Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning


Sources of funding include:

1. Departmental Support. In 2017-2018, the minimum level of support from all sources for first year full-time graduate students is $14,000 for Master's and $18,000 for Ph.D. students. Support typically consists of a teaching/research assistantship and a Queen’s Graduate Award, but any combination of internal/external award may be used to reach this level. Students may be eligible for additional funding.

2. External Awards. Eligible applicants should apply for appropriate external awards including Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Fellowships, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Fellowships, International Development Research Council (IDRC) Doctoral Research Awards and Canadian Institute of Health (CIHR) Awards. Information on these and other awards may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University. Be advised that most of the deadlines for these awards are in September or early October.

3. Queen's University Fellowships and Awards. Suitable applicants will be nominated by the Department for a variety of awards such as McLaughlin Scholarships, Robert Sutherland Fellowships and, for Quebec residents, Senator Frank Carrel Fellowships. Most Fellowships are currently valued at $10,000. Students will also be considered for Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Department of Geography and Planning Fellowships or Awards for Exceptional Merit. International students with a first class standing will be nominated for an International Tuition Award which will cover the fee differential between Canadian and International fees.

Department Awards

The Department of Geography and Planning Graduate Fellowship

Established in January 2001 by an anonymous donor to the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen's University. Awarded to a full-time graduate student in the Department of Geography and Planning on the basis of academic excellence, and meaningful research and study. This Fellowship will be awarded annually to a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D., M.Sc. or M.A. Value: $15,000. This award is especially targeted towards graduate students pursuing degrees in physical geography.

The Department of Geography and Planning Awards for Exceptional Merit

Established in January 2001 by an anonymous donor to the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen's University. Awarded to five to seven full-time graduate students who have been admitted to a Master's or Ph.D. program in the Department of Geography and Planning on the basis of academic excellence, and meaningful research and student. Value: Up to $3,000.

The Bowen Graduate Fellowship in Human Geography

This annually funded scholarship of $2,500 (Cdn) is for humanities and social science PhD graduate students who have successfully completed their course work and qualifying examination. Eligible students will have research focused on historical issues and will employ either qualitative approaches (archival, hermeneutic, or interview) or mixed methodologies (e.g. historical research involving GIS or quantitative methods and qualitative methods). This fund is for meritorious students (Canadian or not) who have not received other fellowship funding, either internal or external to the university.

Awards & Scholarship Deadlines

This listing is simply to provide you with a timeframe for award/scholarship deadlines.  Please check your e-mail messages from Jo-Anne Tinlin for full details about application procedures for awards and scholarships. 


Award/Scholarship Name Application Link Deadline Information
Departmental SGS Apply Online Directly
Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence

Valued at $15,000 for Masters students and $30,000 for PhD students who will be entering their first year of study in 2018-2019. This is a non-renewable award.

All students who apply to the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters (CGS-M) or Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS-PhD) and list Queen's as a host institution are automatically considered for the Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence. APPLICATIONS ARE REQUIRED FROM STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada  
Applicants who have achieved a first-class average (equivalent to an A- or better at Queen’s), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). 

January 5, 2018 is the deadline by which you must submit your application materials to the School of Graduate Studies.



December 1, 2017 is the deadline by which you must submit your application materials to the School of Graduate Studies.


Canada Graduate Scholarship- Masters (CGS M) Competition

Guidelines and complete instructions for the 2018-2019 Canada Graduate Scholarships –Master’s (CGS M) competition are now available from this website.

The online Canadian Common CV (CCV) and the online “Research Portal” application for the 2018-2019 CGS M competition are accessed from this website:

Clicking on these links will take you to websites displaying the NSERC banner and logo, but this is the procedure and information for CGS M applications to all three funding agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

CIHR Doctoral Research Award Apply via ResearchNet    

BY 4:00p.m. EST on October 3, 2017

Conference Travel Awards Application Form (Word, 33kB)
Call for applications is only sent out twice a year – September for Fall term conferences and February for Winter and Summer term conferences. You must be presenting in order to be considered for an award. Even if you think you will be applying to present at a conference be sure to submit your application and supporting documents by appropriate deadline. Students may apply for this funding once during the academic year.
Claim Form (Word, 33kB)

STUDENT DEADLINE: Fall term: October 12, 2018; Winter/Summer Term: February 15, 2019



Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research

Details and application form (pdf, 138kB) STUDENT DEADLINE: 
January 12, 2018 (tentative)

February 9, 2018 (tentative)

NSERC Doctoral Scholarship

Guidelines, complete instructions, and the online application form for the 2018-2019 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral competitions are now available at the NSERC website.

This is the call for nominations for NSERC’ s doctoral competition only. .


STUDENT DEADLINE: The deadline to submit completed online applications, and official transcripts of all academic study, to the School of Graduate Studies, is OCTOBER 19, 2017

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Apply online through SGS website

January 31, 2018 for incoming Geography MA, MSc, and PhD students


March 1, 2018 for continuing Geography MA, MSc, and PhD students.

GRAD STAFF DEADLINE:            April 26, 2018

Ontario Graduate Scholarship International

Visa students: Foreign students who are studying in Ontario with a student study permit
are eligible to be put forward by their Queen's home Department for an OGS International Award.  The Department may put ONLY ONE STUDENT forward for this award through the annual internal fellowships competition held in late April/early May.  The student the Department selects will then be asked to apply online through the SGS website.

  GRAD STAFF DEADLINE: TBA but expected to be early May 2018.  
SSHRC Doctoral Awards (including Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS)

All applicants MUST use the web-based application system to apply for this scholarship competition. Applicants must then print off, sign, and submit the completed final version of their application, including transcripts and other attachments to Jo-Anne Tinlin by the departmental deadline of November 1st, 2017.

Guidelines, complete instructions, and  all required appraisal forms, and the web-based application system for the 2018-2019 SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition are now available at the SSHRC website.

The online application to the Doctoral Awards competition is here.



STUDENT DEADLINE: November 1, 2017 GRAD STAFF DEADLINE:    November 16, 2017  
Thesis Completion Funding (TCF)

The funding is to provide financial assistance to Ph.D. students who are in the final stages of writing their theses. The goal is to have students who receive TCF complete their program during the time they are holding TCF.

ONLY FULL-TIME Ph.D. STUDENTS who are in the 5th year of their program (for the tenure term of the funding) are eligible. Under the SGS terms of accepting this funding, the recipient of the funding cannot hold Teaching Assistantships, Teaching Fellowships, or Research Assistantships during the period of the funding.  Students who receive TCF are not eligible to receive any subsequent awards from the SGS, including QGA.

Funding will be allocated based on:

i.              the viability of the plan for completing the thesis and degree program within the tenure term of the funding;

ii.            academic merit;

iii.           the financial need of the student; a full-time student in 5th year who is eligible for this funding (i.e., not holding a TA, TF or RA and not exceeding the ten hours per week (average) of work rule for full-time status) is determined by the Department to be in financial need.



October 13, 2017 is the deadline to submit hard copies of your application to Jo-Anne Tinlin in MC E208.   Please see Sept 19, 2017 email from Jo-Anne for full details on application  requirements.
Trudeau Foundation 2018 Doctoral Scholarship

Information about the Trudeau Foundation 2018 Doctoral Scholarships competition is now available at the Trudeau Foundation website,.

Guidelines can be accessed here.

ONLINE APPLICATION:  The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship application is entirely online.  Applications are submitted first to the Trudeau Foundation application portal. Applicants must go to the application portal here.

Applicants then complete the online application form and upload their three letters of recommendation and all transcripts, and submit the complete application to the portal by the School of Graduate Studies' deadline of November 9, 2017.

  STUDENT DEADLINE: November 9, 2017  
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Online Application: Applications to the Vanier CGS competition must be submitted online through ResearchNet. ResearchNet is an online system that provides a secure web portal to collect certain scholarship applications.   The online application to the 2018-2019 Vanier CGS competition is now available.  Applicants should go to the following websites for complete instructions: 

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Application/Nomination Instructions

Applicants must have and use both a ResearchNet account, and a Canadian common cv (CCV) account, in order to complete and submit a Vanier CGS application.  Full instructions are on the website.

Eligibility and conditions requirements may be found here.


by 4:00 p.m. EST on  October 12, 2017