Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Funding Opportunities

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

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 - Students in Need

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 Scholarship Competitions and Partnership Programs

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 at Western

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.

Scholarship Application Support at Western

Access Western's award-winning support series for external scholarship applicants.

  • Scholarship Support including:
    • Scholarship Library
    • General Information Sessions
    • Scholars to Leaders Series
    • Writing Workshops for Doctoral Scholarship Applicants
    • Award Winner's Reception

The chart below summarizes graduate student funding for the period of May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

Western University, Graduate Studies - Graduate Student Funding