Conference Funding

The VIU Student Travel and Conference Fund, the CUR - Social Sciences Student Travel Awards and the Students' Union's Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund are available to students who are seeking financial support to participate in conferences, workshops, and colloquia related to their studies at VIU. For full details go to The BIG Student Funding Chart.

Geography Student Scholarships

Geography Student Scholarship Application Form

Deadline: Friday, March 22rd, 2019 at 3:30 pm

The application must be completed and submitted via email directly to the Chair of the Geography Department.

The Geography Department at Vancouver Island University (VIU) awards two annual scholarships currently valued at $100 each. Awarding of these scholarships is competitive, and is based on both academic achievement and service to the university or community related to geography. The first scholarship is awarded to a declared Geography student completing their 2nd year of studies who will be returning to VIU to continue his or her studies in Geography. This student should ideally have a GPA of 3.67 (A- average) or higher in their first and second-year Geography courses completed at VIU. The second scholarship is awarded to a declared Geography student completing their 3rd year of studies who will be returning to VIU to continue his or her studies in Geography. This student should ideally have a GPA of 3.67 (A- average) or higher in their third-year Geography courses completed at VIU. For both scholarships, the student must have maintained an 80% course load (4 courses per term) or higher during their 2nd or 3rd (respectively) year of academic studies at VIU.

Carto Cup Competition

The Carto Cup Trophy

Vancouver Island University has a number of different programs in which Cartographic Design and Geographic Information Systems are taught. The instructors of these programs are all very proud of their students' abilities. The Geography Department created a contest to encourage VIU students to produce cartographic products of which they can be proud. Any VIU student is encouraged to submit an entry.


Students are encouraged to create a cartographically excellent representation of spatial data using the resources that are available to them. The submission may be on any topic and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Effective communication of the intended information
2. Cartographic quality
3. Innovative design
4. Overall attractiveness

Deadline: Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Carto Cup Website

The Lady Rose Prize

MV Frances Barkley docked in Port Alberni

MV Frances Barkley docked in Port Alberni. Photo by Redonebird 2011


This prize is awarded to the top-ranking student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Geography; based on GPA of the best ten upper-level Geography courses. No application necessary. Prizes are awarded in July.

The prize includes two round-trip tickets on a sightseeing tour of the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound aboard the MV Frances Barkley, from Port Alberni to Bamfield.



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