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Funding for the Master of Nursing program

Students are encouraged to seek funding for their education and for their research from outside agencies.

Funding sources

Students seeking funding are encouraged to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies regarding potential sources.

The New Brunswick Nurses Union and the Canadian Nurses Foundation have been sources of funding for Masters of Nursing students as well as many other specialty groups who support advanced education and research in specific areas.

The Canadian Nurses Foundation publishes a directory of sources, which is available at the Graduate Studies office.

Project funding

From time to time, individual faculty members may have funding for Research Assistants associated with particular projects. If the faculty member’s research topics are related to a student’s thesis topic or interests, the RAs may be awarded to students for research work which forms the basis of the student’s thesis.

In other cases, there may be opportunities for students to gain research experience. Full-time students hired as non-thesis related RAs may not exceed 10 hours per week of employment.

Award consideration for full-time students

Full-time applicants who receive funding and are admitted prior to March 1 will also be considered for Magee Awards and for the Board of Governor Merit Awards.

Several Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available each term. Recipients will work a maximum of 10 hours/week supporting a professor/instructor with an undergraduate class.

Graduate employment opportunities

The School of Graduate Studies shares job opportunities (including research and teaching assistantships) with students by email. MN students in the thesis/report stream are able to seek employment for 10 hours per week.

Scholarships and awards

The Faculty of Nursing at UNB is pleased to announce the offering of two Studentships for Indigenous nurses interested in undertaking a Master's Degree in Nursing. The purpose of the studentship program is to provide financial support to individuals interested in community-based research that promotes Indigenous health and wellbeing. Current students have chosen topics relating to culturally informed perinatal care, cultural safety in nursing education, and Indigenous nurses' transition to practice. There may be opportunities to work with existing community partners in the areas of Indigenous healing knowledge, land-based healing, language revitalization, Indigenous plant medicine, restorative justice, and more and/or to develop relationships with new community partners.

Throughout their MN program, students will receive close support and mentorship from Dr. Jason Hickey, CIHR Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing. They will also work closely with one or more Indigenous community partners in New Brunswick to plan and implement a research project. Dr. Hickey is a non-Indigenous faculty member whose research program is designed to support the priorities of Elders, Knowledge Holders, and Indigenous organizations.

  • Term: 24 months (Sept. 5, 2023 – Aug. 31, 2025)
  • Value: $17,500 per year (total of $35,000)
  • Apply by Jan. 15, 2023

Applicants must

  • Be Indigenous
  • Have an RN designation prior to the funding start date (Sept. 2023)
  • Have, or qualify for, registration with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick.
  • Have applied for admission to the Master of Nursing thesis stream at UNB Faculty of Nursing.

Note: Awarding of the Studentship is conditional on the applicant's acceptance into the MN thesis stream at UNB Faculty of Nursing. Full-time study is preferred, but part-time students may be considered on a pro-rated basis.

How to apply

Complete the Studentship application and submit it via email to Ms. Tricia Canning Inquiries and further information about this award can be forwarded to Dr. Jason Hickey at

Awarded to a full-time or part-time student in the MN program studying in the area of Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias.

Awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement and community service. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a clear plan for how the outcome of their studies will benefit the care of patients and families with Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias. If no candidate is eligible, the bursary will not be awarded. 

Donor: Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick.
Duration: one year (renewable)
Value: $1000

Apply by June 1

Criteria for selection:

  • Full or part-time MN student
  • Working or previously worked in the Mental Health Nursing Field
  • Intending to work in the Mental Health Nursing field in the future
  • Scholastic achievement

Value: Variable ($8,500 for 2020-2021)

Apply by June 1

Available to one full-time MN ANP student who has graduated from the UNB baccalaureate program. Financial need is a consideration.

Duration: one year
Value: 1 @ $2000.00

Apply by June 1

The impetus for this scholarship is twofold:

  1. recognition of the significant role nurses make to caring for individuals and families and
  2. the desire to support preparation of nurse educators.

Criteria for awarding this scholarship are academic excellence, contribution to the profession of nursing, and financial need.

Donor: The family of Jane Stikeman Ekers
Duration: one year
Value: Variable ($1,000 to $2,000 per year)

Apply by June 1

Preference is given to full-time or part-time student enrolled in the Masters and/or Doctoral Nursing Progam. Recipients must be registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB).

Duration: one year
Value: $500.00

Apply by June 1

Awarded every second year (2022, 2024, etc.). Open to full-time or part-time Master of Nursing students who are New Brunswick Residents, registered or eligible for registration with the NANB, and in financial need.

Donor: Linda Nice
Duration: one year
Value: $750.00

Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need to a resident of New Brunswick who is accepted for full-time or part-time study in the Nursing Graduate Program.

Preference will be given to a mature student studying in the field of Nursing Education and who has demonstrated knowledge, experience and commitment to helping others.

Donor: Family and Friends of the late Loris Jean (Jonah) Miller and the New Brunswick University Opportunities.
Duration: one year
Value: $1000.00

Apply by June 1

Available to students enrolled in the UNB MN program on either a full and part time basis. Criteria for awarding this scholarship include academic excellence and involvement in professional activities.

Duration: one year
Value: 2 @ $1250.00

Apply by June 1

Available to students enrolled in the UNB MN program on either a full and part time basis registered with NANB. Criteria for awarding this scholarship includes Financial Need.

Duration: one year
Value: $5000.00

Apply by June 1

Awarded on the basis of financial need to a full-time graduate student in the Faculty of Nursing who is a graduate of the BN or BN/RN program on the Saint John campus. The recipient must be registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB).

Duration: one year
Value: $500

Apply by June 1

Available to a full or part-time MN student who is working, or has previously worked in prenatal, perinatal, postpartal or neonatal nursing. Scholastic attainment is an important consideration.

Applicants must intend to continue to work with expectant and/or new families, and preference will be given to those who hold a student or full-time membership in the Association for Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal (AWOHNN).

Donor: Shirley MacLeod
Duration: one year
Value: $3,000.00

Apply by June 1

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