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 a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS) and compensation for employment as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Fellowship (GF).

Domestic MA students receive funding for 2 years (6 terms) of their program, through a combination of WGRS and GTA/GF and are also eligible for external awards. In 2023-24 our full-time domestic MA students received a funding package of at least $20,000.

Domestic PhD students receive funding for 4 years (12 terms) of their program, through a combination of WGRS and GTA/GF, and are also eligible for external awards. In 2023-24, our full-time domestic Ph.D. students received a funding package of at least $26,800.

When students receive a provincial or national scholarship such as OGS or SSHRC, the university component of their funding will be modified to supplement the support provided by the external award.

International students: We are also able to accept a small number of funded international students in the MA and PhD programs.  Effective in 2018, International PhD students pay the same tuition rates as domestic students so are funded accordingly. Funding levels for international MA students take into account the higher tuition fees charged to international students.

Graduate Student Affordability Calculator

The Graduate Student Affordability Calculator is designed for you to get a better estimate of what it will cost to attend one of Western's graduate programs for one year. The calculator is not a promise of funding, or a place to access scholarship support or financial aid; rather, it is intended to provide you with an accurate estimate of how much money you will need to pay for your tuition, fees, housing, food, and many other necessities for a 12-month (three term) academic year.

Once you've input your information, please be sure to click the links and footnotes for each line item for more information. Any questions, comments, or feedback can be directed to Mark Wolfe, Communication Manager, at

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).

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

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.