Graduate awards

The Graduate Awards Database lists all award opportunities the CGPS oversees. In addition, departments, colleges, and donors from outside the university offer awards throughout the year. Use the form below to find specific awards.

Each entry provides information about the funding opportunity - eligibility criteria, the application deadline and instructions for how to apply. Search by keywords (e.g., Indigenous, SSHRC etc.) to find opportunities. Most awards are open to both international and domestic students.

In addition to these awards, the University supports graduate students through teaching, research, and service fellowships and assistanceships. For these, contact your graduate chair or graduate administrator for details.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Thesis Awards/Governor General's Gold Medal

Value$500 (offered by the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and the Office of the Vice-President Academic).
The top two Ph. D. students will also each receive a Governor General's Gold Medal.
Number offeredVaries
EligibilityTo recognize excellence and original quality in graduate student research. To be awarded based on the recognition of outstanding academic performance in the graduate program. Components of the graduate program to be considered by the selection committee includes the thesis, coursework, publications and presentations related to their field of research and awards received. The report of the external examiner is particularly important.

Open to all students who will be convocating in a Master's or Ph.D. at Spring Convocation or who graduated the preceding Fall. One award will be made for each of the five disciplines: Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences A, Social Sciences B, Life Sciences, Physical and Engineering Sciences.

Nominations are limited to one per program.
ApplyDepartments wishing to nominate a student must submit the following:
  • A letter from the Department Head* giving a detailed rationale for the nomination, including under which category the thesis should be considered;
  • A non-technical abstract or summary prepared by the student (1,000 to 1,500 words) describing the research and its significance. The abstract/summary should be written for a general academic audience of non-specialists;
  • The abstract and table of contents for the nominated thesis;
  • A letter from one additional faculty member*;
  • A CV or resume from the student nominee.
*These letters should include information regarding the significance of the thesis, the contribution of the thesis to the University of Saskatchewan program, and the impact of the thesis on the knowledge base of the discipline.

Note: The External Examiner reports will be used by the Awards Committee to adjudicate this competition. Please ensure that the Pre-defense Report of the External Examiner (Form 403.1, PhD degree) and the Oral Defense Report of the External Examiner (Form 403.2, Master’s & PhD degrees) for the student you wish to nominate are included in the nomination package.

If submitting the nomination package via e-mail, make sure that all documents are in PDF format.

Graduate Awards & Scholarships
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building
110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5C9
E-mail: gradstudies.awards@usask.ca
DeadlineMarch 28, 2022 at 4:30pm CST
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The above search form only contains awards available to graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. See below if you are looking for undergraduate awards or those offered by external agencies.