There are a variety of funding sources for graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. Many students are supported by a combination of awards, fellowships, or scholarships from university wide competitions, department specific opportunities, and national or external awards.

10.1. CENTRALLY ADMINISTERED FUNDING

Centrally administered funding programs are monitored and administered at the University level through the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).  Current centrally funded programs include Dean’s Scholarships, Devolved Scholarships, Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF), Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF), Teacher Scholar Doctoral Fellowships (TSDF), University Graduate Scholarships (UGS/ Non-Devolved).

10.2. GENERAL POLICIES FOR CENTRALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS

Each centrally administered award may have other eligibility criteria so refer to each award description for the details.   

Please see below for the eligible time in program for each centrally funded awards:

Centrally Funded Program Name

Eligible Time in Program

Dean’s Scholarship

Entrance Awards only

Devolved

Refer to the unit Scholarship Action Plan

Graduate Research Fellowship

Master’s without thesis – not beyond the 3rd year
Master’s with thesis- not beyond the 4th year
PhD – not beyond the 5th year

Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF)

Master’s without thesis – not beyond the 3rd year
Master’s with thesis- not beyond the 4th year
PhD/Master’s to PhD transfer – not beyond the 5th year

Teacher Scholar Doctoral Fellowship

Must be between the 2nd and 5th year of the doctoral program

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarship

Master’s without thesis – not beyond the 2nd year
Master’s with thesis – not beyond the 3rd year
PhD/Master’s to PhD transfer – not beyond the 4th year

Students must have applied for, and paid the application fee for, admission into a graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan before they can apply for or be nominated for a scholarship competition.

Full-time registered graduate students, in a thesis or project based program, who have not exceeded the maximum amount of time in program, are eligible to hold awards.

Master’s nominees must meet the minimum standard for first-class standing, which is a grade point average of 80%, equivalent to the University of Saskatchewan grading system on the last 60 credit units of the undergraduate degree or the cumulative average of a Master’s degree.

Doctoral nominees must meet the minimum standard for first-class standing, which is a grade point average of 80%, equivalent to the University of Saskatchewan grading system, for their Master’s degree. 

While holding the award, the student shall maintain registration as a full-time student meeting all requirements for such status. 

Students who are required to discontinue will have their scholarship terminated at the end of the following pay date, which includes the Requirement to Discontinue (RTD) date. If the appeal of the RTD is successful, the scholarship would be reinstated and backdated to the pay period subsequent to termination.

If a student on a CGPS-administered scholarship fails a course and their cumulative GPA for approved courses in the student’s graduate program remains above the required minimum for the scholarship, the scholarship will continue.

If a student on a CGPS-administered scholarship fails a course and their cumulative GPA for approved courses in the student’s graduate program falls below the required minimum for the scholarship, the scholarship will terminate immediately.

If a student on a CGPS-administered scholarship receives payment for the time-period in which the cumulative graduate GPA was below the required minimum for the scholarship, the student may be required to pay back the full amount received during that time-period.

Students receiving CGPS-administered scholarships will be able to request a deferral of the scholarship for up to one year, as approved on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Director of Graduate Awards and Scholarships, and the Chair of the Graduate Awards and Scholarships Committee, based on the following reasons:

  • Parental or medical leave, and/or family-related responsibilities (based on the criteria established by the Tri-Agencies)
  • Delay in receiving visa
  • Currently receiving other funding (i.e. research grant from supervisor) during the original period of the CGPS-administered award

This deferral policy does not include students who are awarded a Dean’s Scholarship, as those are automatically granted an 8-month deferral period, starting from the date when they would have originally taken up the Dean’s scholarship.

Due to the PSAC Agreement, CGPS will not set a limit on the number of employment hours that a graduate student on a CGPS-administered scholarship can work. It will be the responsibility of the student’s advisory committee to ensure that the student continues to make satisfactory progress in their graduate program.

Students holding a major federal/provincial (e.g. Tri-Agency Master’s/PhD Scholarships, Mackenzie King Scholarship, Queen Elizabeth II Aboriginal Scholarship) are permitted to hold a half (.5) Graduate Teaching Fellowship concurrently.

Students receiving CGPS-administered scholarships will be able to hold additional funding equal to or less than the annual amount of a half Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) (scholarship and earnings amounts combined). 

10.3. DEAN'S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Dean’s Scholarships are available to students in all programs who have outstanding academic records. Award decisions are based on academic merit and demonstration of research promise. This is a cost shared scholarship program between the CGPS and the academic unit or supervisor.

10.4. DEVOLVED FUNDING PROGRAM

Academic units are eligible to receive devolved funds if their enrollment was at least 12 full-time graduate thesis students per year averaged over the previous three years, and, they received at least two non-devolved graduate scholarship awards per year averaged over the previous three years. Special case graduate admissions are not eligible for devolved funds.

Each devolved unit is required to submit a scholarship action plan for approval to the Dean of CGPS outlining the intent of how the devolved funds will be administered.  The devolved units have responsibility for awarding the scholarships and for the payroll of all students on scholarship. Submitting annual devolved spending reports to the Dean of CGPS is required as the accountability for the disbursement of scholarship funds remains with the CGPS. Each scholarship plan must take into consideration equity policies for scholarship distribution.

10.5. GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

The Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program is a shared-cost program that will provide $8,000 per year to graduate students who receive at least an equal amount in salary or scholarship funds from faculty research grants or contract from external sources. CGPS devolved scholarship funds or other internal University funds are not eligible as the matching source.

10.6. GRADUATE TEACHING FELLOWSHIPS

Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) are available in most University of Saskatchewan departments. They are available to fully-qualified, full-time students who meet the academic requirements of the award. GTF holders are employed according to the rules in Article 13 and Article 14 of the PSAC/ University of Saskatchewan Collective Agreement. A combination of earnings and scholarship are paid during the September to April session. Continuing students who meet eligibility requirements will receive the Summer Scholarship Supplement of $4,000 during the May to August session.

10.7. TEACHER SCHOLAR DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Teacher Scholar Doctoral Fellowships (TSDF) are mentored graduate teaching fellowships available to doctoral students only, in an open University-wide competition. Up to twenty fellowships are available to qualified students annually.

10.8. UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (NON-DEVOLVED)

University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) are available for students in non-devolved programs only. Award decisions are based on academic merit. Award decisions in some programs are made through University-wide competition early in each Calendar year, to begin the following September. Recipients receive the award in equal monthly instalments.

10.9. NEED BASED FUNDING

Please note that the maximum amount allowed for students to apply for need-based scholarship is $15,000 (annual net income).