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The History Department offers funding for MA and Ph.D. students through a combination of internal and external awards and teaching assistantships and fellowships.

We have had great success with helping our students prepare successful applications for external awards such as those administered by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Many of our students are nominated for and win awards administered by the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. Funding packages also include special awards offered by the History department.

Our Ph.D. students receive financial support substantially in excess of the guaranteed annual minimum of $20,000 for four years, and we are usually able to support students who need a fifth year to complete their degree. Our M.A. students are likewise well-funded. Additional opportunities for funding and experiential learning are available in the form of research and internship projects for the Queen’s Archives, or with major scholarly journals such as the Journal of British Studies, which is currently hosted by the History department.

Internal Funding

Graduate students receive financial support from a variety of sources including internal awards and Fellowships, external awards, Teach Assistantships, Teaching Fellowships, and so on. A total funding package for an individual student composed of different combinations of funding from these sources is explained in annual funding letters from the Graduate Office (usually in July) and SGS (usually in August).

If a student wins an internal or external award, this new award will affect the types and amounts of internal funding provided. If you win an internal or external award, please check with the Graduate Chair of History as soon as possible to ascertain your final funding package.

To find out more about funding of graduate studies in history, please consult the School of Graduate Studies.

Some of the awards listed by the SGS do not require the student to apply for them; rather students are considered for these awards by the Graduate Chair as part of their annual funding package (e.g. McLaughlin, Bracken). Others do require students to make a formal application (Dean's Travel). The Graduate Office regularly sends out notices to our current students about funding competitions both within the university and beyond. In some cases, students submit their applications to the Department of History, in other cases to the SGS and in some cases directly to the funding organization. Please check the details of the awards carefully to ensure that you send your application to the correct party. Please ensure that the Graduate Office has your current email account and that you check this account regularly so that you don't miss important financial information.

Of particular interest to history students are the following awards: Dean's Travel, Timothy Frank Fellowship, Rickerd Fellowship, among others. Please check the SGS website for more details.

The Registrar's Office also provides funding opportunities (bursaries) for Graduate students.

External Funding

The principal major sources of external funding for history students are:

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Scholarships for students studying or planning to study at an Ontario University. The graduate office sends out emails about the annual deadline for this competition in late September.

Please check your eligibility for the OGS award, for if you have received substantial funding from OGS or SSHRC in the past, you may not be eligible for this award.  The website will supply you with current eligibility criteria.

New applicants for graduate study (MA & PhD) apply for OGS through the on-line graduate application for admission.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)

Applications for SSHRC are available on-line.  The Graduate office sends out emails about the annual deadline for this competition in September.

School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs – Funding, Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC)

AUCC has a number of scholarships which they manage.

Canadian-US Fulbright Scholarships

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is a program of educational exchange between Canada and the United States. The aim of the program is to increase understanding between the two countries by providing scholarships and fellowships to Canadian and American faculty and graduate students to allow them to study in the other country.

Mackenzie King Scholarships

Open to graduate students at any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) postgraduate study in any field, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded annually. Its value has lately been $7,500 but is subject to change. There are also Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarships open to graduates of any Canadian university who study international relations or industrial relations in the United States or the United Kingdom. Please check with SGS for further details.

Conference Travel Award

Queen's supports conference travel for MA and PhD students presenting at conferences. The Conference Travel Award is administered by the department and requires that you apply for this award before you attend the conference:

Full-time graduate students in the department in good standing are eligible to apply for one Conference Travel Award per year (for a conference between 1 September and 31 August) if they are in years one or two of the MA program or years one through five of the PhD at the time of the conference. Your conference participation must be before 31 August.

Graduate Conference Travel Award Application

Research Travel Award

During the academic year 2022-23, the Department of History will administer a one-time Graduate Student Research Travel Award to help reduce the costs associated with traveling to conduct research for doctoral candidates. Students will receive the funding as a one-time lumpsum payment and will be required to provide receipts to verify how the funding was used in support of their research. Please see the application and receipt submission forms below. The application deadline is December 1, 2022.

Research Travel Award - Receipt Submission

Research Travel Award - Application

The International Mobility Fund provides support to current undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students who wish to participate in Faculty of Arts and Science global learning activities. The fund assists students by offsetting some of the travel-related expenses related to participating in an Arts and Science global learning experience.

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