Financial Support

There are a number of sources of financial support available to both undergraduate and graduate students in the Geology Department.  A complete list of scholarships, awards and bursaries can be viewed here.  The majority of these awards are open to students of all disciplines, however, there are some Geology specific awards, undergraduates can find a list of awards and bursaries by typing Geology under the search heading located here.  Undergraduate students can find more information about financial aid at the website of the Financial Aid Office.  This contains information about deadline dates and application forms.


Bill James Geology Bursary (BJGBI)  Awarded to an in-course student majoring in Geology on the basis of financial need.

Dr. Melville Bartley Alumni Memorial Bursary (DMBBI)  Awarded to a Geology major in any year on the basis of financial need and minimum B standing.

J.P. Bickell Foundation Mining Award Program (JPBMI)  Awarded to a 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student registered in: B Sc or HBSc Geology; B Sc Earth Science; HBESc Environmental Studies with Earth Science; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering. Students must be enrolled in one the afore-mentioned disciplines, with a minimum 70% average in the previous year and must demonstrate an interest in the mining industry.

Major General D.M. Hogarth Memorial Bursary (GHMBI)  Awarded on the basis of financial need to an entrance or in-course student majoring in Geology.

Northern Lake Superior Field Course Award I (NLAAI)  Awarded to a student enrolled in a Water Resource Science or Environmental Studies program, to support their attendance the Environmental Field Course (ENST/WATE 3094), held at Pukaskwa National Park, with demonstrated financial need and with an average of 70% or higher.

Northern Lake Superior Field Course Award II (NLBAI)  Awarded to students enrolled in the 4th year of any Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Program, with demonstrated financial need and an average of 70% or higher.

Roy Saukko Memorial Award (SAUKI)  Awarded to a student in his/her 3rd or 4th year or to a graduate student in Geology who demonstrates strong interest and potential in the exploration aspects of geology.

Walter 'Wally' Ranta Bursary in Geology (WRGBI)  Awarded to a geology student on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic standing. The recipient will be a resident of Ontario.

Bernie Schnieders Memorial Award (BSMOG) was established in 2005, by family, friends and colleagues of Bernie Schnieders.  This endowed award provides much-needed financial assistance to a graduate student who demonstrates a keen interest in economic geology and mineral fieldwork.
The 2019-2020 recipients are Justin Jonsson and Andrew Jedemann.
Past Recipients: Amy Shute, MSc Geol, 2006 recipient, Corey Wendland, MSc Geol, 2007 recipient, Benjamin Kowalczyk, MSc Geol, 2008 recipient, Nathan Forslund, MSc Geol, 2009 recipient, Victoria Stinson, HBSc Geol, 2010 recipient, Rob Cundari, MSc Geol, 2011 recipient, Ben Kuzmich, MSc Geol, 2012 recipient, Wesley Lueck, MSc Geol, 2013 recipient, Michael D'Angelo, MSc Geol, 2014 recipient, Brigitte Gélinas, MSc Geol, 2015 recipient, Vittoria Smith, MSc Geol, 2016 recipient, Kira Arnold, MSc Geol, 2017 recipient and Dana Campbell, MSc Geol, 2018 recipient.
Additional donations may be made at any time.  Cheques should be made payable to Lakehead University, indicating Bernie's name on the memo line and online gifts may be made at Lakehead GivingBernie Schneiders Memorial Award 2018-2019.pdf.



As well as the scholarships listed above Undergraduate Geology students may also be eligible to apply for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. These 16 week awards are generally undertaken over the summer and are intended to stimulate your interest in research as well as encourage an interest in graduate studies.

Graduate students may wish to consider NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships or the Ontario Graduate Scholarships Program.

The Mineralogical Association of Canada Scholarship is for students entering the second year of a M.Sc. program in the fields of mineralogy, crystallography, petrology, geochemistry or mineral deposits.

The Geological Society of America offers support for masters and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences at recognized institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

Students of mineral resources throughout the world may apply to the Society of Economic Geologists for thesis research grants from the Society of Economic Geologists Foundation and the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation.  The purpose of the grants is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research for graduate students. 

Anyone thinking of applying for any of these scholarships is advised to discuss their application with their supervisor or a faculty member.