University Funding

In addition to the resources available within the department, there are additional funding opportunities administered by other units within the university.

  • Global Opportunities Award - Graduate Students planning fieldwork in international locations can apply for funding to support such research under the Global Opportunities Award program at Western. Application deadline: November 15 & March 15 annually.

  • Graduate Research Awards Fund is designed to support the costs of research undertaken by full-time graduate students. Applicants must be engaged in doing research as part of their degree requirements. The maximum award available from this fund is $750 per recipient. Funds can be requested to help offset the costs of field or lab research. Support for conferences is the lowest priority for this fund. Complete information about eligibility as well as the application form can be found on the Faculty of Social Science website. Application deadline: March 3, 2017.

  • ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship is an industry-sponsored award designed to support top students conducting GIS research using ESRI software/technology. Application deadline: March 6, 2017.

  • Social Science Graduate Alumni Awards recognize graduate student academic excellence combined with financial need in the Faculty of Social Science.

    *Note: Students must meet OSOTF Ontario Residency requirements to be eligible for this award. Application deadline: May 1. 2017.

  • Check the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies for an extensive list of other available Funding Opportunities.

  • Various sources of financial support are also available through The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) and the GTA union. Please review their websites for more information: