During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.
SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.
Not finding what you're looking for? Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss your research support needs.
On this page
SFU and major external awards
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.
Major funding sources listed by application deadline
SFU Private Awards
Private awards available to SFU graduate students
SFU Graduate Studies blog
Regularly updated calls for applications from funding sources
Other funding sources
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.
Guides and handbooks
To locate books and other resources on grant writing, search the Library Catalogue using these subject headings:
These brief but highly informative videos are included in the Library's subscription to Sage Research Methods Video:
- The grant writing process step 1 : Grant selection & networking. [18:58]
- The grant writing process step 2 : Project planning & design. [12:31]
- The grant writing process step 3 : Evaluation & submission. [13:33]
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
Tips for applying for 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
Upcoming scholarships workshops, SFU Graduate Studies
Held mainly in the fall term, workshops focus on major graduate funding sources, including SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR awards