Scholarships & awards for grad students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available for incoming and current graduate students. Deadlines vary by award. Please note that deadlines for major entrance scholarships can be as early as Dec. 1.
Applicants to the School of Music’s graduate programs are automatically eligible to receive funding through the Four-Year Fellowship program for doctoral students and the Graduate Student Initiative (GSI), which provides funding at both the master’s and doctoral level.
Continuing graduate students in the School of Music are eligible to apply for awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Affiliated Fellowships program, among other awards programs administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Please note that if you currently hold a Four-Year Fellowship (4YF), you may be required to apply for fellowship funding in the fall competition. Canadian 4YF holders must apply for SSHRC funding unless they are entering the fourth year of their program. International 4YF holders must apply for Affiliated Fellowships.
Please see the links below for more information on various categories of funding for graduate students.
- Four-Year Fellowships for entering doctoral students
- Graduate Student Initiative (GSI) awards for entering master’s and doctoral students
- SSHRC Graduate Scholarships
- Affiliated Fellowships
- Killam Doctoral Scholarships
- Vanier Scholarships
- Graduate Student Travel Fund
- Canadian Scholarship Programs for Non-Canadians wishing to study/conduct research in Canada
- Aboriginal awards and bursaries
- Awards for students with disabilities.
Music scholarships offered by off-campus agencies
- BC Arts Council Scholarship Awards. Deadline to apply: April 30th.
- The Mya Domeij Evenden Memorial Fund (for voice students in B.C. who sing in a choir)
- Lillian Forsyth Scholarship. To assist a person pursuing a career in church music to follow a proposed programme of study directly applied to Christian worship. Deadline to apply: April 15th.
- Vancouver Women’s Musical Society
- National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition. Music students between the ages of 16 and 24 whose family homes or principal residences are in the National Capital Region (Canada) and who are pursuing careers as professional orchestral musicians. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
- Burt Harris Memorial Scholarship: Music BC Charitable Foundation. $1,000 scholarship award for individuals age 25 and under who can show financial need and exceptional ability, to help pay for tuition for a music program at a post secondary institution. See web site for deadline dates.
- Minstrel Foundation Scholarship: for low income, inner-city students to study music at an advanced level. Application. Contact.
- Salt Spring Arts Council. For students residing in School District 64, graduating from Secondary School, and for graduates from the District pursuing Post-Secondary education.
- Victoria Area $300 Award (WSAC). Only for students with a primary residence in the following Victoria, BC suburbs: Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin or View Royal.
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