Alberta Gambling Research Institute

NOTE: The deadline for this award has passed (April 29, 2022)

Award Quick Look

Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2022

Amount: 20,000

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian
  • International
  • Permanent Resident


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Science


  • School of Graduate Studies


The purpose of the scholarship awards is to accelerate the development of high quality gambling research capacity in Alberta.   Priority areas indentified by AGRI are:


The guiding mission of the Institute is to facilitate evidence-based broad research that informs gambling public policy and educates Albertans and the wider audience about the effects of gambling.

For an overview of AGRI’s range of research-related programs, conferences, grant options, and funded research projects, visit the AGRI website .


1. Graduate (MA/MSc) – maximum $20,000 for one year, renewable for an additional year, plus a one-time $3,000 research allowance

2. Doctoral (PhD) – maximum of $30,000/year for up to four years, renewable annually (dependent on research accomplishment), plus a one-time $5,000 research allowance; assistance will be made available by senior Institute researchers to develop grant proposals for both Institute funding as well as other agency funding

3. ”Top-up” – Both graduate and doctoral students are eligible to receive ‘top-up’ amounts of $10,000 or $15,000, respectively, if they have been granted another major, same amount or greater, award (e.g. SSHRC, CIHR, AIHS, etc.) for the same academic terms

All scholarship awardees receive the additional expense costs related to attendance and participation (either conference presentation or poster presentation) in the Institute’s annual conference held in March or April.


Open to Canadian, permanent residents and international Masters or PhD student.
Research must fall under one or more of the AGRI's identified priorities:

I. Public policy and safe gambling strategy
II. Indigenous/First Nations gambling including impact of trauma
III. Longitudinal research
IV. Internet/remote gambling
V. Treatment including the effect of stigma
VI. Socio-economics/Economics

  • Candidates must have been accepted into, or be currently enrolled in, a full-time, thesis-based, master’s or doctoral program at one of the Partner Universities. These awards are not available to students registered in course-based programs. Candidates may be from any related discipline. Candidates may concurrently hold other major external awards ($20,000 or over for master’s level and $30,000 or over for doctoral level), however, the scholarship award amounts will be reduced to the ‘top-up’ amounts indicated below. Current scholarship holders may reapply provided an additional scholarship would not extend support received from AGRI beyond a maximum of two years for a master’s candidate or four years for a doctoral candidateCro


Submissions will undergo the following review process:

Recommended applicants may be requested to participate in a face-to-face interview with a senior researcher from the applicable University. Funding limitations may preclude all recommended applicants from receiving funding for a specific academic term. Decisions cannot be appealed. However, the rationale for the decision (both approved and not approved) is provided, as advice, to applicants.

  1. The Proposal Adjudication Committee (PAC), a subcommittee of the Institute Board, will make a separate recommendation to the Institute Board on each submission

  2. All awards are merit-based and determined annually on a competitive basis. Prior AGRI scholarship funding does not affect subsequent award decisions.

  3. Scholarship research projects must have a direct gambling focus and fall under one or more of the Institute’s stakeholder priorities (per the AGRI Stakeholder Priority Action Plan 2023 – 2025)

  4. Final scholarship decisions will be made by the Institute Board


Applications instructions and forms are found on the AGRI website.
Completed applications are to be emailed directly to the Agency and CC the SGS Award Advisor on the email submission.