Interdisciplinary Studies

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The University of Alberta has a numerous programs to assist Graduate and Undergraduate students in their studies, including scholarships, bursaries, and research fellowships.

Graduate Scholarships

If you would like to be considered for the University of Alberta Scholarships, your completed application for admission and all supporting documentation should arrive at Interdisciplinary Studies by November 1. There are some scholarships with later deadlines, but getting your application in early will help make your application competitive for more scholarships.

To be eligible for Recruitment Scholarships, applicants are required to be in or applying for a graduate program in either Religious Studies or Humanities Computing. Recruitment Scholarships are offered on the basis of superior academic standing and demonstrated potential for advanced study and research. Applicants are assessed according to grade point average, reference letters, statement of program, research potential and productivity, and evidence of publications and other scholarship achievement.

Applicants admitted as Qualifying graduate students are not eligible for scholarships or fellowships during their qualifying period. Students may be considered for funding once their qualifying status has been cleared.

A number of scholarships are awarded by the University of Alberta for students pursuing graduate programs in Religious Studies and Humanities Computing. Among these are the University of Alberta PhD/F.S.Chia Scholarships. They are awarded annually to superior scholars who are being newly admitted into the PhD Program at the University of Alberta. The value of these awards is approximately $24,000 plus tuition for Years 1 & 2. In addition, the Programs guarantee that a recipient will receive continued funding, from any combination of sources, for Years 3 & 4 of the doctoral program.

Similarly, the University of Alberta Master's Scholarship is awarded to Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents or International students who are being newly admitted to a thesis-based master's program, with first priority given to newly admitted students who have completed their previous degrees at an institution other than the University of Alberta. It is valued at $17,000 plus tuition for Year 1. In addition, the Programs guarantee that a recipient will receive continued funding for Year 2 of the master's program, based on the rates for Graduate Assistantship appointments for 6 hours per week. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship your completed application for admission must arrive in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies by November 1.

The University of Alberta offers a Course-Based Master's Scholarship to superior Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents or International students who are being newly admitted to the University of Alberta, with a clearly defined research component. First priority will be given to newly admitted students who have completed their previous degrees at an institution other than the University of Alberta. The value of this award is $13,000. The scholarship also provides payment of tuition and fees, up to the maximum cost for registration in the equivalent of 9 normal credit weights (equivalent to 18 fee index units) in courses, plus the differential fee if applicable, for the first Fall Term and Winter Term of the master's program only.

Graduate Research Assistantships

The Programs within Interdisciplinary Studies annually appoint a number of Graduate Research Assistants at stipends from approximately $3,500 to approximately $16,000 for services requiring three to twelve hours a week for 4 or 8 months per year. For incoming graduate students, the strength of the reference letters and statement of purpose, as well as the appropriateness of their background, will be taken into account when paired with one or more professors in the performance of research work which will enhance their program skill-set. The Religious Studies program, whose supervisors need RA’s to conduct their research or who have a unique expertise, will receive priority.

Admission and funding priorities are determined by each Graduate Program Committee, which serves as both the admission committee and the graduate awards committee and it makes the decision regarding the internal distribution of the Program's funding.

Normally, students who have already received some type of funding (e.g. SSHRC, FGSR Recruitment Awards) will be considered on a lower priority for distribution of further funding.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Programs within Interdisciplinary Studies annually appoint a number of Graduate Teaching Assistants at stipends from approximately $3,500 to approximately $16,000 for services requiring three to twelve hours a week for 4 or 8 months per year. At the time of application, prospective graduate students may want to indicate whether they wish to be considered for an assistantship, but no appointment will be offered to any student until he or she has been formally admitted to graduate studies. Appointments are normally not made until May.

Ranking of students by merit is generally done in conjunction with decisions on admission. When the graduate committee ranks applicants, it generally takes into consideration the applicant's statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, record of awards and publications and gradepoint average (not necessarily in that order).

It is the normal policy of the Programs to award an assistantship to all PhD students, although reasonable exceptions do occur with the consent of the student. PhD students are normally awarded an assistantship of 12 hours per week. The Programs in Interdisciplinary Studies cannot guarantee funding for MA students.

The function of a Teaching Assistant is to provide assistance for Faculty in the teaching function in a way that makes a significant contribution to the Faculty member's teaching efforts, while providing additional opportunities for specialized training of the Teaching Assistant. Students holding teaching assistantships may be required to assist with lecture preparation, marking or seminars.

If assigned a teaching assistantship, the graduate student is given a contract to take to the assigned supervisor to discuss and record the duties required by the assistantship. Signatures of both the student and supervisor are required on the contract and then returned to the Graduate Programs Assistant. The graduate teaching/research assistant is evaluated by the assistantship supervisor at the end of the contract. The evaluation is filed in the student's file.

The number of assistantships is determined each term, based on teaching/research requirements and resources available to the Programs.

Awards Administered by Other Agencies

Canadian students in, or applying to, the doctoral program are also expected to apply for federal scholarships from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the Fall prior to the SSHRC application deadline (January of the following year). As awards are limited, prospective students are expected to pursue alternative sources of funding. For more information on SSHRC please go to the website at www.sshrc.ca .

Canadian and Permanent Resident students applying for the master's program or who are currently in a master's program and have completed no more than 12 months of full-time study are expected to apply for the Canada Graduate Scholarships Program - Master's Scholarship through SSHRC.

International students shall also inquire about financial aid from agencies or governments in their home country; those from Commonwealth countries are eligible for Commonwealth Scholarships and can write to the Canadian High Commissioner in their home country. More information can be obtained by contacting the University of Alberta International Centre.

Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Most undergraduate awards at the University of Alberta are awarded automatically based on exceptional performance in specific courses or in specific programs. A complete list of awards at the university of Alberta can be found here: Undergraduate Awards.

Specific information about awards and scholarships in the Faculty of Arts can be found here: Undergraduate Awards in Arts.

Undergraduate Research Awards

There are a number of undergraduate research awards intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members.

The Faculty of Arts has the Roger S. Smith award. You can find details of this award here: Roger S. Smith Award.

The University of Alberta has the Undergraduate Researcher Stipend which enables undergraduate students to carry out mentored research projects and creative works activities. Details of this award can be found here: Undergraduate Research Stipend.