Top-Up Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research may provide top up awards to recipients of eligible external scholarships. Details of each including values and eligibility are listed below. Note that all top up awards are contingent upon the availability of funds. FGSR will notify recipients with an official notice of award.


Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship

The Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship is a Top-Up award that may be given to students registered full-time in a graduate degree program who hold a Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's (CGS-M).

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  • Value
    The value of the Fellowship will be determined on a year to year basis.
  • Application Procedures

    Students who hold a CGS-M will automatically be considered for the Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship. There is no application form.



President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction

The President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction (PDPD) is a Top-Up award that may be given to students registered full-time in a doctoral degree program at the University of Alberta who have won one of the eligible major doctoral-level scholarships listed below under 'Eligibility'.

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  • Value

    The President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction's value will be determined on a yearly basis.

  • Eligibility

    Eligible Doctoral Awards are as follows:

    • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS)
    • NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (NSERC CGS-D)
    • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS-D)
    • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (SSHRC CGS-D)
    • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
    • CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CIHR CGS-D)*
    • Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

    *CIHR Industry-Partnered, Priority Announcement and Strategic Initiative Doctoral Research Awards are not eligible for the President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction.

  • Application Procedures

    Recipients of eligible scholarships will be automatically considered for President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction. There is no application form.