Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Awards & Scholarships Deadlines







This listing is simply to provide you with a timeframe for award/scholarship deadlines. 
Please check your e-mail messages from Jo-Anne Tinlin for full details about application procedures for awards and scholarships. 

Award/Scholarship Name Application Link Deadline Information
Departmental SGS Apply Online Directly
Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence

Valued at $15,000 for Masters students and $30,000 for PhD students who will be entering their first year of study in 2019-2020. This is a non-renewable award.

All students who apply to the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters (CGS-M) or Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS-PhD) and list Queen's as a host institution are automatically considered for the Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence. APPLICATIONS ARE REQUIRED FROM STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY.   CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR 2019-2020

Who is eligible to apply?

Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada  
Applicants who have achieved a first-class average (equivalent to an A- or better at Queen’s), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). 



January 4, 2019 is the deadline by which you must submit your application materials to the School of Graduate Studies.


Canada Graduate Scholarship- Masters (CGS M) Competition

Guidelines and complete instructions for the 2019-2020 Canada Graduate Scholarships –Master’s (CGS M) competition are now available from this website

The online Canadian Common CV (CCV) and the online “Research Portal” application for the 2019-2020 CGS M competition are accessed from this website.

Clicking on the above links will take you to websites displaying the NSERC banner and logo, but this is the procedure and information for CGS M applications to all three funding agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

CIHR Doctoral Research Award

This is to confirm that the online application to the 2019-20 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Awards competition is open.   Here is a link to more information from CIHR’s website: 

CIHR calls it the 2018 competition, but it is for students applying for funding to start as of academic year 2019-20.  

The award program is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 months of graduate study at the Master's or doctoral level as of the application deadline to be eligible. There is also a maximum number of months after which one is ineligible to apply. These and all other important details and instructions are found on the website listed above.  

These awards support graduate students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field, for the academic year 2019-20. The awards are valued at $30,000 per year (stipend) + $5,000 per year (research allowance). The proposed research/training to be supported must fall under the mandate of CIHR. As such, the intended outcomes of the research/training must primarily improve or have an impact on health and/or produce more effective health services and products and/or strengthen the Canadian health care system. Applicants must decide if their research/training can be funded under CIHR’s mandate prior to applying.   Applicants should consult the information on Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency, here: 

Applications must be completed and submitted via ResearchNet by the deadline (shown below).  

Please note in particular that: 

1. Three  reference letters ( called sponsor assessments) are required. The applicant identifies the sponsors and those sponsors receive an email with instructions about how to complete the assessment online in ResearchNet. The assessment must be done and submitted online in ResearchNet—there is no other option. Sponsors are given a deadline that is  48 hours prior to the CIHR deadline, so that applicants have the assessments a bit before their own submission deadline.

2. For this application, only supervisor(s) signatures are required. Instructions on how the applicant is to obtain the signatures needed and to upload the signature page to the application, are in ResearchNet, under TaskB9. No institutional signatures are required on the pages at the time of application.  For those applications sent forward to CIHR, the University (SGS) will electronically approve the application in lieu of a hard copy signature. 

The School of Graduate Studies is responsible for forwarding all completed and submitted applications of eligible students to CIHR via ResearchNet. 

Application Deadline: 
Applicants must submit the completed application to ResearchNet by October 1, 2018, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This deadline is displayed to the applicant in ResearchNet.  Extensions to the deadline are not possible.

That makes the Sponsors’ deadline September 29, 2018, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The deadline is displayed to the sponsors.  Extensions to the deadline are not possible.


BY 4:00 p.m. EST on September 29, 2018


BY 4:00p.m. EST on October 1, 2018

Conference Travel Awards Application Form (Word, 33kB)
Call for applications is only sent out twice a year – September for Fall term conferences and February for Winter and Summer term conferences. You must be presenting in order to be considered for an award. Even if you think you will be applying to present at a conference be sure to submit your application and supporting documents by appropriate deadline. Students may apply for this funding once during the academic year.
Claim Form (Word, 33kB)

STUDENT DEADLINE: Fall term: October 12, 2018; Winter/Summer Term: March 1, 2019



Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research

Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research (pdf, 553kB)


i.    Any student who plans to travel for research purposes, any time between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019, is eligible to apply to this competition.
ii.    Students must complete their Comprehensive Examination requirement* before taking up the Graduate Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Award. So, any student who has completed or plans to complete their comprehensive examinations* between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019, is therefore eligible to apply to this competition (provided i.  above is met).
iii.    Students who are who are conducting their research in the North and are eligible to apply to the Canadian Northern Studies Trust scholarship program  are expected to apply for that funding as well as the Graduate Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Award.
iv.    Students must take up their award within 12 months of being notified of receipt of the award.
v.    Students must be registered full time in their Doctoral program during the tenure of the award.

to GPPL by Friday,  January 11, 2019.

February 1, 2019.

NSERC Doctoral Scholarship


Guidelines, complete instructions, and the online application form for the 2019-2020 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral competitions are now available at the NSERC website:

This is the call for nominations for NSERC’ s doctoral competition only.  



STUDENT DEADLINE: The deadline to submit completed online applications, and official transcripts of all academic study, to the School of Graduate Studies, is OCTOBER 18, 2018

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Apply online through SGS website.

January 31, 2019 is the deadline for incoming (Fall 2019) Geography MA, MSc, and PhD students


March 1, 2019 for continuing Geography MA, MSc, and PhD students.

GRAD STAFF DEADLINE:            PENDING but will likely be April 26, 2019

Ontario Graduate Scholarship International

Visa students: Foreign students who are studying in Ontario with a student study permit
are eligible to be put forward by their Queen's home Department for an OGS International Award.  The Department may put ONLY ONE STUDENT forward for this award through the annual internal fellowships competition held in late April/early May.  The student the Department selects will then be asked to apply online through the SGS website- PENDING.

  GRAD STAFF DEADLINE:  PENDING but expected to be early May 2019.  
SSHRC Doctoral Awards (including Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS)


The 2019-2020 SSHRC Doctoral Award competition is now available at the SSHRC website.

In order for the Department of Geography and Planning to meet SGS deadline, we must set our departmental deadline as Thursday, November 1st, 2018.

All applicants MUST use the web-based application system to apply for this scholarship competition. Applicants must then print off, sign, and submit to Jo-Anne Tinlin ( the completed final version of their application, including transcripts and other attachments by the departmental deadline of November 1st, 2018.

Guidelines, complete instructions, and  all required appraisal forms, and the web-based application system for the 2019-2020 SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition are now available at the SSHRC website:

The online application to the Doctoral Awards competition is here:



STUDENT DEADLINE: November 1, 2018 GRAD STAFF DEADLINE:    November 15, 2018  
Thesis Completion Funding (TCF)

The funding is to provide financial assistance to Ph.D. students who are in the final stages of writing their theses. The goal is to have students who receive TCF complete their program during the time they are holding TCF.

ONLY FULL-TIME Ph.D. STUDENTS who are in the 5th year of their program (for the tenure term of the funding) are eligible. Under the SGS terms of accepting this funding, the recipient of the funding cannot hold Teaching Assistantships, Teaching Fellowships, or Research Assistantships during the period of the funding.  Students who receive TCF are not eligible to receive any subsequent awards from the SGS, including QGA.

Funding will be allocated based on:

i.              the viability of the plan for completing the thesis and degree program within the tenure term of the funding;

ii.            academic merit;

iii.           the financial need of the student; a full-time student in 5th year who is eligible for this funding (i.e., not holding a TA, TF or RA and not exceeding the ten hours per week (average) of work rule for full-time status) is determined by the Department to be in financial need.



October 12, 2018 is the deadline to submit hard copies of your application to Jo-Anne Tinlin in MC E208.   Please see Jo-Anne for full details on application  requirements.
Trudeau Foundation 2019 Doctoral Scholarship


Information about the Trudeau Foundation 2019 Doctoral Scholarships competition is now available at the Trudeau Foundation website.

Eligibility information and step-by-step application instructions can be accessed here.

REMINDER: ONLINE APPLICATION: The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship application is entirely online. Applications are submitted to the Trudeau Foundation application portal. Applicants must go to the application portal and click on the Doctoral Scholarship competition candidates link to register (or login with previously established credentials). 

The application portal for the 2019 Doctoral Scholarship is now open.

Applicants then complete the online application form and upload their three letters of recommendation and all transcripts, and submit the complete application to the portal by the School of Graduate Studies' deadline of January 25, 2019.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Online Application: Applications to the Vanier CGS competition must be submitted online through ResearchNet. ResearchNet is an online system that provides a secure web portal to collect certain scholarship applications.   The online application to the 2019-2020 Vanier CGS competition is now available.  Applicants should go to the following websites for complete instructions: 

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Application/Nomination Instructions

Applicants must have and use both a ResearchNet account, and a Canadian common cv (CCV) account, in order to complete and submit a Vanier CGS application.  Full instructions are on the website.

Eligibility and conditions requirements may be found here.


for complete applications to be submitted via ResearchNet, and for transcripts of applicants to be received by the School of Graduate Studies, is 4:00 p.m. EST on  October 10, 2018.