Financial Support

Scholarships and Awards


CME Graduate Student Scholarships

For more information about awards, scholarships, loans, and/or bursaries outside of the Faculty of Engineering, visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

The following are additional scholarships CME graduate students are eligible to apply for. Students are notified when to apply for these scholarships.

Recipients will be limited to one faculty-level graduate award. If a graduate student is eligible for more than one award, he/she will be nominated for the award with the highest value.

Click here for more information on NSERC Awards  

DB Robinson Graduate Scholarship in Chemical and Materials Engineering
Value: $4,250.
Awarded annually to two students of high academic standing who are registered full time in graduate degree programs in Chemical and Materials Engineering. Preference will be given to students studying in the field of Thermodynamics.

ASME OMAE Calgary Chapter Graduate Scholarship in Engineering
Value: $ 2,500.
Awarded to a student registered in, or admissible to, a graduate degree program in Engineering, engaged in research in the area of offshore, arctic, or pipeline engineering. This may include but is not limited to offshore technology such as structures and production systems, inspection technology, materials, arctic engineering and technology, pipeline design and construction, compression, and metering. The criteria for the award will include academic achievement and either demonstrated research ability or research potential. Part-time students are eligible for the scholarship.

Chevron Graduate Scholarship in Natural Gas Engineering
Value: $5,800.
Awarded annually to an engineering student in a graduate degree program who is engaged in research involving the production, processing or utilization of natural gas.

Coal Mining Research Company Graduate Scholarship 
Value: $12,000.
Awarded to an outstanding full-time student in, or admissible to, a graduate degree program in Engineering who is engaged in research related to the exploration, production, transportation or use of Western Canadian coal.

Edmonton Churchill Scholarship 
Value: $40,000 per year
This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of the U of A entering PhD studies at Cambridge University. Students now completing a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in Engineering are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.
Deadline: October 29

EF Pearson Chemical/Business Graduate Scholarship
Value: $6,500.
Awarded annually to a graduate student who is currently registered in the MBA, MBA/MEng or the Masters of Engineering Management program. Recipients must hold an undergraduate degree in Engineering, preferably in Chemical Engineering. Selection is based on academic achievement. Part time students are eligible to hold this award.

Gulf Canada Resources Limited Graduate Scholarship in Hydrocarbon Development
Value: $9,400.
Two scholarships awarded to outstanding students registered in, or admissible to, a graduate degree program in engineering engaged in research related to the development of hydrocarbon energy resources in Canada. Students may apply in open competition to hold the award for a second year.

Inland Cement Graduate Scholarship in Environmental Studies 
Value: $6,400.
Awarded to a student entering or pursuing a graduate degree in environmental engineering studies at the University of Alberta with preference given to a student pursuing studies related to air pollution.

Luscar Graduate Scholarship in Environmental Engineering
Value: $10,000.
Awarded annually to four students pursuing graduate research study in a discipline in the Faculty of Engineering in an aspect of technology that is directed at minimizing the environmental impact resulting from the recovery, transportation or utilization of fossil fuel resources. Students may apply, in open competition, to hold the award for a second year for an MSc and for a second and third year for a PhD. The scholarships may be held concurrently with other awards and will be restricted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Oil Sands Graduate Research Award
Value: $5,300.
Awarded annually to a student entering or pursuing a graduate degree in oil sands research at the University of Alberta. The criteria used for funding will be based on full time student registration in a MSc or PhD program, undertaking experimental and/or theoretical research related to oil sands processing. The award will be on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated progress in oil sands thesis research.

Petro-Canada Graduate Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering
Value: $5,800.
Awarded annually to three outstanding students registered in, or admitted to, a doctoral program in Engineering, and engaged in a field of research leading to the advancement of technology associated with the development of petroleum resources. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Recipients may apply in open competition and may hold the award for a maximum of three years.

Scholarships and awards available to both Canadian and international students are given by the major government agencies (NSERC, MITACS).

NSERC offers scholarships and fellowships for every stage of study, from undergraduate to postdoctoral.

The Program Guide for Students and Fellows and the Award Holder's Guide contain information that will be needed by applicants for and holders of NSERC awards.

Canadian students with outstanding academic records are encouraged to apply for federal and provincial government awards.


In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting different programs for undergraduate and graduate students. In particular:

In addition foreign students are encouraged to apply for possible scholarship & awards from their home countries that may be used for foreign study. It is important to ensure proper timing of application submission. Please read all application instructions carefully and submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

The University of Alberta offers financial assistance at both the Faculty and department level, however graduate funding approaches vary among departments.

Connect Canada is a national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements. Regardless of the sector or the location, Connect Canada interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their graduate studies.

Potential graduate students interested in joining our group should look at Connect Canada listings to identify companies for potential collaboration.

External Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships


Outstanding Students from China (优秀的中国的学生)

The China Scholarship Council and the University of Alberta have collaborative co-funding agreement for sponsoring up 10 doctoral students to study at the University of Alberta. (see China Scholarship Council).

CSC和阿尔伯塔大学有基金合作项目资助公派博士生留学在阿尔伯塔大学(详情请看 China Scholarship Council)。

I successful advised several of CSC applicants in my research group.

China Scholarship Council explains in detail the documentation that applicants for the CSC's PhD scholarships must provide with their applications.  Applicants must provide:

  1. A standard admission offer from FGSR. (Once you apply we provide for the applicant this letter)
  2. A letter from the applicant's supervisor at the U of A, containing the following: 

            i. The applicant's name, date of birth, and home university in China
            ii. The name of the supervisor at the U of A
            iii. The proposed start and end dates (month/year) for the PhD program.  (In general 4 years is period)
            iv. A statement that explains that if the applicant receives a CSC scholarship, the U of A will provide scholarship funding to cover his/her tuition fees for the first four years of the PhD program
            v. If the applicant is being admitted to a Master's program at the U of A initially, there must be a statement explaining that the applicant may move directly into the PhD after the first year of studies if the student excels during that first year (I'm not sure about the technical language that would describe this possibility accurately)
           vi. the signature of the supervisor

     3.  A study plan, in English, minimum 1000 words, signed by the supervisor at the U of A.  (I believe the applicant may write it and I will check it. In general please write something general and send to me and I will revise it and send you back and in this process some final version can be obtained.)

    4.  A one-page CV for the supervisor at the U of A, summarizing education, employment history, current research, and publications (last five years). I will send this document to the applicant.

Item 1 and 2.iv will continue to be provided by the FGSR as in the past (2.iv is incorporated in the letter of admission 1).

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is offering Graduate Scholarships for Study/Research in Germany.

  • Study Scholarships are available to senior level undergraduates    and current graduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Germany in 2013/2014
  • Open to students in all faculties

Research Scholarships

  • Research Scholarships are available for qualified PhD candidates (ABD or will have reached ABD status by the time of the grant period) and post-doctoral researchers
  • Open to students in all faculties

Please see the attached documents for specific application information. For more information, please visit:

Interested candidates should submit applications by the internal deadline to:

Markus Vuorensola

Education Abroad Program

University of Alberta International

3-600 Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave

France Canada Research Fund - The Joint PhD Program

This program, launched in 2010 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fund, promotes the development of joint PhD programs, or cotutelles. This program involves a scholarship to be awarded to a Canadian student registered in a cotutelle program in France, as well as a cotutelle prize to be awarded the best submitted thesis.


Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship


Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures in partnership with Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education is providing scholarships intended to enable academically superior graduate students to undertake full-time research education at an Alberta university, leading to a research-based Master’s or Doctoral degree.


The structure of the Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship program (GSS) is designed to connect scientific enabling platforms with strategically focused research areas. In Alberta, this means accelerating the development of the enabling platforms of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)Nano, and Omics.




The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative's Mission

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada has invited the University of Alberta to submit a full proposal in this Energy Research Area in 2011.

This proposal is to establish an international graduate school in collaboration with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig and its academic partner at the University of Leipzig and the Technical University of Dresden.


Science Without Borders (Brazil)

The University of Alberta has a goal to enhance research connections and encourage greater student mobility with Brazil, specifically through the Science Without Borders program.

Launched in 2011, the Science Without Borders program provides Brazilian students with government scholarships to study and conduct research abroad at the undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral level.

Application & Timelines
For eligibility and application timelines, see the CALDO website.

PIMS Postdoctoral Fellows

In the fall of every year the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) invites nominations of outstanding young researchers in the mathematical sciences for Postdoctoral Fellows for the following year. Candidates must be nominated by one or more scientists or by a Department (or Departments) affiliated with PIMS. The fellowships are intended to supplement support provided by the sponsor, and are tenable at any of PIMS' Canadian member universities: Simon Fraser University, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Victoria, as well as at the PIMS affiliate University of Northern British Columbia.

Deadline for complete nominations/applications: DECEMBER 1. Decisions will be announced around March of the following year.


Teaching and Research Assistantships

Department of Chemical and Chemical Engineering provides financial support for accepted graduate students in the graduate program in the form of teaching and research assistantships. This support covers the cost of tuition and living expenses in Edmonton.

Financial Assistance and Emergency Funding

Other forms of financial assistance including bursaries and emergency funding as well as student loans are also available from the UofA. Please check out the Student Financial Aid Information Centre (SFAIC) located in the Students' Union Building.

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