General Information

The College of Medicine (CoM) offers a number of funding opportunities for graduate students. Graduate students may receive funding from a stipend, an award, or a combination of sources. The College of Medicine encourages graduate students to apply for all internal and external funding for which they are eligible.

Below are the funding opportunities available to College of Medicine graduate students broken down into levels, starting with the most specific. It is recommended that students start by applying for the highest level of funding available, external, and continue to apply through the university, college, and program level applications until they are successful.

Stipends

A stipend is a method of payment to a student from their supervisor's research funds. Registered graduate students are eligible for a stipend, assuming that they do not hold an additional academic/professional appointment at the university. Stipends are considered non-employment, and are therefore not taxed. The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Saskatchewan does not require a minimum stipend for graduate students on campus, and it is therefore at the discretion of each individual program. Please see below for the minimum stipend requirements for each College of Medicine's graduate programs.

Students who qualify for departmental scholarships will receive a minimum stipend of $18,000 per year for M.Sc students and $21,000 for PhD students.  Support from extramural sources generally provides a higher stipend than support from intramural (University of Saskatchewan) sources.​

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that each graduate student receives a stipend which meets a minimum departmental standard. Current departmental standards are $19,000 per year for M.Sc. students and $24,000 per year for Ph.D. students, although supervisors can pay more. Termination of funding cannot be made unilaterally by the supervisor and requires a meeting of the advisory committee. In the absence of any other funding, this stipend will usually come from research grants held by the Supervisor. However, it is beneficial for both the student and the Supervisor if some or all of the support for the student is derived from scholarship or assistantship funds. Support from extramural sources generally provides a higher stipend than support from intramural (University of Saskatchewan) sources. In particular, a student who wins a scholarship (e.g. CoMGrad, Sask. Innovation or federal funding) will have their minimum stipend increased as follows:
  • M.Sc. $19K + 50% of the non-matched portion of the award to a maximum of $29K.
  • Ph.D.  $24K + 50% of the non-matched portion of the award to a maximum of $36K.
It should be noted that [a] these stipends are subject to the conditions of the award; for example, some fellowships cannot be held simultaneously, [b] devolved funds are not included and [c] stipends will revert to the base line if the fellowship is terminated.

It is the generally policy that all graduate students admitted into the Microbiology and Immunology graduate program receive a standard amount of funding deemed sufficient for living and studies.  The yearly stipends are currently $16,000 for a M.Sc. and $20,000 for a Ph.D. student. 

Please contact the graduate administrator for more information.

Physiology has no minimum stipend amounts. Please contact the graduate administrator for more information.

It is the generally policy that all graduate students admitted into the Health Sciences Graduate Program receive a standard amount of funding deemed sufficient for living and studies.  In the case of MSc. students, supervisors must commit to a minimum of $16,000/year for two years; PhD students require a minimum of $18,000/year for three years. The only exception to this policy is in the case of students who are employed full time and are ineligible for funding.

Community Health & Epidemiology has no minimum stipend amounts. Please contact the graduate administrator for more information.

Program

Program level funding opportunities are presented by each individual graduate program. Graduate programs typically utilize discretionary funding that they receive from both the College of Medicine and the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to run small competitions or distribute as they see fit. Please see below for a summary of the program level funding offered by each of the College of Medicine's graduate programs.

The James Newstead Memorial Award honours the life and contributions of Dr. James Newstead, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology (1965-1993). It is awarded to Ph.D. students who make a contribution to Cell Biology by presenting their original research work at an international cell biology conference. The award amount of up to $750 can be applied to travel expenses related to attendance at that conference.

Click here for more details and to apply.

In August of every year, the graduate chair of the department will generate a list of all students in the program who are eligible for a devolved scholarship, using the criteria set out in the policy. First, the devolved scholarship fund will be used to provide a $4000 supplement to students who currently hold a national scholarship/award. The remainder of the devolved scholarship fund will then be equally divided among all eligible students. Payrolls for these scholarships will be processed by the Department. The duration of the scholarship awarded is for one year, beginning on September 1 of each year.

Teaching is an integral part of graduate student training.  It is helpful for graduate students to gain experience in the presentation of course material in the form of lectures, tutorials and/or demonstration in laboratory classes.  Scholarship holders may be asked to participate to a maximum of 4 hr/week in Departmental teaching programs.

Policy regarding devolved allocations can be found here.

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The Health Sciences Graduate Scholarship (HSGS) supports research within the Health Science program in the College of Medicine (CoM) through awards to students who have demonstrated academic and research excellence. The guiding principle of this program is to provide continuing support to as many worthy students as possible who are no longer eligible for the major CoM or Tri-Agency awards. Secondarily, any CoMGRAD applicants from the Health Sciences Graduate Program who are eligible for support via that program but unsuccessful will be considered using their CoMGRAD application on file. The HSGS program is administered by the Health Sciences Program.

Applications for the HSGS will open in April 2020. 

 

 HSC AWARD APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY

Before Entering Program

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Master’s Student

Eligible to apply for a two year CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for a one year CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for a one year HSGS

Not eligible to apply

Not eligible to apply

PhD Student

Eligible to apply for up to a 3 year CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for a two year CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for a one year CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for a one year HSGS for Year Four

Eligible to apply for a one year HSGS for Year Five

Master’s to PhD Transfer Student after 1 year in MSc

Eligible to apply for a two year MSc CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for up to a 3 year CoMGRAD

First Year as a PhD:

Eligible to apply for a two year CoMGRAD

Second Year as a PhD:

Eligible to apply for a one year CoMGRAD for Year Four

Eligible to apply for a one year HSGS for Year Five

Master’s to PhD Transfer Student after 2 years in MSc

Eligible to apply for a two year MSc CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for a one year MSc CoMGRAD

Eligible to apply for up to a 3 year CoMGRAD

First Year as a PhD:

Eligible to apply for a two year CoMGRAD

Second Year as a PhD:

Eligible to apply for a one year CoMGRAD

Not eligible for any further funding

 

 

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College

College level funding opportunities are those open only to those students in or applying to a graduate program within the College of Medicine. These opportunities are administered by the Office of the Vice Dean of Research. Please see below for details on each of the College of Medicine's funding initiatives and the process for application.

College of Medicine Graduate Student Awards (CoMGRAD)

The purpose of the CoMGRAD is to provide support to graduate students and faculty supervisors from the College of Medicine (CoM) who demonstrate a passion for research that has been, or will be, translated into advancements in science.  This initiative is administered by the Office of the Vice Dean Research with the intention of advancing the CoM’s profile by increasing dynamic research projects being completed by competitively-selected individuals.

Applications are now accepted for the 2020 CoMGRAD competition. The deadline for applications is 4:00 pm January 15, 2020 on the Sharepoint site. Please contact ovdr.grad@usask.ca with any inquiries.

Access the CoMGRAD Sharepoint site here, which contains all guidelines, application forms, and templates.

 

Interdisciplinary Graduate Scholarship (IGS)

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Scholarships (IGS) are intended to support graduate students who are conducting interdisciplinary research co-supervised by a faculty member from the CoM and a faculty member from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition (CoPN). These scholarships are intended to increase dynamic interdisciplinary research projects being completed by competitively selected individuals.

College of Medicine Travel Award (CoMTA)

Masters and Doctoral Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Fellows in the College of Medicine are encouraged to participate in national and international scientific conferences and workshops, particularly those events which are specifically related to their area of research. The College believes that participation in such events is an important element in the training of biomedical and health researchers. The Conference Travel Fund has been established to assist individuals with costs incurred to attend Scientific Meetings.

College of Medicine Masters and Post-Doctoral Fellows may submit an application in order to receive up to $1500.00 travel assistance one time per program. Doctoral students may submit two applications to receive up to $1500.00 travel assistance twice per program. Students who transfer from the MSc to the PhD are eligible for one award while a MSc student and two while a PhD student.

The completed application form and required documentation may be submitted electronically to ovdr.grad@usask.ca.
If you are a U of S student and you are traveling outside of Canada, you MUST complete the university's travel safety requirements prior to your departure. Please see the Safety Abroad section of goabroad.usask.ca for more information and to initiate your pre-departure process with the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC)

Eligibility Requirements and Procedures

  1. Applicants must be currently registered either as a full time Graduate Student or a Post Doctoral Fellow in a Department in the College of Medicine.  Post Doctoral Fellows must provide proof of registration with the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

  2. Applicants must be presenting a paper or poster at a national or international conference or scientific workshop.  A copy of the paper or abstract which has been accepted for presentation must accompany the application for funding along with proof of conference participation/registration.

  3. Applications for travel award must be supported by the student's supervisor and the Department Head using the Cost Estimate and College of Medicine Approval Form, and a proposed travel budget must be submitted with the application.

  4. Applications are to be submitted electronically at least 4 weeks in advance for travel within Canada and 6 weeks in advance for travel outside of Canada.

  5. Depending upon budget availability, retroactive requests will be considered for up to three months after the travel has taken place. A complete application form and report will be required.  

  6. The approval of travel costs incurred will be governed by current University of Saskatchewan rules and regulations. 

  7. Prior to receiving reimbursement, successful applicants must submit a half page report to ovdr.grad@usask.ca within 30 days after their conference ends describing:

     the venue of the conference
     what new information was learned at the conference
     what new contacts were made?

College of Medicine Parental Leave Grant (CoMPLG)

A College of Medicine graduate student may apply for financial assistance during a leave to serve as the primary care-giver immediately following the birth or adoption of a child.
  
This is a trial program launching for a three year term beginning September 2018 and extending to August 2021. This program may be superseded by a University-level program during this term, at which point the College of Medicine program will be revised and possibly withdrawn. Individuals receiving other forms of financial support for the duration of their leave may be ineligible to apply for the College of Medicine Parental Leave Grant. 
  
Note that Tri-Agency award holders may interrupt their award period for up to 12 months of paid parental leave. Visit this page for more information.
  
Amount: $4000/6 month period paid via monthly installments.  Renewal once for a total of $8000 per student per academic program.
 
Eligibility:
  
1) Applicant must be a College of Medicine graduate student in good standing for at least two terms (8 months) prior to the start of the leave. 
2) Master's students may apply within the first two years of program, and Doctoral or Doctoral transfer students may apply within the first five years of program.
3) Applicant must hold a minimum funding level of $16,000/yr or greater from scholarship(s), stipend, or employment in the College of Medicine (for example, as a teaching assistant or graduate teaching fellowship).
4) Leave must be approved by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
5) Applicants must intend to return to full-time studies following the leave.
6) Applicants must not be receiving any additional parental benefits (for example, parental funding from Tri-council scholarships, EI etc.).
   
How to Apply:
  
Please submit the following to ovdr.grad@usask.ca.
  
2) Letter from your supervisor confirming the level of your funding, academic standing, and expected time required to complete program upon return from the leave.
3) Confirmation from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies approving the leave. 
 
Note: CoMGRAD scholarships may be deferred for the period of a leave approved by CGPS for parental reasons.

College of Medicine Emergency Leave Grant (CoMELG)

This is a trial program commencing for a one year term beginning November 1, 2019 and extending to October 31, 2020. This program is subject to budgetary restrictions and may be suspended without notice. A College of Medicine graduate student may apply for financial assistance during a medical or compassionate leave occurring prior to the completion of the student’s program.  Applicants must hold a minimum funding level of $16,000/yr, receive an approved leave from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and have supervisor support in order to be eligible.

Amount: $1000/month for up to two months. Paid via monthly installments.  No renewals, available once per student per academic program.

Eligibility:

1) Applicant must be a College of Medicine graduate student in good standing for at least two terms (8 months) prior to the start of the leave. 
2) Master's students may apply within the first two years of program, and Doctoral or Doctoral transfer students may apply within the first five years of program.
3) Applicant must hold a minimum funding level of $16,000/yr or greater from scholarship(s), stipend, or employment in the College of Medicine (for example, as a teaching assistant or graduate teaching fellowship).
4) Leave must be approved by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
5) Applicants must intend to return to full-time studies following the leave.
  
How to Apply:

Please submit the following to ovdr.grad@usask.ca

1) Completed College of Medicine Emergency Leave Application Form.
2) Letter from your supervisor confirming the level of your funding, academic standing, and expected time required to complete program upon return from the leave.
3) Confirmation from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies approving the leave.

Note: CoMGRAD scholarships may be deferred for the period of a leave approved by CGPS for medical or compassionate reasons.

College of Medicine Tuition Bursary Program (CoMTBP)

 

Due to cuts to the College of Medicine graduate programs budget, this program is indefinitely suspended. Students will be notified if/when this program is restored.

 

Purpose

This bursary funding was established to provide financial support to College of Medicine (CoM) graduate students who are ineligible for stipend/scholarship support due to engagement in professional  employment (>12 hours per week) or training activities that preclude a full-time focus on their graduate studies. The specific intent of this program is to support those training for or working within healthcare fields including post-graduate medical residents, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, etc. Practicing physicians are eligible to apply but should note that financial situation (income level) is one of the evaluation criteria (See below).

 

Amount and Duration

The awarded tuition bursaries are valued at 50% of domestic graduate tuition (currently 50% of $4,137.00) to be paid in three equal installments (1 per term).  The Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR) has committed funds to award at least 10 bursaries for the 2018-19 academic year. Priority will be given to those students whose supervisors are willing to match this award, thereby providing a full tuition bursary.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be in good standing within a CoM graduate program and maintain an in-program GPA of at least 80%. Students are eligible to apply if they will be within the first 48 months of their master’s program or 60 months of a doctoral program in the academic year the bursary will be awarded.  Students may apply to the program each year they are eligible.

 

Note: Students within the Clinical Investigator Program (CIP) are ineligible for this program.

 Applications must consist of a single PDF file, emailed to ovdr.grad@usask.ca.

 

The application package must include:

  1. One (1) page cover letter written by the applicant describing the nature of their employment situation and its impact on their graduate training. Annual salary and source(s) must be included.
  2. A Completed Canadian Common CV (CIHR Academic Format)
  3. A letter of support from the applicant’s graduate program supervisor confirming the nature of the applicant’s external professional/training commitments, and their impact on these commitments on the student’s progress in program.  This letter should also indicate whether or not the supervisor will provide matching funds for this award.

 

Selection Procedure

The CoM Bursary Selection Committee will be comprised of no less than three faculty from within CoM who are also members of CGPS in addition to the chair, the Assistant Dean Graduate Studies or designate. A new committee will be convened each academic year.

 

All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Ranking of proposals will be based upon these criteria:

  • Financial situation
  • Academic excellence as reflected by GPA and research productivity
  • Availability of supervisor match

 

Contact

For questions about eligibility, the application process, or the guidelines please contact the OVDR at ovdr.grad@usask.ca. Please ensure that you contact our office with questions no later than 3 business days prior to the application deadline so that we can properly assist you.

 

Applications received after the deadline or incomplete will not be considered.

University

University level funding opportunities are those open to all students in or applying to a graduate program within the University of Saskatchewan. These opportunities are administered by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please see below for details on a select number of the university's funding initiatives and the process for application. Note that this is not an all inclusive list, and all university opportunities for graduate students can be searched here.

The University Dean's Scholarship is an entrance scholarship offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, and are registering for the first time in a thesis-based graduate program.

Master's: $18,000 for up to two years
Cost-shared: supervisor financial commitment of one year required

Doctoral: $22,000 for up to three years
Cost-shared: supervisor financial commitment of one year required

Deadlines: December 1st (round 1) and February 1st (round 2)

Note: your individual program (to which you are applying) will have an internal deadline prior to those listed above. Contact your graduate program administrator for more details.

Applicants must have an entrance GPA of at least 85%, and show evidence of previous research productivity as demonstrated by authorship of refereed journal publications or conference presentations/publications.

Applications must be sent to the administrator of the program to which you are applying to in the College of Medicine. Applications will be reviewed by the academic unit and, if nominated, will be forwarded on to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

A complete nomination package contains the following items:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A Grade Conversion Sheet showing how the GPA was calculated (please indicate to the second decimal place, e.g. XX.XX%).
  3. Photocopies of official transcripts from all attended post-secondary institutions (U of S not required). Do not send original transcripts
  4. A list of publications and presentations (found with the nomination form).

CVs are not required for this application and will not be used to provide the list of publications and presentations.

Application packages should be submitted in electronic format to your graduate program administrator.

The University Graduate Scholarship (UGS) is an scholarship offered to students who are registered in graduate programs that do not receive discretionary funding from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants must have have a minimum average of 80%, and must be full-time, fully-qualified students who are either continuing their program or are in the process of being admitted into a graduate degree program. Students must be in the first 36 months of a Master’s degree program or the first 48 months of a Doctoral degree program to apply for or hold a UGS.

Eligible College of Medicine Graduate Programs:

Physiology
Pharmacology
Health Sciences

Master's: $16,000 for up to two years
Doctoral: $20,000 for up to three years

No supervisor financial commitment required

Deadline: February 26th

 Note: your individual program will have an internal deadline prior to the deadline listed above. Contact your graduate program administrator for more details.

Applications and reference letters must be sent to the administrator of the program to which you are a part of/applying to in the College of Medicine. Applications will be reviewed by the academic unit and, if nominated, will be forwarded on to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

A complete nomination package contains the following items:

  1. The completed application form.
  2. Photocopies of all official non-U of S post-secondary transcripts. We will obtain the student’s University of Saskatchewan records.
  3. Two letters of reference. See the application for instructions on writing the reference letters. Reference letters should be sent directly to your graduate program administrator.

Application packages should be submitted in electronic format to your graduate program administrator.

External

All graduate students are encouraged to seek funding external to the University of Saskatchewan. External opportunities are available from the three federal granting agencies of Canada; the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Also known as Tri-Agency opportunities, awards associated with these granting agencies vary in availability.

The primary Tri-Agency opportunity for Master's students exists in the harmonized Canada Graduate Scholarships- Master's (CGS M). This award is administered jointly by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

Master's: $17,500 for one year, non-renewable

Deadline: December 1st

 Note: your individual program may have an internal deadline prior to the deadline listed above. Contact your graduate program administrator for more details.

Please note that the link below will redirect to the NSERC website, but because of the harmonized nature of this award all students will apply via this route. 

There are a number of Tri-Agency opportunities available for Doctoral Students:

1. Doctoral Research Awards (CGS D)

These awards are similar in nature to the harmonized Canada Graduate Scholarships; however, they are divided up between the three primary federal granting agencies CIHR, SSHRC, and NSERC. Doctoral students will apply to the agency with their corresponding field of research.

The Doctoral Research Awards by funding agency are as follows:

Granting Agency Award Name Deadline
CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS D Early October
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS D Early January
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS D Late November 
 Note: your individual program may have an internal deadline prior to the deadline listed above. Contact your graduate program administrator for more details.
     

2. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

This award is distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies. The selection criteria focuses on academic excellence, research potential, and leadership (potential and demonstrated ability)

Doctoral: $50,000 per year for 3 years

Deadline: November 1st

 Note: your individual program will have an internal deadline prior to the deadline listed above. Contact your graduate program administrator for more details.