Dean's Doctoral Student Award

These awards are valued at $12,500 per annum from the FoMD and $12,500 per annum from the supervisor, for a maximum of three years starting in January of every year. Successful applicants will be announced in mid-December with award payments commencing in January.


Student Eligibility:

  • Students registered full-time in a PhD program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
  • Students transferring from a M.Sc. program to a PhD program are eligible and must be registered in the PhD program for the term in which the funding is initiated.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 from the past two years. Please see the application form for detailed instructions on GPA calculation.
  • The term of the award is for up to three years, but the student cannot hold the award beyond 5 years of enrollment in a PhD program or the enrollment in the M.Sc. program if they were first admitted into a M.Sc. program. Eligibility will be extended for leaves of absence from the program.
  • Recipients of the award cannot hold another major award ($13,000 or greater), or any other stipend award from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
  • Students who hold this award and receive a tri-council award must terminate this award, but will receive a one time $5,000 research allowance.

Supervisor Eligibility:

  • The supervisor must hold a tri-council award or peer reviewed funding from a national foundation for the duration of the award.
  • By accepting the award, the supervisor agrees to provide matching funding for the duration of the award at a level of $12,500 a year. Matching funding can take the form of other scholarships and/or GRAF funding provided through a supervisor's grant, though it does not have to be their tri-council/national foundation grant.

Potential for Partnerships:

If an institute is interested in partnering with the FoMD on this program, please contact the Associate Dean Research, Graduate Programs.

Submission Process

Deadline: Complete applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. of Monday, September 26, 2022.

Applicants must email their complete applications as ONE PDF FILE to A complete application includes:

  • A completed current application form with signatures. Please do not use previous applications as forms are updated on a regular basis.
  • The student's up-to-date transcripts, including undergraduate transcripts. NEW: Transcripts do not need to be official, but must be complete and current. They do not need to be signed off by a graduate coordinator or administrator but MUST be copies of those submitted to the University of Alberta when you applied, or copies of the official ones sent to FGSR at a later date, post-admission. Those selected to receive an award may have their transcripts validated. If transcripts are not in English or French, do not submit original language versions -- submit the English translation only.
  • You MUST include a UofA transcript
  • UPDATED: Please see the application form for detailed instructions on GPA calculation.
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be from the supervisor, emailed directly to The student should not be copied on this email.

NOTE: Extraneous materials such as: curriculum vitae, reprints, special academic standing certificates professional licensure certificates, or other documentation are not required and must not be attached to the application.

Application Form

NEW: The same application form is used to apply for the 75th Anniversary Award, the FoMD Graduate Student Recruitment Studentship, the Dean's Doctoral Award, and the Violet Kilburn and Lawson endowed studentships. Submit the form ONCE and indicate in the space provided which of the competitions you are applying to. Please ensure your eligibility for each of the competitions you check off on the form.

Application form

Award Adjudication

Applications are considered by an awards evaluation committee, chaired by the Associate Dean Research, Graduate Programs, in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Awards Results

2021-22 Dean's Doctoral Award Results

The results of the 2021-22 competition of the Dean's Doctoral Student Awards were announced on December 15, 2021.

There were 7 successful applications from a total of 49 applications received, a 14.3% success rate.

The recipients of the 2021-22 Dean's Doctoral Student Awards are:

Student Supervisor
Amjad, Sana Ospina, Maria
Hammond, Brady Plemel, Jason; Kerr, Bradley
Joannou, Kevin Baldwin, Troy
Ketema, Ezra Lopaschuk, Gary
Monyror, John Sipione, Simonetta
Roth, Daniela Graf, Daniel
Viveiros, Anissa Oudit, Gavin