Graduate Programs

Awards and Scholarships

There are many awards and scholarships available to graduate students offered internally by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (FPER). Awards are also available outside the Faculty from the University of Alberta, and the provincial and federal governments.

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or better are strongly encouraged to apply for all scholarships and awards for which they are eligible. Evidence of having pursued external funding (scholarships, grants, etc.) is taken into consideration by the Faculty in the allocation of Graduate Assistantships.

As many award opportunities coincide with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), you must read through FPER’s application processes and visit the University of Alberta’s FGSR Awards and Funding pages to apply for the many scholarship opportunities available to you.

If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty's Graduate Program Administrator, Dana Dragon-Smith.

Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Graduate Awards

The following awards are administered by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Graduate Programs Office. Application deadlines and procedures vary. Read carefully to find out the details.
  • Dr. Art Quinney Graduate Scholarship
    Endowed by Dr. Art Quinney, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation University of Alberta, from 1991 – 2000.

    Value:
    $2,000

    Eligibility:
    Awarded annually to a student entering a full-time doctoral program in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation whose research is in the area of exercise physiology or biochemistry. Awarded on the basis of academic qualifications, letters of reference and research potential.

    Application:
    No application is necessary. Eligible students will be considered automatically by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Additional information is available from the Graduate Program Office.
  • Graduate (Doctoral) Tuition Award
    The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation offers a tuition award to newly admitted doctoral students. This supplement is in addition to graduate assistantship funding and minor scholarships, provided the student does not have any other funding which specifically pays for tuition costs.

    Budget permitting, doctoral students are eligible for a renewal of this tuition award during the second year of their program. As the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation cannot guarantee this funding, students must plan for a full tuition assessment for the second and subsequent years of their program.

    Value: $2000.00 per annum Canadian/Permanent Residents
    $4000.00 per annum International (Study Permit) students

    Eligibility:
    Offered admission to a doctoral program in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and registered full time (minimum of 9 credits per Fall/Winter terms, and 6 credits per Spring/Summer terms).

    Application: No application is necessary.; Eligible students will be considered automatically and will be notified by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.

Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Travel Awards

  • Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Graduate Travel Grant
    The Graduate Program in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation offers a number of Graduate Travel Grants to students traveling to national or international peer reviewed conferences to present research pertaining to their thesis.

    Value: $500.00 (maximum)

    Eligibility: The conference presentation must be part of the applicant’s current research. Research completed as part of a previous degree or at another university will not be considered under this funding program. There are no restrictions on citizenship.

    Masters: Must have completed at least 3 courses prior to the conference; maximum of 1 grant

    Doctoral: Must be registered full time; maximum of 2 grants

    Apply: Submit a copy of the confirmation of acceptance paper/poster/other of presentation and completed application form to the Graduate Programs Administrator (email or hard copy is acceptable). Applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs. Priority will be given to students who have not previously received a Graduate Travel Grant from the Faculty.

    Deadline: Students may apply up to 6 months prior to the conference or up to 1 month after the conference. Students are eligible for funding to present their thesis work up to 4 months after their completion of the program.

  • Robert Kassian Travel Award
    The Rob Kassian Memorial Travel Award is offered in memory of former graduate student, Rob Kassian. Family and friends of Rob have provided a trust fund for the award to assist a student who is presenting at the World Leisure Congress.

    The Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA) and The World Leisure Organization (WLO) are now accepting abstracts for the 2016 World Leisure Congress: Challenges, Choices and Consequences. The Congress is being held in Durban, South Africa from June 27 - 30, 2016.

    Students who have had a paper accepted for presentation at the World Leisure Congress are invited to apply.

    Value: $500*

    Eligibility: Awarded biennially to a full-time graduate student registered in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta to assist with travel expenses to attend and present a scholarly paper accepted for the program at the biennial World Congress of Leisure (organized by the World Leisure and Recreation Association). A committee established by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation will choose the recipient of this award on the basis of the application.

    Apply: Submit the following documentation directly to the Graduate Programs Administrator (email or hard copies are acceptable):

    • Unofficial UofA transcript (available via Bear Tracks)
    • Letter of support from your supervisor describing your progress
    • An abstract of the paper to be presented
    • Notice of acceptance from the Congress
    • Describe briefly how the paper is related to your thesis

    Deadline: March 2, 2016

    For more information on the conference, visit the World Leisure Organization’s website.

    * Value of award is subject to change.

  • Other University Travel Funding Opportunities
    Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Graduate Travel Awards
    The FGSR offers graduate travel awards to financially support graduate students who travel in the interests of disseminating their research results.

    For complete details on values, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit the FGSR’s website.

    Application may be submitted to Graduate Programs Administrator to secure “Name of Department Chair/Supervisor” signature as required on the application. 


    Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) Professional Development Award

    The GSA provides support for students participating in academic activities such as conferences.

    For complete details on values, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit the GSA’s website.

    If your supervisor is unavailable for the GSA’s application Departmental Information section, please contact the Graduate Programs Administrator for the “Department Chair/Delegate” information.


Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Administered Awards (Department Specific)

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) administers more than 2,000 awards for students registered in graduate departments at the University of Alberta. The following Department Specific awards are available to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation’s (FPER) graduate students. FPER is the “Department” when referenced to by FGSR.

Student’s are nominated to the FGSR by FPER's Graduate Programs Award Selection Committee. Students must be registered in, or admitted to one of our graduate degree programs. 

Value and Eligibility: Value and eligibility for these awards are subject to change. Consult the FGSR’s searchable database titled Department Specific Awards for complete details for each award.  

The following four awards are specific to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Students compete among their peers. FPER's Graduate Programs Award Selection Committee selects a recipient to be nominated to the FGSR.

Application Requirements: FPER’s Award application form. Information, deadlines, and the application form will be emailed to graduate students announcing the competition(s) for each year. Requirements apply to all awards listed below with the exception of the Barbara Joanne Rowsell-Sykes Graduate Award in Physical Education, where additional documents are required.

The following awards are competitive among other U of A graduate departments:

There are two competition rounds:

  1. Students apply and compete amongst their peers within FPER; FPER’s Gradaute Programs Award Selection Committee selects a candidate to be nominated to the FGSR.
  2. Selected candidate at FGSR competes amongst students in other UofA graduate departments; FGSR’s Graduate Scholarship Committee conducts final selection process and makes final decision; graduate departments are then notified of the winners/refusals.

Value and Eligibility: Value and eligibility for these awards are subject to change. Consult the FGSR’s searchable database for complete details for each award.

Application Requirements: FPER’s Award application form and a current CV. Information, deadlines, and the application form will be emailed to graduate students announcing the competition(s) for each year. Requirements apply to all awards listed below with the exception of the BMO Financial Group Graduate Scholarship where two letters of support are required.

BMO Financial Group Graduate Scholarship (2 letters of support are required)
John and Patricia Schlosser Environment Scholarship
Dr William A Fuller Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Ivy A Thomson and William A Thomson Graduate Scholarship
Marie Arnold Cancer Research Graduate Scholarship
Chinese Graduates Association of Alberta Graduate Scholarship
Edward Chang Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Louise Svarich Memorial Graduate Award
Dr EW Gauk Scholarship in Pediatric Neurology Research
Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Fellowship
Pansy and George Strange Graduate Scholarship


Advanced Coach Education Scholarship

  • Advanced Coach Education Scholarship (ACES)

    The Alberta Sport Connection sends an annual call for nominations to the Graduate Programs Office, FPER to communicate the criteria, conduct the selection process and recommend a candidate(s) to the Alberta Sport Connection Education Scholarship.

    Value: A maximum of $4,000 is available for the University of Alberta to award to a coach or coaches. The intent of the scholarship is to subsidize tuition fees.

    Eligibility: The Alberta Sport Connection Advanced Coach Education Scholarship supports permanent Alberta resident coaches attending an Alberta post-secondary institution studying advanced coaching (graduate student or CSI - Advanced Coaching Diploma).

    Apply:
    1. ACES’s Application Form (available from the Graduate Programs Office; do not contact ASC directly).
    2. Receipt of tuition:
    1. An official receipt of Fall Tuition from Financial Services (3rd Floor Administration Building) is required. A statement printed from Bear Tracks will not be accepted for Fall term, but will be sufficient for an outline of Winter term fees owing
    3. A resume which includes:
    1. Coaching experience
    2. Current coaching responsibilities
    3. Academic achievements
    4. Registered academic course listing and/or graduate responsibilities for the current academic year
    4. Submit all documents to the Graduate Program Office: 3-134 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex. Hard copies or electronic copies are accepted

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship and Andrew Stewart Prize

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship and Andrew Stewart Prize
    The Killam Scholarship and Andrew Stewart Prize are administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). The FGSR assigns a quota of awards to our Faculty; our Faculty has an internal competition in which students are required to complete an application. The Graduate Programs Award Selection Committee selects nominees based on these quotas. Unsuccessful and recommended applicants will be notified of the internal decision via email. Recommended nominees will receive official notification and payment of the award by the FGSR.

    Applicants are assessed according to a combination of internal Faculty evaluation and recommendation, academic record, letters of reference, statement of program, applicant's research, potential contributions to research, and other technical experience.

    Eligibility: Refer to FGSR's website for complete eligibility requirements.

    Apply: All documents are to be submitted to the Graduate Programs Office:

    1. Killam, Stewart application forms available on FGSR’s website. NOTE: Outline of Proposed Research is limited to 400 words typed (one additional page allowed for bibliography only). Any application that exceed 400 words will not be reviewed
    2. Two Letters of Reference
    1. Letter of Reference to Support Application for Graduate Awards template is required; one additional page may be appended (available on FGSR’s website).
    2. Hard copy letters must be in sealed envelopes if delivered by student; sealed envelope not required if hand delivered by professor
    3. Letters may be emailed from referee directly to Graduate Programs Administrator. Scanned or digital signatures are acceptable
    3. Unofficial UofA transcript (can be printed via Bear Tracks); official are not required
    4. Copies of transcripts from previous institutions. Official copies of transcripts are not required unless there has been a recent update (ie. you are entering your first year UofA, and recently graduated; most up to date transcript required)

    Deadlines:
    January 15, 2017: Deadline for students to submit completed applications to the Graduate Programs Office
    Feb 15, 2017: Deadline for university graduate departments to submit all ranked applications to FGSR
    Apr 15, 2017: Results of the Andrew Stewart and Dissertation competitions
    Mid-May, 2017: Results of the Killam competition (requires approval of the Killam Trust Committee)

Doctoral Tri-Council Scholarships

In some instances, depending on your registration status, you may apply directly to the agency. Please refer to each agency website for the application and instructions, plus complete details concerning the value, duration, and eligibility for each award.

The NSERC and SSHRC scholarship competitions are administered by the FGSR. Successful recipients of an NSERC and SSHRC are paid and renewed (if applicable) by the FGSR.

Recipients of doctoral NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR scholarship are eligible to receive additional Top-Up funding. Doctoral award-holders should provide the FGSR with a copy of their Notification of Award in order to receive this additional Top-Up funding. Visit the FGSR’s website for details.

FGSR will host information sessions on the application tips and the competition process; see below for dates. Past competition information can be viewed on FGSR's website

  • Canadian Institute of Health Research Award
    Value & Eligibility: Refer to NSERC’s website for complete details.

    October 3, 2017: External Deadline

    September 25, 2017: Internal Deadline

    Apply: There is no internal adjudication. FPER will facilitate required signature page(s) to apply. Successful recipients are notified directly by CIHR.
    1. Apply via CIHR’s electronic system Research Net.
    2. Students must email a copy of their completed application (excluding transcripts and reference letters) to  rsossh@ualberta.ca by the internal deadline. FPER’s Research Facilitator (Research Services), the Faculty’s Institutional Authorized Signee, and FPER’s Associate Dean (Research) will sign the signature page and return it to you.
    3. Upload signed form onto Research Net.
    CIHR Award Recipients: submit award payment details and a copy of Offer of Award letter to the Graduate Programs Administrator to initiate payment through the University.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
    Value & Eligibility: Refer to NSERC’s website for complete details.

    Apply: Students currently registered in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (FPER) are to submit their application to the Graduate Programs Office. It’s recommended to always refer to NSERC’s website for where to submit your application as your status can change.

    Students applying through the U of A must complete the application on-line, print and submit a hard copy plus original transcripts (including current UofA), to the Graduate Program Office, FPER.

    Deadline: for students applying through the UofA only

    There are three levels of adjudication:
    1. Applications are first reviewed by FPER. FPER’s Graduate Scholarship Committee reviews and ranks the students.
      1. October 6, 2017 by 4 PM: Internal deadline for students to submit all documents to Graduate Programs Office, FPER. FPER’s Graduate Programs Award Selection Committee reviews and ranks applications. List of recommended candidates are then sent to the FGSR. NOTE: not all applications are sent to the FGSR for the second level of adjudication. The Graduate Programs Office will notify students of internal decision.
      2. October 16, 2017: Deadline for University Graduate Departments/Faculties to submit all documents to FGSR. FGSR’s Graduate Scholarship Committee reviews and ranks applications from all graduate departments/faculties. FGSR forwards list of recommended candidates to NSERC.
    2. FGSR’s Graduate Scholarship Committee will review and rank application from all University Graduate Departments/Faculties.
      1. Nov 25, 2017: External Deadline; FGSR sends recommended list of candidates to NSERC. NSERC sends official award notification.
    3. NSERC holds final adjudication at the national level. FGSR and successful recipients are notified directly.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    Value & Eligibility: Refer to SSHRC’s website for complete details.

    Apply: Students currently registered in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (FPER) are to submit to the Graduate Programs Office. It’s recommended to always refer to SSHRC’s website for where to submit your application as your status can change.

    Students applying through the U of A must complete the application on-line, print and submit a hard copy plus original transcripts (including current UofA), to the Graduate Program Office, FPER.

    Deadline: for students applying through the UofA only
    There are three levels of adjudication:
    1. Applications are first reviewed by FPER. FPER’s Graduate Scholarship Committee reviews and ranks the students.
      1. October 16, 2017: Internal deadline for students to submit all documents to Graduate Programs Office, FPER. FPER’s Graduate Programs Award Selection Committee reviews and ranks applications. List of recommended candidates are then sent to the FGSR. NOTE: not all applications are sent to the FGSR for the second level of adjudication. The Graduate Programs Office will notify students of internal decision.
      2. October 31, 2017: Deadline for Graduate Departments to submit all documents to FGSR. FGSR’s Graduate Scholarship Committee reviews and ranks applications from all University Graduate Departments/Faculties.
    2. FGSR’s Graduate Scholarship Committee reviews and ranks applications from all Graduate Departments/Faculties. FGSR forwards list of recommended candidates to SSHRC.
      1. Jan 9, 2018: External Deadline; FGSR sends recommended list of candidates to SSHRC. SSHRC sends official award notification.
    3. SSHRC holds final adjudication at the national level. FGSR and successful recipients are notified directly.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters (CGS - M)

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS - Masters)
    The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (CGS-M) has a single, harmonized application process for the three federal granting agencies: the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). These three agencies are also referred to as the “Tri-Council”.

    Our master’s students have been successful in competing for national scholarships from all three of Canada’s major research agencies, NSER, SSHRC, CIHR.

    FGSR hosts information sessions on the application tips and the competition process. Visit their website for upcoming events.

    Value & Eligibility: Students must be registered in, been recently accepted for admission, or have an application for admission under review in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (FPER) to be eligible to apply. Refer to FGSR's website for complete details.

    Apply: Submit online application through the Tri-Council’s electronic system, Research Portal.
    • Applications will first be reviewed by the FGSR.
    • FGSR will then notify our Faculty of eligible candidates.
    • Our Faculty provides preliminary evaluation and ranking and sends back to FGSR.
    • FGSR’s Graduate Scholarship Committee selects final winners and notifies students.

    Deadline:
    Dec 1, 2017: Application Deadline for students on Research Portal (NSERC's website under Canada Graduate Scholarships)
    TBA: FGSR shares applications with all University Graduate Departments/Faculties to prepare ranked lists.
    TBA: Deadline for graduate Departments to submit ranked lists to FGSR
    TBA: External Posting of results on Research Portal

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

    Apply: Submit online application through ResearchNet

    Deadline
    : September 19, 2016: deadline for submission of application on ResearchNet.

    FPER's DEADLINE: September 12, 2016: Please provide the following to Dana Dragon-Smith:

    1.) a hard copy print out of student's ResearchNet application
    2.) transcripts
    3.) memo from student's supervisor. The nomination letter should include "Discuss how the supervisor’s commitment will be available to support the candidate in furthering their professional and leadership development." As supervisor's know their own students the best, this information will assist the Associate Dean (Graduate) with the nomination letter for FGSR

    For more information on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, visit the FGSR's website.