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.

Through generous donor support, RUH Foundation has granted over $10.5 million since 2006 through HUG Grants, Community Mental Health Endowment Grants, Research Grants, Women Leading Philanthropy Grants, Scholarships, Fellowship Funding and support for SHA Professional Development Funding.

All Royal University Hospital Foundation grants will only be accepted from applicants who reside in the former Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) and area. Please check to see what granting opportunities are available from the Hospital Foundations in your area.

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 in February 1, 2024. 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.

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 application period for RUH Foundation 2023–2024 Scholarships has now closed. If you are interested in applying next year, please review this year’s Criteria and Application provided here for reference only. The 2024–2025 application will be available in January 2024.

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.

Applications for the 2023–2024 Research Grants are now being accepted. Please carefully review the Guidelines and complete Part A, Part B, and Part C of the application. The application deadline is January 4, 2024 by 4:00 p.m.

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

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 the Royal University Hospital Foundation is able to offer Community Mental Health Endowment (CMHE) grants.

CMHE Grants provide funding that help develop new and innovative programming for patients/consumers and their families as well as enhances and/or bridges services provided by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, University of Saskatchewan and Community Based Organizations. CMHE Grants are for pilot projects or programs that have no other funding and have a proven record of impact and typically would not receive funding from capital or operating budgets.

Applications for the 2023–2024 CMHE Grant are now available. Please review the Criteria carefully and complete and submit the Application by 4:00 p.m. on October 16, 2023.

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.

The application period for the 2023–2024 Women Leading Philanthropy $100,000 Grant has now passed. For reference only, you can refer to the 2023–2024 Guidelines and Part APart B of the application to assist you in preparing for the 2024–2025 application period. 

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

Leadership Saskatoon Program

Both the St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) Foundation and the RUH Foundation’s Donna and Tony Dagnone Inspiration Award Endowment sponsors an SHA employee from RUH and SPH to participate in the Leadership Saskatoon Program. Leadership Saskatoon is a community leadership development program.

Full-time, permanent employees from RUH or SPH who are interested and willing to commit to the following should apply:

  1. Developing their leadership skills;
  2. Learning collaboratively with leaders from other sectors in and around Saskatoon;
  3. Demonstrating leadership behaviours and inspiring others to lead;
  4. Able to volunteer in some capacity with the Foundation following their completion of the program.

The application period for 2023–2024 has now passed.

For more information, contact Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership at 306.655.3966 or

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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