sources including external scholarships (NSERC, CIHR, NSHRF, NSGS, MITACs) and internal scholarships (FGS, Faculty of Engineering), as well as from research grants held by supervisors. Some students find TA positions to additionally supplement their income.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents:
- $10,108.29 per year in the MASc program
- $10,498.29 per year in the PhD program
- $16,809.29 per year in MASc
- $17,199.29 per year in the PhD program
International students must also pay a fee for provincial health insurance. International students are encouraged to apply for permanent residency to take advantage of lower fees.
To estimate your tuition and living costs, please visit the Dalhousie fee calculator.
External Funding Opportunities
You are strongly encouraged to apply for external awards. External funding provides an increase in your stipend, alleviates pressure on your supervisor's research budget and enhances your CV. Scholarships at the graduate level are tax-free in Canada.
All students are eligible for funding support through:
- Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholarships at $10,000 per year for MASc and PhD
- The Killam Pre-doctoral Scholarships at $25,000 and $20,000 per year at PhD and MASc levels
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the following:
- Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PostGraduate Scholarships (PGS), current annual value of the NSERC awards is $17,300 for master's students and $21,000 for doctoral students; the current annual value of the special NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships is $17,500 for master's students and $35,000 for doctoral students
- CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Research Award and CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters Research Award valued at between $35,000 per year and $17,500 per year, respectively
- Students in the PhD program conducting studies in chemistry, physics, electronics or computer science as part of their BME studies may be eligible for the Sumner Fellowships, valued at $6,000 per year
- Women applying to the PhD program are eligible for the Eliza Ritchie Doctoral Entrance Scholarship,valued at $24,000 per year
- Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial PostGraduate Scholarships (IPS), awards are currently valued at $21,000 (master's or PhD) with $15,000 awarded from NSERC and $6,000 annually from an industrial partner
More details on funding opportunities are available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards website.
Although the School of Biomedical Engineering does not offer an undergraduate program, we encourage you to serve as demonstrators or teaching assistants in undergraduate departments. If you want to apply for such positions, you should contact the undergraduate department directly.
Teaching assistantship wages are in addition to the scholarships outlined above and are for a maximum of 13 weeks per semester. Teaching assistant positions are also available within the department for graduate courses BMNG5210 and BMNG5120.