Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Graduate School Funding and Fees

Graduate Student Tuition

Fees vary by program. Visit Admissions for a detailed account of program fees.

Funding Assistance

Graduate students have access to internal and external funding opportunities, and assistance from the Research office for review of grant and contract submissions.

Opportunities

Ken Lepin Graduate Student Award

Deadline: Aug. 15, 2017
The Ken Lepin Graduate Student Awards are available to help students who are entering their first or second year of a full-time graduate studies program for students studying on campus or online. The awards will be given on the basis of outstanding academic achievement in course work, research, and will take into account leadership activities. Five awards valued at $5,000 each are available to students entering or continuing in TRU's graduate programs. 

TRU Graduate Student Research Mentor Fellowship

Competition opens January 2018; deadline March 16, 2018
These awards will go to TRU graduate students who are engaged in research and who wish to serve as mentors for undergraduate research, scholarship and creative enquiry. Mentors will volunteer with the Research Office on a variety of projects related to the enhancement of student research, and will have the opportunity to work as a team, mentoring students from a variety of majors and backgrounds, pooling resources and collaborating with faculty. Each graduate program has been allotted a minimum of three Mentor awards, valued at $7,000 each (two installments of $3,500). 

Canada Graduate Scholarship — Masters (CGS-M)

NEW! CGS-M information session: Oct. 23, 2017, 1-2pm, Graduate Commons, Main Library
Competition opens: September 2017; deadline: Dec. 1, 2017, 4 p.m.
Value: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
Decision date: May 2018
Comprehensive instructions & Terms of Reference

TRU offers four CGS-M entrance awards, one each from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and two from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). These three granting agencies have harmonized the application process. There is now one application for all three councils. The application must be completed through the Research Portal. Students must create and attach a Canadian Common CV (CCV), and a version of the CCV has been modified specifically for the CGS-M. Applicants must also upload all necessary official transcripts, and an outline of their proposed research, and will be prompted in the application to invite two people to provide reference assessments.

It is recommended you:

  • Start your application early. Begin reading through instructions for the application and the modified CCV
  • Contact referees early
  • Order official transcripts early, to be mailed direclty to you, and uploaded by you as part of your application. Do not have your transcripts sent to TRU
  • Applications missing transcripts or with unofficial transcripts uploaded will be eliminated from the competition. There will be no opportunity to resubmit transcripts after Dec. 1
TRU MBA Entrance Award

Up to 15 awards per year
The TRU MBA Entrance Awards are available for domestic applicants to the TRU MBA program. They will be awarded to applicants who show exceptional promise for success in and after their MBA studies and who enroll in a full-time course load. Recipients will be selected based on their application for admission to the MBA program, and will be notified by the program at the time of admission.  

Environmental Science and Natural Resource Science Fellowship Award

Deadline: Nov. 17, 2017
The fellowship was generously created by an anonymous donor for the development of two awards; one for Environmental Sciences and one for Natural Resource Sciences. Recipients — either senior undergraduate or graduate students — will be selected based on their scholarly achievements, their commitment to research and their demonstrated potential for future contributions to our understanding of the environment. The fellowship is a prestigious award with a value of $7,500 for each recipient.  

BC Aboriginal Student Award

The 2018 competition launches in January
Established in 2008 as part of the provincial government's strategy to improve Aboriginal access to, and achievement in, education, this award is granted through the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society, administered by the Victoria Foundation. Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 are available for Aboriginal people pursuing post-secondary education, and in 2013, funding was made available for students pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees. 

Mitacs: Accelerate

Applications accepted year-round and projects may begin at any time.
This program allows graduate students and postdoctoral to apply their expertise to business-related research challenges. Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. This award is open to all disciplines and industry sectors, and can span a wide range of areas including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design and more. Each 4-month internship project receives $15,000 in direct funding with the partner organization and Mitacs each providing $7,500.

Mitacs: Globalink Research Award

Call for proposals occurs twice annually, in January and September
This award provides $5,000 in funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research project abroad. This is for joint research projects with academic collaborators for a minimum of 12 weeks to a maximum of 24 weeks abroad. Partner countries include Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico and Vietnam. 

Mitacs: Globalink Partnership Award

Applications accepted any time, year-round
This award offers graduate students at Mitacs full and association partner universities in Canada the opportunity to participate in a 16-to-24-week research project with an international industry partner located in: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, France, and Vietnam. Mitacs will award successful applicants $15,000 to cover direct costs of research.  


If you have questions regarding any of these opportunities, please contact the office of Research and Graduate Studies, 250-371-5586 or email studentresearch@tru.ca