School of Graduate Studies funding opportunities (click for information)
Departmental Awards for eligible full-time MIR students
General internal funding for full-time students in the MIR program is limited and most of the more prestigious awards are awarded on a competitive basis.
We encourage all students to apply for external funding from Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and other external awards for which they are eligible. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.
All successful applicants will be considered for the following internal awards if their application is submitted by March 1st:
Clarence J. Hicks Fellowship in Industrial Relations
- Founded by friends of the late Clarence J. Hicks, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Industrial Relations Counsellors, Inc., New York City, and pioneer in the field of industrial relations through whose leadership and assistance the Department of Industrial Relations was established at Queen's University in 1937. The fellowship is awarded annually for graduate study or research in industrial relations at Queen's University.
Don Wood Fellowship in Industrial Relations
- Established through a special appeal to honour Dr. W. Donald Wood, Director of the Industrial Relations Centre from 1960 to 1985 and first Director of the School of Industrial Relations. Awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the School to students in the Master of Industrial Relations program.
H. Carl Goldenberg Fellowship
- Established in memory of H. Carl Goldenberg (1907-1996), lawyer, advisor to provincial and federal governments, Royal Commissioner, Senator, and one of Canada's most eminent labour mediators and arbitrators. Awarded to a student with a record of strong academic achievement who is pursuing a Master of Industrial Relations degree with a focus upon industrial relations. The recipient will be encouraged to develop a research initiative based upon Carl Goldenberg's interest and work in dispute resolution and to make use of the Queen's Archives Goldenberg Papers Collection. Recipients of this award will be known as the Goldenberg Scholar.
Robert Grant Fellowship
- Established in February 2004 by Robert M. Grant, MIR' 87. Awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the School to a graduate student in the Master of Industrial Relations degree program at Queen's University on the basis of financial need and achievement.
Frank Collom Memorial Graduate Award
- Established in September 2006 by family, friends and colleagues of Professor Frank Collom, a long-time faculty member of the Queen’s School of Business. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a student in the first year of the Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) program who has an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University. Preference will be given to a student with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University. Selection will be made by the MIR Admissions Committee.
Cameron-Wood Prize (convocating MIR student only)
- Established by friends to honour Professor James Carruthers Cameron, founder and Head of the Industrial Relations Department from 1937 to 1960 and Dr. W. Donald Wood, Director of the Industrial Relations Centre from 1960 to 1985 and first Director of the School of Industrial Relations. Awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the School to the graduating student who completes the M.I.R. degree program within one year and who has the most outstanding academic record.
Lia Dower Memorial Award
- Established in memory of Lia Maria Dower (nee Fatels), (1967-1997), whose generosity of spirit, commitment to student life, and freely given friendship influenced a wide variety of people from many different places. At the time of her death, Lia Dower was enrolled in the MIR program in the School of Industrial Relations. Awarded to a mature student who is returning to university from the work force to pursue a Master of Industrial Relations degree. The recipient must demonstrate involvement in community service and volunteer work, with evidence of commitment to the improvement of student life, accompanied by outstanding academic performance. Recipients of this award will be known as the Lia Dower Scholar.
The Prism Scholarship for Master of Industrial Relations
- Established in June 2020 by Prism Economics and Analysis and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to funding eligible graduate students enrolled in the full-time Master of Industrial Relations program in the School of Graduate Studies. Preference will be given to students expressing interest in research and/or a career related to labour market analysis or trade unions and joint labour management organizations. A one-page Statement of Interest to be written by the student is required. Selection will be made by the Admissions Committee of the MIR Program.
Read more about funding, and available university wide or external awards.
The MIR Class of 1985 Bursary
Established in October 2020 by members of the Master of Industrial Relations Class of 1985. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to students in the Master of Industrial Relations degree program at Queen’s University. Applications are to be made to the Office of the University Registrar, Student Awards by 31 October. Value: variable.
You will find more information on how to apply here
Funding for part-time PMIR students
There are a variety of external organizations that offer financial opportunities for adult learners pursuing post-secondary education in Ontario. Funding may be in the form of scholarships, bursaries, grants, and/or loans.
Government Financial Aid - Loans, Grants, and Bursaries
Open to all Canadians:
Canada student loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships are open to all Canadians. Read more about Canada Student Grants and Loans – and what they offer
Student Loans/Lines of Credit:
Student loans or lines of credit are available from most major banks and credit unions in Ontario. Interest rates and terms will vary by institution.
Lifelong Learning Plan (using RRSP funds):
The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) allows you to withdraw up to $10,000 in a calendar year from your registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. You cannot participate in the LLP to finance your children’s training or education, or the training or education of your spouse’s or common-law partner’s children. As long as you meet the LLP conditions every year, you can withdraw amounts from your RRSPs until January of the fourth calendar year after the year you made your first LLP withdrawal. You cannot withdraw more than $20,000 in total.