Internal awards are awards administered by Carleton. To apply for these awards, you need to go to Carleton Central (under “financial aid and awards” and then “online graduate award applications”). Applications are opened and closed on an annual basis. Please note that any budget information should be for a one year period.

Donor-Funded Awards

Graduate Student Travel/Research Bursary

Indigenous Graduate Student Award

Study in Canada Award

Grants from the Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work

Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship

Donor-Funded Awards

If you have applied for an award in the Fall term, and have correctly submitted your award application by the deadline, you will receive a notification that it has been “submitted to department for review.” If this status does not change by December 1st, your application has not been forwarded for further consideration.

These awards are financial awards valued from several hundred dollars to a maximum of $20,000 and are provided by an individual or organization to Carleton. They are administered by Carleton and are awarded based on academic merit, financial need and/or specific research areas. You need to apply online through Carleton Central. It is in your best interest to check with your department to see what awards are available and if any of these awards pertain to you. The selection methods within individual departments will vary. Unless stated otherwise, you must be registered full-time in the term in which the award is to be held in order to be eligible. Applications open Aug. 27 and close Sept. 27th.

CLICK HERE to view the list of
Donor-funded awards for 2020-21.

Graduate Student Travel/Research Bursary

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs provides funds to students in financial need who require assistance to conduct or present their research. The fund may cover a portion of the cost related to field travel and supplies, long-distance telephone charges, questionnaire publication, translation, mailing, and the cost of copying journal articles. It may also cover costs related to attend a scholarly conference at which the graduate student is presenting a paper.

This fund is intended to cover modest costs where other sources of support are not available. Costs not covered under this bursary include: costs associated with interview subjects, honoraria, the cost of copying the graduate thesis, and attendance at scholarly conferences where no paper is being presented. The bursary account contains a limited amount of funds. Approval of each application is dependent on the availability of funds. It is not possible to fund all applications in any given term.

Applications are considered on a case-by-case and first-come-first served basis. Students are restricted to one application and one conference per academic year (May-April). However, if funds are available, a second application may be considered within the same academic year.

Deadline for Applications

Electronic Application forms must be submitted to your department at least one month in advance of the expected travel activity. Retroactive applications will not be approved.

Registration Requirement and Eligibility

Students requesting funds for either research or travel must be registered full-time in the term in which the bursary is approved (for research) and the travel occurs. Students conducting research will normally be registered in the thesis, research essay or major research project course.

Report Requirement

Students are required to submit a report after attending the conference or research, to include proof of attendance (e.g., boarding passes, registration fee receipt). Please submit these documents to your department. If the travel is not completed for any reason, the amount of the bursary must be reimbursed in full.

Application Requirements

The following constitutes a complete application:

  1. Completed Graduate Student Travel / Research Bursary online application form (To apply, go to Carleton Central, look under Awards and Financial Assistance and then click on Graduate Online Application Forms.
  2. A complete budget and rationale for requiring the bursary
  3. Official confirmation from the conference organizer that the student’s paper has been accepted for presentation if the bursary is to assist with the costs associated with presenting a paper at an academic conference; and
  4. A letter of support from the student’s thesis supervisor (uploaded at the time of submission) along with any other document that supports the application

Please submit 3 and 4 from the above list together as one supporting letter package.

Application Process

Please apply online through Carleton Central. Look under “Awards & Financial Assistance. Then, select “Graduate Online Application Forms”.

Candidates for the scholarship must be admitted to Carleton University. The new final deadline date is April 20. Departments need to let Sylvie Jasen in Carleton International know by April 6th.


The new Indigenous Graduate Student Award is given annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to Canadian First Nation, Metis or Inuit Master’s or Doctoral  graduate students. Recipients will be selected based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. Applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation to verify ancestry. This “proof of ancestry” documentation should be uploaded in their application as a supporting letter. Applicants need to go to Carleton Central (under “financial aid and awards” and then “online graduate award applications”), and search under the correct name. The application deadline has now passed for 2020.


  • Eligible students must be citizens of one of the eligible countries. Please consult EduCanada website under “eligibility”.
  • Students who are already enrolled in a program are eligible as long as they have at least one year left in the program and the program is no longer than two years.
  • Student who meet the eligibility requirement and have been admitted should advise their department before April 6 that they wish to be considered for the Study in Canada Scholarship
  •  Programs must be for at least one year and no more than two years to be eligible. Post-Bac and Diploma programs are eligible if they meet this length of study requirement.
  • Candidates must be nominated  by their department and the department must submit the following materials on behalf of the candidate (see details online
    • a letter of intent (one page)
    • a letter of acceptance
    • an academic study plan.
  • Upon receiving the nominations, Carleton International will ask students to provide the remaining documents:
    • Proof of citizenship
    • CV
    • Budget
    • Signed privacy notice statement

Please contact Sylvie Jasen ( for further information.

Grants from the Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work

Application details can be found by clicking here.

Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship

Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship Committee to an outstanding international student from an African country. Eligible recipients will be full-time students proceeding from one year to another in any program of study at Carleton University. Consideration will be given to students in financial need. Application is required. If an undergraduate student is selected, the scholarship will be awarded by the Director of Undergraduate Awards and Financial Aid, if a graduate student is selected, the scholarship will be awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Endowed in 2005 by friends, family and colleagues in honour of Richard J. Van Loon, Carleton’s 10th President.

This scholarship is typically valued at $5,000. Two scholarships will be awarded. Applicants who are short-listed, but not selected for the Richard Van Loon Scholar-ship, may be considered as potential candidates for the African Student Association Bursary. Details have not yet been announced for the 2020-21 academic year. Details for the 2020 academic year are available by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2020