Applicants

Welcome to The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy at Queen's University! You can find the appropriate information below whether you are a current student or looking to apply.

Application Process & Deadlines

Applying to graduate studies within the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy is a multi-step process that usually begins about in the late summer/fall a year before you will start. Below is a step-by-step process on how to apply.

 

Date What to Do Relevant Links
Summer/Fall Research possible lab groups that you would be interested in working with. Contact professors you would want to work with to gain more information about possible research projects that would be available. In order to be accepted into the Department, a professor must accept you for a research project. Research Groups
October 15 NSERC applications at the PhD level are due. Please see the relevant link for application details and portal to submit application through.

Please Note: A complete application requires reference letters and a research proposal, so working with your potential supervisor and an early start is recommended.

NSERC
November 1 Vanier Scholarship (Ph.D.) applications are due. Please see the relevant link for application and nomination details. 

Please Note: Potential applicants must be nominated by Queen's University in order to apply.

Vanier Scholarships
December 1 NSERC applications at the MSc/MASc level are due. Please see the relevant link for application details and portal to submit application through.

Please Note: A complete application requires reference letters and a research proposal, so working with your potential supervisor and an early start  is recommended.

NSERC (Master level)
Starting November and ongoing Apply for MSc/MASc/PhD programs for the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy through the School of Graduate Studies. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted so to have access to the most opportunities, apply early.  Queen's SGS application process
December 15 MSc/MASc/PhD applications for the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy are due. Applications are handled through the School of Graduate Studies.

Please Note: Applications require reference letters, so an early start is recommended. Please also note the item above about our rolling review process. It is also possible that some research opportunities open up after the Dec 15 deadline. Contact potential supervisors for more information.

Queen's SGS application process
March 1

OGS applications are due. Applications are handled through a web app from the School of Graduate Studies. Reference letters are required, though the reference letters from your application can be linked to your OGS application. 

Please Note: A complete application and a research proposal is required, so working with your potential supervisor and an early start is recommended.

Please Also Note: OGS applications are used for internal award competitions.  If you do not submit an OGS application, you cannot be considered for these awards.  Some of them provide considerable funding.

Queen's SGS Scholarships
Summer It is possible to start your research project over the summer. If you are interested in doing this, please contact your supervisor. If you will start in the Fall, remain in contact with your supervisor to be ready to hit the ground running when you arrive in September.  
First Week of September During the first week of September, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) runs an Orientation Week for new graduate students. Please see the SGS website for more details. Within the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, there will be a welcoming event for new graduate students during the Orientation Week. Details on this will be emailed out nearer the Fall. Also refer to the "New Student Information" page for more details on how to settle in within the Department.

Queen's SGS

SGS New Student Information