Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction

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

Award Quick Look

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024

Amount: $15,000 to $20,000

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian
  • Permanent Resident


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Management


  • School of Graduate Studies

The Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction honours the Calgary lawyer, parliamentarian, senator, and cabinet minister who served in federal parliaments in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This award recognizes academic excellence and provides Alberta students in graduate programs with the opportunity for studies outside of Alberta at institutions anywhere in the world. Each year up to fifteen (15) students may be eligible for these awards. 


  • Master's Level - 7 scholarships of $15,000 each
  • Doctoral Level - 8 scholarships of $20,000 each
  • Note: Students enrolled in a doctorate program who have not previously completed one (1) year of graduate studies are only eligible for a scholarship of $15,000

Application timeline: August 1 - January 15

Note: next anticipated application timeline will be August 1, 2024 to January 15, 2025

Eligible Criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible)
  • an Alberta resident
  • enrolled as a full-time student in the current academic year for both fall and winter terms in a graduate program at an institution outside of Alberta

For more information and application, click here