Graduate Student Contingency Bursary application

Graduate Student Contingency Bursary application (pdf)

 Applications and supplementary documents must be submitted to GSPA using the Graduate Student Bursary/Award Submission Form.

Use this form to:

  • apply for a Graduate Student Contingency Bursary (previously known as the Millennium Graduate Bursary)

Graduate Students who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada and require financial assistance must apply for a bursary through the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office.


Varies but will be restricted to a maximum based on the student’s situation.

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must:

  • be international 
  • be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing
  • normally be in term 4.0 or beyond of their academic program
  • show evidence of the extenuating circumstances that have occurred since their time of admission; students past their term limits (with extenuating circumstances) may also be considered
  • demonstrate their financial shortfall through the completion of the budget section of the application
  • provide written confirmation that they are seeking support elsewhere and identify how they are covering any shortfall;  written confirmation should also include a financial plan for future terms

Maximum number of bursaries:

International students in a Master’s program (professional or non-professional) can receive a maximum of one bursary throughout their entire program.

International students in a Doctoral program can receive a maximum of two bursaries throughout their entire program.

Preference will be given to graduate students enrolled in research-based programs.

Application Deadlines: 

  • Fall term – September 15  
  • Winter term – January 15  
  • Spring term – May 15

Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Where the advertised deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline date will be the following Monday.

Students may not submit an application until the start of the term in which they want to be considered.


Applicants will normally be notified of bursary decisions within one month of the deadline.