Financial Assistance

Money Money

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.

NSERC PGS Masters, 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). PostGraduate Scholarship (PGS) Master's awards are for the first or second year of graduate studies (current value $17,500/year). Students applying for PGS Master's awards must be in their last year of undergraduate studies or their first year of a master's or doctoral program. Students holding a PGS Master's scholarship for their first year of graduate studies may apply for a PGS Masters extension for the second year. PGS Doctoral awards are for the second, third, fourth or fifth year of a Doctoral program (current value $21,000/year for up to 3 years). Students applying for PGS Doctoral awards must have completed between 13 and 36 months of postgraduate studies at the time of application. NSERC scholarship support is limited to a maximum of four years consisting of up to two years of PGS Master's funding followed by up to three years of PGS Doctoral support. PGS Masters and PGS Doctoral applications are ranked within the Departments and the University before being forwarded to NSERC. For more information about NSERC PGS Masters and PGS Doctoral Scholarships, please visit the NSERC webpages.

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 Student Funding webpage on the Department of Oncology website.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

There are various other scholarship opportunities. These scholarships are listed below.

Top-Ups for NSERC and Other Major Award Holders

Holders of an NSERC scholarship will also receive the following awards upon application:

  • The Walter H. Johns Fellowship: Holders of an NSERC scholarship with a value of less than $30,000/year will receive a stipend valued at $4,949/year for the term of their scholarship. Students with an NSERC scholarship valued at more than $30,000/year may apply for an honorary Walter H. Johns Fellowship. It has no monetary value, but will appear on the student's University of Alberta Transcript.
  • New PhD applicants who hold a CGSD, NSERC PGSD 2 and 3, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, or CIHR Doctoral Research Award will receive the President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction worth $10,000 in the first year and an amount equal to the instructional tuition and fees in up to 3 subsequent years that an eligible award is held.

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