Graduate Program - Fellowships and Scholarships
There are a variety of opportunities for funding over and above what comes as "university funding" as outlined in your letter of offer. The School of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies (SGPS) provides a list that complements what is on this page. Research Services also provides the Graduate Thesis Research Award (described below). See also what departmental awards are available.
The Province (OGS, OGSST) and federal Tri-council Agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) provide very substantial and prestigious awards. SGPS provides two good, overlapping summaries of these awards - a summary of awards for faculty/staff and a summary of awards for graduate students - the latter in particular has information on application procedures for these key agencies along with other awards.
Application Deadlines for External Scholarship applications to Graduate Administrator:
NSERC - Deadlines:
October 1, 2012 - electronic submission of proposal and/or statement of interest to be sent to Isaac Luginaah at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 9, 2012 - complete application, including letters of reference. All submissions made to Graduate Administrator.
October 15, 2012 - electronic submission of proposal and/or statement of interest to be sent to Isaac Luginaah at email@example.com
TBA - complete application, including letters of reference. All submissions made to Graduate Administrator.
SSHRC - Deadlines:
October 26, 2012 - electronic submission of proposal and/or statement of interest to be sent to Isaac Luginaah at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 9, 2012 - complete application, including letters of reference. All submissions made to Graduate Administrator.
See also the deadlines for departmental awards at the departmental awards page.
How are averages
Eligibility requirements differ for each application. Please refer to the applicable scholarship for details.
Please see the website for information.
Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship:
Please see the website for details.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship:
Please see the website for details.
Those doing international work should, among other sources, consider IDRC - UWO Geographers have had good success with this agency. There is no internal IDRC application deadline like there is for the other agencies mentioned here. There is also a federal government list of international scholarships, some of which are country-of-origin specific.
Information Session in Geography
This session complements the more generic sessions offered by SGPS, so please plan to attend the 2012 session.
September 21, 2012
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: SSC 2333 - Department of Geography
Other External Funds
"Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada's most valuable resource - its people."
A partnership with businesses/non-profit organizations for one term of research. No deadline.
value: $10,000 (+$5,000 for supervisor to spend on the project)
How to Apply
Apply directly to Mitacs with your supervisor
Supervisors are encouraged to contact Gregor Lawson from MITACS before starting an application.
Internal UWO Scholarships
Graduate Thesis Research Award
value: $750 (varies from year to year)
Preference will be given to students using the funds for research related to their thesis or dissertation. PhD students will have preference over Master’s students and Departmental rankings will have considerable weight. Even with these preferences we will most certainly be awarding prizes to Masters’ level applicants and applicants wishing to use funds for other meritorious activities such as presenting results of their research at conferences.
The Graduate Alumni Scholarships Competition
value: $2000 (varies from year to year)
Awarded to graduate students registered in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and enrolled in any graduate program in the Faculty of Social Sciences who can demonstrate financial need and are maintaining a minimum 78% average. Recipients will be selected by the Dean of Social Science upon consultation with the Department Chairs and committees within the Faculty of Social Science. Recipients must meet OSOTF eligibility requirements. Value: 7 at $2000 each.
Students must meet the following :
1) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or protected person and resident of Ontario for 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of post-secondary studies.
2) Pass a needs criteria. This means that anyone HOLDING a major scholarship (i.e., from tri-council, OGS, Trudeau etc.) are not eligible.
How to apply
Provide a one-page proposal and 1/2 page needs statement to GeoGradAdmin@uwo.ca
One candidate is forwarded to the Dean.
Internal Departmental Scholarships
See the Departmental Awards page. Many of these are awarded in the Spring.
Further Information Needed?
Direct your inquiries on fellowships and scholarships to the Graduate
Phone: 519 661-2111 Ext. 85033
Social Science Centre
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5C2
Tel: 519 661-3423, Fax: 519 661-3750