New funding programs

We are excited to announce two new funding opportunities for future graduate students on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses.

Accelerated Masters

This new award promotes transitioning of select UNB undergraduate students into accelerated research-based Masters programs at UNB. Eligible students are those with exceptional academic records and an established relationship with a UNB faculty member in the context of an existing research project of joint interest (e.g., a final-year research project or honors thesis) who want to extend this project into a Masters-level thesis project. The award funds the student during the term (usually summer) following completion of their undergraduate degree in order to continue research on the project and thereby facilitate completion of the Masters thesis on an accelerated timeline. The award is provided as a scholarship of $8,000 to the students with the expectation that they dedicate themselves full-time to research activities for that term. During this bridging term they are registered as a graduate student. Some other program requirements for the Masters degree (e.g., coursework) may be completed during the final undergraduate year to facilitate accelerated program completion. Nominations for this award should be made directly to the SGS from the Directors of Graduate Studies (not the students themselves) according to the process detailed below.

Eligibility: UNB Undergraduates, Minimum GPA 3.5, established research project and Supervisor relationship

How to Apply:

  1. Submit regular graduate program application 
  2. Complete Nomination form and collect supplemental documents.
    1. Unofficial transcripts
    2. CV
    3. Letter of Recommendation from supervisor
  3. Completed Nominations packages must be submited by the Director of Graduate Studies to

Applications reviewed competitively. Accepted students register and begin graduate program immediately (May 1) and are supported by this funding program during the summer term. They are, like any other student, eligible for all other forms of support in subsequent terms.

Looking for more information? Check out the program summary.

PhD Recruitment Funding Program

To support GAUs in the recruitment of PhD students, the School of Graduate Studies has partnered with key funding organizations to build a talent recruitment program that will offer competitive funding packages to many incoming students.

GAUs may submit nominations for incoming PhD students to be considered for support under this program. Nominations include:

  • Candidate’s CV
  • Transcripts
  • Nomination Form (to be completed by the GAU)

A single nomination will allow a student to be considered for a number of prestigious recruitment awards such as the Lewis Doctoral Fellowships, President’s Doctoral Tuition Awards, SGS Doctoral Recruitment Awards, Dean’s Merit Awards, as well as recruitment funding offered through our partnership with the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

The School of Graduate Studies will accept nominations until Jan 30. 

Nominations must be compiled into a single PDF file, forwarded electronically to