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 undegraduate 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 and letters of support 
  2. Include summary of research project and endorsement by faculty supervisor
  3. Include description of plan for degree completion on accelerated timeline vis a vis other program requirements (some requirements my be fulfilled during undergraduate program
Applications reviewed competitively. Accepted students regiser 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.

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.

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

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 begin accepting nominations January 15 for a first round of awards. Additional nominations will be accepted following that date for further rounds.

Nominations must be compiled into a single PDF file, forwarded electronically to sgsaward@unb.ca.