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Funding & Scholarships

The Anthropology graduate program at Western offers a competitive funding package for all eligible full-time students accepted to our graduate program. Full-time doctoral students receive four years of guaranteed funding; full-time masters students receive two years of guaranteed funding. University funding packages are based on a combination of internal scholarships and compensation for work (employment as a Teaching or Research Assistant).

Our program also offers workshops and other feedback to support our students in their applications for external national and provincial scholarships. Our students have an excellent record in these competitions: in a recent competition for national Canada Graduate Scholarships-Masters, every one of our first-year MA students who applied for a CGS-M award to support their thesis research and writing for their second year was successful! Our doctoral students also do well in major competitions: among graduate programs at Western, Anthropology is tied for first place in the university for its success in the national Vanier and provincial Trillium competitions over the last seven years (2012-2018 award years).

Students who win major awards have their external scholarships topped up with additional university funding. While there are never enough external scholarships for every meritorious student, we are able to provide a base funding guarantee for all full-time students in the amounts outlined here:

Anthropology Domestic PhD Student Annual Funding Packages in 2017-18 (Full Time):

Anthropology PhD students: minimum guaranteed annual funding package

Internal scholarships $12,174
2 terms of TA or RA employment ($6,413 x 2) $12,826
Total guaranteed funding is $25,000

PhD students with external scholarships  have their awards topped up with additional university funding, as follows

Award: Ontario Graduate Scholarship $15,000
Internal Scholarships $13,587
1 term of TA or RA employment $6,413
Total funding is $35,000

 

Award: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship $20,000
Internal Scholarships $10,587
1 term of TA or RA employment $6,413
Total funding is $37,000

 

Award: SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship $35,000
Internal Scholarships $1,587
1 term of TA or RA employment $6,413
Total funding is $43,000

 

Award: SSHRC Vanier Scholarship $50,000
Internal Scholarships $2,000
Total funding is $52,000

 

Anthropology Domestic MA Student Annual Funding Packages in 2017-18 (Full Time):

MA students: minimum guaranteed annual funding package

Internal scholarships $5,796
2 terms of TA or RA employment ($6,413 x 2) $12,826
Total guaranteed funding is $18,622

 

Award: Ontario Graduate Scholarship $15,000
Internal scholarships $7,209
1 term of TA or RA employment $6,413
Total funding is $28,622

 

Award: Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters $17,500
Internal scholarships $6,709
1 term of TA or RA employment $6,413
Total funding is $30,622

 

International Students

We are also able to accept a small number of funded international students in the MA and PhD programs. Their funding levels take into account the higher tuition fees charged to international students.

There are also a variety of departmental, university and external sources which exist to support conference participation, research and so on. See the links in the left side menu for each category.

NOTE: The cost of living in London is lower than in many major Canadian cities. The result is that your funding package will go farther here. If you would like to compare the cost of living in London with another city, you can refer to the cost of living comparison function provided by Numbeo.com.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees for domestic and international graduate students at Western can be viewed on the Registrar’s website.

Income Tax Reporting

General information about income tax reporting can be found on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.