Open Competition

The Open Competition comprises of three awards:

  • Myer Horowitz Graduate Student's Association Graduate Scholarship
  • The Faculty Club/Dr William A (Bill) Preshing Graduate Scholarship
  • Friends of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Scholarship

The above awards are similar in eligibility. Departments may nominate one student to be considered for all three awards.

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Value

Myer Horowitz Graduate Student's Association Graduate Scholarship: 10 awards at $1,400 each

The Faculty Club/Dr William A (Bill) Preshing Graduate Scholarship: 1 award at $2,200

Friends of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Scholarship: 10 awards at $1,500 each

Eligibility
Each award has its own eligibility. The base eligibility for all three scholarships are:
  • Open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and International students
  • Open to applicants in doctoral or master's programs
  • Open to full-time registered students only
  • Selection Criterion: These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and achievement
  • Selection Criterion: Financial need will be taken into consideration (especially no or limited financial support from the University of Alberta)
Additional eligibility per scholarship:

Faculty Club/Dr William A Preshing Graduate Scholarship
  • Academic Requirements: Superior Academic Achievement
Friends of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Scholarship
  • Year(s) of Tenure: This scholarship may only be held once
Myer Horowitz Graduate Students' Association Scholarship
  • Year(s) of Tenure: This scholarship may only be held once
Nomination Procedures

Students cannot apply directly for this competition, and must contact their department for application instructions.

Department/Faculty are required to answer all mandatory questions and attach necessary supporting documents. The Graduate Scholarship Committee will make the final decision. Only submit one nomination per Department/Faculty. The nominee will be considered and checked for eligibility for all three scholarships.

Nominations are submitted by the department via GSMS under "Open Competition".

The FGSR Awards Team will review your nominee's eligibility and to ensure that each nomination is adjudicated in the award(s) competition for which they are eligible. Offers will be made directly to students from the specific award they are successful in winning (i.e. the final offer will come from the Horowitz award, not the "Open" award).

The two mandatory nominating questions that departments must answer in GSMS are:

1. Please address how this nominee/candidate best meets the Eligibility Criteria for this award
2. Confirm that this nominee/candidate's Area of Research meets that which is stated in the Terms of Reference

A complete nomination package includes:

1. Open Competition Application Form
2. Research Proposal (maximum one page ONLY and any additional pages will be redacted)
3. CV
4. An unofficial University of Alberta transcript

IMPORTANT: The Department/Faculty must upload each required document separately in GSMS (i.e Do not merge all documents in 1 PDF file to upload).

Deadline
Deadline for Departments to submit one nomination via GSMS Awards Portal is Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 4:00 PM.