Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship

The new Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship honors individuals who are enrolled in graduate programs in Alberta and who have demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishment. It was created to encourage the smartest students, especially those from outside, to study in Alberta.

The Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship honors students who are pursuing graduate studies in Alberta and who have demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishment. It was created to encourage the smartest students, especially those from outside, to study in Alberta.

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship Scholarship Value

The scholarships have a maximum value of $12,000 and are given to the winner in a single lump sum. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have an updated Alberta address in Bear Tracks as well as a Canadian bank account. From September 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023, is the award tenure.

This award is not renewable and cannot be renewed. Only one Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship may be awarded to a student per academic year.


KSR’s 2022 Allocation: 7 Domestic Nominees and 2 International Nominees.


  • You must be accepted into a thesis-based program and enrolled in 9 credits each for the fall of 2022 and the winter of 2023.
  • Students who CURRENTLY hold a major University of Alberta grant or an external award worth at least $15,000 are ineligible to apply (e.g. Tri-Council, AIHS, etc)
  • No applications will be accepted from students who will be defending before the Winter 2023 term.
  • A previous Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) while enrolled in their CURRENT program of study disqualifies a student from applying (e.g. if you held a AGES award as a Masters student but are now a PhD student, you will be eligible to apply)
  • Any student pursuing a thesis may apply. Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously been awarded an AGES, QEII, or University of Alberta Fellowship when there are applicants with equal rankings.

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, such applicant must ensure to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be an international student with a study permit, a protected person as defined by paragraph 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Open to course-based on courses or thesis
  • Available to graduate or doctoral students. Additionally, eligible applicant  are students enrolled in graduate certificate programs that lead to master’s degree programs.
  • Students must reside in Alberta while enrolled at the college, whether they are learning remotely, online, or in person.
  • Current students must enroll full-time in the Winter 2023 or Fall 2022 sessions in order to continue. Students who are newly admitted in January 2023 must enroll full-time in classes in winter 2023.
    • If a student is enrolled in at least 40% of a full course load and is registered with Student Accessibility Services or has a verified need for accommodation, they may submit an application.
  • Must exhibit excellence in academics as shown by one or more of the following:

    • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 or above over the last 15 units of course weight in the current program is required of current students. The admission GPA (AGPA) is a weighted measure in programs with fewer than 15 graded courses. The Admission GPA (AGPA) will be utilized for students who are newly admitted in the Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 terms when graded coursework is not yet available in the present program.
    • contributions to research and/or academia, such as written works that have been published, speeches, posters, exhibitions, involvement in the community, and performances; and


    • Previous track record of academic success as evidenced by accolades, scholarships, and prizes, among others.
  • During the duration of the scholarship, the student must be enrolled in either years 1-4 of the master’s program or years 1-6 of the doctoral program. The amount of months completed during the Master’s program will count towards the Doctoral Program if students transfer from a Master’s to a Doctoral program.
  • Students who meet the criteria and those who are on academic probation are ineligible.


The Graduate Program Scholarship Committee of KSR will make decisions on applications. The internal choice will be communicated to unsuccessful and recommended applicants via email. Recommended candidates will be nominated to the FGSR, which will thereafter notify the applicants in writing of its final selection.

The KSR Graduate Awards Committee will evaluate applications according to the following standards:

  • Academic prowess
  • publications
  • Excellence in Education/Teaching
  • Excellent leadership, service, and volunteerism
  • Research’s contribution to a field of study or society

Required Documents: Criteria

You will need the following documents to submit your application. ALL supporting documentation must be submitted; if one or more of the following are missing, your application will be deemed insufficient and withdrawn. The application form must be used to submit all supporting documentation.

  1.  Student Declaration for the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) (upload in application form)
  2. Research proposal’s general outline
    • Describe in your own words how your research will assist society or your field of study. just 400 words can be typed (one additional page allowed for bibliography only). Applications with more than 400 words won’t be reviewed.
  3. Two reference letters
    • Your supervisor must write one letter of recommendation outlining how the student’s research will or has benefited the field of study and/or society. References must be made using the FGSR’s Letter of Reference to Support Graduate Award Applications. Direct letter uploads to the Google reference form are possible (see above button)
  4. Latest or Updated CV
  5. Transcripts:
    • Present students should print or download a PDF copy from their Bear Tracks and attach it to their application; an official copy is not necessary.
    • Transcripts are not necessary for newly admitted students for Fall 2022 and Winter 2023; instead, your admission GPA will be considered.
Internal Application Deadline
The Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship application deadline is in November 1st, 2022
All eligible applicants are in this note required to CLICK HRE to apply

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