Department of History

DEPARTMENT OF

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Funding

Funding for MA and PhD students comes from a variety of sources, both internal funding and external funding, and we assist our incoming and continuing students in applying for and securing funding.

Queen's University has a minimum funding guarantee for eligible doctoral students of $18,000.00. This amount is a minimum, and actual doctoral student support may be substantially higher.

Internal Funding

Graduate students receive financial support from a variety of sources including internal awards and Fellowships, external awards, Teach Assistantships, Teaching Fellowships, and so on. A total funding package for an individual student composed of different combinations of funding from these sources is explained in annual funding letters from the Graduate Office (usually in July) and SGS (usually in August).

If a student wins an internal or external award, this new award will affect the types and amounts of internal funding provided. If you win an internal or external award, please check with the Graduate Chair of History as soon as possible to ascertain your final funding package.

To find out more about funding of graduate studies in history, please consult the School of Graduate Studies.

Some of the awards listed by the SGS do not require the student to apply for them; rather students are considered for these awards by the Graduate Chair as part of their annual funding package (e.g. McLaughlin, Bracken). Others do require students to make a formal application (Dean's Travel). The Graduate Office regularly sends out notices to our current students about funding competitions both within the university and beyond. In some cases, students submit their applications to the Department of History, in other cases to the SGS and in some cases directly to the funding organization. Please check the details of the awards carefully to ensure that you send your application to the correct party. Please ensure that the Graduate Office has your current queensu.ca email account and that you check this account regularly so that you don't miss important financial information.

Of particular interest to history students are the following awards: Dean's Travel, Timothy Frank Fellowship, Rickerd Fellowship, among others. Please check the SGS Calendar for details of all these awards.

Please note that Queen's supports conference travel for MA and PhD students presenting at conferences. The Conference Travel Award is administered by the department and requires that you apply for this award before you attend the conference:

The Registrar's Office also provides funding opportunities (bursaries) for Graduate students.

External Funding

The principal major sources of external funding for history students are:

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Scholarships for students studying or planning to study at an Ontario University. The graduate office sends out emails about the annual deadline for this competition in late September

Please check your eligibility for the OGS award, for if you have received substantial funding from OGS or SSHRC in the past, you may not be eligible for this award.  The website will supply you with current eligibility criteria. 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)

Applications for SSHRCC are available on-line, due in November.  The Graduate office sends out emails about the annual deadline for this competition in October.

Department of National Defence Scholarship and Fellowship Programme

The Department of National Defence has established a number of scholarships and fellowships within the framework of strategic studies of relevance to current and future Canadian security. Studies may relate to any of the economic, political, military, technological or sociological dimensions of national security. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Ph.D. scholarships are valued at up to $20,000 and M.A. scholarships up to $10,000 with possible renewal. Application deadline 1 February.

Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC)

AUCC has a number of scholarships which they manage.

Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants

The program applies to the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Canadian-US Fulbright Scholarships

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is a program of educational exchange between Canada and the United States. The aim of the program is to increase understanding between the two countries by providing scholarships and fellowships to Canadian and American faculty and graduate students to allow them to study in the other country.

CIDA Awards Program for Canadians

The purpose of the CIDA Awards Program is to give Canadians the opportunity to contribute to the implementation of CIDA's development priorities and to enhance the professional, technical and cross-cultural skills of Canadians who wish to develop expertise in international development. Eligible applicants are Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The program offers financial assistance for research and service projects designed and implemented by master's students and professionals in partnership with organizations and institutions in developing countries.

Fastweb

A site that will inform you of awards, scholarships, bursaries, and loans for which you may be eligible. This site is US based. 

Mackenzie King Scholarships

Open to graduate students at any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) postgraduate study in any field, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded annually. Its value has lately been $7,500 but is subject to change. There are also Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarships open to graduates of any Canadian university who study international relations or industrial relations in the United States or the United Kingdom. Please check with SGS for further details.

Sir John A. Macdonald Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History

The Sir John A. MacDonald Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History was created in 1965 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first prime minister, and to recognize his contribution to Canada's development. This fellowship is intended to encourage graduate students in Canadian history.

Nugent Funding Opportunities

Department of History Speaker and Conference Fund: Bernice Nugent Bequest

Thanks to the generosity of the estate of Bernice Nugent, a Queen's History alumna, the Department of History has funds to support the invitation of speakers, the organization of conferences, or the presentation of papers at Queen's. Two funding competitions have been established, one for proposals sponsored by Faculty Members in the Department of History and the other for undergraduate-initiated projects. (Graduate student initiatives should go first to the GHSA, and may be considered through a separate procedure). The total amounts awarded from each fund vary from year to year as determined by the History Department's Nugent Fund Committee, and the Committee is responsible as well for deciding which projects get funded in what amounts. The application process, award criteria, and deadlines are as follows:

  1. Support for Faculty-Proposed Conferences, Workshops, Symposia

    Typical size of individual awards: Varies depending on the size and scope of the event. It is expected that applicants will also apply for outside funding for events requiring more than $1000. All applications determined to meet the conditions of the Bernice Nugent bequest will receive some level of funding.

    Purpose of Awards: To host or organize conferences, workshops or symposia at Queen's. Events should have some public component that is open to other members of the department and to graduate and/or undergraduate students.

    Application Deadlines:

    Deadline

    Event dates

    November 15

    For events 1 January - 30 June

    April 15

    For events 1 July - 31 December

    Larger, more expensive events will benefit from applying one cycle in advance.

    Application Process: Submit a letter to the "Department of History, Queen's University, Bernice Nugent Committee." Application letters should be submitted electronically to Professor Jeff McNairn mcnairnj@queensu.ca (copy to dickison@queensu.ca) and followed up by a hard copy. In the letter, provide a description of the proposed event, including a description of what specific aspect of that event the Nugent funds would underwrite. Specify the amount requested, how the funds are to be spent, the dates of the event, and how your application satisfies the award criteria. Proposals may be in preliminary form at the time of initial submission, but should include a rough budget and an indication of other sources of funding for which applications have been or will be made. Applicants are expected to follow up with detailed budget and schedule of events as soon as they are available.

    Notification and Disbursement of Funds: Successful applicants will be notified either by email or regular mail. Approved funds will be disbursed only upon submission of original receipts to Debbie Stirton in the History Department office.

  2. Undergraduate Student Initiatives Fund

    Typical size of individual awards: $100-$250

    Purpose of Awards: To provide partial support for the invitation of speakers to Queen's, for the holding of student-run conferences, workshops, or symposia at Queen's, or for other similar events. Applications may be submitted by individuals or by student organizations. The event(s) must be of significant interest to students in the Department of History, and must include some component that is open to the public, or at least open to all members of the Queen's community.

    Application Deadlines: Rolling. Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the date of the proposed event.

    Application Process: Submit a letter to the "Department of History, Queen's University, Bernice Nugent Committee." Application letters should be submitted electronically to Jeff McNairn mcnairnj@queensu.ca (copy to dickison@queensu.ca) and followed up by a hard copy. In the letter, provide a description of the proposed event, including a description of what specific aspect of that event the Nugent funds would underwrite. Specify the amount requested, how the funds are to be spent, the dates of the event, and how your application satisfies the award criteria. A detailed budget and a description of other sources of funding that have been obtained or applied for is highly desirable. If you have other promotional materials (flyers, a schedule of events, etc.) please submit those as well.

    Notification and Disbursement of Funds: Successful applicants will be notified either by email or regular mail. Approved funds will be disbursed only upon submission of original receipts to Debbie Stirton in the History Department office.

Conference Travel Award

Full-time graduate students in the department in good standing are eligible to apply for one Conference Travel Award per year (for a conference between 1 September and 31 August) if they are in years one or two of the MA program or years one through five of the PhD at the time of the conference. Your conference participation must be before 31 August and no applications will be accepted after 1 August.

Conference Travel Award (PDF, 40KB)