MAIS Entrance Scholarships

The Master of Arts, Island Studies (MAIS) programs at UPEI have a limited number of Entrance Scholarships (up to $5,000 each) to support outstanding students choosing either the thesis-stream or the course and work-study stream options. Students pursuing any thesis topic or course-based specialization are eligible for this funding. You do not have to write your thesis on one of the bulleted topics listed below. No special application is necessary. You will be assessed for these scholarships based on your application to the program.

Future Prosperity Scholarships 

In addition to general Entrance Scholarship funding, over the next two years the MAIS program has acquired special funding to support thesis students who may wish to research and write their theses on a specific topic related to the Future Prosperity of PEI. Successful applicants will receive up to $12,500 Cdn to support their studies in the first year, renewable for a second year based on continued strong performance.

In order to be eligible for this limited and specific funding opportunity, students should be willing to choose a thesis research topic from among the following options:

  • Enhancing Rural Labour Markets in an Era of Rural Population Challenges
  • The Development of Prince Edward Island as an All-Seasons Tourism Destination: Lessons from other Cold Water Small Islands
  • An Analysis of Entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island: A Case Study of [insert a sector here]
  • PEI as a Living Lab for Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future
  • A Longitudinal Analysis of Newcomer Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island
  • Stories of Island Repatriation: A Qualitative Analysis of Islanders Who “Lived Away”

Funded MAIS Thesis Research Projects

Offshore groundwater resources in a changing marine environment: Continental shelf surrounding Prince Edward Island 
(2 @ $16,000 per year)

Deadline for applying for 2022 Winter Semester: November 1, 2021

The Master of Arts in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island welcomes applications for up to two funded graduate positions in the thesis stream. The successful applicant will conduct research and writing on the social impacts, sustainability trade-offs, and communication challenges of groundwater discovery for Prince Edward Island stakeholder groups, including Indigenous communities, coastal residents, and industries such as agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. The students will work under the supervision of Dr. Joshua MacFadyen as part of the Ocean Frontiers Institute-funded research project SOURCE—Offshore groundwater resources in a changing marine environment: Continental shelf surrounding Prince Edward Island. Students will receive a stipend of CAD $16,000 per year for two years, and they will have access to the resources of the GeoREACH Lab: Geospatial Research in Atlantic Canadian History (www.upei.ca/geolab). The position is open to all disciplinary backgrounds, but training in interviewing and other social science research methods will be considered an asset. For further information contact Dr. MacFadyen at jdmacfadyen@upei.ca.

To apply follow UPEI's graduate program application process at upei.ca/apply. Clearly indicate in your "Statement of Research Interests" that you wish to be considered for one of the SOURCE-funded graduate positions and describe how your training has prepared you to work with Indigenous communities, coastal communities, and/or industries such as agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. We especially encourage students from groups and backgrounds historically underrepresented in the field to apply.

Applications are due by November 1, 2021, for students enrolling in January 2022 (Winter term). All application materials, including all supplementary materials, must be received no later than 8 November. Any positions not filled may be filled in the next round of applications, due July 8. 2022 (Fall term).

New Frontiers in Research Fund - Access to music education (AMusE)
($11,000 a year for 2 years)   

Deadline for applying for 2022 Winter Semester: November 1, 2021

The Master of Arts in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island welcomes applications for up to two funded graduate positions in the thesis stream. The successful applicant will conduct research and writing on accessibility to music education with a focus on Prince Edward Island in comparison to other regions in Canada, (i.e., other island, northern, rural, urban). The project will entail (a) determining the distribution of funding for music education in these regions (b) identifying political, economic, and sociocultural influences underlying funding decisions (c) conducting a cost/benefit analysis of vocal vs instrumental music programs (d) analyzing extant databases reflecting needs of music education programs, and (e) considering access to culturally relevant musical content (including Indigenous, local cultures, immigrant, and refugee). The student will work under the supervision of Dr. James Sentence (economics) with committee members drawn from co-investigators of the Access to Music Education research project and/or Island Studies Graduate Faculty. The position is open to all disciplinary backgrounds, but quantitative skills and training in economics, business, sociology, psychology, education, or statistics and an interest in music will be considered assets. The project is funded by the New Foundations for Research Fund – Exploration. For further information contact Dr.  Annabel Cohen, Principal Investigator acohen@upei.ca

Students involved are expected to be part of a multidisciplinary team of university professors and other professionals who will meet regularly over two years. One of the aims of the project is to provide experiential educational opportunities in interdisciplinary research to students (adding to that already provided for students in Island Studies).     

To apply follow UPEI's graduate program application process at upei.ca/apply. Clearly indicate in your "Statement of Research Interests" that you wish to be considered for the New Frontiers for Research project and describe how your training and interests have prepared you to work on this project. 

Applications are due by 1 November 2021, for students enrolling in January 2022 (Winter term). All application materials, including all supplementary materials, must be received no later than 8 November. Any positions not filled may be filled in the next round of applications, July 8, 2022 (Fall term).  


A reminder that the MA Island Studies program is interdisciplinary. Therefore, we accept students from all disciplinary backgrounds who wish to explore any topic related to Island Studies. The most important prerequisite is that you have a passion for islands. 

Complete applications received by March 31, 2022 will receive first consideration for funding. Final decisions are dependent on budget availability.