Scholarships at Dalhousie University, Canada

Dalhousie University is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia which is ranked one of the friendliest cities in the world. Founded in 1818, it is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 19,000 students including 22% international students from around the world. Dalhousie makes a lasting impact by blending transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast.

Dalhousie welcomes a diverse mix of students from right in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and around the world, with over 115 countries represented. University has four campuses including three in Halifax (Studley, Sexton, and Carleton) and Agricultural campus. It also has 999 professors in 2017 of which 92% are Ph.D. holders.

Scholarships at Dalhousie University

Each year, millions of dollars in scholarships, awards, bursaries, and prizes are 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.

Future Undergraduate Students

Every year, Dalhousie awards millions in scholarships and bursaries to support incoming students. More than 2,000 entrance awards are available through our General Entrance Award application.

Entrance Awards/Scholarships

If you’re applying to Dalhousie directly from high school (or have not completed any other transferable post-secondary study), please complete the General Entrance Award application to be considered for the majority of entrance awards and bursaries available. These are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular involvement, community service, financial need, and cultural identity. Please note, a small number of awards do require a separate application.

Eligibility Criteria

Students need an 80% admission average or 26 predicted/anticipated IB Diploma points to be considered. Averages are calculated using the five courses that are required for the program that the student has applied for. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

Visit our Entrance Award FAQ for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about applying for the General Entrance Award program.

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Current Undergraduate Students

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 [email protected] 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.

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.

For more information about the current undergraduate scholarships, Click Here.

Graduate Studies and Professional Programs

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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