Medical Students' Association

Awards & Finances

This section of the website is designed to list both internal and external fundings sources for students that are offered throughout the year. Details on awards are grants are listed below. If you know of other funding opportunities that would be beneficial to our students, please contact MSA VP External at Please note that the deadline dates are listed in reference to those from previous years. For the most up-to-date information on application deadlines, refer to the links provided.

Financial Resources have been categorized as follows:

Scholarships & Bursaries

Name of Award Description Deadline Links
Aboriginal Health Awards Awards of variable amounts for Aboriginal medical students and students interested in indigenous health care. Variable Click here
RPAP Awards The RPAP offers two financial support initiatives to medical students: the Rural Medical School Award and the John N. Hnatuik Rural Medical Student Bursary. These two initiatives aim to encourage students who come from a designated rural area to pursue a career in rural medicine by reducing their financial burden. Variable Click here
Northern Alberta Medical Council Bursary The Medical and Dentistry Student Bursary is a return service bursary of $12,000 or $24,000 per year for the full length of the medical program (maximum 4 years). It is an incentive to encourage Alberta medical students to practice in northern Alberta upon graduation.

The Medical and Dentistry Student Bursary is non-repayable if you agree to live and work in the north for one year in return for each year of bursary support received (see additional return service details below).
Contact Click here
AMA Medical Student Bursary Bursaries are $1,500 each. There is no predetermined number of bursaries per class – the awards disbursed depend on the funds available, the number of applications and each applicant’s level of financial need. The bursary is available to AMA/CMA members in good standing, who are also enrolled full time in undergraduate medical education in an Alberta medical school at the time the bursary application is made. December Click here
Medicine Awards (several) This long list includes awards for both medical students and resident physicians. These awards may be specialty-specific, based on academic achievement, or require nominations from faculty. Variable Click here
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine The Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards for a graduating student. This award is presented to the student and faculty member who best demonstrate the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence. Contact Click here
Rhodes Scholarship The Rhodes Scholarship Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any Faculty. These scholarships are tenable at the University of Oxford in England and cover fees, board and lodging, and travel expenses for two years of study. Scholars may follow their own choice of study and are required to attend Oxford in October of the following year. Candidates must:
  • Be a Canadian citizen or living in Canada
  • Display proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard
  • Show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead, the energy to use their talents to the fullest, and participation in sports
  • Have been born between October 2, 1989 and October 1, 1995
  • Have received an undergraduate degree before attending Oxford (except medical students)
Submission to UofA: September.

Submission to Rhodes: October
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CMA Award for Young Leaders Awarded to a medical student who has demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership in one of the following domains: political, clinical, education, research and or community service. To AMA: October

To CMA: November
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TD Bank Interprofessional Health Education Award The value of this award is $2,000 and is awarded annually to an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the final year of their pre-licensure or degree-granting program of study from each University of Alberta Health Sciences Faculty. The successful award recipient must demonstrate commitment to interprofessional health education. November Click here
Undergraduate Academic Scholarships (several) The Undergraduate Academic Scholarship Competition recognizes and rewards students for superior academic achievement during their previous academic year at the University of Alberta. Academic standing is the primary selection criterion for awards in this competition. Secondary criteria that may be considered include financial need and extracurricular activities. By completing this application, you will apply for over 300 awards. Students entering Pharmacy, Medicine & Dentistry or Law are eligible and will be assessed on the basis of their final admission average to their respective program. December Click here
SU Award for Excellence Each year, the Students' Union will award one undergraduate student with its highest honour for excellence in curricular and extra-curricular activities while at the University of Alberta. This student will also be awarded two thousand five hundred dollars ($2500.00) by the Students' Union.

To qualify for this award, a student must:
  • Be in their graduating year.
  • Have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the most recent 60 credits completed prior to the current academic year.
  • Be involved in extra-curricular activities in the University and/or community.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work well with students, staff, and the general public.
In the event that counting the most recent 60 credits completed results in only a portion of an academic term being counted, all credits completed within that term will still be considered when calculating the grade point average.
December Click here
SU Student Involvement Awards The Students' Union has compiled a list of student involvement awards. These awards are open to all undergraduate students who demonstrate active involvement with campus life through the Students' Union and the community. There are several awards listed here with varying eligibility criteria. December Click here
Coca Cola Student Achievement Award As part of the Single Source Cold Beverage Agreement with the Students' Union, Coca Cola provides awards to recognize academic achievement and student leadership skills, and to assist with financial needs.

Ten awards will be offered each year, and are open to all FULL-TIME students (both undergraduate and graduate students).

Each Coca Cola Student Achievement Award consists of a one thousand dollar ($1000.00) monetary prize.
December Click here
Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership The purpose of this annual award is to encourage the development of future leaders in medicine, through public recognition and financial support of undergraduate or postgraduate medical trainees who have demonstrated interest in/aptitude for leadership.

This award is accompanied by up to $5,000 to support learners’ proposed leadership activities, e.g. leadership conferences (including registration, travel and accommodation), formal leadership education at an accredited educational institution, or for a leadership elective (with defined leadership development goals).
December Click here
CIBC and Student Life Award - $20,000 The Student Life Network in collaboration with CIBC, is currently offering a $20,000 award to help a Canadian student pay for school.

The award is not merit based and is open to all students. In addition to the $20,000 for school it contains a whole host of other awards that make a student’s life easier.
January Click here
Rising Star Award (ACFP) Student Leadership award- supports, promotes, and recognizes students, our future leaders and advocates for family medicine. It is awarded annually to two medical students (one from the University for Alberta and one from the University of Calgary). Worth $500 cash and engraved sculpture. February Click here
CFMS - RBC Leadership Awards The CFMS and RBC want to recognize some of the passionate, dedicated and caring medical student leaders across Canada who have made innovative contributions to their schools and communities.

In recognition of their achievements, one student from each of the 14 member schools of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) will receive a Medical Student Leadership Award consisting of a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $2500. Please check out other RBC awards which includes:
  • RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship
  • RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for Aboriginals
  • Scholarship Program for the Children of RBC Employees
February Click here
MSA Student Involvement Awards This award is distributed annually to students enrolled in any year of the MD program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Recipients will be selected on the basis of superior leadership and involvement within the Faculty or community, specifically through the Medical Students’ Association (MSA) throughout their years as a medical student. Recipients are selected by the MSA executive thus no member of the executive is eligible for this award for the year in which they hold office. Recipients may only receive this award once during their academic career. A minimum of one award will be given to a student from the first year class. A club may also be nominated for this award. February Await MSA Emails

Emergency Funds

University Bursaries and Emergency Funding (UBEF) and the Student Financial Aid Information Centre (SFAIC) are a collaborative service of University Student Services and the Student Union. Our mandate is to assist students in finding the financial resources necessary to fulfill their academic objectives.

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Emergency Loans
Learners in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry in desperate financial need - who have exhausted all other sources of funding - may apply to the associate dean of leaner advocacy & wellness for a small, one-time emergency loan (less than $1,000). The number of loans is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Consideration will be based on receipt of a letter outlining the financial circumstances and a detailed budget. The Class of 1994, Medical Alumni Association, Alberta Medical Association, and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry have generously supplied funding for these loans.

Medical Students' Association Emergency Bursary
The emergency bursary is intended to provide financial aid to those medical learners displaying the greatest need in meeting essential living expenses. These include rent, food, utilities and medication. The money from this bursary is not intended for payment of debts to the University of Alberta exclusively (ie. tuition, books, fines, parking tickets).

Each member of the Medical Students' Association is eligible for one award per year. Applicants are required to:

  • Submit a statement to the associate dean of learner advocacy & wellness, of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry explaining any special circumstances (if necessary).
  • Meet with the associate dean of learner advocacy & wellness, of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, to justify their application.
  • Meet with the Student Financial Aid & Information Centre (SFAIC in SUB) to obtain information on other funding opportunities.


Medical students requiring financial assistance have many outlets available to them via public and private loans. Please refer to the below websites for medical loans and lines of credit.

Government Student Loans

Alberta Student Loans
British Columbia Student Loans
Saskatchewan Student Loans
Manitoba Student Loans
Quebec Student Loans
Ontario Student Loans
National Student Loans Service Centre

Bank Professional Student Lines of Credit

BMO Financial Group
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Royal Bank of Canada
Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank