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Research Commons: Grants and Funding


This guide provides resources to assist you in searching and applying for grants, scholarships and other types of funding. In addition to the resources listed here, consult your department and the SFU Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards. More information and research facilitation resources are available through the SFU Office of Research Services, though these are primarily geared towards faculty.


Grant seeking resources

SFU and major external awards

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Information about graduate student funding and awards from SFU, as well as major external funding sources such as the Social Sciences ahd Humanities Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is maintained by SFU Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards.

Awards Timeline
Major funding sources listed by application deadline

SFU Private Awards
Private awards available to SFU graduate students

International student awards
Awards open to international students

SFU Graduate Studies blog
Regularly updated calls for applications from funding sources

Other funding sources

Grant Connect
Canadian fundraising database with more than 3,000 listings of foundations, corporations, and funding agencies. Allows you to search by funding agency, view the types of projects they have funded in the past, and current calls for proposals. Aimed primary at charitable organizations, so check to see if your project or research meets the organization's funding criteria.

Grant writing resources


For library resources on grant writing, try searching in the catalogue using these subject headings:

  • Proposal writing for grants
  • Research grants
  • Research grants handbooks manuals

Quick tips

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Scholarship Application Resources
Short handout of application tips and other useful resources produced by SFU Graduate Studies

Grant Proposals (or Give me the money!)
Handout produced by The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Art of Grantsmanship
Article by Jacob Kraicer, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto

Grant-writing Tips for Graduate Students
Short article from the Chronicle of Higher Education

Ten Simple Rules for Getting Grants
Science-focused, but applicable to all types of grants

Canada Tri-council funding

SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR, collectively called the Tri-Council Agencies, provide funding for university research in Canada. Check this section for grant writing resources specific to the funding agency for your research area. SSHRC funds research in the humanities and social sciences, NSERC funds science and engineering research, and CIHR funds health research. Go here for more information on selecting the appropriate funding agency.

The Art of Writing a CIHR Application
CIHR tips on writing a successful funding application

On the art of writing proposals
Tips for applications to the U.S. Social Science Research Council, relevant for SSHRC grants

A guide for proposal writing
Guide from the U.S. National Science Foundation, recommended by NSERC

Grant workshops and courses


 Students in classroom

Upcoming scholarships workshops, SFU Graduate Studies
Held mainly in the fall term, workshops focus on major graduate funding sources, including SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR awards

Upcoming webinars, Imagine Canada Grant Connect
Webinars on common grantwriting mistakes and searching for funding. Mainly focused on non-profit and charitable grants.