Funding Award Competitions & Instructions

(details regarding specific funding award application instructions are noted below)

The School offers competitive funding packages for all graduate students including Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships via supervisors, and internal funding awards through a competitive process.  Opportunities are also available through external funding agencies. There is a lifetime maximum for holding external funding awards which reads:

Lifetime Maximum

You must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum of 4 years of government-funded student awards.  Awards received under the following programs are counted toward this lifetime maximum:

  • OGS - Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
  • SSHRC - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineerning Research Council
  • CIHR - Canadian Institute of Health Research

In addition, you must not have exceeded the maximum number of awards for your level of study.  You may receive up to two (2) OGS awards for a program at a master's level.  The scholarship may be awarded for one or both of the first two full-time academic years of study, but not after the second year.  You may receive up to four (4) OGS awards for a program at the doctoral level.  The scholarship may be awarded in any of the first five years of full-time study but not after the fifth year.

Funding Eligibility - Grades

The minimum eligibility average for applicants for OGS and tri-council awards is the equivalent of one of either:   A-  /  80%  /  3.7 GPA

The calculation varies by award type and may variously include all grades from the last 2 years of study or up to 20 of the most recent grades noted on your transcript.  If you are unsure of your overall average, and you are a current Queen's student, send an email to the SKHS Graduate Assistant at:  aam2@queensu.ca and request that your current average be calculated for funding application purposes - please include your Queen's ID #.  If you are a student external to Queen's, you may either request that your university run your grade average for you, or send an unofficial transcript to the SKHS Graduate Assistant via email at:  aam2@queensu.ca for calculation to verify your eligibility.

How to Ask for A Reference Letter              HowToAskForAReferenceLetter

All funding applications require strong academic reference letters

Here is a useful tool to ensure you obtain the best reference letters for your funding award application

 

Information and instructions for applying to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the three Tri-Council Agencies is available below.

OGS -

Students must submit all applications for OGS funding to EACH OF THE UNITS and UNIVERSITIES to which they apply for admission in the case of new graduate students.  That means if you apply to 3 universities you must prepare 3 OGS applications.  Each of those applications may have different deadlines and processes.  Please refer to each university's specific instructions on their website to ensure you do not miss their deadline - verify this through those unit websites as appropriate.  We recommend you begin reviewing submission deadlines immediately to maximize your access in each location.

1. OGS 2015 Submission Deadline to SKHS:  01 March 2015

The Queen’s University Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application is now available.  Full details of the processes, and a link to the online OGS application and instructions, can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website here:  

- CLICK HERE for the STEP-by-STEP OGS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS to assist you in submitting your 2015-16 OGS Application using the online process - to follow

and here:  https://webapp.queensu.ca/sgs/ogs/applications.php. Only domestic applicants (Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada) are eligible.

- OGS for New Graduate Students - ie students who will be applying for graduate studies with SKHS commencing Sept 2014 at either the master's or the doctoral level, will TICK THE NEW OGS BOX on the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.  If you have already prepared your online application the School of Graduate Studies has now sent you an email with instructions available via the link above on where to go to submit your online OGS application. 

- OGS for Continuing Graduate Students - ie students who are currently SKHS graduate students who will be entering their second year of master's studies or their second, third or fourth year of doctoral studies.  Full details of the processes, and a link to the online OGS application and instructions, can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website here:  

- CLICK HERE for the STEP-by-STEP OGS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS to assist you in submitting your 2015-16 OGS Application using the online process - to follow

- OGS for 5th Year SKHS Graduate Students - ie current SKHS doctoral students entering their 5th year of study commencing Sept 2015 will be eligible to apply for OGS.  You MUST consult with your SKHS supervisor prior to submitting an application to ensure you meet the rigourous criteria for a competitive application.

All SKHS OGS application documents will be submitted electronically online by the applicant and accessible by the SKHS Graduate Assistant. 

Tricouncil Funding Information  

NOTE - All OGS-eligible SKHS graduate students are also required to apply for their relevant Tri-Council Funding award - NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR.  Instructions for each competition and links to the application form are listed separately below.  Research Net also maintains a list of funding opportunities available here: LINK TO RESEARCH NET - List of Current Funding Opportunities

NSERC Doctoral

  1. NSERC Doctoral 2015 Application Instructions and Online Form
  2. Deadline for submission of your online application and transcripts to SGS, Gordon 425:  Thursday 23 October 2014

SSHRC - Doctoral

  1. SSHRC 2015 Doctoral Application Instructions for Students
  2. Deadline for submission of your printed, signed application form to the SKHS Graduate Assistant in KHS 206 is:  Friday 07 November 2014 by noon hour

CIHR - Doctoral

  1. CIHR 2015 Doctoral Application Instructions for Students
  2. Deadline for submission of your printed, signed application form via Research Net is:  Wednesday 01 October 2014
  3. Click here for Link to CIHR Research Net Registration and Application Site

Canadian Graduate Scholarships - Master's - CGS M (formerly NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR Master's separate competitions)

  1. CGS-M Master's 2015 Application Instructions for Students - to follow
  2. Deadline for submission of your online application and transcripts: To follow

Vanier CGS Scholarships - Doctoral 2015

  1. Vanier CGS Doctoral application online link for students and faculty members
  2. Vanier CGS Doctoral application Memo of Information/Instructions to SKHS Grad Students
  3. Deadline for submission of your online form, transcripts and reference letters:  Thursday 16 October 2014

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships 2015

  1. Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships 2015 application instructions - to follow
  2. Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships 2015 online application form - to follow
  3. Deadline for submission of your application, transcripts and reference letters:  To follow

Doctoral Field Travel  Grant 2015

  1. Doctoral Field Travel Grant 2015 application instructions Word fillable version - to follow
  2. Deadline for submission of your application: to follow

Tips document for referees writing reference letters for ALL funding award competitions is available here:  Referees' Tips To Writing Reference Letters.

This letter has useful information to guide students in preparing their referees to write strong letters.