U of S Student Travel Award

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who will be participating in a conference, U of S study abroad program, competition or other study-related activities off campus. Applications must be submitted no later than one month before the start date of the planned activity and they will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Only complete applications will be accepted. Students are eligible to receive one Student Travel Award every 12 months. Please note that  ISSAC will now only accept online applications completed through the application portal.

Indigenous student travel awards and exchange awards

All students taking part in the Student Exchange program in 2017-2018 academic year will receive $1000 from ISSAC. No separate application is required. These students may also apply for financial need-based awards that are available only to outgoing exchange students. Students who have been nominated to go on exchange will receive more information about this process by email.

Indigenous, Metis and Inuit students are encouraged to contact ISSAC for more information about Indigenous student travel awards for 2016-2017. These awards are available to students taking part in U of S study abroad programs or courses in 2017. 

Canada 150 undergraduate scholarships

In celebration of Canada's 150 birthday, we are offering 12 $3000 scholarships to undergraduate students who study abroad in the 2017-2018 academic year. Four awards are available to students studying abroad in spring/summer 2017, Fall Term 1, 2017 and Winter Term 2, 2018.

The purpose of these awards is to support students who take part in study abroad activities (outside of Canada) that fall under one or more of the following Canada 150 themes:

  • Environmental studies or academic programs that benefit a local community abroad,
  • Academic programs abroad that promote intercultural understanding,
  • For credit study abroad specifically in China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Vietnam or Ecuador,
  • Academic programs or studies that have a strong Indigenous dimension and
  • Academic programs or studies outside of Canada that allow students to gain new knowledge and skills that they may not be able to acquire on campus

Eligibility criteria:

  • Continuing full-time undergraduate students in degree programs who have successfully completed at least one year of study at the U of S
  • Applicants must participate in a study abroad program, course, research or other academic activity in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • The duration of travel must be at least 2 weeks and up to one academic year

Application process:

Applicants should submit the following documentation to study.abroad@usask.ca or drop off their complete application package at ISSAC, Room 80, Lower Place Riel by the application deadline.

  • A cover letter stating how your planned travel is related to the Canada 150 themes and how studying abroad will benefit you academically
  • A copy of your transcript (unofficial)
  • A letter from a faculty or a staff member in your college supporting your application (The letter can be provided directly to the student to be included in the application package).

Application deadlines:

  • April 15, 2017 for travel in spring and summer 2017. Deadline has passed. All successful applicants have been notified.
  • August 15, 2017 for travel in Term 1
  • December 15, 2017 for travel in Term 2

Only successful applicants will be notified. Notifications will be done by email and/or phone. Recipients of Canada 150 scholarships will have the opportunity to share their study abroad experience with the campus community and could be interviewed, videoed and/or asked to share photos of their international experience.

Canada 150 graduate scholarships

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we are offering 13 scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, to domestic graduate students who will study abroad in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The purpose of these awards is to support students pursuing a taught abroad course or a research opportunity in a country outside of North America where the U of S has an established partnership agreement. These activities are to be led, taught or organized by a U of S faculty member. This could involve, but not be limited to, field schools led by faculty, or a student collaborating with a faculty member to go abroad to engage in a short-term research project.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizens, registered full time in a thesis based master’s program or a PhD program, in the term they are travelling in, and
  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 75% or higher in their graduate courses, with no outstanding fees or tuition owing, and
  • The duration of travel must be at least 10 days and up to one term, and must take place in the 2017/2018 academic year.
  • The award cannot be deferred and must be used for the activity specified in the application.
  • In the taught abroad stream, applicants must take part in a program/course approved by the U of S and receive credit from this experience.
  • In the research abroad stream, applicants must take part in a U of S faculty led activity that is for 10 days or more in duration. The receipt of credit from the experience is not a requirement, however, participants are expected to submit and/or present a short paper on their findings and experience.

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted at any time, and funding will be provided on a first-come first-served basis to eligible applicants, until available funds have been exhausted. Activities will not be funded retroactively.

For the taught abroad stream, applicants must submit the following documentation to gradstudies.awards@usask.ca:

  • A cover letter, which outlines your interests and goals for participation and identifies and describes the taught abroad course;
  • Proof of registration in the specified taught abroad course;
  • A letter from your graduate supervisor or graduate chair indicating support for your participation;
  • A reasonable travel budget with estimated costs and all other potential sources of funding. No personal travel costs will be considered for funding.

For the research abroad stream, applicants must submit the following documentation to gradstudies.awards@usask.ca:

  • A cover letter, which outlines your interests and goals for participation and identifies and describes the collaborative research project;
  • A letter from your graduate supervisor or faculty research team leader indicating support for your participation;
  • A reasonable travel budget with estimated costs and all other potential sources of funding. No personal travel costs will be considered for funding.

Successful applicants will be notified by email. Recipients are required to complete the university’s International Travel Registry (ITR) prior to travel. Award money will be released once all tasks on the ITR have been completed. Recipients will have the opportunity to share their study abroad experience with the campus community and could be interviewed, videoed and/or asked to share photos of their international experience.

College Specific Awards

All colleges

Gail Appel Global Citizenship Award - This award is designed to recognize one U of S student enrolled in any college for a high academic achievement while exemplifying the qualities of global citizenship within or outside the university. The value of this annual award is $1,000.

The winner of the 2016 Gail Appel Global Citizenship Award is Jebunnessa Chapola, whose contribution to global and local issues has been inspirational. Her interest and volunteer work in our community and abroad exemplify the true spirit of global citizenship. Congratulations to this year's winner for her achievements.

Agriculture and Bioresources

The Gillian Hughes Memorial Travel Fellowship to financially assist upper year undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture specializing in an area of plant sciences to study abroad for at least one term at an established university in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe.

The Frank Sosulski Memorial Travel Award Fund to assist graduate students in Agriculture and Bioresources to participate in regional, national or international conferences or projects.

College of Medicine

Edwards School of Business

Go Global Awards (Hanlon Centre)The Hanlon Centre offers "GoGlobal Student Subsidies" to help Edwards students participate in international business education and experiential learning opportunities.

External Funding

Government of Canada Funding

The Canadian Government provides different funding sources for students to take their education abroad. Find out more by visiting the following websites:

 Funding open to graduate students:
 Tri-agency funding information (joint NSERC-SSHRC-CIHR programs) (open to graduate students and post-graduate fellows):