Program-Specific Funding Opportunities for Domestic and International Students – University of Saskatchewan

The Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award is a scholarship program offered by the University of Saskatchewan for Indigenous students pursuing a Master’s or PhD degree. The award provides $20,000 for up to 2 years for Master’s students and $25,000 for up to 4 years for PhD students. It is important to note that the award can be held by applicants transferring from a Master’s to PhD program for a maximum of 24 months at the Master’s level and 36 months at the PhD level. To be eligible for the award, applicants must be First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, or Inuit people of Canada. They must also be accepted into or registered in a College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Master’s or PhD program, have a minimum GPA of 75%, and demonstrate leadership through active community engagement and/or involvement. Leadership activities can include band counseling, community involvement, entrepreneurial achievements, involvement in academic programs/associations, internships, and more.


The University is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and only Indigenous candidates will be considered for this award. Verification of Indigenous membership/citizenship is required, and the process is led by the Indigenous Truth policy and Standing Committee of the University. The selection criteria for the award include leadership, grade point average, and research productivity. To apply, applicants must submit a completed online application, a written submission explaining how they meet the eligibility requirements, an oral submission expanding on their eligibility, two letters of reference, a summary of their contributions to research and/or scholarly work, and official transcripts from all universities attended. The deadline for applications is announced annually in the Winter term.

Tri-Agency refers to the three main research funding agencies in Canada: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. These agencies offer awards to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Many University of Saskatchewan internal awards require applicants to also apply for Tri-Agency awards if they are eligible. The Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration (TAGFA) will be effective for all eligible administering institutions starting April 1, 2020. This guide aims to simplify and streamline the administration and use of grant funds, reducing administrative burden and providing more flexibility to institutions and recipients. Each scholarship program under the Tri-Agency has its own eligibility criteria. Applicants should refer to the specific program’s website for comprehensive information on eligibility. For scholarships like the Vanier and Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral, applicants must be nominated by their institution.
For the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, the application process varies depending on whether the applicant is currently registered in a graduate program or an undergraduate program. There are also “top up” scholarships available for Master’s and PhD students. The Honourary CGPS 75th Anniversary Scholarship offers an additional $6,000 for Master’s students holding CGS-M funding. The Honourary SIOS Doctoral Scholarship provides a $7,500 top-up for PhD students holding CGS-D and/or PGS-D funding.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program aims to attract and retain top doctoral students and establish Canada as a global research and higher learning center. Candidates must be nominated by their institution and cannot apply directly to the Vanier CGS program. Applications go through an adjudication process to determine which ones will compete nationally. The CGS D program supports high-caliber students in doctoral programs in all disciplines. The University of Saskatchewan has an annual quota for the number of recommended students for each discipline. Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards.
NSERC and SSHRC also have their own doctoral awards. For Master’s students, the CGS M program provides financial support for eligible scholars in their studies. The program is jointly administered by CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC, and the selection process and post-award administration are done at the institutional level. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, awarded by NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR, aim to recruit top postdoctoral researchers. The fellowships are worth $70,000 per year and are open to recent graduates with a completed PhD or equivalent degree. Applicants must collaborate closely with their university for the application process.

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