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Graduate Student Scholarships

For a complete list of scholarships and bursaries available through Mount Saint Vincent University, please visit our graduate student scholarships and bursaries page

Internal Graduate Scholarships

Entrance Scholarships: 
Students who are accepted into any graduate program at the Mount will automatically be considered for our entrance scholarships: 
  • Provincial Entrance Scholarships (domestic and international Master's and PhD students)
  • Harvella Endowed Scholarship (Master's students)
  • Graduate Women's Studies Scholarship (MA Women & Gender Studies students)
Students beginning a MA or MSc program are also eligible to apply for the BMO Financial Group Endowed Scholarship (full-time Master's students). Download the application form here »

When awarding these scholarships, the university considers the following items provided by the student in his/her initial application package: 

  • Academic performance (GPA)
  • Letter of Intent 
  • Letters of Recommendation provided by the student's referees
  • The recommendation of the department to which the student has been accepted
Scholarships for Continuing Students:
MSVU Graduate Merit Scholarships are awarded to graduate students on the basis of course work completed at Mount Saint Vincent University. 
To be considered for merit awards, students must have completed a minimum of 2.0 units of graduate course work by April 30 of the year of application, maintained continuous registration throughout the year of application, be in good academic standing, have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated that they will make a significant contribution to their discipline or field. 
Applications are available from departments,the Registrar's Office and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Seton 302. You can also download a PDF copy of the Graduate Merit Scholarship application form
Applications must be received by Dr. Kim Kienapple, Dean of Graduate Studies, Seton 302, by May 15. Applications can be mailed, faxed (902-443-8211) or emailed to msvu.ca.  Applications will be copied to departments, who will be asked to rank the applicant from their department. In the Faculty of Education, Coordinators of individual programs will be asked to rank their applicants.
For a complete list of internal scholarships, visit the Registrar's Office's Graduate Scholarships & Bursaries page

External Graduate Scholarships

Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships. Some of these funding opportunities are listed below. 


The three Canadian research granting councils, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), award fellowships and scholarships to Masters and Doctoral students. Students currently registered at a Canadian university must apply through their home University.

Details of scholarships, eligibility, criteria and application process are available online on the websites of the granting councils.

NSERC - Post Graduate Scholarships, Canada Graduate Scholarships (Masters and PhD)

SSHRC - Doctoral Awards, Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships

SSHRC - Masters Awards - Canada Graduate Scholarships

CIHR - Canada Graduate Scholarships (Masters) 

Other External Scholarships

The following is a partial list of external scholarships available to graduate students at Mount Saint Vincent University. For more information, please go to these awards' websites, or visit Groodle, the Mount's grad student community on Moodle

The DBDLI Graduate Research Fellowship Programme assists students of African ancestry to complete post-secondary education at the graduate level, and provide an opportunity for DBDALI to strengthen its relationship with ‘up and coming’ researchers in the African Nova Scotian community.

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholarships

MSVU internal deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:00 noon. Submit your completed application to the Office of Graduate Studies, Seton 302, or email kim.kienapple@msvu.ca

Clean Nova Scotia Scholarship

Canadian Federation of University Women Scholarships and Awards

Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grants for Women

W.L. Mackenzie King Scholarships

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Defence Engagement Program Scholarships

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship

Richard J. Schmeelk Canada Fellowship

Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Graduate Student Awards of Merit

Scholarships for International Students

Funding Assistance

Limited funding is available for graduate students to supplement thesis research and for conference attendance. Details on these funding opportunities below. 

Graduate Thesis Funding

Graduate students are eligible to claim certain expenses related to their thesis work. The following research related expenses are eligible for claims for reimbursement:

  • travel for data collection
  • printing
  • photocopy cards
  • mailing
  • telephone cost
  • minor items of equipment (e.g., tapes, disks)
  • transcription cost 

The maximum amount allowable for any individual student is normally $200. Students may make claims in excess of $200 and any balance remaining in the fund at the end of the year may be distributed at the discretion of the Graduate Studies Scholarships, Assistantships, and Awards Committee.

Applications must be submitted on the application form which requires a signature from the Supervisor to confirm that the research has been approved and that the expenses are justified. All claims must be made after the expense has been incurred and must be accompanied by receipts for every item claimed.

Applications for reimbursement of expenses must be accompanied by confirmation that the research has been approved by the University Ethics Research Board and the thesis committee (or relevant faculty member).

Graduate Conference Funding

The Graduate Studies Scholarships, Assistantships, and Awards Committee has allocated funding to support graduate students who are presenting their Masters Thesis research at scholarly conferences.

The following conference related expenses are eligible for claims for reimbursement:

  • transportation cost
  • accommodations
  • conference registration

The maximum allowable amount for an individual student is $250. Individual students may apply one time only during their enrolment in their program of study for this funding.

To be eligible students must:

  • be registered in a Masters degree with a thesis requirement,
  • have the approval of their thesis supervisor,
  • provide proof of acceptance of their paper/poster,
  • submit a completed application form two months prior to attending the conference, and
  • submit receipts together with a copy of the approved application form and proof of presentation of paper/poster

Please note that funding is limited. Application forms will be approved subject to funding availability.

Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office will help you with student loans, lines of credit, bursary applications and budgeting.

You may qualify for Scholarships & Finding Assistance.

For more information visit msvu.ca/financialaid

Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Program

For the period from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, all Nova Scotia students (as determined by a definition established by the province) are entitled to a $128.30 per 0.5 unit course tuition reduction, in the form of a bursary, from the Nova Scotia Provincial Government. Other Canadian students will receive a tuition reduction in the amount of $26.10 per 0.5 unit course. This reduction is not reflected in the fees listed in the academic calendar.

For more information, visit msvu.ca/financialaid.

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Seton 302
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
Canada, B3M 2J6



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