As one of Canada's leading research institutions, Western places great importance on recruiting exceptional graduate students. We offer competitive student support packages to help achieve this goal, allowing graduate students to focus on their research and development. The chart below summarizes graduate student funding for the period of May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012.
Internal graduate financial support varies between programs, thus it is important students review all funding information associated with their program of study. External scholarship amounts and deadlines differ between agencies, however many major funding competitions begin before students apply to graduate school i.e. graduate applicants apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) in the Fall term of their 4th year of undergraduate study.
For information on the various graduate funding sources available within Western and outside of the University, please visit Funding Opportunities.
Western provides generous support to graduate students. The following chart illustrates the average funding Western graduate students receive from all sources.
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. Western guarantees minimum annual funding for doctoral students, from all sources, of $12,000 plus tuition.
In addition to the financial support available through federal and provincial sources and research grant support, Western offers a variety of internal awards that are among the best available to outstanding scholars in Canada. Full-time Western graduate students are eligible for support from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, provided they meet the appropriate criteria.
Research funding support is administered by the graduate programs and by faculty members who hold research grants or externally-funded research contracts. This source of support is funded by a faculty member according to criteria specified by the granting agencies.