Funding & Awards

Participating in an international exchange program is much easier when you’re financially prepared. As a Saint Mary’s student thinking of studying abroad on exchange, field study course or departmental program, be sure to take time to explore your funding options before you leave.

Funding Sources at SMU

Saint Mary’s University offers a number of awards and grants that support international experiences.

Financial Need-Based Bursaries

Questions regarding scholarships, awards, and bursaries should be directed to the Financial Aid & Awards Office. Visit their website or email

VPAR International Mobility Awards

Amount: $450-$2000
Eligibility: All students, any duration, any program for academic credit.
See the application form [PDF]
For further information, please e-mail the Global Learning and Intercultural Support Office at

SMUSA Individual Student Funding

Inquiries should be directed to SMUSA.

FGSR Conference Travel Funds (for graduate students)

For details, see the funding form [PDF].
Please contact FGSR for details at

FGSR International Travel Funds for Graduate Student Thesis Field Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (for graduate students)

For details, see the funding form [PDF].
Please contact FGSR for details at

External Funding Sources

A number of external organizations offer funding that Saint Mary’s University students and faculty can apply for. For example, the Government of Canada has a listing of international scholarships for graduate study and research abroad. Some partner institutions also offer financial support to Saint Mary’s exchange students.

A handful of specific funding opportunities are listed here on our website, but new ones arise every year; the best way to get current information about funding sources for international experience is to contact us for a free, personalized consultation. Email or drop by Atrium 106.