Awards & Finances

This section of the website is designed to list both internal and external fundings sources for students that are offered throughout the year. Details on awards are grants are listed below. If you know of other funding opportunities that would be beneficial to our students, please contact MSA VP External at Please note that the deadline dates are listed in reference to those from previous years. For the most up-to-date information on application deadlines, refer to the links provided.

Financial Resources have been categorized as follows:

Scholarships & Bursaries

Name of Award Description  Deadline  Links 
Aboriginal Health Awards Awards of variable amounts for Aboriginal medical students and students interested in indigenous health care. Variable Click here 
RPAP Awards

The RPAP offers two financial support initiatives to medical students: the Rural Medical School Award and the John N. Hnatuik Rural Medical Student Bursary. These two initiatives aim to encourage students who come from a designated rural area to pursue a career in rural medicine by reducing their financial burden.

Variable  Click here 
Northern Alberta Medical Council Bursary

The Medical and Dentistry Student Bursary is a return service bursary of $12,000 or $24,000 per year for the full length of the medical program (maximum 4 years). It is an incentive to encourage Alberta medical students to practice in northern Alberta upon graduation.

The Medical and Dentistry Student Bursary is non-repayable if you agree to live and work in the north for one year in return for each year of bursary support received (see additional return service details below).

Contact  Click here
AMA Medical Student Bursary
Bursaries are $1,500 each. There is no predetermined number of bursaries per class – the awards disbursed depend on the funds available, the number of applications and each applicant’s level of financial need.  The bursary is available to AMA/CMA members in good standing, who are also enrolled full time in undergraduate medical education in an Alberta medical school at the time the bursary application is made.
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Medicine Awards (several) This long list includes awards for both medical students and resident physicians. These awards may be specialty-specific, based on academic achievement, or require nominations from faculty. Variable Click here
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine

The Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards for a graduating student. This award is presented to the student and faculty member who best demonstrate the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

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Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any Faculty. These scholarships are tenable at the University of Oxford in England and cover fees, board and lodging, and travel expenses for two years of study. Scholars may follow their own choice of study and are required to attend Oxford in October of the following year.

Candidates must: 

  • Be a Canadian citizen or living in Canada
  • Display proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard
  • Show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead, the energy to use their talents to the fullest, and participation in sports
  • Have been born between October 2, 1989 and October 1, 1995
  • Have received an undergraduate degree before attending Oxford (except medical students)
Submission to UofA: September.

Submission to Rhodes: October 
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CMA Award for Young Leaders
Awarded to a medical student who has demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership in one of the following domains: political, clinical, education, research and or community service.
To AMA: October
To CMA: November
Click here 
TD Bank Interprofessional Health Education Award
The value of this award is $2,000 and is awarded annually to an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the final year of their pre-licensure or degree-granting program of study from each University of Alberta Health Sciences Faculty. The successful award recipient must demonstrate commitment to interprofessional health education.
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Undergraduate Academic Scholarships (several) The Undergraduate Academic Scholarship Competition recognizes and rewards students for superior academic achievement during their previous academic year at the University of Alberta. Academic standing is the primary selection criterion for awards in this competition. Secondary criteria that may be considered include financial need and extracurricular activities.

By completing this application, you will apply for over 300 awards. Students entering Pharmacy, Medicine & Dentistry or Law are eligible and will be assessed on the basis of their final admission average to their respective program.

December  Click here 
SU Award for Excellence

Each year, the Students' Union will award one undergraduate student with its highest honour for excellence in curricular and extra-curricular activities while at the University of Alberta. This student will also be awarded two thousand five hundred dollars ($2500.00) by the Students' Union.

To qualify for this award, a student must:

  • Be in their graduating year.
  • Have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the most recent 60 credits completed prior to the current academic year.
  • Be involved in extra-curricular activities in the University and/or community.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work well with students, staff, and the general public.

In the event that counting the most recent 60 credits completed results in only a portion of an academic term being counted, all credits completed within that term will still be considered when calculating the grade point average.

December  Click here
SU Student Involvement Awards The Students' Union has compiled a list of student involvement awards. These awards are open to all undergraduate students who demonstrate active involvement with campus life through the Students' Union and the community. There are several awards listed here with varying eligibility criteria.  December Click here
Coca Cola Student Achievement Award As part of the Single Source Cold Beverage Agreement with the Students' Union, Coca Cola provides awards to recognize academic achievement and student leadership skills, and to assist with financial needs.

Ten awards will be offered each year, and are open to all FULL-TIME students (both undergraduate and graduate students).

Each Coca Cola Student Achievement Award consists of a one thousand dollar ($1000.00) monetary prize. 

December  Click here
Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership

The purpose of this annual award is to encourage the development of future leaders in medicine, through public recognition and financial support of undergraduate or postgraduate medical trainees who have demonstrated interest in/aptitude for leadership.

This award is accompanied by up to $5,000 to support learners’ proposed leadership activities, e.g. leadership conferences (including registration, travel and accommodation), formal leadership education at an accredited educational institution, or for a leadership elective (with defined leadership development goals). 

December Click here
CIBC and Student Life Award - $20,000 

The Student Life Network in collaboration with CIBC, is currently offering a $20,000 award to help a Canadian student pay for school. 

The award is not merit based and is open to all students. In addition to the $20,000 for school it contains a whole host of other awards that make a student’s life easier.   

January Click here 
Rising Star Award (ACFP)
Student Leadership award- supports, promotes, and recognizes students, our future leaders and advocates for family medicine. It is awarded annually to two medical students (one from the University for Alberta and one from the University of Calgary). Worth $500 cash and engraved sculpture.  February
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CFMS - RBC Leadership Awards

The CFMS and RBC want to recognize some of the passionate, dedicated and caring medical student leaders across Canada who have made innovative contributions to their schools and communities.

In recognition of their achievements, one student from each of the 14 member schools of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) will receive a Medical Student Leadership Award consisting of a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $2500. Please check out other RBC awards which includes:

  • RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship
  • RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for Aboriginals
  • Scholarship Program for the Children of RBC Employees

February Click here
MSA Student Involvement Awards

This award is distributed annually to students enrolled in any year of the MD program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Recipients will be selected on the basis of superior leadership and involvement within the Faculty or community, specifically through the Medical Students’ Association (MSA) throughout their years as a medical student. Recipients are selected by the MSA executive thus no member of the executive is eligible for this award for the year in which they hold office. Recipients may only receive this award once during their academic career. A minimum of one award will be given to a student from the first year class. A club may also be nominated for this award.

February Contact MSA

Emergency Funds

University Bursaries and Emergency Funding (UBEF) and the Student Financial Aid Information Centre (SFAIC) are a collaborative service of University Student Services and the Student Union. Our mandate is to assist students in finding the financial resources necessary to fulfill their academic objectives.

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Emergency Loans

Learners in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry in desperate financial need - who have exhausted all other sources of funding - may apply to the associate dean of leaner advocacy & wellness for a small, one-time emergency loan (less than $1,000). The number of loans is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Consideration will be based on receipt of a letter outlining the financial circumstances and a detailed budget. The Class of 1994, Medical Alumni Association, Alberta Medical Association, and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry have generously supplied funding for these loans.

Medical Students' Association Emergency Bursary 
The emergency bursary is intended to provide financial aid to those medical learners displaying the greatest need in meeting essential living expenses. These include rent, food, utilities and medication. The money from this bursary is not intended for payment of debts to the University of Alberta exclusively (ie. tuition, books, fines, parking tickets).
Each member of the Medical Students' Association is eligible for one award per year. Applicants are required to:
  • Submit a statement to the associate dean of learner advocacy & wellness, of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry explaining any special circumstances (if necessary).
  • Meet with the associate dean of learner advocacy & wellness, of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, to justify their application.
  • Meet with the Student Financial Aid & Information Centre (SFAIC in SUB) to obtain information on other funding opportunities.


Medical students requiring financial assistance have many outlets available to them via public and private loans. Please refer to the below websites for medical loans and lines of credit.

Government Student Loans
Alberta Student Loans
British Columbia Student Loans
Saskatchewan Student Loans
Manitoba Student Loans
Quebec Student Loans
Ontario Student Loans
National Student Loans Service Centre

Bank Professional Student Lines of Credit
BMO Financial Group
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Royal Bank of Canada
Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank

Meetings, Conferences & Travel Funds

Name of Award  Description Deadline  Links 
ACFP Conference Funding

ACFP is pleased to offer discounted rates to students to attend ACFP sponsored conferences throughout the year.

Funding is dependent on the number of students attending. For more information, speak with your ACFP rep.
Variable Click here 
National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas Two students who did summer research and who present a poster at the Summer Students’ Research Day are chosen to travel to Galveston, Texas to present their research. Abstracts for  Research Day  August. Click here 
Canadian National Medical Student Research Symposium in Winnipeg Students are usually chosen from those that completed MD/STIR or those chosen to go to this conference.  Please contact the research office Click here
Cystic Fibrosis Canada - travel grants Cystic Fibrosis Canada encourages Cystic Fibrosis Canada-supported Fellows and Students to attend and participate in scientific meetings related to cystic fibrosis. In addition, allowances may be utilized to acquire new knowledge (i.e. visit another lab). Maximum $1200. This award is open to fellows and students. Prior to proposed travel  Click here
Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant - Students' Union

The Green and Gold Grant funds participation in activities that align with the goals of the grant. The grant funds 80% of the total cost of an activity, up to a maximum of $1500 CAD. Types of activities eligible for funding include, but are not restricted to: leadership conferences and seminars, skill-building workshops, meetings and events hosted by professional associations, and experiential learning activities.

Prior to proposed travel. Click here
International Elective Travel Bursary (Office of Global Health) To offset the additional cost of overseas electives, the Office of Global Health has established a bursary program. Bursary amount will depend upon funds available annually and the number of students applying; it is equally shared. Students are eligible only once per academic year, but may receive an award in more than one year.

To be eligible for an award, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must be a current undergraduate in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • The student will take a clinical or non-clinical elective of at four weeks in duration.
  • The elective must be completed in a tropical and/or resource-limited or culturally special setting outside of continental North America.
  • Consideration will only be given to students who have attended the 12-hour Global Health elective prior to an overseas elective (need only be taken once during medical school).
  • An application, including a travel budget, must be submitted on or before the deadline.
  • A report in the form of a poster must be submitted upon completion of the elective at the Global Health Fair (November).

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CFMS Travel Funding (for AGM & SGM)  Each year, the CFMS sets aside funds to provide financial assistance for medical students at member schools who wish to attend the Annual General Meeting or our Spring General Meeting. The Travel Funding Program is limited to the domains of transportation, accommodations, and registration fees if applicable.

This initiative supports non-elected members to attend CFMS meetings with the goals of fostering greater member awareness of CFMS structure and function, promoting increased interest in the CFMS and facilitating increased participation in CFMS activities.

August & March  Click here
MSA Travel Funding (for the CFMS AGM & SGM) The MSA provides funding for 1-2 students to attend the AGM or SGM to cover the costs of transportation, accommodation, and registration fees. The funding aims to provide students with an opportunity to increase awareness of the MSA's involvement with the CFMS, and allow for opportunities to discuss key issues and topics with students from medical schools across the country. For more information contact your MSA VP external. September & March Contact MSA
SAGES 2014 Medical Student Scholarship Award The purpose of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons( SAGES 2014) Medical Student Scholarship Award is to provide medical students with the opportunity to interact, train, and experience some of the courses SAGES offers during the annual meeting. Students also have the opportunity to receive valuable mentoring from a SAGES member throughout the duration of the meeting.

The Scholarship is open to medical students currently enrolled in medical schools located in the USA and Canada. Medical students must submit a 500 word essay explaining why he/she should be selected to attend SAGES Surgical Spring Week 2014.
February  Click here
ADIUM Student Elective Travel Grant
Sponsored by ADIUM Insurance Services Inc., AMA’s wholly owned insurance agency, each year 20 $500 grants are randomly drawn (ten for each school) from entries received by students.  Any elective that you were required to travel away from home to attend, whether within Alberta, across Canada or internationally are eligible.
May  Click here 

Funding for Student Initiatives & Projects

Name of Award Description  Deadline  Link 
Canadian Physician Health Institute - Special Project Funding 

The Canadian Physician Health Institute Special Project Fund is designed to support the promotion of physician health and wellness at the national level. Funding proposals must support physician health initiatives (as the good health of physicians is linked to positive patient outcomes). Specifically, funds will be awarded to proposed projects that support at least one of the Institute’s goals:

  1. Support increased equitability of access to resources for the emotional, psychosocial and mental well being of physicians
  2. Raise awareness and improve understanding of the importance of physicians’ emotional, psychosocial and mental well being
  3. Reduce the stigma associated with physician mental health issues
  4. Develop and support primary prevention activities related to mental health, for physicians
September  Click here
CFMS - Student Initiatives Grant

CFMS Student Initiative Grants were established in 2007 to provide support and funding to medical student initiatives. Over the last two years many successful projects have benefitted from direct CFMS funding including charitable, educational and social events all organized by medical students. The goal is to assist students in realizing events or initiatives that promote interaction between CFMS students and member schools.

October Click here 
AMA - Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program

  • Support for health promotion projects led by medical students and residents that target subsets of the general population (i.e., target is not the medical profession)
  • Open to medical students and resident physicians
  • Projects must enhance and/or promote the well-being of Albertans through: health-related education, advocacy, and/or community-service projects
  • The following are not eligible for funding:
    • Curriculum development or research
    • Initiatives that are already funded by others
    • Activities solely targeted at medical students
November  Click here
University of Alberta - Wellness fund

The Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, managed by the University of Alberta, School of Public Health, is pleased to provide you with information about a new grant funding opportunity for projects that support healthy school communities.

Funding for Healthy School Initiatives is provided by both Alberta Health and Alberta Education.The Wellness Fund advances comprehensive school health by funding projects that enhance health and wellness among school- aged children and youth to create sustainable healthy school communities. 

November Click here 
MSA-Faculty Joint Fund

The MSA, in association with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, supports medical students in any initiatives they are passionate about. Whether this be starting new clubs or running events, the MSA believes it is important for students to express themselves and provides financial assistance to successful applicants. There are 2 application cycles per year - any student group activity or individual projects by medical students are eligible. 

November & February Contact MSA
AMA - Student Sponsorships

  • Support for initiatives organized by medical students for medical students
  • Initiative promotes medical student leadership, professionalism, collegiality, diversity in the profession, wellness or career progression
  • Initiative is open to all medical students
  • Advertising, merchandising, fundraising activities or events for other charities, and capital costs for equipment are not eligible for funding
March Click here

Research Funding

Name of award Description  Deadline  Link 
URI - Undergraduate Research Stipend 

The Undergraduate Researcher Stipend enables undergraduate students to carry out mentored research projects and creative works activities. This stipend allows undergraduate students to enrich their university experience through hands-on discovery and skill development in a research intensive university. Priority is given to interdisciplinary work.


  • Enrolled full-time or part-time in a University of Alberta undergraduate degree program at the time of application.
  • Satisfactory academic standing prior to the start of the project
  • Confirmed supervisor (may be a faculty member, faculty lecturer, postdoctoral fellow, graduate student or community member with faculty member sponsorship); if the supervisor is not a faculty member, the student must also secure a faculty member sponsor.
October & March Click here
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions - Summer Studentship
AIHS offers students with exceptional academic records a stipend for 2-4 months (May-Aug) of medical or health-related research in Alberta. January Click here 
Health Quality Council of Alberta studentship  The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) studentship funding is intended to support students in any healthcare profession, as well as other disciplines (including but not limited to social sciences, human kinetics, psychology, human factors and engineering) who wish to participate in medical/health research.The grant is set at $1,600 per month up to a total of $6,400.00 for a maximum of four consecutive months during the period from May 2012 to the following March 2013.
January Click here 
Medicine - Research Awards (20+) See the link for a list of awards offered to students in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry completing summer research projects. Awards are specific to the subject area. For more information re: deadlines, you may contact the research office. In addition to this, please see the 2014 Summer Student Funding Opportunities page for additional sources (funding specific to subject area). Variable Click here
External Awards (Graduate Studies and Research) This page designed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research consists of a long list of external awards for research funding. Some of these awards are applicable to summer studentships or are funding opportunities for those pursuing research in the area of health.  Variable  Click here





Student Discounts & Benefits

Medical Students' Association  With your MSA card, you may receive any of the following discounts/deals (some conditions apply, see the back of your card):
  • Menchie's: 10% off purchase
  • Pita Pit: 10% off purchase
  • the Greenhouse: 10% off all large salads, rice bowls, or pasta
  • Julio's barrio: 20% off regular priced food
  • The Pint: 20% off regular priced food
  • Public House: 20% off regular priced food
  • The Old Strathcona Rack: 20% off regular priced food, VIP Admission
  • Knoxville's Tavern: VIP Admission 
Canadian Federation of Medical Students As a CFMS member, you are entitled to the following discounts/services:
  • 20% off regular room rates with Choice Hotels
  • 25% off disability insurance with Kirkham & Jack
  • Discounts with Lasik MD Vision Surgery
  • Textbook discounts: 
    • McGraw Hill Bookstore - 25% discount
    • Elsevier Book - 10% discount
    • Brush Education - 10% discount
    • Free electronic version of 'Drugs & Drugs' Pocket Guide
  • Medical E-Resource Discounts: 
    • PEPID Clinical Rotation Companion - 50% discount
    • The Medical Post - Free Digital Edition Subscription
    • Skyscape PDA Software - 25% discount
    • McGraw-Hill Medical - Free Trials
Alberta Medical Association
  • Premium life and disability insurance discounts through ADIUM Insurance Services Inc., a subsidiary.
  • The Physician and Family Support Program provides 24/7 advice, support and professional assessment with access to resources for personal, professional and family problems. The PFSP can also connect medical students with a family physician.
Canadian Medical Association
  • Free financial planning and advice through MD Physician Services, along with financial products for medical students.
  • Discounts include the following (see CMA website for more details):
    • 6% off Porter Airlines
    • 10% off Via Rail
    • Goodlife - special rates
    • Delta and Fairmont Hotels - special rates
    • Starwood Hotels - special rates
    • Telus Mobile - special plans
    • Discounts on E-Resources and textbooks