Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

5. Financial Support

At Western, supporting our student researchers is a top priority.  By offering financial packages to help offset the expenses associated with full-time graduate study, We help our full-time students in Doctoral programs and in many research-based Master’s programs to devote more time to their studies and research. Based on recommendations by the admitting graduate program, students in research-based programs are offered competitive financial support packages.

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies distinguishes between research-based programs and professionally-oriented programs to determine eligibility for student support.

Eligible students in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance program (DMA), all PhD programs and some research-based Master’s programs will be offered a financial support package which may include funds from the Faculty or graduate program, such as internal or external scholarship support, or employment.

To be eligible for financial support a student must continue to be registered full-time and must continue to meet the minimum academic requirements of the graduate program and progress satisfactorily towards the timely completion of the degree.

Students in funding-eligible programs receive financial support for the normal duration of their
program. Note, there are three terms in an academic year; fall, winter, and summer:

Incoming Doctoral students and continuing Doctoral students who meet the usual eligibility criteria (see Sections 5.02 and 5.03 above), must be offered an annual financial package (i.e., three terms commencing with the initial term of admission) of at least the annual cost of full-time tuition (Office of the Registrar - Fees & Refunds) plus $13,000, with the following caveats:

Effective September 1, 2008, the external scholarships listed below, for which adjudication and payments are managed by SGPS, are displayed on the Western transcripts of students who received them.

When a student completes the program or withdraws without completing while receiving financial support, the support may be subject to repayment or pro-rating for the remainder of the term. It is important for a student to consult with the graduate program and/or the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for details.

The University of Western Ontario and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies reserves the right to modify and/or discontinue the SGPS financial support packages. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website provides complete information on Financial Support available at The University of Western Ontario.