Medical Science Graduate Program Scholarships


Medical Sciences Graduate Program Scholarships valued at $6,500 each are available as a contribution to the stipend of students registered full time in a thesis-based MSc or PhD in the Medical Sciences Graduate Program (MSGP) in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Results will be announced by mid-March and the payment will begin April 1. Awards are paid over 12 months.


  • Student must be currently registered or accepted to start in the upcoming Winter semester as a full-time thesis-based graduate student in the Medical Sciences Graduate Program (MSc or PhD) in one of the following departments in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry:
    • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Medical Genetics
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
    • Pediatrics
    • Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging
  • MatCH students are eligible to apply for this award.
  • MD/PhD students are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Recipients of this award may not concurrently hold (i) any other major stipend award ($13,000 or greater), or (ii) other funding from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (e.g. 75th Anniversary Award, Motyl Graduate Studentship,etc.).
  • If the recipient accepts another major award ($13,000 or greater) from any source, or other funding from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the MSGP Scholarship must be surrendered, and the Office of Research in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is to be notified by the student and/or supervisor.
  • Students are eligible to hold this award more than once.
  • Award will be withdrawn if the student completes his/her program or ceases to maintain full-time registration.

To be eligible, a student must be in "good standing" with MSGP, which means that they must comply with the PhD proposal submission and candidacy completion timelines established by the MSGP (found in Outline of Responsibilities). That is, doctoral students must submit a PhD proposal package within 24 months of the start of their graduate program, and must pass the candidacy exam within 6 months of the MSGPC's approval of their proposal.

This does not apply to students who have already completed the requirements prior to May 1, 2018.

If unsure of eligibility, please contact your department's graduate coordinator. Final decisions regarding eligibility for MSGPS funding rest with the MSGPC chair.

Submission Process

Deadline: Complete applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Applicants must submit their complete application electronically 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.
  • Up-to-date transcripts, including undergraduate transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but must be complete and current. If transcripts are not in English or French, do not submit original language versions - as an alternative, admission Weighted Average Calculator (WAC) Form would be accepted. Please see the application form for instructions on GPA calculation. 
  • U of A transcripts must be included even if there are no grades. 
  • One academic letter of reference, which can be from the supervisor, should be 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 will not be accepted.

Application Form

Application Form

If you require further information, please contact:

Graduate Programs Advisor
Office of Research
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
2-13 Heritage Medical Research Centre
Tel: 780-492-9721

Award Results

2022-23 Medical Science Graduate Program Scholarship Results

The results of the 2022-23 of the Medical Science Graduate Program Scholarships were announced on February 16, 2022. 

There were  13 successful applications from a total of 16 applications received, a 81.2% success rate. 

The recipients of the 2022-23 Medical Science Graduate Program Scholarships are:

Students Supervisors
Adesunkanmi, Maryam Ospina, Maria
Badri, Parvaneh Freisen, Reid; Amin, Maryam
Bajaj, Sameer Dederich, Douglas
Catunda, Raisa Febbraio, Maria
Fernandes Fagundes, Nathalia Flores-Mir, Carlos; Heo, Giseon
Hoang, Trang Le, Lawrence; Punithakumar, Kumaradevan
Lakhani, Jenna van Manen, Michael
Mirimoghaddam, Masoud Amin, Maryam
Parappally-Joseph, Sharon Hemmings, Denise
Persad, Kaya Lopaschuk, Gary
Rekhi, Umar Febbraio, Maria
Sun, Qiuyu Lopaschuk, Gary
Uruththirakodeeswaran, Thanuja Punithakumar, Kumaradevan; Le, Lawrence
Previous Award Results