Centre for Digital Media

Scholarships

Overview

A variety of scholarships are available to new and returning students of the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program. Unless noted, applicants need not apply for these scholarships separately.

Scholarships Available Exclusively to Master of Digital Media Students

Centre for Digital Media (CDM) Scholarships (entrance)

Every year, a select number of new students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement are awarded Centre for Digital Media Scholarships. CDM Scholarships are valued at $10,000 or $5,000 apiece. Students are selected based on the quality of their sample of work and academic performance during their undergraduate studies.

Centre for Digital Media Housing Award (entrance)

The Centre for Digital Media Housing Award is allocated to a student with exceptional academic performance, superior samples of work and impressive letters of recommendation. The award consists of subsidized living at CDM’s state-of-the-art apartments. The award is renewable each term to students who maintain good academic standing during their MDM studies.

Tom Calvert Computer Science and Software Engineering Award (entrance)

The Computer Science and Software Engineering (CS/SE) Award is awarded to a student with the best sample of work submission during the MDM application process. The award is valued at $15,000 in addition to rent-free living at the CDM’s brand new apartments during their MDM studies. To be considered for this award, applicants must hold a bachelors degree in computer science or software engineering.

Computer Science or Software Engineering Scholarship (entrance)

The Computer Science or Software Engineering (CS/SE) Scholarship is awarded to a student with the highest cumulative grade point average from a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering. The award is valued at $10,000 in addition to rent-free living at the CDM’s brand new apartments during their MDM studies. To be considered for this award, applicants must hold a bachelors degree in computer science or software engineering. 

Dianne Sinclair Memorial Fellowship (entrance fellowship)

Dr. Yosef Wosk, a supporter of the Master of Digital Media Program (MDM), established this fellowship in 2009 in memory of Dianne Sinclair. Awarded to the most outstanding female student entering the MDM Program, the recipient is given a non-renewable $1,000 annual fellowship based on her academic standing and demonstrated talent through her sample of work submitted during the application process.

The Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women in Digital Media

The Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women in Digital Media is awarded to an eligible female student who wishes to pursue a career in Digital Media. Valued at $2,000, the recipient must be a female resident of BC; enrolled full-time in the Master of Digital Media program; and demonstrate academic proficiency, financial need and community engagement.

The application deadline is June 1st, 2013. Download the Minerva Foundation Award Application Form for 2013 [PDF].

OUTtv Scholarship (available to current MDM students only)

Valued at $5,000, the OUTtv Scholarship recognizes the academic achievement of a full-time graduate student enrolled in the Master of Digital Media program, and their proposed research/project work in digital media exploring the areas of cultural, ethnic or gender-identity diversity in the lesbian/gay/bi/trans (LGBT) community. Preference will be given to applicants who are self-identified as gay, lesbian, bi, or trans. Should no student from the LGBT community apply for this award, the OUTtv Award may be given to an applicant who meets the remaining criteria.

Students can either apply for this award, or be nominated by faculty, staff or students of the Great Northern Way Campus community. Eligible students must demonstrate overall excellence in their academic and creative work and be in good academic standing in the Master of Digital Media Program. Students must submit a proposal, or have completed a project that explores areas in digital media related to the cultural, ethnic or gender-identity diversity of the gay/lesbian/trans/bi community (proposal or project description should not exceed 250 words).

Masters of Digital Media Venture Internship Award

This is an achievement award for Graduate students of the Masters of Digital Media Program who are pursuing a venture internship to build a new company. Awards will be given to graduate students in the Masters of Digital Media Program who are registered in either DMED 530 or DMED 531 and intend to use the Award to help defray costs while creating a new business venture.

The number of awards granted through the MDM Venture Internship Award each year will be based on the amount of money raised each year by the Masters of Digital Media and the number of students who meet all the criteria below. Awards will be granted to a maximum of $2000 per student.

The eligibility criteria for this award are:

a. Demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level (minimum 3.50 GPA.)

b. Registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Masters of Digital Media Program in either DMED 530 or DMED 531.

c. A viable approved proposal to build a business.

Awards will be granted based on the following criteria:

a. Viability of business proposal in 4 to 8 month timeline.

b. Relevant academic, professional and volunteer achievements.

c. Proposed use of the award.

This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.

Applications in writing should be sent to the Awards Committee, Masters of Digital Media Program and must include:

a. A completed Application for a Private Graduate Scholarship form

b. A copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)

c. Applicant’s CV, outlining academic, professional and volunteer experience

d. Two-page description of the proposed business, budget (travel and living costs, etc.) and any other relevant information that will aid the Committee in its decision

The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the Program Administrator, Masters of Digital Media Program no later than one month before the beginning of the September or January term.

The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Masters of Digital Media Awards Committee, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Non-Centre for Digital Media Scholarships

Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States (OAS) offers scholarships to students from the Americas interested in joining the Master of Digital Media (MDM) Program. The OAS scholarships are valued at a maximum of $30,000 US per academic year for no more than two academic years, and include a teaching position that may be renewed in subsequent semesters. Students from the United States, Central America, South America and the Caribbean with an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences, Fine Arts, Communications, Engineering, Business and other related fields of study are eligible to apply.

Students who wish to apply to the MDM Program and are nationals or permanent residents of a member state of the Organization of American States (OAS) can contact their National Liaison Office for application instructions and deadlines.

Visit the OAS website for instructions on how to apply for a 2015 start: http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/regular_program.asp

Other Scholarships

Other award programs are also available externally. Information on how to apply to these programs can be found through government websites and Internet keyword searches. Students must apply directly to the organizations that offer them.

The following websites provide great resources for Canadian and International funders, and allow visitors to create customized searches:

Additional Sources of Funding (entering and current students)

A number of bursaries are available to students who demonstrate financial need. Students who wish to apply for bursaries must contact Simon Fraser University’s Financial Aid Office and meet eligibility criteria.

Additional Opportunities for Non-students

The Centre for Digital Media offers a limited number of spaces for innovative scholars to spend time with MDM Faculty as visiting scholars, in order to collaborate in educational and scholarly work and provide opportunities for local Faculty to learn more about education activities in other institutions. Prospective visiting scholars must first secure the consent of CDM’s Director, who is willing to collaborate with them during their stay at CDM.

Visiting scholars can apply directly to CDM. To apply to be a visiting scholar the following documentation is normally required:

  • A letter explaining why you would like to become a visiting scholar at CDM, including the dates and duration of your intended stay;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • a summary of research interests;
  • the name of one or two faculty members you wish to collaborate with during your stay at CDM.
  • Once your application has been approved and a faculty member has agreed to be your academic mentor, a formal letter of invitation will be issued, (which may be required in order to obtain a visa).

International Visiting Scholars must have adequate medical insurance to cover themselves and any accompanying dependents for the entire duration of their stay in Canada.