Financial Assistance

The main sources of graduate student support are:

  1. scholarships available from the Department of Oncology
  2. supervisors' research grants
  3. QA and other work to support clinical activities

Most students receive support from a combination of sources over any 12-month period. The various forms of support are described briefly below. Maximum duration of support from any source is normally:

  • two years for students in the MSc program
  • four years for students who have an MSc, and are pursuing a PhD
  • five years for students who go directly into the PhD program without the MSc
  • six years in total for students receiving both the MSc and PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Alberta.


Applications for scholarships and fellowships from external agencies are strongly supported and given high priority. Once admitted, you are encouraged to seek out recognition for your academic pursuits, and the Department of Oncology will also put your name forward wherever possible. To see more information about scholarship opportunities from the Department of Oncology, visit the Scholarships and Funding page of the Department of Oncology, University of Alberta website.

NSERC CGS Masters, CGS Doctoral and PGS Doctoral Scholarships

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for graduate scholarships awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's (CGS M) awards are for the first or second year of graduate studies (current value $17,500/year). Students applying for CGS M awards must be in their last year of undergraduate studies or their first year of a master's or doctoral program. For more information, see the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Program page at the NSERC website.

The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral (PGS D) program and the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS D) program provide different levels of financial support for high-calibre students enrolled in a Doctoral program. The CGS D awards are for the second, third, fourth or fifth year of a Doctoral program (current value: $35,000/year for up to 3 years). The PGS D award is currently valued at $21,000/year for up to 3 years. Applicants apply for the PGS D program and are automatically considered for the CGS D award. Top ranked applicants are offered the CGS D award and the next tier of applicants will be offered the PGS D award. PGS Doctoral applications are ranked within the Departments and the University before being forwarded to NSERC. For more information about NSERC PGS D and the CGS D scholarship, please refer to the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral program page at the NSERC website.

The Cathy and Harold Roozen Endowment Entrance Award

This award is open to new Ph.D and M.Sc Students that do not have an Walter H. Johns or honorary Walter H. Johns award. Applications will be considered once a student is accepted in the Oncology or Medical Physics graduate program. The term of the award is 2 years. A successful student will be awarded a stipend valued at $20,000/year plus full-time tuition and fees (valued at ~ $4,000) and a research allowance of $1,500.

For more information please visit the Graduate Award in Oncology webpage on the Department of Oncology website.

Top-Ups Awards

Holders of eligible external scholarships will also receive top up awards from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Please see the Top_Up Awards webpage on the University of Alberta, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.