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Departmental Funding

Western is committed to fostering graduate research, and provides research funding in addition to the financial support normally available to all students in the MA and PhD programs. For students whose thesis plans involve fieldwork, the Department of Anthropology offers some awards to help support their research:

Regna Darnell Graduate Award for Fieldwork in Sociocultural Anthropology

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in Sociocultural Anthropology who is engaging in fieldwork. Preference will be given to a doctoral student. The recipient must have achieved a minimum 78% average and demonstrated a commitment to research. Applications must be submitted annually to the Department of Anthropology along with a statement outlining fieldwork requirements, outcomes and expected costs to be incurred. Final selection will be made by the Awards Committee in the Department of Anthropology, with at least one participant holding current membership in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Department Chair. This award is made possible through a Premier's Discovery Award received by Dr. Regna Darnell from the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Applications are invited for sociocultural fieldwork research funding of up to $2,000. Partial awards may be made.

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) in Lieu of GTA

PhD students who are within their funding window and will be doing extended fieldwork that requires them to be away from Western can apply to replace their Teaching Assistantship with a Graduate Research Assistantship. GRA funding in lieu of a GTA position is slightly less than GTA funding, because it does not include any vacation pay. Note that winning a major external scholarship would affect your eligibility for this (similarly, in those circumstances if you were on campus you would only be eligible for one term of GTA funding). Please contact the Graduate Chair as soon as possible if you think this will apply to you during the upcoming academic year.

Terry Demers Memorial Bursary

Awarded biennially to a Masters student in the Department of Anthropology who has demonstrated financial need. Eligible applicants should provide a two-page summary of their thesis proposal that includes the research questions, rationale for the study, potential contribution to the research literature, methodology and an itemized list of necessary expenses. Masters students in Anthropology may apply for this bursary in November 2016.
Value up to:$1000.00.

Christine Nelson MA Bioarchaeology Scholarship

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in the Master of Bioarchaeology program, in the Department of Anthropology, based on academic achievement and research merit. Preference will be given to a female student. The Scholarship Committee in the Graduate Department of Anthropology will select the recipient. At least one representative of this committee will hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established through a bequest from Mrs. Christine Sharon Nelson. Christine was an archaeologist, a heritage planner, an artist, a world traveler and a great friend to many. She passed away in April 2013 after a long struggle with cancer.
Value: 1 at $1,000.
An incoming MA student will be nominated by the Anthropology graduate awards committee.

Graduate Conference Travel Fund Award

Anthropology graduate students who will or have done a podium or poster presentation at a conference (as sole or first author) can apply for a Graduate Conference Travel Fund award ($250). Students can apply annually, although priority will be given to people who haven’t been funded previously. Other factors that will be weighted in allocating awards include the scale and location of the conference. There will be two application deadlines per year, on March 15 and September 15.