Financial aid and awards
The University of Manitoba issues more than $17 million to students each year in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Find out how you can access funding so you can focus on your studies.
Sources of funding
The Winnipeg Foundation’s Martha Donovan Leadership Fund
How to apply
An online application form must be completed, which can be found below. The application requires:
- Identification of a recognized leadership development course or program;
- A statement providing:
- evidence of the applicant's leadership activities and initiatives,
- the applicant’s goals in pursing leadership training, a plan for applying new leadership skills to enhancing the applicant’s academic career and/or using these skills in academic service to the University of Manitoba; and,
- A detailed budget estimate that includes:
- the cost of the course/program,
- travel costs,
- accommodation costs,
- miscellaneous costs directly associated with accessing the course/program.
In addition to the application, the applicant must supply:
- A curriculum vitae
- A letter of support from the faculty member’s department head/college dean or the student’s/post-doctoral trainee’s program director or supervisor, including acknowledgement of potential absences, as required, to participate in the course/program of choice
Support is provided for the direct costs of academic leadership development opportunities. All items must be essential to the completion of this training. Expenses will not be eligible for support if these are incurred prior to the fund start date. There should be no overlap with existing funds – The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund is not intended for top-up of existing funding requests.
As the demand for funds is expected to exceed the funds available, not all meritorious proposals can be adequately supported. The maximum award will be $11,000 for faculty members and $3,000 for students, and may be less. In short, only reasonable requests for training programs can typically be met by this fund. Applicants must develop their proposed budgets with these figures in mind and provide a detailed budget justification.
Terms of Reference
Background and purpose
The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund is a $250,000 fund intended to provide leadership development opportunities for women in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. For the next five years $50,000 will be made available on an annual basis. Once expended, unless renewed, the fund will terminate.
Eligibility and program priorities
Women, who are full-time or part-time academic faculty members with a primary appointment in a department/college of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, are eligible to apply to The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund for support for academic leadership training.
OR, women who are students (full-time or part-time) or post-doctoral trainees (including residents), presently enrolled in a program of study within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences are also eligible to apply to The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund for support for leadership training. The number of awards may vary, but at most there will be two student/post-doctoral awards on an annual basis for the term of the fund.
Evaluation process and criteria
Applications for support will be reviewed and adjudicated by members of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Awards Committee.
Applications are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- Evidence of the applicant’s experience in leadership activities: applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality rather than the quantity of past experience;
- The applicant’s potential as a future academic leader;
- For applications from faculty members: alignment between the applicant’s goals and the requirements of their academic unit; and,
- Extent to which the request is consistent with the purpose of The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund.
Competition deadline, dates, and program administration
One competition is held annually. If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund will be administered through the Office of the Vice-Dean Academic Affairs, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
Conditions of the award
Professional development supported by The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund must comply with university policies related but not limited to leadership development programs, travel etc.
The award recipient is responsible for the use of the funds and for any over-expenditure.
Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund awards normally terminate after one year of the date of the award notification letter and any unspent funds will automatically be returned to The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund. Awardees may request in writing to have the period of the award extended to the appropriate contact person in the Office of the Vice-Dean Academic Affairs not later than one month prior to the end date of the award. Such requests must include a justification for the extension. Extensions will be allowed at most for 12 months.
Within three months of the completion or termination of the award, the recipient must submit to the Office of Academic Affairs: confirmation of attendance (certificate or receipt) and a final report. The report should not exceed one page and should describe what was accomplished, and a summary of the awardee’s plans for next steps in leadership development.
Award-holders are requested to acknowledge the assistance of The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund in all publications and media coverage resulting from this support.
RFHS Emergency Assistance Student Bursary Program
If you are facing unexpected financial distress, or have had a significant change in your financial situation, consider accessing the RFHS emergency assistance student bursary program or the UMSU Hardship Fund.
The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS) Emergency Assistance Student Bursary Program provides short-term assistance to students who encounter unanticipated financial need within the five (5) colleges of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences or a program of the Rady Faculty (e.g. Interdisciplinary Health Program).
RFHS Emergency Bursary funds related to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are no longer available.
RFHS is still accepting applications related to other emergent matters faced by Rady Faculty students.
Please submit a completed application form for consideration.
Terms and Conditions:
- In order to be considered for an Emergency Assistance Student Bursary, a student must:
- Be enrolled full time within one of the five (5) colleges of the RFHS or a program of the RFHS*.
- Demonstrate need as outlined on the RFHS Emergency Assistance Student Bursary application form. As a discretionary bursary, the interpretation of need and therefore the approval in all aspects will rest with the selection committee.
- Demonstrate that the need is acute in nature. The bursary will not continue to provide ongoing support to individuals over extended periods. Students are expected to locate alternate support mechanisms following approval of any bursary.
- Provide any supporting documentation outlines on the application form or as otherwise requested by the selection committee.
- If a student has met the terms and conditions, the selection committee approves the application, and there are available funds, the bursary will be provided.
- Bursaries are subject to available funding in any given fiscal year. Total funding and the date(s) of release of payment(s) is at the discretion of the selection committee.
- Bursaries do not need to be re-paid, subject to section 5. However, should a student suspend, leave their studies or otherwise be withdrawn from his/her program within the RFHS, any approved but not-yet released bursary amounts will cease immediately.
- The RFHS reserves the right to withdraw any awarded bursary amount and/or seek repayment of any bursary amounts provided to the student, should a student be found to have misled the selection committee regarding any aspect of their eligibility or their application.A student may apply for additional Emergency Assistance Student Bursaries, however, previous approvals and their circumstances, will be taken into consideration by the selection committee in determining approval or refusal.
The selection committee shall be comprised of the Dean Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, the Dean of the college of attendance of the applicant, and the Director of Finance Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
Payment to Student:
Following confirmation of a bursary award by the selection committee, the student will receive payment in a manner that is determined to meet the circumstances for the assistance request.
RFHS Graduate Studentships
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS) is pleased to offer graduate studentships to eligible graduate students in our faculty.
Background and purpose
The purpose of this studentship program is to recognize excellent academic achievement and to support graduate students enrolled in RFHS's thesis-based graduate programs at the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and Max Rady College of Medicine.
Studentships are valued at:
- Master’s $14,000, per annum
- PhD $18,000 Canadian dollars; per annum
- Partnered award – 60:40 RFHS studentship:advisor contribution
How to apply
Please submit a completed application form for consideration.
Advisors must submit a completed curriculum vitae form.
Terms of Reference
The selection committee and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences will determine the number and value of the awards based on the availability of funds each year. No awards will be offered in years when no funding is available. In years when funds are available, the application deadline will be set by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
Students in their first year of graduate studies will be eligible to receive up to two years of support from this program. Students in their second year of graduate studies will be eligible to receive up to one year of support.
Students may be funded for only two years of full-time study in total at the master’s and/or PhD level; this maximum of two years of funding also applies to any students who transfer to a PhD program without completing their master’s program (these students would be eligible to transition to PhD level funding only once their program transfer has been finalized).
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
- have been or will be admitted to, and enrolled full-time in, a thesis-based Master's or Doctoral program in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences for the 2020-2021 and/or 2021-2022 graduate academic year
- have a program start date is one of the following: May 2020, September 2020, January 2021, May 2021, September 2021, January 2022
- supervised by a primary advisor whose primary appointment is within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Note: Though multiple students supervised by the same advisor may apply, only one student per primary advisor will be funded.
- PhD students enrolled in the Applied Health Sciences program are eligible to apply provided they are supervised by a primary advisor whose primary appointment is within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
- have achieved a minimum 3.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent in at least the last two (2) previous years of full-time university study (no less than 60 credit hours or equivalent)
- are not simultaneously holding a university faculty appointment or equivalent
- are not simultaneously holding an award(s) for salary purposes (for example, entrance awards, studentships, scholarships, fellowships, stipends, etc.) totaling 50% or more of the total RFHS Graduate Studentship. The University of Manitoba International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES) and International Graduate Student Scholarship (IGSS) are exceptions and should not be included when calculating amounts of simultaneously held awards.