Internal Grants

Funding Opportunities

Faculty funding

Internal Competitions

The Centre for Oral History and Tradition Research Award (COHTRA) aims to support Southern Alberta oral history research by University of Lethbridge faculty and their research teams, including graduate and undergraduate students and community affiliates. The award may be part of a larger project that includes colleagues at the U of L or elsewhere. 

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The purpose of this fund is to support relationship building between U of L researchers and Indigenous communities with whom they are developing and undertaking research projects.

The Life and Climate Award supports the presentation of science-based information on the relation between Life and Climate to the academic community and the general public.

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The Vice-President Research has allocated a limited amount of funding to provide institutional support for proposals that require matching funds to the total project costs.

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The purpose of this fund is to facilitate the publication of peer-reviewed articles.  The Fund only covers the article processing charges (APCs) associated with open access publishing. Costs for reprints, colour illustration fees, non-open access page charges, translation, administrative charges and other fees are not eligible.

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The PDF Dissemination Grant assists postdoctoral fellows  promote their research and enhance the profile of the University of Lethbridge.

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The Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment program is an internal source of funds administered by the Office of Research and Innovation Services (ORIS) directed towards supporting the recruitment of postdoctoral fellows to the University of Lethbridge. Faculty members seeking to recruit a new postdoctoral fellow to the University of Lethbridge are eligible to apply.

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SSHRC Exchange Grants  offer up to $7000 for projects that support the organization of small-scale knowledge mobilization activities, such as workshops and seminars and costs associated with publishing for example, to encourage collaboration and the dissemination of research results both within and beyond the academic community. SSHRC Exchange grants are supported by a SSHRC Institutional Grant.

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SSHRC Explore grants are institutional opportunities funded by a SSHRC Institutional Grant and administered by the Office of Research & Innovation Services (ORIS) to support projects in social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. The program is intended to seed new projects or to leverage extramural funding. It is not intended to provide on-going support through successive awards.

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Tri-Agency Catalyst Grants support research activities designed to strengthen grant proposals that were unsuccessful in a previous competition at CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC (collectively known as the ‘Tri-Agency’).  The funds are intended to help researchers address reviewer comments in order to strengthen a resubmission in a subsequent round.  Due to a large number of applications and limited funds, the fund cannot support all requests. Awards are not automatic or guaranteed.

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The University of Lethbridge Research Fund (ULRF) is an internal source of funds administered by the Office of Research & Innovation Services (ORIS) directed toward the support of research activities in any discipline on campus.  The objective of the ULRF is to help researchers secure external funding, by providing seed money for new projects and to launch a program of research. The ULRF is not intended to provide on-going support through repeated applications or to supplement an on-going program of research. 

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The University of Lethbridge Travel Fund has been established by the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors to reimburse expenses incurred by successful applicants for travel to meetings of learned societies, professional associations or similar groups.

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Student funding

Undergraduate students

Are you an undergraduate student interested in research and looking for a research-related summer job?

Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentships offer students with exceptional academic records an opportunity to participate in medical or health-related research at the University during the summer.

The Chinook Summer Research Awards provide students in all disciplines with a research training experience with a University of Lethbridge faculty member during the summer

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) stimulate an interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering and encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.

Graduate students

Canada Graduate Scholarships

Scholarships for high-calibre students engaged in master's or doctoral programs in Canada.  Consult the following links to learn more: master's students, doctoral students.


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Scholarships for doctoral studies in health, sciences, engineering or humanities. Learn more

School of Graduate Studies

Funding is available through the School of Graduate Studies.


Mitacs is a national independent non-profit funding agency that financially supports collaborative projects in any discipline. Students, faculty, and eligible partner agencies can receive funding from Mitacs to support Canadian research and innovation. International opportunities are also available. 

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