Fees & Funding

For your nursing graduate program, make sure you understand your tuition and general fees, and learn which awards you are eligible for.

The Faculty of Grad Studies provides excellent suggestions for how to create a strong awards application. Learn more about the cost of going to grad school and ways to finance your education.

How to create a strong application for awards

The Faculty of Nursing has a funding policy for providing minimum guaranteed funding to doctoral students starting their program in Fall 2019 or later.

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Graduate Awards Competition application is now open!

January 15 is the Faculty of Nursing deadline for Doctoral Awards:

o   Killam

o   Open Doctoral

o   Entrance Awards

February 1 deadline for the GAC Special Awards for fulltime MN students, and PhD students who are not applying for the awards listed above.

Your references must be submitted by the deadlines listed above, so please contact your referees early in the application process, and ensure that they are aware of the deadlines.


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Program Recommended Awards

Graduate students in the Faculty of Nursing are encouraged to submit an application for the Program Recommended Awards (PRAs) competition in February/March each year. The awards are disbursed in the Fall term.

Program Recommended Awards

All Program Recommended Awards (PRAs) that are available for Faculty of Nursing Graduate Students are compiled in an application form for Master of Nursing students, and a form for PhD students. The application forms are made available in February each year, with a closing date on or about March 16th. Detailed instructions are provided on the first two pages of the application form. Late applications cannot be accepted.

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Faculty of Grad Studies Awards

Faculty of Gradate Studies (FGS) Awards

Graduate Award Competition (GAC)

The online application for the Graduate Awards Competition (GAC) opens on November 1. The deadline for applications to be received by the Faculty of Nursing is January 15 of the following year for the Killam, Open Doctoral and Entrance Awards.

The deadline for Special Awards and Bursaries is February 1.

Learn more about GAC

FGS Travel Awards

FGS Travel Awards Travel awards are available to students who are presenting their work or research at major national and/or international conferences. Students may apply for one award at the master’s level and one award at the doctoral level.

Learn more about Travel Awards

Other Sources of Funding

Graduate Assistantships - Teaching (GAT)

Graduate Assistantships Teaching (GATs) assist with the instructional responsibilities of departments. Students who are actively registered in a graduate program in the Faculty of Nursing are encouraged to submit an application to request that they be considered for a GAT position.

Learn more about GAT

Graduate Assistant, Research (GAR)

Graduate Assistantships, Research are paid to students performing research that is unrelated to his/her field of study and are paid from the research accounts held by University faculty. This type of appointment is arranged directly between the graduate student and faculty member.

Learn more about GAR

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The GSA provides financial support to graduate students and distributes more than $200,000 worth of awards, bursaries, grants, and Quality Money every year. Take advantage of these opportunities for any student initiatives, financial strain, or professional development.

Learn more about GSA financial support

Indigenous Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies encourages indigenous students to pursue graduate education by offering awards specifically for indigenous students.

Learn more about Indigenous Awards

Aberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET)


Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF)

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