Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Competitions and More

Make the most of your time as a graduate student by getting your research out there.  Every year there are hundreds of conferences, funding opportunities, competitions and calls for papers available to you in Canada and abroad.  Conferences are an amazing way to network, share your research and learn about cutting-edge developments in your field. Plus, there are lots of funding opportunities that can help you attend, including our UMGSA Conference Grant. See below for current listings of conferences, funding opportunities, and more.

The UMGSA provides these listings as a service, but we have not vetted and do not endorse them.

To advertise a conference, funding opportunity or competition relevant to University of Manitoba graduate students here, contact Jayne at


Call for Submissions: The Lamp Literary Journal

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at The deadline is February 9, 2018!  Please follow our submission guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your nameemail address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the editor-in-chief will have access to this information prior to printing
  • Documents should be attached in plain text, rich text, or Microsoft 2003 formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf or docx formats, or in hardcopy, will not be accepted
  • Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.  Please single-space
  • There is no word limit, but keep in mind we’re a small journal
  • There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit, but please be reasonable
  • Please edit your work carefully before submitting
  • Please inform us if your work is a simultaneous submission

To learn more about The Lamp, visit

Call for Participants: Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research Study

Abstract Submission: National Student Conference of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Abstract submissions are now open for the 2018 National Student Conference of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Thunder Bay, Ontario (June 15th, 16th & 17th, 2018).

This interdisciplinary conference is organized by graduate students at Lakehead University for students across Canada. Completed, ongoing and proposed research projects are eligible for presentation, and students are invited to review our broad list of abstract themes. More than $14,000 in travel awards will be available to student presenters thanks to the generous support of conference sponsors.

View the call for abstracts here:

Or, visit the abstract submission portal at for more information and to submit your abstracts!  The submission deadline is February 16th, 2018.

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Competition

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is launching its annual competition for Post-Graduate Research Fellowships. Committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and analysts, they offer up to four Post-Graduate Research Fellowships valued at $40,000 for Master’s graduates and $42,000 for PhD graduates for a one-year non-renewable term.

Successful applicants will have a background in Asia-related research in a variety of fields, including (but not limited to) social sciences, humanities, business, education, statistics, and natural sciences, and will be based on excellence and fit with the Foundation’s research priorities (energy, the environment and substainability; trade and investment; education and curriculum; national and sub-national relations with Asia.) Please note that grants are not intended to support dissertation research.

The application period begins February 1st, 2018, and closes April 30th. 2018. For more information on the fellowship and for application details, please refer to their website.

Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris FSMP

Are you a mathematician or a computer scientist who has always wanted to live in Paris? The Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris FSMP offers scholarships for Masters degrees in Math and fundamental computer sciences, and offers 20 PhD thesis awards (from Fall 2018) in Math and fundamental computer sciences. FSMP federates 14 laboratories in mathematical sciences, 23 Inria teams, and gathers more than 1800 researchers among which 900 permanents, involving 5 Fields medalists, 20 members of Academy of Science, and many recipients of national and international awards. These programs are dedicated to international students without any nationality restriction (Canadian students are eligible).


The Canadian scientific community has a fantastic opportunity right now to shape the future of Canadian research for the better, and they need your help! Federal funding for fundamental research in Canada has been declining significantly over the past decade. Sign their letter and find out what you can do to help here.