External Funding | Scholarships | School of Graduate Studies | UNB

External funding

We enjoy a number of strong partnerships with external organizations that help to provide support to UNB graduate students, and that also sponsor awards that celebrate the accomplishments of students who have been recognized with major national awards.


The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation provides over $700,000 in recruitment scholarships and awards annually, with recruitment awards offerec to individual graduate students that carry minimum value of $4,000.

Students looking to access NBIF funding at UNB will need to be nominated by their Department or Faculty.


The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation is our biggest supporter for students focused on health-related research.

Masters, Doctoral and even undergraduate studentships are available through the NBHRF. 

Trudeau Graduate Fellowships

Eligible doctoral candidates can apply for the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Graduate Fellowships in the fall annually. Students interested in applying must submit their application online to the Foundation.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarships provide:

  • $40,000 per year for three years;
  • $20,000 per year for three years, as research and travel allowance;
  • Opportunity for a fourth year: writing or dissemination scholarship;
  • Advice from a mentor from various spheres of Canadian public life, starting the second year of the scholarship;
  • Development of leadership potential;
  • Support from an outstanding community of scholars, fellows and mentors, and opportunities for interaction with 350 leaders and personalities in every sector of the humanities and social sciences;
  • Involvement in lively exchange with other researchers or scholars and a keen interest in contributing to public dialogue;
  • Collaboration with Foundation mentors, fellows and scholars on interdisciplinary projects going beyond their own field of expertise;
  • Sharing of innovative ideas at events organized by or in conjunction with the Foundation.

Mackenzie King Graduate Scholarships

The Mackenzie King Scholarships were set up under the will of the Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King (1874-1950), who was Prime Minister of Canada 1921-26, 1926-30, and 1935-48.

University of New Brunswick graduate students are eligible to apply for both the Open and Travelling scholarships.

Applications must be forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies no later than February 01, annually.


Our relationship with Mitacs provides funding support for students while they also gain real-world work experience, either locally or abroad, and while continuing towards completion of the graduate programs.

Online and in-person workshops are also available throughout the year through the Mitacs Professional Development Program.

Interested in studying abroad? MITACS Globlink program offers funding for students to travel to a number of destinations on projects lasting 12-24 weeks.

Rhodes Scholarships for Canada

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest, and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme in the world, allowing outstanding young scholars from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

Rhodes scholars are young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

Interested in learning more about the program? Visit the Rhodes website.

Students seeking endorsement through UNB should submit a current CV, along with up-to-date transcripts, to sgsaward@unb.ca no later than August 15th annually.

A review process will be initiated, and all students identified through the competitive review process will be contacted and given a code which will allow them to complete their Rhodes application online.

Students approved through the review process will also need endorsement from the University of New Brunswick, and will be given instructions to complete this step in the process when they are provided UNB's application code.

O'Brien Foundation Fellowships

A legacy of former New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor J. Leaonard O'Brien (1958-1965) and his wife Kathleen, the O'Brien Foundation Fellowships are one-time (non-renewable) awards that support post-graduate research or training in any disciplinary field.

UNB Graduate students who demonstrate significant potential in their field and have resided in New Brunswick for a minumum of 5 years can apply online through the foundation's web portal for an O'Brien Fellowship. The annual deadline for submission of application is November 1.

McCall MacBain Scholarships

Announced in 2019, the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill are Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarships for master’s and professional degree students.

The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers:

  • Tuition and fees for an eligible master’s or professional program

  • A living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms

  • A comprehensive enrichment program including mentorship, interdisciplinary learning, and access to a global community.

Up to 30 McCall MacBain Scholarships (20 Domestic and 10 International) will be offered to students to begin their studies at McGill in the fall of 2023.

Selection Criteria

McCall MacBain Scholars will have a track record of community engagement, informed by a sense of duty, empathy, intellectual curiosity, grit, and a willingness to take risks. They aim to create meaningful and lasting change, while improving the lives of others.

Scholars will be selected based on:

  • Exceptional character

  • Community engagement

  • Leadership potential

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Academic strength and intellectual curiosity

Eligibility Criteria

Education: You have a bachelor’s degree, or are on track to graduate with one by August 2023 and meet the minimum degree and language requirments for McGill masters program admission.

Please note that candidates must plan to apply for Summer/Fall 2023 admission to an eligible full-time master’s or professional program at McGill University.


The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers tuition and fees, as well as a living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms. It also provides access to a comprehensive enrichment program.


The McCall MacBain Scholarship application will be open from June to September 2021 for those planning to start a program in Fall 2023. Canada and U.S applications should apply by September 21, 2022. International applicatants must apply by August 24, 2022.