Scholarships and Awards

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES)

The new Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement of students pursuing graduate studies in Alberta. It was established to incent the best and the brightest students, including international students, to study in Alberta.

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  • Value

    The value of the scholarship is $12,000 and paid out to recipient as one-time payment. Student must have a Canadian bank account to be eligible to receive the award.

    A student may only receive one Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship per year; these scholarships are NOT renewable.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or an International student with a study permit
    • Students may reside within or outside of Alberta
    • Students may be enrolled and taking classes remotely/online or in-person
    • Current students must be registered full-time in Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021 terms. Newly admitted January 2021 students must be registered full-time in Winter 2021. Note: Students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services or have a documented need for accommodation, can apply if they are enrolled in at least 40% of a full course load
    • Must demonstrate academic excellence, as evidenced by one or more of the following:

    o Current students must have earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 or greater over the most recent 15 units of course weight in current program. Where there is less than 15 graded credits in current program, admission GPA (AGPA) is a weighted factor. Newly admitted students in which graded coursework is not yet available in the current program, the Admission GPA (AGPA) will be used.
    o Research and/or academic contributions that may include published manuscripts, presentations, posters, exhibitions, community engagement, performances; and,
    o Previous record of scholarly achievement through awards, scholarships, prizes, among others.

    • Must be registered in years 1-4 of the master’s program or registered in years 1-6 of the doctoral program during the tenure of the scholarship
    • Students registered in a graduate certificate that can ladder into a Master’s degree program are also eligible

    Note: Qualifying students, students on academic probation, and students registered in non-standard fee programs are not eligible. For a complete list of non-standard fee programs, please refer to Programs with Non-Standard Fees 2020 - 2021.
  • Application Procedures

    Students must be nominated to FGSR by their home department; students cannot apply online in the GSMS Awards Portal. Students applying for Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) must complete the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) Student Declaration form and submit it to their home department by their internal deadline.

    Students must consult with their department for their internal deadline and internal application process.

  • Nomination Procedures

    Departments determine the best way to select their AGES nominees. Departments are encouraged to set an earlier, internal departmental deadline to allow time for internal adjudication (if applicable).

    Each department is assigned a funding allocation by FGSR, and then selects nominees based on those allocations. The department then nominates students to FGSR by submitting through GSMS Awards Portal (refer to Departmental Memo for details and submission instructions). Departments are to use the ‘GPA Guidelines - Awards’ procedures available in eClass for calculating the GPA on the last 15 credits.

    Please see the departmental memo and allocation table below for more information:
    2020 AGES Departmental Memo
    2020 AGES Departmental Allocation Table
  • Adjudication Procedures
    The FGSR verifies eligibility of department nominees, and notifies winners directly.
  • Deadlines

    Deadline for Department to submit nominations to FGSR through GSMS Awards Portal is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM.

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) Indigenous

Students applying for AGES Indigenous must follow the process below.

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  • Value

    The value of the scholarship is $12,000 and paid out to recipient as one-time payment.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • Must have aboriginal ancestry and be Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit
    • Be a Canadian citizen
    • Open to course-based or thesis-based study programs
    • Open to masters or doctoral students. Students registered in a graduate certificate that can ladder into a Master’s degree program are also eligible
    • Current students must be registered full-time in Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021 terms. Newly admitted January 2021 students must be registered full-time in Winter 2021. Note: Students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services or have a documented need for accommodation, can apply if they are enrolled in at least 40% of a full course load
    • Students may reside within or outside of Alberta
    • Must demonstrate academic excellence, as evidenced by one or more of the following:

    o GPA of 3.3 or greater over the most recent 15 units in current program or if less than 15 credits have been completed AGPA will be used as a weighted factor, or AGPA;
    o Research and/or academic contributions that may include published manuscripts, presentations, posters, exhibitions, community engagement, or performances;
    o Previous record of scholarly achievement through awards, scholarships, prizes, among others

    • Must be registered in years 1-4 of the master’s program or years 1-6 of the doctoral program during the tenure of the scholarship
    • Students may be enrolled and taking classes remotely/online or in-person

    A student may only receive one Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship per year; these scholarships are NOT renewable.

    Note: Qualifying students, students on academic probation, and students registered in non-standard fee programs are not eligible. For a complete list of non-standard fee programs, please refer to Programs with Non-Standard Fees 2020 - 2021.

  • Application Procedure

    Students must apply directly to FGSR by completing the online application in the GSMS Awards Portal; nomination by their home department is not required. Search for "Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship Indigenous" to access the application and for detailed instructions. Students may be nominated by their department for the AGES. Students who are successful in both AGES and AGES-Indigenous will be granted the AGES-Indigenous only.

    AGES Indigenous Help Sheet

    A complete application includes:

    1) Up to date unofficial UofA Transcript (printed in Fall 2020)
    2) CV
    3) Research Proposal (maximum 1 page in length)
    4) Completed Student Declaration form
    5) Academic Letter of reference (this is done through the GSMS portal)
    6) Proof of Indigenous ancestry (see below)

    Students are required to provide proof of their Indigenous ancestry. A photocopy (front and back) of one of the accepted documents must be uploaded to the online application in the GSMS Awards Portal. Please write your status (Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) at the top of your document. The following is accepted as proof of ancestry:

    • certificate of Indian Status, a status card or a band membership card
    • letter from their band verifying the student’s status
    • membership card issued by a Métis organization that the student is registered with (Metis organization must be a legal entity)
    • a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit beneficiary card
    • letter of support from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
    • a letter of support from an First Nation, Metis or Inuit organization (must be a legal entity) confirming the student’s aboriginal ancestry
    • proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered;

    - in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act; OR
    - as beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement

    Note: If you are unsure about your residency or proof of Indigenous ancestry documents, please contact FGSR Award Services.

    It is students' responsibility to ensure their application is complete before submitting in the GSMS Awards Portal. Student must click "submit" for FGSR to access their application. Successfully submitted applications will indicate the status of "FGSR Review".

  • Deadlines
    Deadline for students to submit an application through GSMS Awards Portal is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM