All students accepted for admission into a graduate program are considered for limited departmental funding. In addition to departmental funding, there are some internal fellowships and scholarships available annually. Prospective or enrolled students do not make individual application for most internal fellowships or scholarships administered by the School of Graduate Studies. Departments are notified of all annual fellowship competitions, and nominate eligible students appropriately. Most of these fellowship allocations are made in April.
In their own interests, applicants and continuing students must make early inquiry and annual application for fellowship support to all possible sources external to Queen's University, to ensure adequate financial assistance. Many external awards are restricted to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have held this status at least one year. Some Queen's University internal awards have similar restrictions. In particular, some internal fellowships, scholarships and awards are designated as "Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF)" OR "Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) awards. These are awards that have resulted from the Ontario government's "matching" programs. Under the program, the Ontario government has matched every dollar of donation received for student assistance. There are two major conditions for all OSOTF/OTSS awards, scholarships and fellowships: recipients must be Ontario residents, and demonstrate financial need.
After ensuring that any applications for external awards have been made, Departments review the individual merits and circumstances of incoming and continuing students. They make recommendation to the Fellowship Committee for Queen's internal merit awards and bursaries and assist students, where possible, out of support funds at their own disposal.
Since students with physical or learning disabilities may require a longer period of time than usual to complete a program of graduate study, Departments may in duly attested cases, give special consideration to extending the normal period of support from Departmental sources. They may also, in consultation with the Coordinator of Services for Special Needs and the Director of the Student Counselling Service, or the Director of Student Health Service, recommend to the Dean that such students be considered for additional support from other University sources.
Awards held by students who are required to withdraw will be terminated, and students may be required to repay some or the entire award. In the case of some external granting bodies, refund of the award portion paid out is mandatory if the award holder withdraws from the graduate program.
At registration students are requested to report their financial support program. This is primarily to provide statistical information for the further development of graduate support.
Financial assistance for individual full-time graduate students is available from the following sources:
Federal and Provincial Government Awards
Other External Awards
Queen's University Minimum Funding Guarantee for Eligible Doctoral Students
Queen's University Internal Fellowships, Scholarship and Other Awards
Discipline Specific Awards
Non-competitive Awards and Loans
Some helpful websites:
Queen's University Student Awards (Registrar)
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities