External Funding

In addition to these University sources of support, students are encouraged to apply to external sources. The School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies provides additional regularly updated information on all provincial and national scholarship opportunities as well as competition timelines and deadlines.

Each year, SGPS holds information sessions to assist students with their external scholarship applications, and to answer any questions they might have about the national and provincial awards. All sessions are held in the International and Graduate Affairs Building - Suite 1N07.

External Scholarships Timeline & Deadlines 2018-19

Name of Award Dept. Workshop (2:30pm, SSC 2257)
Dept. Deadline SGPS Deadline
NSERC October 19, 2018 October 26, 2018, 12:00pm October 29, 2018
SSHRC D October 19, 2018 October 26, 2018, 12:00pm November 9, 2018
CGSM November 23, 2018 December 1, 2018 December 1, 2018 (before 8:00pm)
OGS January 18, 2019 January 31, 2019 January 31, 2019 @ 4:00pm

External Funding

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Open to both international and domestic students; $5000 per term for up to three terms per year. Students must apply for OGS funding via the university where they expect to hold the award if successful. Students should apply for the Western OGS program if they are current grad students who will still be students here next year, or are not current grad students here, but are applying to begin a graduate program here next year.This means that if a student is applying to study at a different Ontario university next year, they must apply to that university's OGS program.The on-line application forms will be available from October to January (check the SGPS website for deadline dates). Successful students will be informed of their award in April. Waitlisted students will be informed if their status changes to successful following the announcement of the initial round of SSHRC awards in May. It will not be necessary to order transcripts as part of this process, as we already have on file all transcripts for current students, and will also have such transcripts in hand for any applicants to our program who may also apply for OGS.Reference writers for applicants' OGS can be the same referees as those in the program application but letters must be different and taylored to OGS. Please refer to the SGPS website for more information on the Ontario Graduate Scholarships guidelines and application process.

NSERC Doctoral Scholarships

The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in doctoral research in the natural sciences and engineering. Please refer to the SGPS website for more information on the NSERC Scholarships guidelines and application process.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC; Doctoral and Post-Doctoral)

Provides funding at the PhD and Post-Doctoral Level, as well as funding for faculty research. Doctoral Students: If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have completed or are about to complete a master's degree or a bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences, or are already pursuing a PhD or equivalent or a combined MA/PhD, you may be eligible to apply for a doctoral award.  Post-doctoral Researchers: If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have recently completed or will soon complete a PhD or equivalent in the social sciences or humanities, and do not hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty position, you may be eligible to apply to the following programs. You can find more information on the SSHRC Doctoral Awards on the SGPS website.

Canada Graduate Scholarships (Masters; CGSM)

Provides funding at the Masters Level for research in Social Sciences and Humanities as well as Natural Sciences. If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have completed or are about to complete a bachelor's degree, or are already pursuing a master's degree, you may be eligible to apply for a master's scholarship.  You can find more information on the CGSM Awards on the SGPS website.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both superior leadership skills and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. International and domestic candidates are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS. Nominations must respect the two primary aims of the Vanier CGS Program: International Recruitment – in order to build strong brand recognition for the Vanier CGS comparable to the world’s most valuable, prestigious, and sought-after awards, universities are strongly urged to strengthen their efforts to nominate new foreign candidates Student Mobility – in an effort to support students who choose to broaden their research horizons and seek new challenges, the Vanier CGS program strongly encourages candidates to pursue their studies beyond the university that granted their undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. More information on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships can be found on the SGPS website.

Ontario Trillium Scholarships

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is an important initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for PhD studies. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarships are encouraged to express their interest in the competition to the graduate program chair when applying for admission to Western University. A qualified international applicant must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Chair of the admitting program. More information on the Ontario Trillium Scholarships can be found on the SGPS website.

Mitacs Globalink Research Awards

The Mitacs Globalink Research Awards program provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects abroad. The program is open to all disciplines and provides an opportunity for faculty at Canadian universities to strengthen existing international research collaborations and connect with colleagues around the world through the mobility of students in Mitacs partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico and Vietnam. More information about the Mitacs Globalink Research Awards can be found on the SGPS website.

Students are encouraged to consult the awards office of their current university for additional information on fellowships, grants, and awards.