Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Student Finances

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.

Strategic Scholarship Competition Support

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to providing our students with strategic support as they prepare for the rigours of external scholarship competitions.

Our services range from providing students with critical information on processes and eligibility, to connecting students with experts who share their experiences and insights into scholarly excellence.

Scholarship Library

[The Library will re-open by September 1, 2016]

The Scholarship Library website was developed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and resources to put forth an excellent funding proposal for external competitions. The architecture and content of the site was built using a student-centred approach and is accessible only by current Western students through our secure Grad Portal. Visitors are able to access a wealth of knowledge surrounding the application process and proven recommendations and strategies for success. Furthermore, past applications and successful research proposals are available for students to consult (these have been donated to SGPS by scholars who have been successful in past competitions).  The Scholarship Library can be accessed by current undergraduate students.

All visitors to the Scholarship Library must adhere to strict policies in regards to viewing past research proposals, and all information pertaining to students’ identity and sensitive research is censored.

Preparing for Competition

Millions of dollars are available every year from government agencies and foundations to support the work and research of graduate students across the country. External funding bolsters your resume, enhances your scholarly reputation, and develops your career as a highly qualified researcher. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is excited to deliver to you an enhanced program of strategic scholarship support designed to hone your skills and talents so that you can secure maximum funding for your studies.

All Disciplines

  • 'Positioning Yourself for Success in the Vanier CGS Competition’ The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (VCGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting those who demonstrate both superior leadership skills and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. International and Canadian students are eligible to be nominated. Come and find out more about this prestigious program from our panel of experts. Registration is required.
  • 'Preparing Master's Scholars for National Doctoral Scholarship Success’ You won, but you can’t stop there! Now is the time to prepare yourself for the rigors of national doctoral scholarship competitions. As a national doctoral scholar, you would become part of the next generation of talented and creative people who will become leaders across campuses and communities, thereby contributing to Canada's success in the globalized 21st century. How can you best position yourself for future success? Come and find out from Dr. Peter Simpson, Associate Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral). Registration is required.
  • ‘Getting People to Care about Your Research: Writing Persuasive Grant Proposals’ A well-written research proposal convinces others that you have a relevant research project that merits funding, and that you have the competence and the plan to complete it. Generally, a research proposal should contain all the key elements involved in the research process and include sufficient information for the readers to evaluate the proposed study. Learn how to write persuasively with Paul Schmidt (The Writing Centre). Registration is required.
    • Health and Medicine – August 8 IGAB Classroom 1N05 10:30-11:30am 
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering – September 19 IGAB Classroom 1N05 10:30-11:30am Register here
    • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities – October 24 The Chu Centre 2:30-3:30pm Register here
  • ‘Writing Persuasively 101: Approaches to Writing for Research-based Scholarship’ This lecture series is designed for undergraduate and new master's students who have had limited to no experience writing research proposals. A well-written research proposal convinces others that you have a relevant research project that merits funding. Learn how to write persuasively with Paul Schmidt (The Writing Centre). Registration is capped at 30 per event. 
  • ‘Becoming a Trudeau Scholar’ This lecture is offered to students who are currently applying for the 2017 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships and is presented by Dr. Linda Miller, a former member of the Trudeau Foundation's Doctoral Scholarships Selection Committee. No registration required.
    • October 19 in the IGAB Thesis Room 1N75 11am-12pm 

  • ‘The Rhodes Scholarships: The Path of Preparation’ for all interested students from 1st year undergraduate students to eligible Master's students; presented by the Chair of Western Rhodes Committee, Professor Amanda Grzyb. No registration required.
    • Sep 7 in IGAB 1N05 1:30-2:30pm 

  • Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships- Master’s (CGSM) - Info Sessions for Students on the Process of Application - in the IGAB Classroom 1N05 (no registration required)
    • Monday, October 3, 2016 at 12:30pm (one hour lecture)
    • Monday, October 24, 2016 at 9:30am (one hour lecture) revised Sep 13, 2016
    • Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11:30am (one hour lecture)
    • Monday, November 21, 2016 at 12:30pm (one hour lecture)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships & Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology Info Sessions for Students - in the IGAB Atruim (no registration required)
    • Monday December 5, 2016 at 2:30pm (one hour session)
    • Wednesday January 4, 2017 at 10:00am (one hour session)

 Medical and Health Sciences

  • Responsive Research: Competitive Scholarship Applications in the Medical and Health Sciences The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada or abroad. All applicants are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity. How can you best position yourself for success in the current competition? Come and find out from Erin Huner, Research Consultant (Research Western). Registration is required.
  • The Art of Writing a CIHR Application WebEx Recording 
  • CIHR Scholarships Information Sessions
    The following webinars are offered by CIHR and attendees must register to join:
    • September 7, 2016 (English) Start time 12:00 pm EDT (2 hours) Register here
    • September 8, 2016 (French) Start time 11:00 am EDT (2 hours) Register here
    • September 9, 2016 (English) Start time 1:30 pm EDT (2 hours) Register here

Natural Sciences and Engineering

  • NSERC Doctoral Awards - Info Sessions for Students on the Process of Application - in the IGAB Classroom 1N05 (no registration required)
    • Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:30am and again at 12:30pm (one hour lectures) revised Sep 13, 2016
    • Monday, October 3, 2016 at 9:30am (one hour lecture)
    • Monday, October 17, 2016 at 10:30am (one hour lecture) revised Sep 7, 2016

Social Sciences and Humanities

  • SSHRC Doctoral Awards - Info Sessions for Students on the Process of Application - in the IGAB Classroom 1N05 (no registration required)
    • Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:30am and again at 11:30am (one hour lectures) revised Sep 13, 2016
    • Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:30am (one hour lecture) 
    • Monday, October 24, 2016 at 8:30am (one hour lecture) revised Sep 7, 2016


Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series


The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. The Series brings students together with university leaders who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic competition and global careers. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences. Pizza is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis but feel free to bring your own lunch.

The Series runs from September to March (except December) and each event is held on the last Wednesday of every month from 12:30-1:30pm in the Atrium of the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB). No registration is required.

The 2016-2017 Guest Speaker Schedule 

DateGuest SpeakerTitleTopic

September 28, 2016

Dr. Janice Deakin

Western University’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network

Reflections on Leadership: "To Thine Own Self Be True"

October 26, 2016

Professor Joanna Quinn

Professor in the Department of Political Science, founding Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Member of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada

"If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try, Again"

November 30, 2016

Professor Henri Boyi

Professor in the Department of French Studies and Recipient of the 2015 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award

Understanding the Culture of Leadership

January 25, 2017

Professor Kevin Shoemaker

Distinguished University Professor of Kinesiology and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health

[to be announced]

February 22, 2017

Kate Graham, MPA PhD Candidate

Director of Community and Economic Innovation for the City of London, City Manager's Office

Perspectives From a Young Emerging Leader

March 29, 2017

Dr. Fred Longstaffe

Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Stable Isotope Science, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and former Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Western

The Random Walk to Excellence 

Please email Paula Menzies Cameron for more information.

Funding Opportunities

Some funding is awarded to you upon entry into a program, some is based on recommendations from the program that is admitting you, and others you must apply for yourself, either to Western University or to an external funding agency.

Western Graduate Program Funding

Graduate programs are the primary source of internal funding for many of our graduate students through the Western Graduate Research Scholarships (WGRS) program, and teaching and research assistantships.

Western Donor-Funded Awards

Generous donations from our alumni and from corporations, foundations and other friends of Western University have helped to create many graduate student award and support programs. Recipients are selected by nomination or by an internal competition. Please contact your graduate program for more details about awards that may be available to you. For a comprehensive listing of all current donor-funded graduate awards at Western, please access the Donor-Funded Award Search:

Western Financial Assistance

Graduate students who find themselves in financial need have access to a full range of bursary programs, loans and financial aid counselling at Western.

Provincial Scholarship Competitions

The Province of Ontario is a very generous supporter and promoter of graduate student excellence and offers a suite of lucrative scholarship programs through annual competitions that are administered by the provincial universities and the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).

National Scholarship Competitions

The Government of Canada promotes high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas through its three funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). National foundations and trusts, created through the philanthropy of renowned Canadians, also offer prestigious scholarship and fellowship programs which aim to advance Canada’s role in knowledge creation, innovation, and global leadership.

International Student Scholarship Opportunities

The following are featured funding opportunities that support international students applying to graduate research degrees at Western.

International Study Opportunities

Our scholars go where the research takes them and Western has partnered with international institutions and agencies to support that experience via international exchange agreements and programs.

Graduate Program Contacts

Graduate program personnel coordinate scholarship operations internally and together represent Western’s front-line service team dedicated to assisting students and faculty throughout competition season.

Receiving Payments

This section provides details on how funds are transferred to you.

Electronic Fund Transfer

Graduate student payments are issued every Tuesday evening from the Student Center (beginning the second Tuesday in each term). When a graduate student is in a credit balance a payment can be issued in one of two ways:

  1. Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) is available to any graduate student who provides Western with an active bank account using MyHumanResources self service application using their HR Western computer account login and password (which may be the same as their student account). Graduate students with questions regarding their Human Resources account may call 519-661-2194. A graduate student receiving a payment to their bank account will be sent an email the day the payment has been issued.
  2. In cases where a graduate student has not provided a bank account a cheque is printed and distributed to the student's program.

Fees and Tuition

This section provides general information about tuition fees and payments.

Your Tuition Account

Your tuition account is available for viewing in the Student Center. For students who anticipate receiving scholarship funding (e.g. Western Graduate Research Scholarships, NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, OGS), expect these funds to show as "Anticipated Aid" in the Finances section of the Student Center two or three weeks prior to the start of term. Scholarship funds will be disbursed towards tuition fees the first business day of each new term.

To view your current tuition account balance, please complete the following steps:

  1. Access the Student Center
  2. Select Detailed Statement of Account within the Finances section
  3. Select the appropriate term (Anticipated Aid will appear at the bottom of the page).

Tuition Fee Schedules

Tuition fees schedules are published by the Office of the Registrar. For accurate information, please note the various schedules based on residency and term:

Tuition Payments

An overview of all acceptable methods of payment for tuition fees. All fees must be paid as indicated on your Student Center account.

Internet banking through major Canadian banks is the preferred method of payment. The majority of graduate students use this method to pay their tuition. Add University of Western Ontario - Tuition to your list of bank payments (there may be a variance in the way each bank lists the University of Western Ontario as a payee). Your student number is your account for Internet payments.

Students whose fees will be paid by an external sponsor must provide proof of funding for each term before the tuition deadline to avoid late payment charges. Students are responsible for payment of any fees or penalties not paid by the sponsor. For additional payment methods including how to arrange payment from outside of Canada please consult Office of the Registrar - Student Financial Services.

Who Pays Canadian Tuition Fees?

Information on which International Students are eligible to pay tuition at the Canadian rate.

Tuition Refund Schedules

An overview of refund procedures and timing for tuition.

Income Tax Reporting

This section provides general information about tuition fees and payments.

T2202As -- Issued Through Student Center

T2202As are tuition tax receipts issued to students for tuition related to the calendar year. These show the amount of tuition that has been charged and students can deduct any amounts that have been paid. Eligible months for tax purposes are also included on this form. Students can access their T2202As through the Student Center.

  • T2202As for 2014 will be made available by February 28.

Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar or phone 519-661-2100.

T4As -- Issued Through Student Center

  • Tax receipts issued to students for scholarships, bursaries or other monetary awards from Western in the calendar year. Amounts on T4As must be reported as income on the student's tax return.
  • Online T4A service in Student Center.
  • Step 1: Canada Revenue Agency requires you to provide consent before printing directly from the Student Center. Prior to February 10, log-in to Student Center and access the T4A consent page through the link at the bottom of the page under Tax Receipts or by following the Campus Finances path under Self Service.
  • Step 2: You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your consent. If you do not receive the confirmation email, contact Student Financial Services.

Note: If you do not provide consent by February 10, your T4A will be mailed to the home address we have on file for you. Please ensure your home address is correct.  You will receive an email once the T4A is available online.

Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar or phone 519-661-2100.

T4As -- Issued Through Human Resources

  • Tax receipts issued to anyone paid through Payroll who received a Graduate Research Assistantship, scholarship, or other awards from Western in the previous calendar year.
  • All T4As will be mailed to the home address that is registered on My Human Resources as of February 11.

Questions can be directed to Human Resources or phone 519-661-2194.

T4s -- Issued Through Human Resources

  • Tax receipts issued by an employer to employees for income they earned in the calendar year.
  • All T4s will be mailed to the home address that is registered on My Human Resources as of February 11.

Questions can be directed to Human Resources or phone 519-661-2194.