Awards and Financial Aid for Graduate Students

A number of fellowships are available for graduate students in History. The following listing describes the major awards only. For further possibilities consult the Graduate Chair, the History Graduate Students Association, or the Awards Office of the University of Manitoba. Please note that application by an individual for a particular award DOES NOT GUARANTEE that it will be granted to that individual; competition for awards is usually rigorous.

1. The following awards require a separate application in addition to an application for admission.

2. The following awards do not require a separate application.

3. The following awards support graduate research and conference travel for currently enrolled students. Each has a separate application form.  

4. The Department of History offers the following prizes to outstanding graduating students. 

5. The following bursaries are awarded based, primarily, on financial need. Students will have to report need on a form completed through their Aurora student account.


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The following awards require a separate application in addition to an application for admission.
 

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)

Amount: $17,500 (Master's CGS) $20,000 (Doctoral Fellowship) or $35,000 (Doctoral CGS).

All graduate students entering or enrolled in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are encouraged to apply for fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The SSHRC offers scholarships for study both at the Master’s and Doctoral level.

Master's Students

The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program is open to students pursuing a Master’s degree at any Canadian institution. The scholarships are available for one year only and students must apply before entering a Master’s program. 

The deadline to apply for the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s for SSHRC, NSERC & CIHR is December 1st, 2015.  Please submit an application online through the Research Portal using the Common CV as part of the application. There are no internal deadlines before December 1st and late applications will not be considered.   A minimum GPA of 3.75 in the last two years of study is required to qualify.

Master’s applications are submitted ONLINE directly to Ottawa at:  www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp
Per the CGSM guidelines, students are to upload scanned copies of their official transcripts.  They are also encouraged to retain the envelope in which the transcripts were issued in case they are successful and the hard copy is requested by Ottawa.

IMPORTANT:    If you wish to apply to the January 2015 UMGF competition, it is MANDATORY that you apply for this external SSHRC funding to qualify for the UMGF.

PhD Students

The SSHRCC doctoral fellowships are awarded presently in two categories: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships are awarded only to students in the first 16 months of a doctoral program and fund the next 36 months at $35,000 per year. SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships fund up to 48 months of study at $20,000 per year and application can be made at any point in the first 40 months of a degree. No funds will be awarded to a student who has been enrolled in a program for greater than 40 months (typically year IV of a PhD program).

Applications for SSHRCC doctoral fellowships have normally been due in Ottawa in November and must be received by the Department by mid-October. (For specific dates, contact the History General Office, 474-8401, history@umanitoba.ca.)

Application forms are available at http://www.sshrc.ca/

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University of Winnipeg Graduate Scholarships
 
Amount: $15,000

The University of Winnipeg has established a Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (MGS) valued at $15,000 through an agreement between The University of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba to support research-based graduate studies and assist in attracting and sustaining excellent students from within and outside of the Province. Awards are made mainly on the basis of academic excellence, and are open to students who will be registered as full-time graduate students in a Master's program at The University of Winnipeg regardless of discipline during tenure of the award. Recipients can apply to renew the award.

Application deadline: March 1.

Information found at www.uwinnipeg.ca/graduate-studies/scholarships-and-awards/internal-awards.html


D.F. Plett History Graduate Fellowship

Amount: $10,000 (Master’s) $15,000 (Doctoral).

The D.F. Plett Graduate Fellowship was created in 2006 to commemorate the contribution of Delbert F. Plett, Q.C. to the story of the Low German Mennonites in Canada and the Americas.

This fellowship is intended to encourage graduate students who are pursuing studies and research in the history of the forerunners and descendants of the 1870s Mennonite migrants to Manitoba.
A maximum of two fellowships are held at any given time. Ph.D. Fellowships may be renewed once. Applications from students outside of Canada are welcomed. Students for whom English is not a first language should submit evidence of their level of proficiency. Language training may be offered in specific cases. More information is available at: http://www.plettfoundation.org/.

The deadline for applications is January 1.

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Donald V. Snider Fellowship

Amount: $ 8,000.

An award for a graduate of a Manitoba university who is enrolled or enrolling as a full-time student in one of the University of Winnipeg/University of Manitoba Joint Master’s Programs. Recipients must also demonstrate excellent academic achievements. Applicants should contact the JMP Chair in History for application information. The deadline for applications is typically in mid June. (Link to more information.)


Senator Thomas Crerar Scholarship

Amount: $8,500

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is completing his or her final undergraduate or M.A. qualifying year and is planning to enter a graduate program in Humanities with preference given to students showing an interest in Canadian History or Philosophy or the language and literatures of either French or English speaking peoples. Eligibility: Accepted to the first year of a master's program in Humanities at the University of Winnipeg and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B).
The deadline for application is in July/August. (Link to more information.)


The Dr. C. Richard Harington Fellowship in Rupert's Land Studies

Amount: $2,500 (in 2015)

Applications are invited from students registered for at least 9 credit hours at the University of Winnipeg in the University’s B.A. (Hons.) Degree program OR in a University of Winnipeg/University of Manitoba Joint Master’s Program OR from students preparing an Honours or Master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg.

The Fellow is provided with work space in the Centre’s research facilities and computer access, and is encouraged to join in and contribute to the work and activities of the Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies.  The position offers resources and opportunities for valuable experience in several areas of study, and for contact with a broad network of researchers.

The award is open to students with interests in the region formerly known as Rupert’s Land, whose research involves, at least in part, the use of the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives at the Archives of Manitoba, and who wish to pursue historical environmental studies and/or the fur trade and Aboriginal history of Rupert’s Land from a variety of perspectives or disciplines. 

Application information and deadlines: http://uwinnipeg.ca/rupertsland/harington-fellowship/application.html 

Contact:  Dr. Roland Bohr, Director, Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies, r.bohr@uwinnipeg.ca


Robert Painchaud Memorial Scholarship in Canadian History

Amount: $1,050

Established by the family and friends of Dr. Robert Painchaud, an outstanding teacher of Canadian History at The University of Winnipeg and one who made a significant contribution to the understanding of French- English relations. The scholarship will be awarded to students of outstanding academic promise who are studying Canadian History and who are entering a program leading to the Master’s degree at the University. Competence in French is a desirable qualification. Application for this graduate scholarship must be made with the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg.

Contact the current Graduate Chair in History at the University of Winnipeg for details on the application procedure.


IODE War Memorial Scholarships

Amount: $15,000

The IODE War Memorial Scholarship is available for Canadian citizens whose first degree was earned at a Canadian university and who are in at least the second year of their PhD studies. Each region of Canada is entitled to one of the 5 scholarships awarded each year for study in Canada or within the Commonwealth. Field of study is open.
Further information and application materials are available on the website: www.iode.ca/ (search under the 'Education' tab)

Deadline: October 1 for letter of intent, November 1 for complete application


Lillian Webb, Arthur Webb, and Elsie M. Webb Graduate Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 (maximum)

Given out annually to a graduate student who:

  1. has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba;
  2. is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in the first year of a Masters program delivered by a department in the Faculty of Arts;
  3. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 based on the last 60 credit hours of study;
  4. has volunteered within and outside their role as a student; and
  5. has demonstrated strong leadership abilities.

Full information and application form are available on the website: umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/awards/3151.html

Deadline: March 15

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The following awards do not require a separate application.

 
University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)

Amount: $14,000 (Master’s) $18,000 (Doctoral).

One competition is held per year. 

Any student applying to enter the Master's or Ph.D. program with a GPA of 3.75 in each of the last  2 years of study will be automatically considered for the UMGH. Subject to budget limitations, the fellowships are renewable, one time at the Master's level and three times at the Ph.D. level.

No support will be given to those beyond the 2nd year of Master's study or beyond the 4th year of Ph.D. study. If a fellowship is awarded at the Master's level, a student who meets the GPA requiremtns will again automatically be considered for a fellowship in a Ph.D. program. However, any given student shall be eligible for only 4 years of support.

For more information: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/funding/585.html


Manitoba Graduate Scholarships

Amount: $15,000.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers awards for full-time, research-based study at the Master’s level. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence. Students must be recommended by the Department of History to the Faculty of Graduate Studies to be considered for this award. Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a Master’s program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Manitoba. Only students with a minimum GPA of 3.75 in the last 60 credit hours of study (for Canadian students) or the last two completed years of study at a recognized university (international students) based on a Bachelor, Master’s, Graduate Diploma or Doctoral degree will be recommended. One competition is held per year. 

The award is made for an initial 12-month period. No support will be given to those beyond the 2nd year of Master's study.

Students entering the Joint Master's Program (JMP) will be considered for the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship whether they enroll through the University of Manitoba or the University of Winnipeg.

For more information: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/funding/605.html

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J.W. Dafoe Fellowship

Amount: $17,000.

For Graduate Study in the Departments of Political Studies, Economics, and History in alternate years.

The fellowship is open to graduates of any recognized University who possess the Honours B.A. degree or its equivalent and who intend to work for a higher degree in the field of international studies.


Drummond Fellowship

Amount: $11,000 (approximately)

Awarded to an outstanding student entering full-time study in a PhD program at the University of Manitoba in either the departments of English or History. The student's field must, in the judgment of the Committee of Selection, be related to the field of Canadian Studies.


Dr. James Burns Awards in History

Amount: $8,000 (Master’s) $10,000 (Doctoral).

Through a generous gift from Dr. James Burns, and a contribution from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, an endowment fund was established in 2002, the 125th anniversary year of the University.

Four scholarships have been established. For the Ph.D. program, an entrance scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded annually, as will a scholarship of $6,000 for Ph.D. candidates in the last year of their program. Both scholarships are open to all fields.

For the MA program, two entrance scholarships of $8,000 will be offered annually, open to students in all fields.


Herbert J. Mays Scholarship in Canadian History 

Amount: $400

This scholarship (established in memory of Herbert J. Mays, former chair of the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg) will be awarded to a student of outstanding academic promise who is studying Canadian History and who is entering either Fourth Year Honours or a program leading to a Masters' degree at The University of Winnipeg. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated interest in Canadian Social History. 

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The following awards support graduate research and conference travel for currently enrolled students. Each has a separate application form.

John S. Ewart Memorial Fund Application for a Grant to Study Canadian History

Amount: $6,500 (approximately)

This fund supports the study of Canadian History at the National Archives or at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. There will be two competitions each year. The deadlines for receipt of applications are: October 15, March 15. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Awards to get application instructions. Applications should be sent to: Director, Financial Aid and Awards, Room 423 University Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2.


Raymond F. Currie Graduate Fellowship

Amount: $2,700 (approximately)

Two awards are made possible through gifts from Dr. Raymond F. Currie, Dean Emeritus of Arts, his friends and colleagues, and through a contribution from matching funds in support of Faculty of Arts Graduate Student research on issues related to:

indigenous Canadian People
persons with disabilities

Applicants must have completed one regular session or two terms of full-time Master’s or PhD study.

Application Form


The University of Winnipeg Graduate Student Travel Grant

Amount: Up to $750

Grant funds to attend conferences or help defray the costs of research trips.
More information
Application
Note: The Faculty of Graduate Studies will also automatically match any Travel Grant funding a University of Winnipeg graduate student receives from the UWSA. UWSA Travel Grant applications may be found here.

Application deadlines: October 15, March 15 and June 15

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The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Student Fellowships

Amount: $2,500 per month (for 1 or 2 months)

These fellowship support dissertation research at the Newberry Library or funds may be used to support research at other libraries, archives, or 'in the field'.

This fellowship is available to doctoral candidates at Institutions participating in the NCAIS.  (The UM/UW Departments of History are among the member institutions.) Deadline is January 15, 2014.

Award details and application information


Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities (formerly The Learneds) Travelling Scholarships

Amount: $600 to help defray costs of attending the conference.

A fund from the proceeds of the Learned Societies Conference (now the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities) held at the University of Manitoba in 1986 was established for students wishing to attend the Congress conference in the current year. The Selection Committee will base its decisions on the candidate's abilities to profit from these meetings. Normally no one student will be awarded this scholarship more than twice during his/her years of study at this university.

Eligible students include those registered full-time in faculties and departments represented at the 1986 Learned Societies conference (Education, Law, and most departments in the Faculty of Arts). Preference will be given to:

 (1)  full-time graduate students presenting papers (confirmation must be attached to the application)
 (2)  full-time graduate students who have submitted papers to the Congress for consideration
 (3)  full-time graduate students


Dr. James Burns Awards in History Graduate Student Research Assistance Fund

Amount: Up to $500 per competition.

Through a generous gift from Dr. James Burns, and a contribution from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, an endowment fund was established in 2002, the 125th anniversary year of the University, to support graduate study in the Department of History.

This gift allows the Department of History to offer financial support each year for graduate student travel to archives and to help cover exceptional research costs. Examples of such costs might include the microfilming or photocopying of archives crucial to the research project, or permission fees to obtain photographs or other images.

Preference will be given to full-time graduate students in good standing and enroled full-time in a Master’s or PhD program in the Department of History. The distribution of funds for student travel and top-up matching will be left to the discretion of the selection committee.

There will be two competitions each year. The deadlines for receipt of applications are: October 30, March 31. Applications should be sent to: Graduate Secretary, Department of History, 403 Fletcher Argue Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V5.

Application Form


Aboriginal Issues Press Scholarships 

Amount: up to $3000

A scholarship for University of Manitoba full-time or part-time Master's or Ph.D students who have:

  • high academic standing (min. degree GPA of 3.5);
  • have registered in or completed a graduate-level course covering Aboriginal issues;
  • have a research focus on Aboriginal issues and have demonstrated a commitment to disseminating the results of their research  

Award information and links to application forms

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Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Travel Awards

Amount: up to $1000

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has been allocated funds to assist graduate students (Master’s and PhD’s) with travel costs to present papers/posters at conferences for recognized national or international organizations (excluding travel to the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities).  Check with the History Department to learn when to submit your application to the department for approval. (Grad Studies has no application deadlines provided students submit the information requested on the application form prior to departing to attend the conference.) Awards will be paid to recipients after original receipts for travel and proof of attendance at the conference have been submitted to the Awards Assistant at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, 500 University Centre.

Application Form


Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Conference Travel Award

Amount: up to $350

This fund is intended to provide graduate students in Arts with financial support to attend a conference in their discipline at which they will present a paper, or play a role of similar significance. Check with the History Department to learn when to submit your application to the department for approval. There will be 2 competitions each year with fall and spring deadlines.

Application Form


The Joseph E. Guertiner/Fr. Vincent Jensen Graduate Award

Amount: up to approximately $580

Awarded to a full-time graduate student of St. Paul's College for graduate studies, research, or related academic travel (including conference presentations). Deadline is October 15.

Application Form

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The Martin Kavanaugh-Gaultier LaVerendrye Fellowship

Amount: $6,000

Established by gift from Mr. Martin Kavanagh to promote research and greater understanding on Pierre Gaultier LaVerendrye, his companions, and the relationship between New France and the Canadian West and the Prairies, including aboriginal-European relations and the fur trade.

Awarded to a full-time graduate student of St. Paul's College for graduate studies research or related academic travel. Eligible students must demonstrate ability to use research materials in the French language. Deadline is April 3.

Application Form



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The Department of History offers the following prizes to outstanding graduating students.

William Gordon Dodds Award for Archival Studies

Awarded annually to the student who: has successfully completed the M.A. in History in the archival studies stream delivered by the Joint Master's Program at either the University of Manitoba or the University of Winnipeg; has achived a minimum degree gpa of 3.75 in the archival studies program; and has done outstanding work in archival studies, including her/his thesis and course work, as determined by the selection committee. Value: cash prize


W. L. Morton Gold Medal in History

Awarded annually to the student who in fulfilling and completing the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in History at the University of Manitoba has, in the opinion of the Committee of Award, done outstanding work. This award results from departmental nomination and prospective candidates cannot apply for it. Value: Medal and cash prize. 


Association for Manitoba Archives Thesis of Distinction Award

Awarded to the student in the Master of Arts (History) Archival Studies Program who completes all the requirements of the program and who receives the designation "pass with distinction" from their thesis examination committee. Value: $200.00


Hugh A. Taylor Prize for Excellence in Archival Studies

Awarded to the student who has completed the first year of the Master of Arts (History) Archival Studies program and is judged to have demonstrated the greatest imagination in their course work and essays. The prize consists of a certificate and book prize (usually Terry Cook and Gordon Dodds, eds., Imagining Archives: Essays and Reflections by Hugh A. Taylor (2003).

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Bursaries are usually awarded based, primarily, on financial need. See Information on Bursaries at the University of Manitoba 

 

Hew Graduate Bursary

Amount: $500

Each year, one bursary valued at $500, will be offered to a graduate student who:

  (1)  is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in a Master’s or Doctoral program in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba;
  (2)  has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0;
  (3)  has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.


J. Edgar Rea Memorial Bursary

Amount: $300

A bursary will be offered to a student who is enrolled as a full-time student in the Master's or the Pre-Master's program in History, has achieved a sessional grade point average of at least 3.25 in the academic session preceding the session in which the bursary is awarded and has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary form. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing studies in Canadian History. A recipient may hold this bursary a maximum of two times. 

For more information on funding a graduate program, please see Graduate Awards Information.

 

 

 

 

 

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