Dalhousie University Scholarships 

Each year, millions of dollars in scholarships, awards, bursaries and prizes is distributed through the Registrar’s Office to promising Dalhousie students. Scholarships are money awarded for academic merit. For some scholarships, assessment is also based on other criteria such as community involvement, leadership and/or financial need.

Information for transfer students

  • Transfer students are not eligible for entrance awards with the exception of the First Nations and Indigenous Black (FNIB) Scholarships. To apply for an FNIB scholarship, please submit the General Entrance Award application.
  • Transfer students are eligible to apply for Bursaries.
  • As a transfer student, once you have completed 30 credit hours over 2 academic semesters, you will be automatically assessed for our merit-based Dalhousie In-Course Scholarships.

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Renewable scholarships

Current Dalhousie students who were offered a renewable entrance scholarship are automatically assessed to determine if they are eligible for renewal. This typically happens in late June/ early July.

Your renewal criteria can be found in your award offer letter (or in DalOnline for students starting in fall 2020). If you misplaced your offer letter or need clarification of your renewal criteria, please contact awards@dal.ca. Renewal criteria generally include a minimum number of credit hours you are required to complete over two academic terms, and a minimum SGPA you are required to attain. Your SGPA is your Scholarship GPA – the average of the two term GPAs being assessed for scholarship purposes. Please note that your SGPA and your CGPA (Cumulative GPA) are different measurements.

If you do not meet your renewal criteria you will receive an email letting you know. If extenuating circumstances impacted your ability to meet your renewal criteria, you may submit an appeal through DalOnline. Further details on how to submit your appeal are provided in the email.

We understand that the 2020/21 academic year is presenting unique challenges for many students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have concerns about these challenges impacting your ability to meet your renewal criteria, please reach out to us early at awards@dal.ca so we can provide more detail about the appeals process.

How does Co-op impact my renewable award?

In-course scholarships

Students who do not hold renewable scholarships are eligible for in-course scholarships ranging in value from $500 – $2,000. You are automatically assessed each year for these awards in June/July.

To qualify for an in-course scholarship, you must have completed at least 30 credit hours of for-credit coursework at Dalhousie over two academic terms in the previous academic year (excluding transfer credits) and achieved a minimum SGPA of 3.70 over the two terms being assessed. The academic year runs from September 1 – August 31.

Your SGPA is your Scholarship GPA – the average of the two term GPAs being assessed for scholarship purposes. Please note that your SGPA and your CGPA (Cumulative GPA) are different measurements.

We apply your in-course scholarship to your upcoming year of study. For example, if you earn your in-course scholarship based on your credit hours and SGPA in your second year, you receive that funding in your third year. You must be registered full-time in order to receive your funding.

How does Co-op impact my in-course scholarship eligibility?

Other award opportunities

Aramark Leadership Awards

W. Andrew MacKay Alumni Scholarships

Faculty Awards


Entrance awards for high school applicants

Incoming agriculture students can apply for entrance awards through the general entrance award application as well as for the Dykeview Farms and the Harrison McCain Scholarships, which each require a separate application.

Awards for current students

Undergraduate and graduate students currently studying in the Faculty of Agriculture can apply for scholarships, bursaries and awards using the In-Course Award Application, which can be found on Dal Online. The deadline to apply is September 30 at 11:59 p.m.

A full list of available awards can be found in the Academic Calendar. For more information about awards specific to graduate students, visit the Faculty of Agriculture Graduate Student Financial Support page.



Graduate studies

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers a number of scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, teaching assistantships and other funding opportunities.

Attending the Faculty of Agriculture as a graduate student? View funding opportunities for graduate students.

Professional programs


Contact the Faculty of Dentistry for information on scholarships.


Dalhousie Law School has a generous bursary and scholarship program, which typically kicks off in the second or third week of October.


A variety of entrance scholarships, in-course scholarships and bursaries is available to students studying medicine. Refer to awards offered through the Faculty of Medicine.


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