Funding and Awards

You may be eligible for a financial aid support program. Financial aid may be in the form of grants, scholarships or awards.

Financial assistance is available through Dalhousie, as well as a number of external organizations. There are several other general scholarship, bursary and funding aid opportunities available on the Money Matters page under Funding Sources.  

Scholarships and Bursaries

Art and Dorothy Cooke Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Art and Dorothy Cooke by their daughters, Janet Jerico and Susan MrKich. Art and Dorothy both attended Dalhousie University in the 1930s, taking degrees in English. They then lived near Dalhousie most of their lives, their children attended Dalhousie and Dorothy became University Librarian. This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student entering their fourth year in an Honours or Combined Honours in Environmental Science whose Honours thesis research proposal is judged to be of strong merit.

The James L. Hall Scholarship is a scholarship shared with the Faculty of engineering and is awarded every other year to an Earth Sciences undergraduate. The James L. Hall Award will be awarded to a student who has completed his first year of residence at Dalhousie with a high academic standing, and preference will go to a student planning a career in the mining industry. The scholarship was created by the widow of James L. Hall, in memory of her husband, who was a student at Dalhousie from 1919 to 1921, and by Elizabeth L. Hall, his sister. The first Hall Award was made in 1939 and this is the 80th presentation of the award.

Undergraduate Prizes and Awards

This MacEachern - Ponsford Memorial Award is to be made on the recommendation of the Chair of the Earth Sciences Department after consultation with the Dawson Geology Club and the staff of the department, to a student who has excelled in field school and has completed the second year of a program majoring in Geology, whose academic performance is of honours calibre, and who has been an active participant in student activities.

The G. V. Douglas Memorial Award commemorates Dr. George Vilbert Douglas, Head of the Department of Geology, Dalhousie University from 1932-1957. The award is given to a student entering second year Earth Sciences with an outstanding academic record in their first-year studies.

The David Barlow Memorial Award was established to provide an endowed award to be presented annually to a student in the second year of the Geology (Earth Sciences) Program.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Best Thesis Award is awarded annually to the the student who is judged to have submitted the best Honours Thesis.

The Earth and Environmantal Sciences Best Thesis Presentation Award is awarded annually to the student that is judged to have given the best Honours Thesis presentation.

The Environmental Science Award is given to an Environmental Science Programs in her/his third year of study who has shown academic promise in her/his environmental course work.

The Environmental Science Honours Society Award is awarded annually to students graduating with a BSc Honours/Major in Environmental Science or BSc Combined Honours or a Double Major in Environmental Science who has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more.

The Owen Hertzman Prize is granted annually to an Environmental Science student who is deemed to have contributed significantly to Environmental Science school life.
Earth and Environmental Sciences offers University Medals in both Earth Sciences and  Environmental Science to the top First Class Honours graduate in each program in recognition of superior achievement.

Graduate Prizes and Awards

Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Award

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, invites applications for the Dalhousie Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Award for admission to the Ph.D. program in Fall 2020. This award provides financial support to outstanding Canadian and International students with a demonstrated record of academic success in their undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The successful applicant will be awarded a competitive Ph.D. funding package, which covers tuition (and differential fees for international students), fees, and includes a stipend for living expenses of $19,000 CAD/year. The award is guaranteed for two years, then subject to renewal for the 3rd and 4th years based on student performance.

The Department has a long history of demonstrated excellence in Earth Science research and teaching, with a current emphasis on marine geology/geophysics, petroleum systems, tectonics, high temperature and experimental geochemistry/petrology, earth surface processes, environment and human health, and environmental action research. It hosts various analytical and experimental facilities including the newly‐established National Seismic Imaging Facility, and recently upgraded and expanded facilities for cosmogenic isotope sample preparation. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its youthful spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront. Interested students should explore our website.

The minimum qualifications for the award are the successful completion of a BSc degree (MSc preferred) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 (“A” equivalent) and meeting the University language requirements (for international applicants):

To apply:

1.      Applicants should first discuss their interests with a potential advisor in the Department:

         and find a supervisor who would support their application.

2.      Submit an application using guidelines below

A complete application will consist of the following:

Submitted to the department electronically by the applicant:

    1. completed Dalhousie Long Form Scholarship Application – Doctoral

Arranged by the applicant (submitted directly to the department on behalf of the applicant):

    1.Academic transcripts (hard copies or verifiable soft copies directly from the issuing institution)
    2.Completed reference assessment forms from two individuals familiar with your academic and research capability.

Please email electronic copies to:

Ms. Norma Keeping (Graduate Administrator)
Subject line: Earth Science Doctoral Award Application

Hard copies to:

Graduate Affairs Committee
c/o Ms. Norma Keeping (Graduate Administrator)
Department of Earth Science
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3H 4H6A

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019.

The successful candidate with be notified by December 15, 2019.

For more information, please contact Professor Yana Fedortchouk, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University, email:

Summer Research Awards

Faculty of Science Summer Research Awards

There are about 70 FoS-coordinated summer research awards available each year, on a competitive basis, for current undergraduate students. Interested students may apply for an award and indicate the faculty member they’d like to work with. Award recipients spend 16 weeks participating in a research project, alongside graduate students and other undergraduates. 

The Michael J. Keen Memorial Award provides stipend funding for a female undergraduate student summer research experience in the Department of Earth Sciences similar to an NSERC USRA. The successful student will work closely with a supervisor in the Department with the goal of exposing the student to scientific research work in general and to specific research in the field of Earth Sciences.

The tenure of the award runs from June 1 to August 31, 2020.

The Joy M. Cunningham Award

The Joy M. Cunningham Award is given each year to an outstanding undergraduate student enrolled in Environmental Science or the College of Sustainability and interested in conducting research aimed at environmental protection or restoration, or the sustainable use of our natural resources.

Dr. Cunningham obtained her Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Chemistry from Dalhousie University and wants this award to encourage students’ participation in research that will lead to a healthier environment.

Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Dalhousie University invites applications for the Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships. Dalhousie University awards annually approximately 5 new fellowships in all disciplines to Canadian or International scholars of superior academic research ability, who have not obtained their PhD degree from Dalhousie, and have obtained their degrees no earlier than Sept 15 2017.

The Department has a long history of demonstrated excellence in research and teaching, with a current emphasis on marine geology/geophysics, petroleum systems, tectonics, high temperature geochemistry/experimental petrology, earth surface processes, environment and human health, and environmental action research. It hosts various analytical and experimental facilities including the newly-established National Seismic Imaging Facility, recently upgraded and expanded facilities for cosmogenic isotope sample preparation, and a new stable isotope biogeochemistry laboratory. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its youthful spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront. Information about the Earth and Environmental Sciences department, current faculty, and research and teaching programmes can be found at:

Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable for two years and currently valued up to $55,000 annually including stipend, full benefits and a travel allowance for transportation to and from Halifax, a one-time research allowance ($3,000) and a conference travel grant ($1,000).

The 2020-21 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition documents and a link to the online application can be found at:
In preparing the research proposal, applicants are expected to discuss potential research projects with the Faculty members in their area of research interest.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents to the online portal is Tuesday, December 15.

2020/21 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition Guidelines

Professor of the Year Award

Awarded annually by the Department of Earth Sciences faculty and the Dawson Geology Club for outstanding contributions to the education of Earth Sciences students.

2020 recipient - Chris Geene

Past recipients