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Internal Scholarship Opportunities

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Program has incredible industry support from generous local benefactors that provide twenty-two different scholarships, bursaries, and awards available exclusively to Fish/Aqua students. These value of these awards total over $35,000! A list of awards can be found by scrolling down to the Fisheries & Aquaculture section of the Scholarships and Awards page.

To qualify and apply for these awards, complete the "Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile" in your student record.  The profile is open for entry from early September to March 31. Note that you may change and update your profile up until the deadlines listed below. Your final submission as of October 31 will be used for "Bursary" selections, and your final submission as of March 31 will be used for "Scholarship & Award" selections.

Exceptions to these deadline dates are noted in the descriptions of the awards. Please note that additional applications may come available during the year and will be posted in our Bulletin Board section.

International Students: VIU has scholarships specifically for international students. International students can also apply for scholarships where financial need is not a criteria. Also as you may know, international students with 6 months of study completed can apply for an off campus work permit.  That allows to work part time during the school year and full time during the summer.

External Scholarship Opportunities

The Millenium Ocean Prize ($5,000) celebrates youth activism advancing Marine and Freshwater conservation, and sustainable use of oceans, seas, rivers, lakes and marine resources.  Initiatives that champion sustainable fisheries will receive special consideration. 

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Scholarships. The first two scholarships on this page are open to all Canadian Residents pursuing graduate or post-graduate work in fish and wildlife management or conservation. Application deadline is May 1, 2024.

Pacific Salmon Foundation Volunteer Stewardship Community Bursary Program.  Applicants must be a full time student in good standing in at least second year of an accredited program that leads to a career supporting Pacific Salmon, and applications are accepted August - October 30 every year.

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Scholarship Award. Applications are accepted until May 31st for the following fall tuition and there are four $1,500 scholarships available!