Alberta Scholarships

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

Graduate Citizenship Award

The Graduate Citizenship Award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and leadership to fellow students and to their community.


50 scholarships - $2,000 each

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Protected Person or international student,
  • be living in Alberta at the time of the application deadline,
  • be currently enrolled full-time (a minimum 60% course load) in at least one term of study in a graduate program at one of the four Alberta universities in the year of application, and
  • be involved at the university, municipal, provincial, national or international level or in non-profit community organizations.

Applicants who are currently receiving an honorarium for serving on committees may apply. An applicant cannot receive this award twice for the same service commitments used in a previously successful application. International students must identify activities that contribute to the Alberta community.

International graduate students are eligible to apply for and receive up to 20% of the awards available at each university. International applicants must live in Alberta during the year of the application submission and activities identified within the application must be contributing to Alberta’s community.

Application Process:

Complete the application form, and include the following:

  • Two (2) letters of support which addresses your service and community engagement efforts,
  • Curriculum Vitae which provides a brief description of your responsibilities associated with each activity,
  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status such as a copy of birth certificate or passport, or permanent resident card; copy of student visa if international student,
  • Proof of Alberta residency such as government issued ID, a third party lease agreement, a letter from an Alberta based employer, a utility bill, etc. and,
  • Confirmation of full-time enrolment.

Submit the application form and supporting documents to the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

Deadline for Students: Students must contact their schools for the application deadline dates. 

Deadline for Schools: November 15, 2018

The awards will be disbursed in December.

To learn more about the application and evaluation process, see:

Questions on the application and evaluation process should be directed to the GSA at your institution.

Contact: Alberta Student Aid Service Centre at 1-855-606-2096

Selection Process:

Applications meeting eligibility criteria are assessed by selection members designated by the Graduate Students Association at the applicant’s university. Successful applications are forwarded by the committee to Alberta Student Aid.

The selection members assess applications based on the following criteria:

  1. Strong record of student service and community engagement; demonstrated through active involvement in non-profit organizations at any level, which can include but are not limited to: student government and/or societies; clubs or organizations; community charitable and non-profit organizations.

  2. Submission of supportive letters of recommendation. The emphasis of these letters should be on the service and volunteer contributions of the applicant, rather than on academic or professional achievements.

Many other scholarships and awards are offered by other organizations – and we encourage you to 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: