Funding for master's students generally comes in four forms and is available to full-time students in their first and second year of study:

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

All students who meet the funding criteria (at least an 80% average in the 20 most recent half-credit courses of study) are required to apply for external funding, that is, for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and the relevant tri-council funding award i.e. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation Award, or other similar fellowships. 

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.

Funding award details are available at: Funding Award Information