Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in the graduate program may receive financial assistance typically from supervisors' operating grants. Candidates are encouraged and fully supported in applying to major granting agencies for financial assistance.

Funding is typically from the supervisor's operating grants, departmental assistance or external awards and scholarships. All students are encouraged to seek external funding where possible.

Clinical residents in our faculty have the opportunity to apply for the Clinical Investigators Program (CIP) for salary support. The CIP is a two year program offered by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to complete an MSc and is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as part of their residency programs.

The CIP program is intended to improve the competitiveness for external training awards and aid in the recruitment of high quality junior faculty into an academic department.

Graduate Student Travel Award

This departmental award is available to graduate students traveling to present at conferences or other program related activities. Residents must use the travel allowance provided through the residency program before applying for this award. All students are expected to apply for funding from FGSR, GSA and other applicable U of A travel options, including their supervisor.

The Department of Surgery may fund up to a maximum of $1,500 towards allowable travel expenses. The student is required to complete the application form and submit it, along with the applicable back-up documentation noting the costs, to the Graduate Program Administrator for approval by the Department of Surgery Director of Graduate Education.

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator at for further details.