Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Funding from Teaching, Awards and Scholarships

Financial security plays an important role in academic success.

Fortunately, Queen's will ensure that you have significant financial support in your studies with a range of award and employment opportunities. Moreover Kingston, while it enjoys an enviable arts and entertainment culture, is a less expensive place to live than many cities in Canada. See what our guaranteed minimum funding offers look like below...

Guaranteed Funding Package

During your years at Queen's, we will ensure that your have the following minimum financial support.  This support usually includes some combination of a teaching assistantship (assisting in a course) or teaching fellowship (instructing your own course); graduate awards, bursaries or competitive fellowships from Queen's; research assistantships or other supervisor support; and competitive awards and fellowships from governmental agencies, such as SSHRC and OGS.

MA: minimum $12,000 over 1 year

MPhil: minimum $12,000 per year in years 1 and 2

PhD: minimum $20,000 per year in years 1 to 4 

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 (whose awards are usually $20,000 or $35,000 per year) and OGS (whose awards are $15,000 per year). Additionally, 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.  We also encourage all students to apply for our conference travel award supplements.

Note: (1) Award support from Queen's University sources is variable and may be reduced or omitted in a funding combination when the guaranteed minimum is exceeded by awards granted by Canadian provincial or federal government sources. (2) Funding offers do not include tuition waivers. (3) All funding rules follow the policies of the Queen's School of Graduate Studies.

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 normally progress from grading, meeting with students, and some lecture opportunities as Teaching Assistants in year 1 to regular seminar instruction as Tutorial Leaders in years 2 and 3, to designers and instructors of their own course as Teaching Fellows in year 4 or 5. The duties of Master’s level TAs are generally focused on marking and meeting with students. 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 MPhil years 1 and 2 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.

For International Students

International students in our doctoral program receive a higher minimum funding guarantee of $25,000 per year from year 1 to year 4 of the program.  This is because we admit international students to our PhD program with a Queen's International Tuition Award (ITA) of $5,000 per year of the four-year funding period.

However, please take note that international tuition fees are substantially higher than domestic fees, and that the ITA does not cover this difference.  Additionally, international students typically do not have free access to the health care provided by government services like OHIP and are subject to fees for the mandatory university health insurance plan UHIP, and sometimes also have steep travel costs from visits home.  Finally, international students are eligible for significantly fewer federal or provincial awards.  Therefore, even with the higher funding guarantee, international students should expect that funding from Queen's and principal Canadian government agencies will fall significantly short of their needs.  Some students take on additional teaching and other employment to meet these needs; unfortunately, this typically results in failure to make progress in thesis work, and additional costs for tuition for terms of registration.

In short, international doctoral students are strongly advised to have financial resources in excess of the Queen's financial offer at the time of admission.