There are a number of scholarships available to students entering the program. A list has been provided with links below for further information. Please note all scholarship and award applications MUST be submitted through the department, with the exception of the CASLPA Scholarship Awards and FGSR travel awards.

Scholarships under FGSR

  • General Awards Competition
  • Recruitment Scholarship Competition
  • FGSR Travel Awards
  • Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship
  • Other U of A Administered Awards

Awards Administered by External Agencies

Students can only apply to one agency, the choice of which is dependent on the topic of their SPA900 or thesis research.  Please discuss this with your supervisor once your topic has been identified in the fall of your first year.  More information will be provided about these scholarships early in the term.

Original transcripts are required for NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR awards from all institutions including the University of Alberta.  Students should request transcripts in lots of time and have them delivered directly to the Department.

Department Administered Bursaries

  • Debra Jean Blayney Memorial Graduate Bursary ($1,000)
The department administers two financial need bursaries worth $1000 each.  They are awarded in Fall to students who are enrolled full-time in our graduate degree program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  The recipients will be selected on the basis of satisfactory academic standing and demonstrated financial need.  If a student finds themself in this situation and wish to apply for this bursary, submit the Application Form circulated by the department and a brief letter explaining your particular financial circumstances.  The letter should be addressed:  Awards Committee.  Although it is not necessary to provide documentation of these sources, please be prepared to do so.  Deadlines are communicated by email during the year. 


  • Student Excellence Award
  • Isabel Richard Student Paper 
  • Continuing students are eligible
  • Two letters of reference - 1 academic; 1 clinical supervisor
  • Visit website for more information and on-line application form 

Recruitment Scholarship - U of A Course-based Master's Scholarship

Eligible students must have the following:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7/4

There are no additional applications to fill out.  Successful applicants are admitted to the MSc-SLP program and their application is forwarded to FGSR to be considered for the Recruitment Scholarship. This scholarship is described under the FGSR Scholarships link below.

Applying for major scholarships

The research component of the MSc-SLP program

The major scholarships are available to our students because of the requirement for research experience through either a SPA 900 project or a thesis.  

The process for assigning students to theses and projects is as follows:
There is a Research Fair early in the first term of the student's program, at which professors present topics that they would like to supervise; then each student submits a form ranking 5 or more projects (and 3 or more thesis topics/supervisors, if interested in a thesis) in order of preference.  The Project/Thesis Selection Committee assigns students to a topic and supervisor based on their preference lists and supervisor workload.  Students who wish to do a thesis must discuss it with the potential supervisor in advance.
Funding possibilities related to research area
The three funding agencies of the Canadian "tri-council" offer Canada Graduate Scholarships for students in Master's programs with a research focus (such as ours). These are substantial (approximately $17,000). The three agencies are: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

Students may apply to only one of the three councils, dependent upon the subject matter of the proposed research. The tri-council awards come up very soon in the first term of the program, so if you can do some reading and thinking in advance, it can be an advantage.

If you are thinking about a thesis, then you should contact a potential supervisor (or more than one) in the summer before you begin the program. That person could help you refine your ideas and choose the council that is most closely related to that topic. The same goes for course-based route - if you have a topic that you would like to pursue, please feel free to contact the supervisor(s) most likely to be involved in the research to discuss possible SPA 900 projects. However, with SPA 900 projects, it is likely that you would need to participate in a topic proposed by the supervisor with a small group of students.  For both projects and theses, students will not know whether they have been assigned to the topic of their choice until the committee makes the assignments after the Research Fair. This means that it may not be possible to do all the work for an application in the summer before beginning in the program, but it is advantageous to do some reading on a topic of interest and speak to potential supervisors of that topic, so that when the time comes to apply, you have some background to expand on.

The Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) awards are applied for in late spring of the first year for funding in the second year.  If you have applied for a tri-council award, the research project proposal that you would have written for that could be used for the QEII application as well. You cannot get both - if you are awarded a QEII and then you wind up getting a SSRHC as well, you would take the latter (as it is more money).  The timing is often such that the deadline for QEII comes before we learn the results of the tri-council awards.

For all of these awards, the Department sends out information about deadlines and procedures at the appropriate time.