Alberta Scholarships

Scholarships and awards in this listing are offered by the Government of Alberta and administered by Student Aid Alberta.

Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction

The Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction honours the Calgary lawyer, parliamentarian, senator and cabinet minister who served in several federal parliaments in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This award recognizes academic excellence and provides Alberta students in graduate programs with the opportunity for study outside of Alberta at institutions anywhere in the world. Each year up to fifteen students may be eligible for awards.

Value:

  • Master's Level - 7 scholarships of $15,000
  • Doctoral Level - 8 scholarships of $20,000

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible),
  • be an Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
    - Alberta is the last place the student has lived for twelve (12) consecutive months before being a full-time student, or
    - is married to an Alberta resident before the start of the qualifying year of study.
  • be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student in a graduate program at an institution outside Alberta.
    An individual may receive a lifetime maximum of two scholarships.

    Recipients may hold other awards and accept remunerative assignments depending on the policy of the institution they attend. In order to qualify for a doctoral level scholarship, a student must have completed at least one full year of graduate study or a masters degree.

Selection Process:

Applications are evaluated by a committee consisting of professors of Universities and Colleges in Alberta. Applications are judged on previous academic accomplishments, program of study, appraiser evaluations, answers to the essay question, and general impressions from the application form.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit:

  • a completed and signed application form,
  • an official transcript(s),
  • a resumé that includes:
    - all universities, colleges or technical institutes attended to date, including current institution,
    - a list of scholarships, awards, and other forms of achievement received,
    - any publications, if any, such as the name of the journal they were published in, and
    - any performances/exhibitions (dates, location, etc.).
  • references, including:
    - the applicant’s name and award name, and
    - the applicant’s program of study, research (if applicable), and accomplishments.

Your transcript must have an official signature or seal indicating that the transcript paper is issued by your school/institution. Photocopies and/or faxed copies will not be accepted. Post-secondary students must contact their school to request their official transcripts.

Many other scholarships and awards are offered by other organizations – and we encourage you to speak with a funding advisor or visit Alberta’s university and college websites to research the scholarships that they offer. For a listing of Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions, visit: