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.
  • 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  • Award will be withdrawn if the student completes his/her program or ceases to maintain full-time registration.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.


  • MD/PhD students registered full-time (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms) in their graduate portion of the program are eligible to apply for the awards.
  • MD/Phd students must continue to hold full-time graduate registration in their graduate portion during the term of payment of the award.
  • The Office of Research must be informed if the student no longer holds full-time graduate registration in their graduate portion so that award payments can be terminated.
  • MD/PhD students will need to submit a "Confimation of Eligibility" form signed by the Director of the MD/PhD program.

Submission Process

Deadline: Complete applications must be submitted no later than midnight of Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

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

2023-24 Medical Science Graduate Program Scholarship Results

The results of the 2023-24 of the Medical Science Graduate Program Scholarships were announced on March 8, 2024. 

There were 12 successful applications from a total of 30 applications received, a 40% success rate. 

The recipients of the 2023-24 Medical Science Graduate Program Scholarships are:

Students                                                 Supervisors
Parker Wengryn Peter Kannu
Rohini Roy Roshmi Stephane Bourque
Lily Zhou Jacob L. Jaremko/Abhilash Rakkunedeth Hareendranathan
Saima Saima Sujata Persad
Mya Schmidt Jason Dyck
Marwa Ramsie  Georg Schmolzer
Nikita Surani Maryam Sharifzadeh-Amin 
Rojin Adabdokht Hollis Lai
Parvaneh Badri Reid Friesen
Devarasa Murugeshappa Maryam Sharifzadeh Amin
Maryam Rezaeifar Shokrollah Elahi/ Anthea Peters
Grace Bellerose Manuel Lagravere/ Pedro Mayoral
Previous Award Results