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TRU to offer graduate entrance scholarships

  Posted on: May 27, 2016

Beginning in September 2017, TRU will offer federal entrance scholarships to exceptional graduate students.

Read: Two new graduate programs approved

Each university with a mandate for offering graduate programming is once again eligible to be allocated Canadian Graduate Scholarships – Masters (CGS-M) from the three federal granting agencies, they include:

  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Scholarship
  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholarship

With the new allocation formula, TRU will offer four entrance awards — one each from CIHR and NSERC and two from SSHRC. These awards will be given to outstanding graduate students and are valued at $17,500 annually for two years. In the first year alone, this amounts to a $70,000 federal investment direct to TRU students.

“This really is such an important validation of our graduate programming,” said Dr. Will Garrett-Petts, Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies.

“These scholarships will assist us in recruiting top students. Reinstating these awards shows that the federal government is willing to invest in our students and in our excellent programming.”

Following the launch of the harmonized CGS-M program in 2013, TRU and many other small universities became ineligible to receive the scholarships. The new formula, however, distributes allocations to all institutions that offer graduate programming, based on the value of student and faculty federal grants. The allocation distribution will be recalculated for the 2018-19 competition and every two years thereafter, meaning as TRU’s research profile grows and more researchers receive federal funding, more scholarships will be made available.

“This new formula will guarantee an increased allocation based upon our continued success — they will keep pace with our growth as a research university,” Garrett-Petts explained.

Details about how to apply and about the adjudication process will be announced soon.

More information

Dr. Will Garrett-Petts, AVP
Research and Graduate Studies


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