Grants & Scholarships

The Royal University Hospital (RUH) Foundation provides grants for ongoing education, research, and items for patient care and comfort at RUH. The Foundation also provides funds to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) for professional development. These grants are available to staff at Royal University Hospital and the SHA, and are reviewed and approved by the Board.

Since incorporation in 1983, RUH Foundation has invested more than $60,000,000 in grants for capital expenditures, as well as in support of the following grants:

RUH Foundation HUG Grants

The HUG Fund—Helping, Understanding, Giving—was introduced in 2006, and provides the “softer” side of care. HUG Fund Grant applications should improve the quality of care for patients during a hospital stay or support staff morale initiatives. The HUG Fund is supported through generous donations to the Royal University Hospital Foundation by individual and corporate donors including Orano’s Wish Fund and other designated funds.

HUG Grant applications are now being accepted. The next deadline is August 10, 2020. Only Royal University Hospital programs and departments are eligible to apply.

Applications are typically reviewed twice per year (August and February ) and are accepted anytime throughout the year. To inquire about upcoming HUG Grant application periods, contact Mia Cavanagh by email or call 306.655.6521.

View the February 2019August 2019 and February 2020 awarded HUG Grants.

RUH Foundation Scholarships

RUH Foundation is committed to supporting RUH medical teams including front line staff, nurses (NP, RN, RPN, and LPN), medical professionals or post-doctoral fellows to upgrade their skills or further their education, thus enabling them to assume leadership positions in the provision of health care at RUH. Funding comes from donors to the RUH Foundation including individuals, organizations, and corporations. Awards will be made annually in June or until all scholarship funding is depleted.

The deadline to submit Scholarship Applications for 2020 has passed. All applicants will be notified by June 30, 2020.

To inquire about upcoming Scholarship application periods, contact Mia Cavanagh by email or call 306.655.6521.

RUH Foundation Research Grants

The Royal University Hospital Foundation Research Fund is supported by Royal University Hospital Foundation through annual donations and investment earnings on donor endowments. The Foundation’s Research Grant Program supports clinically relevant research projects that will ultimately benefit patients who are, for the most part, treated at Royal University Hospital.

The application period to apply for Research Grants has now passed. Grant recipients will be notified by April 1, 2020.

Please contact Mia Cavanagh by email or call 306.655.6521 with any questions.

View the 2017–2018, 2018–2019 and 2019-2020 awarded Research Grants.

Professional Development Fund

This fund supports professional development for employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority by funding participation in seminars, conferences, and workshops that advance job knowledge, skills, and qualifications.

The Professional Development Fund is administered by Organizational Learning & Effectiveness. Applications for funding are found online through the Infonet.

If you experience difficulty, please contact Organizational Learning & Effectiveness at 306.655.3966.

For more information on the professional development fund please click here.

RUH Foundation Community Mental Health Endowment Granting Program

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Future in Mind Campaign, the Royal University Hospital Foundation is able to offer Community Mental Health Endowment (CMHE) grants. This program was established to provide funding that will enhance and bridge the services provided by Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), U of S and SHA-affiliated Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). CMHE grants are for projects that typically would not receive funding from capital or operating budgets.

The deadline to apply for 2019-2020 CMHE funding has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified by December 31, 2019.

To inquire about upcoming CMHE Grant application periods, contact Mia Cavanagh by email or call 306.655.6521.

Woman Leading Philanthropy Grant

The Women Leading Philanthropy Grant is designed to fund innovative health-care initiatives led by female physicians, practitioners and researchers at Royal University Hospital with a goal to inspire transformative advancements in health care, while furthering women’s leadership in health.

Applications for the 2020–2021 Women Leading Philanthropy $100,000 grant are now being accepted. Please read the Guidelines and complete Part A and Part B of the application before the 4 p.m. deadline on Friday, June 12, 2020 – please note that this deadline was extended from May 14.

To inquire about upcoming WLP Grant application periods, contact Mia Cavanagh by email or call 306.655.6521.


For further information on any of RUH Foundation’s scholarships or grants, contact the RUH Foundation office at 306.655.1984 or by email.

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