Faculty: Apply for Grants or Fellowships

Applying for grants or fellowships is a vital endeavour for all faculty to fund research or career goals.

To aid in this process, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research divides such opportunities into these general categories:


  • funding from Saint Mary's University, available only to current SMU faculty or SMU graduate students


  • funding opportunities from other institutions or agencies, which can be further separated into two broad categories:
    • funding from Canadian institutions, available only to Canadian faculty or graduate students                                                                                                 
    • funding from global institutions, available to non-Canadian faculty or graduate students


The following list provides some internal forms:

Application and Guidelines for an Internal Grant for New Faculty - Deadline October 15

Sample Internal New Faculty Grant - To show the detail the FGSR Research Committee is expecting.

Course Release for Research Purposes - Deadline November 2

Course Release for supervision of PhD students - Deadline November 2

Grantee's Progress Report
Required to reapply for Internal Grants or to extend the granting period of Internal Grants. This form may be emailed to the Research Grants Officer.

International Conference Participation Travel Fund
Application and guidelines - Deadlines October 15 and March 15


External Funding Opportunities

ResearchNS - New Health Investigator Grant

The New Health Investigator Grant supports early-career health researchers who are engaged in work that aligns with the province’s health research priorities. The grant aims to provide two years of support of up to $100,000 for researchers who are within the first five years of their academic appointment in Nova Scotia or who are new to the field of health research. Funding provided will support the establishment of independent programs of research, support and expand the research productivity necessary for obtaining long term funding from national and external agencies, and expand the potential for early career investigators to make significant contributions in their field.

The deadline for this opportunity, including institutional approval, is Friday, July 16 at 3:00PM (ADT).

Fulbright Canada Research Chairs program

Fulbright grants support research with colleagues across the U.S. for a 4 to 9-month period.  Applications are accepted through November 15, 2021, and these opportunities are for a start date of September 2022 or January 2023.

2021-2022 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years. The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

The 2021-22 competition was launched in April 2021 and the application deadline is September 22, 2021 (20:00 EDT). Please note that institutions may have internal deadlines.

Please click here to access the launch memo, and kindly consult our website at www.banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca for further details on our program, including how to apply.

The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research | The Royal

This annual national Prize provides funding to exceptional researchers who are affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution in the field of mental health and who are 45 years of age or younger, to encourage them to continue to pursue their research interests in Canada. It recognizes those with a demonstrated track record in research with excellence in scientific rigor, innovative thinking, imagination and originality and a clear ability to work in partnership with other disciplines and/or research teams external to the institution with which they are affiliated.

For full eligibility requirements and additional application details please refer to the Prize Guidelines.


Application form

The 2021 deadline date for applications is July 15, 2021.

Sustainable Development Goals Act and Climate Plan
Engagement Funding Application Form

The province is offering up to $2,000 in funding for specified communities and organizations to host sustainable development and climate change workshops. The grant is to help support more inclusive conversations that centre the voices of people from underrepresented communities including:

• People experiencing low income
• African Nova Scotians
• Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous peoples
• Immigrants and newcomers to Canada
• Individuals living with a disability
• Youth (under 18) 

The deadline to apply is July 2, 2021

Climate Action and Awareness Fund

As part of the new fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada has opened a request for proposals for Community-based climate action projects that develop knowledge, tools and/or skills that lead to or engage communities in climate action. This request for proposals will provide between $100,000 to $6 million for eligible projects; up to $50 million over five years is available.

 To be eligible for funding under this request for proposals, lead applicants must be one of the following:

  • not-for-profit non-governmental organization
  • university or academic institution
  • Indigenous organization

 If you are interested in advancing climate action and have a project idea that meets the requirements of the request for proposals, please apply now. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 21, 2020.



SSHRC - Knowledge Synthesis Grants (Mobility and Public Transit)

  • Value: $30,000
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Application Deadline: December 17, 2020 (8:00pm Eastern)

SSHRC and Infrastructure Canada (INFC) have launched this Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG) competition to mobilize social sciences and humanities research to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on mobility and public transit issues. Grant holders will identify research gaps and opportunities and their work will inform and guide policy-makers and service providers responsible for public transit at the community level.

The ability of Canadians to effectively travel across their communities and regions significantly affects their day-to-day quality of life. The various personal mobility realities in Canadian urban and rural contexts result in differentiated levels of access to basic services, education and employment opportunities, health services, and recreational and cultural amenities. The social and economic implications of unequal access to public transit are particularly evident in rural communities, many of which have aging populations and are struggling with slow economic growth.

Policy-makers and service providers in the broader urban and rural mobility sectors are not only working in a complex policy environment, but they are also encountering new challenges due to emerging societal trends, environmental imperatives, and technological innovations. Additionally, while the COVID-19 pandemic has presented an opportunity to reflect on changing transit needs and to reimagine the provision of transit services, it has given rise to new funding challenges and pressing questions about transit, land use, urban planning, and public health and safety.

Public transit represents the largest funding area under INFC’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. It also represents a key piece of Canada’s core public infrastructure, one that has immediate implications for the social, environmental, and economic well-being of urban and rural communities. This Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity will identify critical gaps in existing knowledge to guide future research related to urban and rural mobility issues in Canada. By identifying best practices, lessons learned and indicators of success, the resulting syntheses may inform the development of effective tools, robust policies and sustainable practices that support the transit needs of urban and rural communities.





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