Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Awards & Scholarships 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 2020-2021. 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.   DETAILS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR 2019-2020 ARE PENDING

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). 



PENDING but the deadline by which you must submit your application materials to the School of Graduate Studies is likely to be January 3, 2020.


Canada Graduate Scholarship- Masters (CGS M) Competition

Guidelines and complete instructions for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 CGS M competition are accessed from this website.

Clicking on the above 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.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program (CGS-D) (for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC)

CIHR, NSERCand SSHRC have now harmonized the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS-D) funding program.  There is a new website for the harmonized CGS D.  The harmonized timeline and program description are also shown on this website. 

The website is hosted by NSERC, so NSERC is in the website address.  But this is where all students and programs must go, for information, guidelines and complete instructions about the 2020-21 CGS-D competition. 

There is NOT one harmonized CGS-D application.  Each agency has its own CGS-D application and application portal.  The applications are located as follows:




(Please note that NSERC has a transcript deadline of October 8, 2019)

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 11, 2019; Winter and Summer Terms 2020: March 2, 2020



Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research

PENDING but likely to GPPL by Friday,  January 10, 2020.

PENDING but likely January 31, 2020.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship PENDING - Apply online through SGS website.

PENDING but likely to be January 31, 2020 for incoming (Fall 2020) Geography MA, MSc, and PhD students


PENDING but likely March 2, 2020 for continuing Geography MA, MSc, and PhD students.

GRAD STAFF DEADLINE:            PENDING but will likely be April 24, 2020

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- PENDING.

  GRAD STAFF DEADLINE:  PENDING but expected to be early May 2020.  
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 11, 2019 is the deadline to submit hard copies of your application to Jo-Anne Tinlin in MC E208.   Please see Jo-Anne for full details on application  requirements.
Trudeau Foundation 2020 Doctoral Scholarship


Information about the Trudeau Foundation 2020 Doctoral Scholarships competition is PENDING from the Trudeau Foundation website.

Eligibility information and step-by-step application instructions are PENDING.

REMINDER: ONLINE APPLICATION: The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship application is entirely online. Applications are submitted to the Trudeau Foundation application portal. Applicants must go to the application portal and click on the Doctoral Scholarship competition candidates link to register (or login with previously established credentials). 

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 PENDING.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities.

Please reading the following closely and note the deadline of this important doctoral scholarship competition

Details of the 2020-2021 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Competition are online here:
Note that all information is also available in French from that website.

The deadline for complete applications to be submitted via ResearchNet, and for transcripts of applicants to be received by SGS, is OCTOBER 7, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

The deadline for Referees Assessment to be submitted via ReseachNet is OCTOBER 5, 2019 by 4:00pm. However, applicants can now adjust this to any date prior to the university’s deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with referees to ensure the assessments are submitted in enough time prior to the applicant’s deadline.


for complete applications to be submitted via ResearchNet, and for transcripts of applicants to be received by the School of Graduate Studies, is 4:00 p.m. EST on  October 7, 2019.