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, the Awards Offices of the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg or the UM awards database. 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.
Awards or funding grants listed below that have the word APPLICATION bolded in their description require a separate application from the student.
The list below splits the award and funding opportunities into three categories:
NEW The Winnipeg Foundation Centenary Fellowship for PhD Study in Canadian or Indigenous History
Amount: max. $100,000 over 3 years
The first recipient of the Centenary Scholarship will be announced in 2021.
One fellowship will be offered every three years to a full-time graduate student enrolled in the first year of the PhD program in History. The student will have a minimum GPA of 3.75 (based on the last 60 ch of study) and their proposed coursework will be focused on Canadian or Canadian Indigenous history.
Students are required to submit an application (maximum 500 words), as part of their application to the PhD program, outlining how their proposed coursework and doctoral research meet the criterion.
The award is renewable for two subsequent years provided the recipient remains a full-time student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and continues to meet the other criterion.
The Winnipeg Foundation Fellowship for Master Studies in Canadian History
Three fellowships are offered each year to full-time students in the first year of the Joint Master's Program who have a minimum GPA of 3.75 (in their last 60 ch of study) and whose proposed Master's coursework or research will be focused on Canadian history or Canadian Indigenous history.
Amount: $13,000 (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.
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/.
APPLICATION deadline: January 1.
Amount: $10,000 (Doctoral) $8,000 (JMP)
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 joint-master's program, two entrance scholarships of $8,000 will be offered annually, open to students in all fields.
Awarded to a full-time Joint Master's Program student, in the second year of the JMP, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in their last 60 ch of study) whose research focus is the history of medicine or public health.
NEW Asper-Paterson Master's in History Human Rights and Social Justice Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time Joint Master’s Program student, in their first or second year of the JMP, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in their last 60 ch of study) who is conducting research related to human rights and social justice history.
Awarded to a full-time Joint Master's Program student, in their second year of the JMP, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in their last 60 ch of study) whose research focuses on the role of women in Canadian history.
Awarded to a full-time Joint Master's Program student, in the second year of the JMP, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in their last 60 ch of study) whose research focus is in the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Amount: $1,350 (approximately)
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 UW Department of History. Please speak with the current Graduate Chair in History, University of Winnipeg, for details on the application procedure.
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.
Travel – Research/Conference support for UM/UW History studentsThe Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Student Fellowships
Bursaries for JMP/PhD students
J. Edgar Rea Memorial Bursary
Amount: approx. $750
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.
APPLICATION information on the UM’s bursary information page.
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.
APPLICATION information on the UM’s bursary information page.
University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)
Amount: $18,000 (Doctoral) $14,000 (Master’s)
One competition is held per year.
Any student applying to enter the JMP 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 UMGF. Subject to budget limitations, the fellowships are renewable, one time at the Master's level and three times at the Ph.D. level. More details here.
Senator Thomas Alexander Crerar Scholarship UM
Minimum GPA of 3.5 based on the last 60 credit hours of study (or equivalent); successful completion of undergraduate Arts degree within the past 12 months; outstanding academic achievement and ability to succeed in desired field. In the event that candidates are of approximately equal merit, preference in selection will be given to students pursuing graduate studies in the areas of Canadian History, Philosophy, English Literature, or French Literature.
Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies for APPLICATION information.
Awarded to a student who is accepted to the first year of a master's program in Humanities at the University of Winnipeg with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 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.
APPLICATION and more details here.
For a full-time student entering the first or second year of a Master’s program in the Departments of Economics, History, Political Studies, the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, or the Faculty of Law who has excellent academic standing and is pursuing a thesis stream related to the field of international relations and/or international comparative studies.
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. APPLICATION and full information here.
Established for research relating to the legacy of Pierre Gaultier LaVerendrye, his companions, and such topics as 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.
APPLICATION information found on the St. Paul’s College Scholarships webpage.
Amount: $5,000 (maximum)
Given out annually to a graduate student in the Faculty of Arts who has a BA from the University of Manitoba; has a 3.5 gpa in their last 60 ch of study; volunteers; and has demonstrated strong leadership abilities.
APPLICATION form and more information available here.
Amount: $4,200 (approximately)
Two awards are available 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 and more information here.
Amount: up to $3000
A scholarship for University of Manitoba full-time or part-time Master's or Ph.D students who have: min. degree GPA of 3.5; registered in or completed a graduate-level course covering [Indigenous] issues; a research focus on [Indigenous] issues and have demonstrated a commitment to disseminating the results of their research.
APPLICATION forms and award information
The J.G. Fletcher Award
Amount: up to $3,000
To support UM Faculty of Arts students in research toward the completion of a thesis or dissertation.
Details and APPLICATION form
The Dr. C. Richard Harington Fellowship in Rupert's Land Studies
Applications are invited from students registered 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 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.
APPLICATION information and deadlines:
Contact: Dr. Roland Bohr, Director, Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
UM Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Travel Awards
Amount: up to $1000
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.
The University of Winnipeg Graduate Student Travel Grant
Value: Up to $750 APPLICATION Deadlines: October 15, February 15, & June 15
The purpose of the Graduate Student Travel Grant is to support the professional advancement of graduate students by covering some costs associated with travel to conferences and meetings. Applications may be made to any of the two competitions, but each applicant may only be awarded one Travel Grant per fiscal year.
APPLICATION information and more details here.
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.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Canada Graduate Scholarships Program
Value: $17,500 (JMP)
Application & Award Information
APPLICATION DUE: In the Fall - check with your Undergraduate institution (If you are a UM student, check with the History Graduate Secretary).
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Doctoral Fellowships
Value: $20,000 (Doctoral Fellowship) or $35,000 (Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship)
Application & Award Information
APPLICATION DUE: In the Fall - check with your Graduate institution
PhD funding 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. APPLICATION materials and further information are available on the website.
Deadline: October 1 for letter of intent, November 1 for complete application.
John S. Ewart Memorial Fund Application for a Grant to Study Canadian History
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.
APPLICATION deadlines: 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.