New funding programs

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

Masters Open Scholarship

To support the recruitment of new students into research (thesis) based Masters programs at UNB. This award is open to any incoming domestic or international students. Awards are competitive and are valued at $5,000/year for 2 years and can be held in conjunction with other funding

Students are nominated by their GAU via the Director of Graduate Studies. Nomination packages must include:

  1. Applicant's CV
  2. Transcripts
  3. General Scholarship nomination form
  4. Recommendation letter from Supervisor

Nominations must be submitted in a single PDF package by the Director of Graduate Studies to

Deadline for application to SGS:

  • Round 1: January 29
  • Round 2: March 18

Masters International Differential Tuition Scholarship

This scholarship supports the recruitment of International students into research (thesis) bases Master's programs at UNB. These awards are competitive and will be made to top international applicants to cover the cost of differential tutition for 2-years.

Students are to be nominated by their GAU via the Director of Graduate Studies following the same process of the Masters Open Scholarship. A single application to the Master's Open Scholarship will ensure eligibilty for both awards.

Deadline for applications to SGS:

  • Round 1: January 29
  • Round 2: March 18

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.

Applictions are accepted throughout the year.

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.

Students are nominated by their GAU via the Director of Graduate Studies. Nomination packages must include:

  • Candidate’s CV
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation from Supervisor
  • 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 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.

Deadline for applications to SGS:

  • Round 1: January 29
  • Round 2: March 18

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