In recognition of Alberta’s centennial and the contributions and experiences of our diverse population, the Minister of Alberta Community Development established the Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism. 

To encourage graduate studies that will create value for Albertans by promoting informed thinking about Canadian human rights, cultural diversity, and multiculturalism. To support the pursuit of studies in Canadian human rights, cultural diversity, and multiculturalism and building capacity to undertake human rights or multicultural work in Canada.


  • Masters Level - $10,000 
  • Doctoral Level - $15,000

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible),
  • enrolled as a full-time graduate student (Master’s or Doctoral level) at an Alberta public post-secondary institution,
  • enrolled in a program of study that supports the purpose of the scholarship, and
  • planning to do research that is within a Canadian context and will ultimately benefit Albertans.

Note: The scholarship is only open to students pursuing graduate studies.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following:

  • a completed application form,
  • an official post-secondary transcript,
  • an essay, and
  • a resume.

The essay is the most important component of the application and has the greatest impact on the selection process. Please feel free to consult with your academic adviser.


Apply for this award between August 1 to January 15. 

Selection Process

Recipients will be selected on the basis of the applicant’s information as provided on the application form, post-secondary transcript, the essay, and curriculum vitae.

Successful applicants will receive their award after Alberta Student Aid confirms their enrolment in graduate studies.

Many other scholarships and awards are offered by other organizations – we encourage you to visit Alberta’s public university and college websites to research the scholarships that they offer.

For more information, see Alberta post-secondary institutions.