Scholarships, Awards & Funding

External Awards & Bursaries

The following is a partial list of externally Awards by Application, which require students to complete an application for the specific award.

Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships

The Foundation offers five $5,000 annual scholarships to Canadian women in engineering in either their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of study in an accredited program in Canada. One such scholarship is offered to students in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie, and B.C. regions. 

Winners will also receive an expense-paid trip, supported by CEMF and Engineers Canada, to attend the CEMF Awards Luncheon held as part of the Engineers Canada Annual General Meeting. 

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation website.

Deadline: January

Alberta Women’s Science Network Scholarship 

One scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to a female student entering at least the second year of a program in science or engineering at a  University, College, and Technical Institute.

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the Alberta Women's Science Network website.

Deadline: April

GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program for Engineering Students 

The Foundation offers $12,000 scholarships ($4,000 per year for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of an undergraduate program). 

The program is funded by the GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of the Foundation. The GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada is a unique program that provides financial support and skills development opportunities for up to 15 accomplished first-year undergraduate students from recognized institutions who are pursuing degrees in the fields of engineering and business/management and who are Canadian resident Aboriginal individuals who are either First Nation status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit.

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the IIE GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program website.

The Paul and Helen Trussell Science & Technology Scholarship 

This scholarship is administered by the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC). This award is given to an engineering or science student who graduated from the Kootenay/Boundary region and are entering the third undergraduate year of their program. Each spring, a new award is given with a value of $5,000 per year for the last two undergraduate years and first two graduate years, for a total of $20,000. 

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the BCIC website.  

Deadline: May

Engineers Canada’s Scholarships Program 

Engineers Canada will award seven cash prizes totaling $70,000 to reward excellence in the Canadian engineering profession and to support advanced studies and research. To be eligible applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanant resident of Canada, and must be registered as a professional engineering in good standing with their provincial or territorial professional association. 
For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the Engineers Canada Awards and Scholarships website.

Deadline: March

Canadian Mineral Industry Education Foundation: Mining Industry Scholarships 

The Canadian Mineral Industry Education Foundation has been offering scholarships since 1964 to students attending Canadian universities who have a genuine interest in being employed in the mining industry. These scholarships are normally awarded to students entering the second year of university, but first-year students have also been selected for these awards. Successful recipients will receive $1000 per academic term until their degree program is completed, provided satisfactory academic performance is maintained and that work experience in the mining industry is obtained between academic terms with reports to be submitted following each work term.    

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the CMIEF website.

Pat Heron Commemorative Bursary 

One $3,500 bursary is awarded annually to a student with satisfactory academic standing entering the third or fourth year of the engineering program. Recipient will be selected on the basis of academic standing combined with contributions made to community service and to engineering student activities, as well as participation in athletic or other creative activities. The financial need of the student will also be considered. At the discretion of the Selection Committee, the bursary may not be awarded if in their opinion no suitably qualified student can be found. 

Donor: Endowed by the family and friends of the late Pat Heron, a former Engineering student at the University of Alberta.

Apply through the UAlberta Registrar's Office Bursaries Page.

Deadline: February 1

Northern Science Awards 

The Aurora Research Centre, Aurora College, offers three scholarships which are awarded annually. 

Objectives. The science community of the Northwest Territories is interested in strengthening mechanisms that directly encourage and support young northerners to enter the natural sciences as a career. 

Eligibility. Selection is based upon the future aspirations of the applicants for a career within the Northwest Territories and academic record. 

Applicants must: 
• Be enrolled in a college or university natural sciences program. The area of study must be based on western and/or traditional knowledge science. 
• Have been a resident in the Northwest Territories for a minimum of four years. 
• Show a demonstrated interest in preparation for a career in the Northwest Territories. 

Priority will be given to applicants at the undergraduate level. College programs must be transferable to a university natural sciences program. 

In the event that applications are not received from qualified undergraduate students, the scholarship may be awarded to graduate students. 

A recipient may apply for a second award of the scholarship in subsequent years of study. The scholarships are independent of, but complimentary to, any other existing financial supports available to northern students. The scholarship will not be awarded each year if applicants do not meet the selection criteria. 

Selection Criteria 
• Academic standing in the top one-third of the class. 
• Enrolled in a natural sciences program at a recognized post secondary institution. 
• Demonstrated interest in a career in natural sciences in the Northwest Territories. 

Selection Process 
Applicants will provide the selection committee with: 
• A letter (minimum 250 words) outlining their area of study, the applicability to natural sciences in the north, and their career goals in the Northwest Territories. 
• Proof of registration in a college or university natural sciences program. 

Successful applicants will be required to provide: 
• Proof of continued registration for the second portion of the scholarship to be released in January. 
• A letter of reference from an Instructor and/or Professor detailing the student’s academic achievement and standing in the class. 

Three scholarships will be awarded annually:
• One $5,000 merit scholarship for university or college students 
• One $2,500 scholarship for university students 
• One $2,500 scholarship for college students 

The scholarships will be distributed with one cheque for half of the full amount in the fall and a second cheque for half of the full amount in January. If the student does not attend college or university or ceases to attend during the academic year, the scholarship or unissued portion of the scholarship reverts to Aurora Research Institute. 

Please submit to: 
Manager of Scientific Services 
Aurora Research Centre, P.O. Box 1450, Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0 
Phone: 867-777-3298 (extension 32) 
Fax: 867-777-4264 

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the Aurora Research Instiute website.  

Deadline: October

Edmonton Churchill Scholarship 

Worth $40,000 per year, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate of the U of A entering PhD studies at Cambridge University. Students now completing a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in Engineering are eligible to apply.

For details, see the pdf.

Canadian Prairies Group of Chartered Engineers Award 

The $3,000 scholarship is open to full-time students at any university or college of technology in the CPGCE region (Alberta, Saskatchewan or the North West Territories) who are: 
• Studying for a first degree or diploma in engineering or engineering technology. 
• Have successfully completed their first year of studies. 

The CPGCE is sponsored by and serves the interests of members of five UK-based learned societies: the Institutions of Chemical, Civil, Engineering and Technology, Mechanical, and Structural Engineers. Chartered Engineer is the recognized professional qualification of members of these institutions who, in addition, have been recognized as Chartered Engineers by the Engineering Council (UK). 

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the Canadian Prairies Group of Charted Engineers website.

Deadline: November 15

ATCO Electric and ATCO Power Centennial Award 

ATCO offers $5,000, awarded annually to Canadian citizens or permanent residents with satisfactory academic standing entering the third year of Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic standing, well-rounded personality, interpersonal skills, and leadership potential as demonstrated through involvement in extracurricular activities. 

ATCO Electric will try to offer summer employment to the finalists in each competition. 

Apply to the Office of the Registrar & Student Awards University of Alberta.

Deadline: November

SNC-Lavalin Award 

This award is a combined scholarship/internship program that offers a four-month paid summer position at a competitive student salary and a $2,500 scholarship award upon completion of the work term. 
• Full-time student 
• You are a third year bachelor's student (undergraduate) or are scheduled to graduate in the year following the internship.
• You demonstrate superior academic performance, leadership qualities and good communications skills
• Fluent in English (additional languages are an asset)
• Available to work over the designated summer term 
• A citizen or landed immigrant of the country in which the hiring office is located 

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the SNC-Lavalin website.

AHFMR Media Fellowship Program 

Each year, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Media Fellowship Program gives one undergraduate or graduate university student at the University of Alberta the opportunity to be an intern at a local media outlet to communicate science and health news to the public.

For more information, including specific deadlines, visit the AHFMR website.