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Master of Digital Media Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities in the Master of Digital Media program

There are many scholarship opportunities available to new and returning students of the Master of Digital Media program. Approximately 50% of students receive a scholarship or other financial assistance throughout the program. The table below lists all of the scholarships available through the Master of Digital Media program for new and returning students, along with the number that are available each year.

Applicants DO NOT need to apply for the scholarships for new students. The only exception is the Pat Hibbitts Scholarship.

Master of Digital Media Scholarships


Amount Eligibility

New &/or Returning

Number Available

Centre for Digital Media Scholarships

Up to $15,000 

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

Partial or Full Housing

Students are selected based on the quality of their sample of work, their letters of recommendations and academic performance during their undergraduate studies. Renewable each term to students who maintain good academic standing.

New & Returning 


Tom Calvert Computer Science & Software Engineering Award

Up to $30,000 **

Awarded to a student with the best sample of work submission during the MDM application process. Applicants must hold a bachelors degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering.



Pat Hibbitts Scholarship


Awarded to an incoming female graduate student in the Master of Digital Media program who chooses to embark on a career change into digital media. Note: applicants need to apply for this scholarship.



The Great Northern Way Trust Scholarship


Awarded to competitive students who attained, or are in the process of attaining, a bachelor's degree from one of the Great Northern Way Trust's partner institutions: the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, or the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Students are selected based on the overall quality of their MDM application.



OUTtv Scholarship


Recognizes the academic achievement of a full-time MDM student, and their proposed research/project work in digital media exploring the areas of cultural, ethnic or gender-identity diversity in the LGBT community.



IDEA-X Scholarship


Successful admission into the Master of Digital Media program after completing an IDEA-X session.



Master of Digital Media Venture Internship Award


Awards are given to MDM students 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.



Gerri Sinclair Award for Innovation in Digital Media

Up to $2,000 ***

Awarded to a student or group of students in the MDM Program who have created a digital media product or innovation that has great potential either as a commercial digital media product or an innovative methodology for creating digital media products.



** tuition + rent-free living

*** for total student team

Other Scholarships

Besides the Master of Digital Media scholarships, external award programs also provide funding opportunities for students. Information on how to apply to these programs can be found through government websites. Students must apply directly to the organizations that offer them.

The following websites are great resources for finding 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 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.

Please visit the OAS website for eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply: http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/regular_program.asp


Indspire disburses bursaries and scholarships through its Building Brighter Futures program to Indigenous students who are enrolled in post-secondary programs. Since 1985, Indspire has disbursed bursaries and scholarships to First Nation, Inuit, and Metis post-secondary students. It is the largest funder for Indigenous education outside of the federal government.

Additional Sources of Funding

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. Students can apply for bursaries after admission and enrolment in the Master of Digital Media program.