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 the Graduate Assistant 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.   CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR 2019-2020

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). 



DECEMBER 2, 2019


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, 34kB)

STUDENT DEADLINE: Fall term: October 11, 2019; Winter and Summer Terms 2020: March 2, 2020



Graduate Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Grant

The Graduate Dean's Travel Grants for Doctoral Field Research support travel expenses for field research that is central to the doctoral dissertation and that must be carried out at a considerable distance from Queen's University.  Applications for field research undertaken in Ontario in locations in remote areas or when the nature of the fieldwork requires the student to be away for long periods of time, will also be considered. Applications to attend conferences, workshops or courses will not be supported under this program.  The maximum single award is $3000 and the maximum funding that a student may receive during the doctoral program is $3000. Note that the Graduate Fellowship Committee (or designated subcommittee) will determine the value of the award, based on the budget presented in the application, and the award value may be less than $3000 in some cases.

The School of Graduate Studies has designated funds for four Graduate Dean's Travel Grants for Doctoral Field Research in support of Indigenous research. Applicants must check the applicable box in the application to be considered for this opportunity.  All other terms and conditions of the competition and the funding remain the same.  Note that a student may hold either the grant for Indigenous research, or the standard grant, but not both.

It should be clear from the application that the proposed fieldwork is feasible within the time and budget available.  Funds are provided to contribute to the costs of travel and subsistence (accommodation plus meals) in accordance with University regulations. An effort should be made to determine specific costs for budgeted items.   If the fieldwork involves obtaining access to specific resources such as materials in private collections, government records, research laboratories or personal interviews, evidence must be provided that arrangements have been made for such access.  

Applications are assessed based on academic merit, on the centrality of the fieldwork to the thesis research, the coherence of the proposal, financial need and the departmental ranking. 

Any research project that involves human subjects must receive ethics approval from one of the university’s Ethics Board prior to the start of the project.  Health Sciences students receive ethics approval from the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board.  Non-health sciences students receive ethics approval from the General Research Ethics Board.  

Recipients of this funding might be contacted by the School of Graduate Studies or other units at Queen’s University, for the purposes of discussing their proposed research for a news story or website profile.  The names and Queen’s email addresses of recipients of this funding will be provided upon request to the relevant Queen’s staff members for this purpose. 


i.             Any student who plans to travel for research purposes, any time between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020, is eligible to apply to this competition.
ii.            Students must complete their Comprehensive Examination requirement* before taking up the Graduate Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Award. So, any student who has completed or plans to complete their comprehensive examinations* between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020, is therefore eligible to apply to this competition (provided i.  above is met).
iii.           Students who are who are conducting their research in the North and are eligible to apply to the Canadian Northern Studies Trust scholarship program  are expected to apply for that funding as well as the Graduate Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Award.
iv.           Students must take up their award within 12 months of being notified of receipt of the award.
v.            Students must be registered full time in their Doctoral program during the tenure of the award.

January 10, 2020

February 3, 2020

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Apply online through SGS website.

January 31, 2020 for incoming (Fall 2020) Geography MA, MSc, and PhD students


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.
Trudeau Foundation 2020 Doctoral Scholarship


Information about the Trudeau Foundation 2020 Doctoral Scholarships competition may be found on the Trudeau Foundation website.

Eligibility information and step-by-step application instructions may be found here.

REMINDER: ONLINE APPLICATION: The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship application is entirely online.  Applicants must go to the application portal and answer a short eligibility questionnaire, in order to proceed with the online application.  The application portal should be open on November 15, 2019.  Applicants complete the online application, which includes uploading all transcripts.  Three recommendation letters are also required.  Applicants enter the name and email address of three referees in the application and an email will automatically be sent to the referees, asking them to upload their reference letter in PDF directly to the portal.

Applicants must submit the complete application to the portal by the School of Graduate Studies' deadline of December 12, 2019.

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.