5. Financial Support

Western aims to provide each qualified research-based student offered admission into a program with sufficient financial resources to accept the offer. 

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 part-time employment.

  • To be eligible for financial support, students must be registered full-time and meet the graduate program conditions for progression towards the degree.
  • Funding duration is based on the Ministry-approved length of the program in which the student is enrolled:
    • The normal duration for Master's programs varies from two to six terms, depending on the program. Consult the program's regulations for details.
    • Doctoral students are eligible for financial support for the first 12 terms of full-time registration.
    • Direct Entry doctoral students (admitted without a Master's degree) are eligible for financial support for the first 15 terms of full-time registration.
    • Students who transfer from a Master's program to a Doctoral program are eligible for financial support during the first 15 consecutive full-time terms of registration (this includes both programs).
  • During their period of fundability, students are encouraged to apply for Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and Ontario government awards (OGS/QEII-GSST) for which they are eligible. Students in receipt of an external scholarship may see an adjustment in their support from sources listed above according to their program's practice.
  • The student may decline all or part of the funding support package without prejudice to their admission and standing in the program. Declining all or part of the funding support package should be documented in writing by the student to the program. Students should note that part-time employment (such as a GTA that has been declined) will not be replaced by other funding in their funding support package.

a) Minimum Annual Funding for Doctoral Students

Incoming Doctoral students and continuing Doctoral students who meet the usual eligibility criteria (see Sections 5.02 and 5.03), must have access to an annual funding support 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:

  • Graduate student funding support packages can be comprised of funds from a variety of sources and can differ from year to year and will often differ across students. Funding sources normally include scholarships, graduate fellowships, and part-time employment such as graduate teaching assistantships. Students in receipt of external scholarship or other income that brings their package above the level of tuition + $13,000, may see an adjustment in their support from the sources listed above according to their program's practice.
  • OSAP is excluded in the calculation of the financial package.

Effective September 1, 2008, external scholarships were officially added to the Western transcript.
To ensure accuracy of the Western transcript, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will include external scholarships on the transcript when the adjudication and payment is managed by SGPS.

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – CIHR (added effective May 2013)
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – NSERC
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – SSHRC
  • CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (added effective May 2013)
  • CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's (added effective May 2013)
  • Julie Payette-NSERC Research Scholarship
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Master's
  • NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • Schmeelk Canada Fellowship
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (added effective May 2011)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology  (Effective May 1, 2011 scholarship was re-named to Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology)
  • When the student completes their program (or withdraws without completing) while receiving financial support, this support may be subject to repayment or pro-rating for the remainder of the term (consult the Associate Dean Graduate Studies in your Faculty).

The University of Western Ontario and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies reserves the right to modify and/or discontinue the financial support packages.

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website provides complete information on Financial Support available at The University of Western Ontario.