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The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to graduate students in any graduate program. Preference will be given to students of Indigenous heritage from Canada or U.S.A. It is intended to encourage study and research opportunities for students of Indigenous heritage who have completed at least two terms of graduate studies at Trent University.


Reid Scholarship Application



This Award honours the lives and contributions of the five Moraff Sisters, the daughters of Herman (Hymie) Moraff and Ida Feder Moraff who came to Canada in their youth and settled in the Mi'kmaq territory of Sydney, NS. Encouraged by their parents, all five sisters undertook post-secondary education before marrying, which was contrary to popular custom in the 1940s and 1950s.  The purpose of the award is to provide support to students in the Indigenous Studies doctoral program during the final terms of study, and who have a first draft of their doctoral dissertation completed.

Five Sisters Award Application

Scholarships Information Session

Graduate Studies Scholarship Deadlines 2016-17

*Graduate Scholarship Application Deadlines 2017

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science & Technology (QEII-OGSST) are available to eligible students enrolled in fulltime research graduate programs (masters or doctoral level) in science and technology. Deadline:  April 28, 2017 submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Office Science Complex Rm. 201

Applications for Trent QEII-OGSST (link)

Trent Guidelines for QEII-OGSST (link)

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships.

Students submitting an application for one of the Tri-Council awards (NSERC Doctoral, SSHRC Doctoral, and CGS-Masters) through Trent University will only need to fill out pages 1 to 3 of the Trent University OGS application form.  Once this form is submitted, applicants will be considered for an OGS award based on the content of the SSRHC, NSERC, CIHR, and CGS-M application. No separate OGS application, transcripts and assessment forms are needed in addition to the Tri-Council award application.

Trent University Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has altered the OGS process: applications will no longer go to provincial panels for adjudication, but will be handled internally. OGS awards will be institutional awards and not transferable across the university system. Each university will have its own form, though they will be similar across the province. Students will apply to the institution they plan to attend.


Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)



The CGS M Program supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal 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). The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the university at which they propose to hold their award via the Research Portal.  

How to Apply (Hosted via NSERC includes SSHRC & CIHR) - link

Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency - Tri-Agency - link

Subject Matter Eligibility - link

Internal Scholarship Competitions


External Scholarship Opportunities



Bursary applications are to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Office (Science Complex Rm 201) 

Spring Term Graduate Bursary Application. Due June 16, 2017

2017 Graduate Spring Bursary Application

>> Jack Matthews Study and Research Abroad Graduate Bursary. Due June 22, 2017

Jack Matthews Bursary Application

>> Ontario Aboriginal Bursary Application 2016-2017 - contact Financial Aid, Registrars Office

The bursary program for graduate students at Trent University is administered by the School of Graduate Studies. Bursaries are meant to supplement, not replace, provincial government aid programs and a student’s own resources.

Students are required to submit a completed application to the Graduate Studies office by the advertised deadline. The application must include to be deemed complete:
1. Application form
2. A budget that outlines student expenses and resources. Expenses should reflect direct educational costs only. Resources include, but are not limited to, money received from government student aid programs, parents, scholarships, awards, supervisory support and employment earnings. * if you have a half or full GTA must be clearly stated.
3. A brief outline of research.
4. A personal statement regarding your current financial circumstance
5. Receipts of any additional expenses that you have indicated in your personal letter
6. Proof of debt load if claiming high debt load.

A list of food programs and food banks. LINK

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Who can help me find more scholarship information?

A good start to discover scholarship information includes review of other University websites, Student Awards and Scholarships Canada.

Disability Awards website

Research all the available awards you qualify for, read over and carefully fill out the applications, gather your additional documentation and get them out early.

Also: look for Information Session notices around campus, visit the School of Graduate Studies, attend Graduate Studies Expos & Fairs, talk to Faculty, discuss your interests with your Supervisors and investigate the services available through your home department and at the Trent University Career Centre. The Career Centre offers a wide range of services for students including:

  • Jobs! - online Job Board and more...
  • Resume and Cover Letter Critiques
  • Career Counselling
  • Workshops
  • Career Resource Library
  • Career Events and Info Sessions
  • Online Career Resources - Useful Links
  • Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

Trent University Career Centre