Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship

The Alberta Advanced Education, in partnership with Alberta Innovates invests in the support of academically superior graduate students undertaking full-time research education at an Alberta university, leading to a research-based Master's or Doctoral degree.

The Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships program (GSS) is designed to enable these promising students to succeed in Emerging Technology Areas of scientific research which are strategically important to Alberta. These areas are: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMM) in and of themselves or which additionally support the innovation priority areas of Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Health.

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Value
Alberta Innovates funding is available to successful applicants as full scholarships. Tri Council Scholarships (NSERC/CIHR and Vanier), China Scholarship Council and other external peer-reviewed award holders who win an Alberta Innovates GSS will receive a top-up for the duration of their eligibility, and this top up value may increase to the full scholarship value when the external funding ends, for the remainder of the Alberta Innovates scholarship terms, if applicable.

Master's full value: $26,000
PhD full value: $31,000
Top-up value: $12,000

Scholarship terms vary from one to four years, depending on the circumstances of the applicant.
Eligibility

Eligible applicant requirements:

  • A minimum of 3.5 GPA is an eligibility requirement for all applicants. The GPA will be calculated based on the current graduate program graded course work at the University of Alberta, or, if a student is newly admitted, the AGPA will be used to determine eligibility.
  • Students applying for a master's level Alberta Innovates GSS must have been admitted to their master's program no earlier than Spring 2020.
  • Students applying for a doctoral level Alberta Innovates GSS must have been admitted to their doctoral program no earlier than Spring 2018. For students who transfer from a master's to a PhD program, the time spent in the master's program counts towards the time spent in the PhD.
  • Students cannot receive more than a total of four years of combined Master's/doctoral Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship funding.
  • There are no citizenship restrictions on this award.
  • Areas of study and research must fall into the categories funded by Alberta Innovates: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMM). Further explanation of the eligible Emerging Technology Areas of Research can be found here.
  • Each candidate must be sponsored by a faculty supervisor, possessing both a record of productive research within an Alberta Innovates-funded research area (ICT and AMM) and sufficient resources to ensure the satisfactory conduct of the research.
  • For those not yet registered in a graduate program at UAlberta, your eligibility to apply for the Alberta Innovates GSS is contingent upon meeting all eligibility requirements for admission to a UAlberta graduate program. Applicants are to contact their prospective department for information on those requirements and must apply for this competition through that department.

Additional details can be found in the 2021 Alberta Innovates GSS Program Guidelines and Handbook.

The following category of students are not eligible to apply:

Students who accept support from Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship for Data-Enabled Innovation, Alberta Innovates Graduate Studentship (Health), and Alberta Innovates SPOR Graduate Studentships cannot receive simultaneous support from the Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship program.

Application Procedures

Students must be nominated to FGSR by their home department; students cannot apply online in the GSMS Awards Portal. Students are to consult with their department regarding their internal application process and deadline. Applications and accompanying documents sent directly to the FGSR by students will not be considered.

Students' must submit the following documents to their Department for internal adjudication:

  1. Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship Application form. The Application form must be completed in its entirety. Applications missing UAlberta ID#'s, and student and/or supervisor signatures will be deemed incomplete. 
  2. Two Letters of Reference. The Letter of Reference to Support Application for Graduate Awards Form must be completed and signed (electronic image signature or handwritten signature) by each applicant's referee. A maximum of an additional 2 pages confidential letter of reference may accompany the standard letter of reference form, but may not replace such. Students may submit letters of reference in sealed envelopes to their Department. Alternatively, referees may send the confidential forms directly to the department.
  3. Up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies from all other post-secondary institutions attended must be included in the application. This includes (but is not limited to):
    • Unofficial UofA transcripts pulled from Bear Tracks (i.e. must include current registration i.e. Fall 2021 term)
    • All other Canadian and foreign transcripts (i.e. show all coursework and grades, and conferral of any degrees)
    • All transfer credit transcripts (even if they were transferred to this university)
    • All transcripts of incomplete work/non-degree study/qualifying years, etc. 
FGSR will not provide copies of transcripts; students are to contact their Department if copies are required.
IMPORTANT: Once nominations have been submitted to FGSR, no revisions will be permitted. Incomplete nominations, including those submitted with missing transcripts and missing signatures or pages, will not be considered. It is the student’s/department’s responsibility to ensure that nomination package is complete in every respect before such is submitted to FGSR via GSMS Awards portal. FGSR will not follow up regarding applications that are incomplete and the application will automatically be deemed ineligible.
Nomination Procedures

For Departments only:

Refer to the 2021 Alberta Innovates GSS Competition Memo for complete details and instructions.

Adjudication Procedures
FGSR will review all applications for eligibility and completeness and forward them to the Graduate Scholarship Committee (GSC) for adjudication. The GSC will evaluate the applicants based on excellence and strategic alignment in Emerging Technology Areas of scientific research which are strategically important to Alberta. These areas are: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMM) in and of themselves or which additionally support the innovation priority areas of Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Health.
Deadline

Deadline for departments to submit nominations to FGSR through the GSMS Awards Portal is Tuesday, September 28, 2021 before 4:00 PM.

Additional Information
Students who have been awarded an Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship need to complete their final reports. For more information, complete eligibility and binding rules for holding Alberta Innovates GSS, please see the Alberta Innovates GSS Program Guidelines and Handbook, which can be found on Alberta Innovates website.