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Queen's University uses an online application form.

If you are interested in applying to the PhD programme, please follow the steps outlined at the School of Graduate Studies' Admission Procedures.

If you encounter any difficulty in the online application, please contact the School of Graduate Studies, or 613-533-6100. Other questions can be directed to the History Graduate Office, or 613-533-6931.

In addition to completing the on-line application, the following items are required by applicants to the History PhD program:


Two current academic reference letters are required. Where possible, one of those references should be by the student’s MA supervisor. Applicants applying online will have the option to have their referees submit letters of recommendation to Queen's University electronically. If you have been out of university for a number of years, one or more professional recommendations may be included. However, all effort should be made to include academic recommendations.


Two official copies of transcripts for all post-secondary institutions which you have attended are required. Please send both transcripts to either the School of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Office in History (address below.)


The writing sample should be a minimum of 20 pages. It can be a chapter of the MA thesis/essay or a course paper.

4. RESEARCH STATEMENT (“Statement of Interest” on application)

You will be prompted in the online application to describe your research interests. The online application generally does not provide sufficient space for doctoral applicants to describe their research interests. Please print and send along with your writing sample a longer research statement to the Graduate Office in History (address below). Research Statements for doctoral candidates are typically 3-5 double spaced pages. If you have applied for a SSHRC PhD award, you could use that as a basis for this statement. The Admissions Committee looks very closely at the research statement and we encourage you to be as specific as possible, at the same time indicating how your proposed research addresses larger questions and problems.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty whose research interests overlap with their own prior to completing their application.

Please send transcripts, letters and writing sample to:

Department of History
Graduate Office
Queen's University
49 Bader Lane Watson Hall 210
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada

These documents can be sent by regular mail, Fedex, or Purolator. Please do not send by Priority Post.

Before you can submit your application, you must pay the non-refundable $105.00 (Canadian dollars) application fee, which is payable by Visa or Mastercard only.

Please note that the first round of admission offers will be made based on applications received by the Department’s formal deadline. However, late applications will be considered for admission and funding.