Graduate Student Scholarships

Mount Saint Vincent University offers several scholarships and bursaries to new and continuing graduate students. For a full listing of these awards, including eligibility information, please visit the graduate student scholarships and bursaries page

Who is eligible to receive internal scholarships?

Full- and part-time students, domestic and international students, and students in thesis-based and course-based programs are eligible to receive some of our many internal scholarships. To learn more about these awards and individual eligibility requirements, please visit the Graduate Student Bursaries & Scholarships page.

Who is eligible to receive entrance scholarships?

Full-time graduate students who are accepted into any graduate program at the Mount will automatically be considered for our entrance scholarships: 
  • Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarships (domestic and international Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Research Master of Arts, and PhD students)
  • Harvella Endowed Scholarship (Master's students)
  • Graduate Women's Studies Scholarship (MA Women & Gender Studies students)

How should students apply for scholarships?

Students may be automatically considered for some awards, but may need to submit an application for others.

Scholarships for new students: 

New students do not need to apply for entrance scholarships; full-time students are automatically considered for these awards. 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
In September, new students beginning a MA or MSc program are also eligible to apply for the BMO Financial Group Endowed Scholarship (full-time Master's students).

Scholarships for continuing students:
Merit Scholarships:

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 will be available from departments,the Registrar's Office and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Seton 302 in late February 2016..

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  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.

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

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 Canadian scholarships page

Organization of American States Academic Scholarships Program 

Funding Assistance

Limited funding is available for graduate students to supplement thesis research and for conference attendance. For information on this funding, visit our Funding Assistance page.

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

 Contact us

Office of Graduate Studies
Seton 302
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
Canada, B3M 2J6


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