Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship (AI-GSS)

NOTE: The deadline for this award has passed (May 15, 2024)

Award Quick Look

Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Amount: $12,000 - $31,000

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian
  • International
  • Permanent Resident


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Science


  • School of Graduate Studies

Alberta Innovates Graduate Scholarship Guidelines

Innovation is the catalyst for sustainable jobs, economic and community strength, improved health and environmental benefits. Alberta Innovates leads and accelerates innovation from discovery to use across all sectors in all parts of the province. As Alberta’s largest research and innovation agency, we are uniquely positioned to propel great ideas forward to improve the lives of Albertans today and for generations to come.

These scholarships are intended for graduate students conducting full-time research in key emerging technology areas of information and communications technologies (ICT) and advanced materials and manufacturing technologies (AMM), ensuring that Albertan universities and companies are able to recruit top talent. Learn more about the emerging technology areas here.

This program is specifically targeted at the following emerging technology areas:

  • information and communications technologies (ICT):
    • ICT – Communications Networks and Services
    • ICT – Internet of Things/Machine-to-Machine Systems
    • ICT – Advanced Data Management and Analytics, including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • ICT – Cybersecurity
    • ICT – Human Interaction with Digital Media
    • ICT – Quantum Computing, Devices and Processors
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMM)
    • AMM – Automation (Including Robotics)
    • AMM – Lightweight Materials and Technologies
    • AMM – Additive Manufacturing
    • AMM – Nanotechnology
    • AMM – Quantum Materials


  • Canadian, permanent resident and international students pursuing graduate studies at an Alberta university
  • Masters or doctoral, in any full time thesis program
  • Research must be within Information and Communications Technology (ICT) or  Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMM)

Value: $26,000 per year for Master's or $31,000 per year for Doctoral


  • Apply online by completing the Graduate Application through the University of Lethbridge’s awards, scholarships and bursary application portal
  • A completed application requires specific award questions as as portions of the Graduate Application:
    • Research/project Title
    • Project or Research Proposal/Intent
    • 2 Academic Reference Letters
    • All Transcripts and CV 
  • Supplemental Questions
    • Please identify your research area.
    • If your ICT or AMM research has a specific sector application, then please select an option from the list below.
    • Clearly articulate (400 words) how your research aligns with Alberta's Emerging Technology priority areas (refer to A.I.'s Guidelines) and how the results of your research can/will produce potential environmental, health, economic, social and/or other impacts, for Alberta