External funding

We enjoy a number of strong partnerships with external organizations that help to provide support to UNB graduate students, and that also sponsor awards that celebrate the accomplishments of students who have been recognized with major national awards.


The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation provides over $850,000 in scholarships and awards annually, with awards to individual graduate students ranging from $4,000 to $21,000 in value.

NBIF STEM & Social Innovation Awards - Valued at $7,000 incoming students can be nominated by their department. Contact  your department for more information.

Students applying for Tri-Council funding, and who are successful, automatically receive a $7,000 NBIF Scholarship for each year that they hold the award. In addition, this scholarship is topped-up by a $3,000 SGS award.

Students who are selected as alternates, or whose application is recommended but not funded, will automatically receive a $6,000 NBIF Scholarship. In addition, this scholarship could be topped up by $3,000 of UNB graduate funding.

Students are notified of potential incoming NBIF funding after the Tri-Council national competition deadlines (doctoral) or after the Tri-Council results are released (masters).

Want to learn more about NBIF funding? Check out our NBIF Award Guide.


The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation is our biggest supporter for students focused on health-related research.

Masters, Doctoral and even undergraduate studentships are available through the NBHRF. Be sure to follow application deadlines and learn more about application procedures.

Trudeau Graduate Fellowships

Eligible doctoral candidates can apply for the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Graduate Fellowships in the fall annually. Students interested in applying must submit their application online to the Foundation by our internal deadline.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarships provide:

  • $40,000 per year for three years;
  • $20,000 per year for three years, as research and travel allowance;
  • Opportunity for a fourth year: writing or dissemination scholarship;
  • Advice from a mentor from various spheres of Canadian public life, starting the second year of the scholarship;
  • Development of leadership potential;
  • Support from an outstanding community of scholars, fellows and mentors, and opportunities for interaction with 350 leaders and personalities in every sector of the humanities and social sciences;
  • Involvement in lively exchange with other researchers or scholars and a keen interest in contributing to public dialogue;
  • Collaboration with Foundation mentors, fellows and scholars on interdisciplinary projects going beyond their own field of expertise;
  • Sharing of innovative ideas at events organized by or in conjunction with the Foundation.

September 01 - Competition opens

November 20 - Internal deadline. Applications must be complete and submitted to the Foundation's online application portal.

December 08 - National deadline. Institutions must submit all nominated applications.

Mackenzie King Graduate Scholarships

The Mackenzie King Scholarships were set up under the will of the Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King (1874-1950), who was Prime Minister of Canada 1921-26, 1926-30, and 1935-48.

University of New Brunswick graduate students are eligible to apply for both the Open and Travelling scholarships.

Applications must be forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies no later than February 01, annually.


Our relationship with Mitacs provides funding support for students while they also gain real-world work experience, either locally or abroad, and while continuing towards completion of the graduate programs.

Online and in-person workshops are also available throughout the year through the Mitacs Professional Development Program.

Interested in studying abroad? MITACS Globlink program offers funding for students to travel to a number of destinations on projects lasting 12-24 weeks.