Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Funding, Awards and Scholarships

Basic Funding Package

Teaching assistantship, internal fellowships, bursaries, and supervisor support

Master’s: minimum $12,000 for 1 year (including TA-ships)

PhD: minimum $20,000 per year in years 1 – 4 (including TA-ships)

We encourage all students to apply for conference travel award supplements. As part of our professionalization seminar, all graduate students are coached in grant-writing techniques and apply for external funding from agencies such as SSHRC and OGS. Incoming graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Master’s) or $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

Awards and Scholarships

The principal external sources of financial support are the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Master’s Scholarships and Doctoral Awards (available through the “Talent Program”) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS).


Queen's University offers a number of discipline-specific awards, fellowships, and other grants and prizes. Learn more about the funding sources...

Teaching Assistantships

Our Teaching Assistantships offer a competitive rate of pay and meaningful teaching experience. Doctoral students gain valuable training and increasing levels of pedagogical responsibility throughout their program as they progress from Teaching Assistants in year 1 to Tutorial Leaders in years 2 and 3 and generally to Teaching Fellows in year 4 or 5. The duties of Master’s level TAs are generally focused on meeting with students and marking assignments. All Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows are represented by PSAC Local 901.

TIER   LEVEL     MONTHLY HOURS                      PRIMARY DUTIES         
1 MA 19 Meeting with students, marking essays
1 PhD years 1 and 4 22 Meeting with students, marking essays, and delivering three to four lectures over two terms
2 PhD years 2 and 3 30 Tutorial Leaders for ENGL 100: TAs are responsible for a group of about 30 students for whom they lead one tutorial per week and whose term work they evaluate
3 PhD year 4 or 5 ~ Teaching Fellowships: students are invited to apply for full-responsibility teaching assignments for one term-long course
Conference Travel Awards

The Department administers conference travel awards for graduate students to present peer-reviewed papers at major professional conferences in their fields. For complete details and award amounts for the current academic year, see the application form.