Faculty of Science

Department of Computing Science

Financial Support & Awards

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Scholarships and Awards

There are variety of scholarships and awards available to both Canadian and international students. Canadian students with outstanding academic records are encouraged to apply for federal and provincial government awards. Foreign students are encouraged to apply for awards from their home countries that may be used for foreign study. Be sure to read all application instructions carefully and submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

NSERC Top-ups

Top-ups are provided to our Ph.D. students entering with an NSERC scholarship. They will receive:

  • President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction from FGSR
    • $10 000 in the first year that the student holds the NSERC award.
    • An amount equivalent to tuition and fees for the Fall and Winter terms in subsequent years that the student holds the NSERC award.
    • This top-up award is processed upon activation of the NSERC award and paid out in September. Thus, no action is required from the students other than submission of their NSERC Payment Activation Form (to activate their NSERC award).
  • AITF top-up
    • $11 500 for PGS Awards or $13 500 for CGS Awards (for up to 3 years).
    • In order to receive an AITF top-up, students need to apply to the full AITF Scholarship Competition. In the event that they receive an NSERC, they will automatically be given an AITF top-up as long as they have applied to the AITF Competition. If they do not apply, they will not receive the AITF top-up even if they get an NSERC. The deadline for the AITF Competition is typically at the end of January.

Top-ups are provided to our M.Sc. students entering with an NSERC scholarship. In their first year, an M.Sc. student entering with an NSERC will receive:

  • Walter H. Johns Grad Fellowship from FGSR
    • An amount equivalent to tuition and fees for one year (as determined by the date of admission to the student's M.Sc. program) is paid directly to the student.
    • This top-up award is processed upon activation of the NSERC award and paid out in September. Thus, no action is required from the students other than the submission of their NSERC Payment Activation Form (to activate their NSERC award).
  • AITF top-up
    • $11 500 for PGS Awards or $13 500 for CGS Awards.
    • In order to receive an AITF top-up, students need to apply to the full AITF Scholarship Competition. In the event that they receive an NSERC, they will automatically be given an AITF top-up as long as they have applied to the AITF Competition. If they do not apply, they will not receive the AITF top-up even if they get an NSERC. The deadline for the AITF Competition is typically at the end of January.

Department Research Awards

M.Sc. Early Achievement Award
Awarded to students showing superior academic performance and achieving strong research results no more than 3 teaching terms into the program.

M.Sc. Outstanding Thesis Award
To be given to a student with exemplary overall research achievements no later than 6 teaching terms after he/she started the program, and who has already have successfully defended his/her thesis.

Ph.D. Early Achievement Award
Awarded to students achieving strong contributions to research no more than 5 teaching terms into the program.

Ph.D. Outstanding Thesis Award
To be given to a student with exemplary achievements during the program that has already successfully defended his/her thesis.

See Department Research Award details >

University of Alberta Awards & Scholarships

External Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships

Outstanding Students from China

The China Scholarship Council and the University of Alberta have signed a collaborative co-funding agreement for sponsoring up to 10 doctoral students to study at the University of Alberta. Please refer to the China Scholarship Council for details.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Each year, the Department of Computing Science provides financial support for a number of students in the graduate program in the form of eight-month teaching and research assistantships. These are designed to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses in Edmonton, and are available to M.Sc. students for up to two years and Ph.D. students for three or four years. Additional summer support is usually provided by the student's supervisor.

Financial Assistance and Emergency Funding

Other forms of financial assistance including bursaries and emergency funding as well as student loans are also available. For help with various forms of financial aid, check out the Student Financial Aid Information Centre (SFAIC) located in the Students' Union Building.

Employment Opportunities

At the Department of Computing Science, many professors hire undergraduate and graduate students as research assistants during the school year and in the summer. Talk to your professors about employment opportunities.

Alternately, check out our list of job opportunities for other CS related positions.