Funding/Scholarships

Departmental Scholarships and Assistantships

Assistantships and Western Graduate Student Scholarships

In order to be eligible for funding, students must have a minimum admission average of 78% or B+, as determined by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, based upon the marks of the last two years (20 half courses) of study.

Students admitted to the MA programs may be offered funding packages which could include a Graduate Teaching Assistant position.

All eligible Canadian Ph.D. students are guaranteed a support package of domestic tuition and fees plus $16,400, which for the 2017-2018 academic year amounts to $24,981, during their first 4 years of study. All eligible International Ph.D. students are guaranteed a support package of international tuition and fees plus $16,400, which for the 2017-2018 academic year amounts to $36,296, during their first 4 years of study. This support package may come in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Graduate Research Assistantship, Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS), summer teaching positions, and summer research positions.

Outside Scholarships

Candidates are also urged to apply for all outside scholarships for which they are eligible. Students who obtain outside scholarships are eligible for supplementary assistance from the Department of Economics. For certain fellowships the combined support can total $25,000. Consequently, it is very much in a student's interest to win an outside scholarship in addition to qualifying for assistance from the Department.
In the recent past, students in the Department of Economics have held many of the following scholarships, and candidates for admission are urged to apply for all of these for which they are eligible. This is just a partial list of Awards that are available to students. To obtain a full listing, contact The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Room 4180, Support Services Building, London, Canada, N6G 1G9. Since scholarship deadlines are generally early in the fall prior to the awards, candidates should apply during the fall of their last undergraduate year.

1. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships (SSHRC)

  • Eligible: Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
  • Value: $20,000 (as of 2008-2009) a year for up to 48 months.
  • Deadline: November 15.
  • Address: School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University, or the candidate's university, or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, P.O. Box 1610, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 6G4

2. National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

  • Eligible: Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
  • Value: $17,500 (one year) to $21,000 (2 or 3 years).
  • Deadline: November 15.
  • Further Info: School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University, or the candidate's home university, or Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, 350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 1H5

3. Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

  • Eligible: Canadian citizens or permanent residents. (International students must have been granted a Student Authorization to Canada and be in Canada at the time of application to OGS).
  • Value: $5,000 per term for up to 3 terms.
  • Deadline: January 31. Refer to SGPS for further information.
  • Address: School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University, or Student Awards Branch, Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Mowat Block, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2B4

4. Commonwealth Scholarships

  • Eligible: Students from other Commonwealth countries.
  • Value: Living allowance plus tuition, fees, and travel
  • Deadline: October 31, (December 31 for Australia and New Zealand)
  • Address: Government of applicant's own country or Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Committee, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, 151 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5N1

5. Canadian International Development Agency Scholarships

  • Eligible: Canadians and candidates from various developing countries.
  • Value: Living allowance plus tuition, fees, and travel ($25,000)
  • Deadline: February 12 and September 3
  • Address: Ministry of Education in candidate's home country