Queen's has a minimum guaranteed annual funding level for doctoral students which is $18,000 for each of the first four years of full-time study.

Funding for graduate students generally comes in four forms:

  • external and internal competitive awards and scholarships
  • departmental funding (known as Queen's Graduate Awards - QGA)
  • teaching assistantships (TA)
  • research assistantships (RA)

All students who meet the funding criteria are required to apply for external funding, that is, for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or other fellowships. Deadlines for external awards are in October and early November. Results are available in the Spring.

Only students who have already applied for external funding are eligible for the various internal Queen's fellowship and scholarship competitions. There is no application process for these internal awards - they are awarded on the basis of departmental nominations. In making their nominations, members of the SKHS Graduate Subcommittee consider: marks, publications and presentations, previous awards, and reference letters.

Please note that in most cases scholarships, fellowships and bursaries are non-taxable and need not be reported as income on your tax return. View more information on awards at Funding Opportunities.