International Students

International Dean's Scholarship

These scholarships are offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis-based graduate program. Faculty or academic units make nominations for the Dean’s Scholarships; students do not apply directly.

Eligibility – Open to any new international student.

A student’s entrance GPA, as determined by the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR), must be at least 85.0%. Under exceptional circumstances a student with an entrance grade between 80% and 85%, and promise of research potential, as indicated by previous research productivity may be considered. At the Master’s level, examples of such evidence would be authorship or co-authorship of a refereed journal publication or a conference presentation/publication. At the Doctoral level, examples of such evidence would be 2 journal publications or 3 conference presentations/publications.

Preference is given to:

  • Ph.D. applicants.
  • Students proposing to work with faculty who hold external (especially Tri-Council) funding or have held such funding in the recent past.
  • Lower priority is given to master’s students transferring to a Ph.D., prior to the completion of their master’s degree.

Dean’s Ph.D. Scholar will receive $22,000 annually, for up to three years. Funding for year two and three depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. This is defined as:

  • Maintaining an 80% GPA on at least 6 cu of courses completed after registration at the U of S;
  • Making satisfactory progress in the program;

Dean’s Master’s Scholar will receive $18,000 per year for up to two years. Funding for year two depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. Year two funding may also have an associated service requirement of not more than four hours per week, for up to two terms (8 months), during a 12-month period.

Additional funding for Tri-Council Award Winners is provided by the CGSR. Students with a Dean’s Scholarships are encouraged to apply for national funding from the Tri-Council Funding Agencies (NSERC, SSRHC, and CIHR) if they are eligible. Students who are successful will be expected to take the national award and decline the Dean’s Scholarship. However, they will receive the following supplementary funding:

  • An additional scholarship of $3,000 annually from the CGSR;
  • If the Tri-Council Award is less than the Dean’s Scholarship, the student will receive a supplementary scholarship equal to the difference.

Tri-Council Awards for International Students

General Information

Tri-Council student scholarships are awarded by Canada’s three research-granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). For current U of S students, the application process, nomination of candidates and administration of the awards is through the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR). For students who are enrolled in other universities, please check the CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC websites for specific details on the application process. The list of awards and website links follow below.

U of S Top-Up Scholarships

All graduate students, who have been awarded a Tri-Council scholarship and who come to the U of S for a master’s or doctoral program, will receive an additional $3,000 annual top-up scholarship from the College of Graduate Studies and Research for each year that they hold the Tri-Council award. Many departments also provide a supplementary matching value scholarship. Students should ask their Graduate Chair about this possibility.

Awards & General Eligibility

International students with outstanding academic records and who have demonstrated research promise are encouraged to apply for a Tri-Council Award fi they are eligable. Evidence of research promise would be:

  • At the Master’s level, authorship or co-authorship of a refereed journal publication or a conference presentation/publication.
  • At the Doctoral level, authorship or co-authorship of 2 journal publications or 3 conference presentations/publications.

Each Tri-Council award is discipline specific and it is important that students apply appropriately. Complete guidelines for selecting the appropriate grant are available here. If you are uncertain which award best suits your program and research plan, consult with your faculty supervisor before applying.

For Ph.D. Students +

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships - are awarded by all three of Canada’s research granting agencies – NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR. The Vanier CGS was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. It is worth $50,000 per year for three years and international students are eligible for these awards. Students cannot apply directly. For more details please check the Government of Canada website for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

NSERC Scholarships support graduate students in the natural sciences and engineering fields. International students are eligible for the NSERC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. Check the NSERC Canada website for full details.

SSHRC Scholarships support graduate students in the humanities and social sciences fields. To be eligible, you must be undertaking a graduate program of study in one of the fields that SSHRC supports and that aligns with SSHRC’s mandate. Check the SSHRC Canada website for full details.

CIHR Scholarships support graduate students in four themes of health research – biomedical, clinical, health systems services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health. There may be additional eligibility requirements and students should read the CIHR Canada website for full details.

For Post Doctoral Candidates +

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships - are awarded by all three of Canada’s research granting agencies – NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR. These prestigious awards are designed to recruit top-tier postdoctoral researchers and provide the Fellows with $70,000 per year, for two years. The fellowships are open to recent graduates, including international students, with a completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree. Applications must be done in close collaboration with the university. For more details please check the Government of Canada website for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, and contact the Director of Awards in the CGSR.

U of S Graduate Awards for International Students

General Information & Eligibility

These awards are offered to graduate students who have good academic records and who show research promise. A student must be registered full-time in a graduate program, with a GPA, as determined by the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR), of at least 80% over the last two years of study.

For PH.D. Students +

Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowships are awarded through a university wide competition to twenty Ph.D. students, who are within the first 5 years of their program with a grade point average of 80% or higher. Preference is given to students who have completed their course work and comprehensive exam. Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellows receive $20,000 for one year, during which they will receive training in university teaching, and, will deliver an undergraduate course under the guidance of a faculty mentor. You and your faculty teaching mentor must make a joint application for the Fellowship on the application form. For more information and application procedures, click here. Speak to your faculty supervisor if you wish to be considered for this fellowship.

For Ph.D. and Master's Students +

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarships (UGS) are offered in a university wide competition (Non-Devolved Scholarship Program), or, through the department (Devolved Scholarship Program). Ph.D. students with a UGS receive $20,000 per year for up to 3 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing. Master’s students with a UGS receive $16,000 per year for up to 2 years subject to maintaining acceptable academic standing. Contact the Graduate Chair in the department in which you wish to study to be considered for these awards.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) provide students with $16,000 per year for up to five years. You are required to work 12 hours per week for the September to April period. Please contact the Graduate Chair in the department in which you wish to study to be considered for these fellowships.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are available in most departments. New and continuing students should write to the Graduate Chair of the department to indicate their interest in being considered for a GTA. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are offered to University of Saskatchewan graduate students by faculty members holding research grants and contracts. New and continuing students should contact faculty members doing research in their area of interest to ask about possible GRA opportunities. Be prepared to provide full information on your experience in the field. The graduate student rate of pay at the University of Saskatchewan is $18.51 per hour.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Service Fellowships (GSF) pay students $4,937.32 for a 4-month term. The student is expected to provide 12 hours of work per week on projects or initiatives that will enhance services and the quality of graduate programs for a broad base of graduate students. Graduate students will receive valuable work experience and learn skills related to project organization, delivery, and reporting. The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) administer these awards; click here for application procedures.

ESL Bursary for International Students provides current international students with a bursary to attend a part-time English Language Class at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre. Applications are open to international graduate students who meet the eligibility criteria and who are recommended for a bursary by their graduate supervisor or graduate chair. There is a simple online application form administered by the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR); click here for application procedures.

Scholarships for International Students

General Information

These scholarships and awards are available to U of S graduate students through the generous endowments provided by our alumni, business and industry, and government contributors. They are available to graduate students who have good academic records on a competitive basis. The scholarships and awards are administered by the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR), on behalf of our donors. Each award has its own eligibility criteria and application process.

For PhD or Master's Students +

Alumni Association Post Graduate Scholarship - A $2,000 non-renewable scholarship to a student entering their first year of a graduate degree program. Application Details

Canadian Federation of University Women Saskatoon Inc. - Five graduate scholarships valued at $1,750 each for female graduate students. Eligibility varies; check here for details.

COGECO Graduate Communication Scholarship – A $7,000 scholarship for students in research based graduate program in media communications and broadcasting and telecommunications technology (design and development, application, administration or distribution) Application Details

Hantelman Humanities Scholarship – A $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to students in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Approximately nine scholarships awarded annually; check here for details.

Herb R. and Marian H. Clark Scholarship – A $1,500 non-renewable scholarship for students in life sciences with a preference to those in agriculture, medicine or nursing. Application Details

Hope Hunt Scholarship – A $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to a student is enrolled or entering a graduate program in pharmacy or nutrition. Students must have an undergraduate degree in pharmacy or nutrition or equivalent fields (home economics, dietetics, family studies or consumer studies). Application Details

International Council on Women's Health Issues Scholarship - A $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to a student (male or female) who is pursuing an interdisciplinary graduate program related to women’s health issues. Application Details

Ivan & Margret Toutloff Bursaries - A $2,000 non-renewable scholarship to a full-time student in any discipline who is in good standing in their program (75% + overall average). Two bursaries awarded annually on the basis of financial need. Application Form

John Larson Cancer Research Trust Fund - A $2,700 non-renewable scholarship to a full-time student engaged in cancer research, with a GPA of 80% or higher. One bursary awarded annually. Application Details

John Spencer Middleton & Jack Spencer Gordon Middleton Graduate Bursaries - A non-renewable scholarship to a full-time student in any discipline. The number and value of awards to be allocated is determined annually by the Fund Management Committee. Selection is based on academic achievement (minimum 75% GPA) and financial need. Application Form

Muriel J. Clancy Bursary - A non-renewable bursary to a full-time student who is planning to work with disabled children, either as a teacher, a physiotherapist, a speech therapist, a doctor or a nurse. The value of the bursary will be determined annually by the CGSR. Selection is based on academic achievement (minimum 75% GPA) and financial need. Application Form

Rhea Ritchie Scholarship in Human Nutrition - A $11,000 renewable (maximum two years) scholarship open to full-time students who are conducting research in human nutrition. Check here for full details and application process.

Robson Bursary for Graduate Students - A non-renewable $5,000 bursary open to full-time students studying in an area related to land and resource management with an emphasis on sustainability and ecologically sound management practices. who are conducting research in human nutrition. Check here for full details and application process.

Roman & Sonia Stratychuk Graduate Scholarship - A non-renewable scholarship to a full-time student whose studies/research is related to Ukrainian studies in either the College of Education or the College of Arts & Science. The value of award is determined annually by the Fund Management Committee. Selection is based on academic achievement (minimum 80% GPA) and financial need. Application Details

Dr. Roger Rimmer Award for Excellence in Graduate Research – An $18,000 renewable (maximum two years) scholarship open to a full-time M.Sc. or Ph.D. students from SaskCanola. Eligibility includes a thesis research project that investigates an important aspect of the development or utilization of canola. Check here for full details and application process.

Saskatchewan Gerontology Association Bursary – A $500 renewable (maximum two years) Bursary open to a full-time students whose graduate research project is based on some aspect of gerontology (critical factor). Application Details

TRLabs Fellowships & Scholarships – The Telecommunications Research Laboratories provides several $6,000 fellowships and $12,000 scholarships to students in graduate degree programs who are undertaking their research work at TRLabs, studying the development of engineering applications in telecommunications. These awards are renewable for up to 2 years in a master’s program and up to 3 years in a doctoral program. Check here for full details and application process.

Wolfe Family Graduate Student Scholarships - A $3,000 renewable scholarship open to full-time students in Fine Arts or Humanities. In addition to academic achievement (minimum GPA 80%), selection is based on student’s participation in compassionate volunteering, sports and/or physical activities. Application Details

For Ph.D. Students

Newstead Doctoral Fellowship - A $5,000 scholarship for a female doctoral student who has completed her course work and comprehensive examination. Application Details

Harvey Graduate Scholarship - An $18,000 renewable (maximum three years) scholarship to a full-time doctoral student whose thesis research contributes to the development of agriculture in Saskatchewan. Check here for full details and application process.

Robert P. Knowles Scholarship - A $25,000 renewable (maximum 4 years) scholarship, plus tuition, open to full-time Ph.D. students who are conducting research in crop development (forage, cereal, oilseed, or pulse crops for commercial agriculture). Applicants must be Canadian citizens and have resided in Canada for a minimum of five years. Check here for full details and application process.

For Master’s Students

Harvey Graduate Scholarship - A $15,000 renewable (maximum two years) scholarship to a full-time master’s student whose thesis research contributes to the development of agriculture in Saskatchewan. Check here for full details and application process.

Robert P. Knowles Scholarship - A $20,000 renewable (maximum 2.5 years) scholarship, plus tuition, open to full-time M.Sc. students who are conducting research in crop development (forage, cereal, oilseed, or pulse crops for commercial agriculture). Applicants must be Canadian citizens and have resided in Canada for a minimum of five years. Check here for full details and application process.

National Scholarships for International Students

These scholarships are competed for nationally. They are available to international students who are, or will be, attending a Canadian university. Each award has other specific eligibility criteria and application procedures.

Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) Distinguished Dissertation Awards are given each year for the top Canadian doctoral dissertations. There are two awards annually; one for engineering, medical and natural sciences, and, one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences. The awards are valued at $1,500 plus travel expenses to attend the national CAGS conference. Eligible students will have completed a Ph.D. dissertation in the year prior to the application year. Applications are through the CGSR; check CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award for further details.

Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year to graduates from a Canadian university. For the Mackenzie King Open Scholarship, you must be a university graduate (undergraduate or master’s program) from a Canadian institution and planning to pursue graduate studies in any discipline in Canada. For the Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship, you must be a university graduate (undergraduate or master’s program) from a Canadian institution, and, planning to pursue graduate studies in the United States or the United Kingdom in international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics). Applications are through the CGSR; select the links above for further details.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships are awarded each year to up to 15 outstanding doctoral students who are doing social sciences or humanities research related to one of the Foundations four themes – human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world and people in their natural environment. Scholarships are valued at $40,000 with a travel allowance of $20,000 per year for up to three years. Students must be nominated by their department and applications are submitted to the CGSR. Further details on the selection criteria and application process are available at Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships.

Students from China

China Scholarship Council Students

Chinese students, who have been admitted to a PhD program at the U of S, and, who have been awarded a PhD scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC), will receive:

  • a tuition scholarship as required by CSC;
  • provincial health care benefits at no charge;
  • extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments, through their graduate student fees. 

UofS-China Doctoral Scholar Program +

Entrance scholarships, valued at $16,000 paid out in equal annual increments over four years at $4,000 per year, are available under the UofS-China Doctoral Scholar Program. These are only available to new students who have not attended the UofS before.

Eligibility

  • A new Ph.D. program applicant, who has not been a registered student at the U of S previously, and
  • Has been awarded a four year CSC scholarship , and
  • Recommended for admission by the department, and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 80% as determined by the CGSR, at the time of application, and
  • Meet the English language proficiency requirements at the time of application.

Scholarship Selection and Funding

Up to twenty UofS-China DSP Scholarships will be awarded each year. Students are recommended by their admitting department and the final selection will be made by the CGSR on a competitive basis.

The following universities have signed partnership agreements with the CGSR. Students from these universities will have their grades taken at par.

  • Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
  • Huazhong Agriculture University, Wuhan China
  • Jilin University, Changchun, China
  • Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
  • Northwest Agriculture and Forest University, Yangling, China
  • Northwestern Poiytechnical University, Xi’an, China
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

Funding for year two to four depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. This is defined as:

  • Maintaining an 80% GPA on at least 6 cu of courses completed after registration at the U of S;
  • Making satisfactory progress in the program;

Application Procedures

Students must complete the online application form by December 15th. Step by step instructions are available at http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/applying/index.php. Students must:

  • Answer  YES  to the question “Do you currently hold, or intend to apply for a China Scholarship Council award?” Follow the instructions provided by the online application system.
  • Advise the department with your chosen graduate program that you are a CSC candidate.  Your department will nominate you for the UofS-China DSP scholarship. You do not have to fill out another application form.

UofS-BIT Master's Scholarship +

Students from the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), who have been admitted to a Master’s program at the UofS, and, who have been awarded a UofS-BIT Master’s Scholarship from the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) will receive:

  • $15,000 CAD per year scholarship, for a maximum of two years;
  • provincial health care benefits at no charge;
  • extended health benefits, including coverage for medicines and dental appointments, through the Graduate Student’s Association fees.

Eligibility

  • New master’s students, who have been short listed and recommended by the International Office at BIT;
  • Minimum entrance GPA of 80% as determined by the CGSR;
  • Minimum English language proficiency as required by the CGSR.

Scholarship Selection and Funding

Up to three UofS-BIT Master’s Scholarships will be awarded each year; one to a student from the BIT School of Life Sciences, one to a student from the BIT School of Humanities and Social Sciences and one open to any qualified student from any discipline at BIT.

Students must be recommended for this scholarship by BIT in accordance with the partnership agreement between the UofS and BIT. The final selection will be made by the CGSR on a competitive basis.

Funding for year two depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. This is defined as:

  • Maintaining an 80% GPA on at least 6 cu of courses completed after registration at the U of S;
  • Making satisfactory progress in the program.

Application Procedures

Students must first apply to the Project Officer in charge of this scholarship program in the International Office at BIT. For information on the BIT application process and deadlines, please contact Ms. Yufeng Mao at maobit@gmail.com.  

After applicants have been shortlisted for this award by BIT and recommended to the UofS, they will be contacted by the College of Graduate Studies and Research with further instructions.

Interested potential applicants are encouraged to review the graduate programs available at the UofS at http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/grad_programs/ .

You may also contact the International Recruitment and Liaison Officer at grad.recruitment@usask.ca with specific questions about the UofS eligibility criteria and selection process.

Students from Equador

Students from Vietnam

Vietnam Agreement of Cooperation +

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) welcomes applications for graduate studies from all Vietnamese postgraduate students. For general information and benefits available to all international graduate students click here.

UofS-VIED Agreement of Cooperation is between the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) and Vietnam International Education Development (VIED) under the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam (MOET). All Vietnamese students admitted to a graduate program are eligible for the International Deans Scholarship Program and the other scholarships listed on the International Student Funding pages.

UofS-VIED Doctoral Scholar Fellowship (DSF) +

UofS-VIED DSF are available to Vietnamese students, who have been approved for a four-year scholarship by VIED for PhD studies. The UofS-VIED DSF includes:

  • A tuition bursary for each year of your VIED Fellowship, to a maximum of four years, and
  • A supplementary $4,000 fellowship, renewable annually for up to four years.

Students will be assigned twenty-five hours of teaching or research activity per month, during the fall and winter terms.

Eligibility

  • A new Ph.D. student, with a bachelor's and a master's degree,
  • Approved for a four-year scholarship from VIED,   
  • Meet the minimum entrance GPA of 80% as determined by the CGSR, and
  • Meet the minimum English Proficiency as required by the CGSR.

Fellowship Selection and Funding

Up to five UofS-Vied Doctoral Scholar Fellowships will be awarded each year. Students are recommended by their admitting department and the final selection will be made by the CGSR on a competitive basis.

Funding for year two to four depends on satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. This is defined as:

  • Maintaining an 80% GPA on at least 6 cu of courses completed after registration at the U of S;
  • Making satisfactory progress in the program;

Application Procedures

Students must complete the online application form by December 15th. Step by step instructions are available at http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/applying/index.php. Students must:

  • Answer  YES  to the question “Do you currently hold a four-year fellowship from VIED?” And, 
  • Advise the department with your chosen graduate program that you are a VIED scholarship holder.  Your department will nominate you for the UofS-VIED DSF Fellowship. You do not have to fill out another application form.