Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships

The Province of Nova Scotia created the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships to help advance the economic and social well-being of Nova Scotians by investing in graduate thesis-based research in the following defined priority sectors: Ocean/Marine Technology; Life Sciences; Information and Communication Technology; Clean Technology; Aerospace and Defence; Resource Sectors; Financial Services; Health and Wellness; and Social Innovation.
These graduate scholarships are valued at up to $10,000 per year for up to 2 years at the Master’s level, and up to $15,000 per year for up to 4 years at the PhD level, for Canadian and international students. There are also awards for International Differential Fee Scholarships to cover student’s differential fees for up to 2 years at the Master’s level and up to 3 years at the PhD level.  Only those students who have been accepted into a thesis-based graduate program at StFX may be considered.
The Government has provided sufficient funding to support several of these awards at StFX on an annual basis. At St. Francis Xavier University, the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships are intended to be primarily entrance awards, although they may also be awarded to continuing students.   The StFX Committee on Graduate Studies has decided that there should be a cap on the total funds an applicant can receive from other scholarships while also holding a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship. The upper limit for Master-level recipients is $20,000/annum. If necessary, a sliding scale will be used to determine individual NS Graduate Scholarship amounts to the maximum award amount identified above.  
New or continuing graduate students must be nominated for these Scholarships by their Graduate Program Coordinator using the StFX Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships nomination form.  Nominations for new or continuing students must be submitted in digital form to the Office of the Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies by March 1 each year (email:

For more information: Please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies 

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