School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Funding, Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

Funding, Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

Queen’s University offers and administers many programs that provide financial help to graduate students. This page contains information about the different types of funding available to students, whether minimum funding guarantees for PhD students, external and internal awards and scholarships, emergency assistance, internships and other experiential learning opportunities, travel awards, teaching and research assistantships, and teaching fellowships. Here you will also find important information on what you need to do if you receive an award.

Sources of Funding

Minimum Funding for Graduate Students

Queen’s University provides a minimum funding guarantee currently valued at $18,000 per year, for eligible doctoral students. This amount is a minimum, and actual doctoral student support may be substantially higher in many cases, depending on the program of study. Funding is guaranteed for 4 years as long as students remain in good academic standing.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The guaranteed minimum will apply to all full time doctoral students registered in years 1 – 4 (ie. new and continuing students) of their programs.
  2. Eligible doctoral students must maintain good academic standing in order to qualify.
  3. Eligible doctoral students must be qualified to receive the usual sources offered by their home department as part of a funding package. This implies that, particularly in the case of a TA position, the student must be in residence for enough of the full academic year in order to be reasonably available for employment. In addition, students must apply for all major external and internal (where appropriate) scholarships for which they are eligible in order to qualify for the minimum guarantee.
  4. Students must have requested financial support upon their initial application for admission to a Queen’s doctoral program in order to be eligible. It is assumed that the information provided in terms of a Yes or No in response to the query ‘Do you require financial support from Queen's University’ applies throughout the student's academic program.

The majority of Master's students in research degree programs also receive substantial funding support.

Federal Scholarships and Awards
For information on awards granted by the federal government, including The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), please review the information within the External Awards Offered by Government and Other Granting Bodies of the Graduate Calendar.
Please be aware that you may be obligated to apply to one of these three programs. Information on the application processes and the internal competition deadlines will be circulated to all graduate departments/programs each Fall term. Ask your program or graduate coordinator for more details. 
Provincial Scholarships and Awards
For information on awards granted by the provincial government, including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS), please visit External Awards Offered by Government and Other Granting Bodies within the Graduate Calendar. 
Please be aware that you may be obligated to apply to OGS. Information on the application process will be circulated to all graduate departments/programs each Fall term. Ask your program or graduate coordinator for more details. 
Internal Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards, and Bursaries

These awards do not require an application from graduate students. Many of these awards are part of funding packages communicated when applicants receive an offer of admission. These awards include:

Queen’s Graduate Awards

Many full-time graduate students are eligible to receive Queen's Graduate Awards as part of their funding packages. The QGA is administered by the School of Graduate Studies, based on recommendations from individual departments.

Other Fellowships, Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of university benefactors, there are a number of opportunities for Queen’s graduate students to receive internal fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, and awards. For a complete list and details about fellowships, scholarships, awards, and bursaries, please visit Queen’s University Internal Fellowships, Scholarships, and Other Awards within the Graduate Calendar. Be aware that while some of these opportunities are available to a broad range of students, others are discipline specific.

External Funding and Awards

For information on awards, please visit External Awards Offered by Government and Other Granting Bodies within the Graduate Calendar.

You may also wish to explore the Searchable Funding Database available through University Research Services. This service is primarily targeted to faculty, though some of the opportunities found here are open to graduate students.

International Students

International graduate students are financially supported through a combination of stipends, awards, bursaries and employment opportunities.

Minimum Funding and Entrance Scholarships

Ph.D. students receive a guaranteed minimum funding package of $18,000 a year with many departments setting higher funding minimums and almost all offering much higher average funding packages. Funding is guaranteed for 4 years as long as student remain in good academic standing. The majority of Master's students in research degree programs also receive substantial funding support. 

Queen's also has entrance scholarships and fellowships available to international students who demonstrate academic excellence, such as the Principal's International Doctoral Award.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS): Foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa - student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted visa student awards. please visit External Awards Offered by Government and Other Granting Bodies within the Graduate Calendar for more details about OGS.  

Information about other sources of funding for international students can be obtained from:

  • The Office of the University Registrars' Student Awards website
  • The Canadian Bureau for International Education website

American students who have access to Section 529 savings plans are eligible to utilize these resources while studying at Queen's. 

International students can hold student loans that they may have secured through their home country. Please contact the appropriate student loan agency for further information.

Emergency and Needs-Based Funding

Student Awards in the Office of the University Registrar 

A variety of financial assistance programs are administered by the Student Awards Office to help students finance their Queen's education. Students can obtain need-based financial assistance such as the Queen’s General Bursary, awards or work programs. All programs are designed to supplement, not replace, a student's and their family's contributions.

Bursary for Indigenous Students

The $15,000 need-based bursary is “awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to Aboriginal students in any year of any faculty or school at Queen’s University.” Recipients may be full- or part-time students.

Applications are to be made via SOLUS to the Office of the University Registrar, Student Awards. Please visit for information on Student Awards at Queen’s.

Maternity-Parental Leave Funding

Effective January 2011, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) made available Maternity-Parental Leave Funding for doctoral students. These funds provide support to a new parent who takes a leave from full-time graduate study to start or expand their family. The SGS will provide $5,000 to funding-eligible Ph.D. students who have been granted maternity or parental leave under the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulation

Ban Righ Centre  

The Ban Righ Centre offers financial assistance to women. Please note: all bursaries and awards are assessed based on the financial need of applicants.

Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Bursaries

The SGPS offers Activity, Emergency Assistance, Dental, and International Student Bursaries to support graduate students.

Travel and Conference Awards and Bursaries

Conference Travel Awards 

The School of Graduate Studies Conference Travel Awards support graduate student travel to conferences to present their scholarly work. Applications are managed by departments. Contact your department for more details about how to apply. 

The Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research 

The Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research provides financial support for doctoral students pursuing dissertation research at a considerable distance from Queen's. Awards will be made through a competition.  The maximum value of the award is $3,000. Graduate programs and Departments are sent details and application materials approximately 8 weeks prior to the annual competition deadline.

Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Activity Bursary 

The SGPS Activity Bursary subsidizes participation in Queen’s University clubs, intramural teams, events, and conferences to a maximum of $150.00. For more details see the SGPS website.

Research Assistantships

Faculty who are engaged on extensive research programs and who are holders of major research grants usually require, as assistants, several graduate students who are working in a field of study related to that of the research program. Faculty may provide stipends to their graduate students as graduate research assistant fellowships (GRAF) or may employ a grad student as a research assistant (GRA). 

The GRAF is offered to provide funding support to enable the student to pursue research directly linked to their graduate studies (research thesis), and is accepted as financial assistance toward completing the degree requirements through acquisition of research training. 

Holders of major merit awards may not receive further assistance from a research grant that is from the same granting agency as the award. Financial support that is provided through a research contract may contain terms and conditions that will obligate the student, as a participant, to act in accordance with the research agreement signed with the sponsor. If students have concerns about this kind of financial support, they should contact the department/program graduate coordinator.

University Research Services (URS) provides a range of advice and administrative support services for Queen's University researchers. For more information, see the University Research Services website

Speak to your supervisor or Graduate/Program Coordinator to learn if a Research Assistantship is a possibility for you. In some cases, a Research Assistantship may constitute a part of the funding package offered to you.

Teaching Assistantships

Most graduate departments/programs engage graduate students to assist in undergraduate teaching, tutorial work, and laboratory demonstrating, as Teaching Assistants (TAs). Such positions may constitute a part of the funding package offered to you each year. Speak to your Program or Graduate Coordinator about whether TA positions are available within your department or program. 

At Queen’s University, TAs are unionized members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). The collective agreement is posted on the Faculty Relations Office website

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides programming, resources and support for graduate students’ and post-docs’ development as educators.

Non-Competitive Awards and Loans
For information on non-competitive awards and loans, please see the information provided in the Non-Competitive Awards and Loans area of the Graduate Calendar.

Administering Your Award

Payment of Your Award

Payment of your awards through direct deposit

At Queen’s University, all awards (scholarships, fellowships, prizes, QGA, etc.)  administered by or through the School of Graduate Studies, are paid through direct deposit to the award holder’s bank account of record (see below). This direct deposit method is only for those internal and external awards, fellowships, scholarships, Queen’s Graduate Award (QGA), etc. administered by the School of Graduate Studies.  

If you have completed registration, set up a bank account of record, and have met the eligibility requirements of your award, your funds will appear in your bank account within 5 to 7 business days after the “posted date” on the  Student On-Line University System  (SOLUS) (see below). For more information on Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) payments, see attached FAQ's for Students (112KB pdf).

There is a separate process through your department to make arrangements for Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs) to be deposited into your bank account.

Set up, change or verify your bank account of record, and review award payments in SOLUS

If you pay your tuition through the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan, the bank account used for the tuition payment IS your bank account of record.  If you pay your tuition in any other way you must set up a bank account of record to receive direct deposits of your award payments.

The bank account of record must be held at a valid Canadian bank.  The bank account of record will receive award payments for any award you receive, for the duration of your enrolment as a graduate student.

To confirm your bank account of record or to set up banking information to receive awards through direct deposit, log onto SOLUS (through the “My.QueensU/SOLUS” login on the main page) and enter or review your banking information (bottom of the page under “enter/review bank”).

Any award installment payments are shown in SOLUS in your “Student Centre”.  Scroll down to the “Finances” section, and under “Other FINANCIAL” select “Payments” to see your “Payment History”, which is a record of awards paid to date or scheduled to be paid.

The “DATE PAID” is the date that the direct deposit is INITIATED.  Please note that you must add 4 to 5 business days after the “DATE PAID” date, or to the date that you have completed registration, set up your bank account of record, and/or met any other eligibility requirements, for these funds to appear in your bank account of record.

Your awards and your Registration Status

Students who transfer from full-time on campus status to part-time or inactive status are not eligible for most fellowships, scholarships and awards (including QGA). If funding has already been provided for the term(s) of proposed part-time or inactive status, that funding must be returned to the School of Graduate Studies. Changing to part-time or inactive status may impact your repayment requirements to OSAP or any other student loan provider.

Forms - Ontario Residency and Terms & Conditions

Statement of Ontario Residency

* Please refer to your SGS award letter to find out which form you are required to submit.

Terms & Conditions:




Funding for Student-Lead Initiatives

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Student Initiative Fund

Each year, the Dean of the SGS provides a limited amount of funding for graduate student initiatives at Queen's University.

Examples of these initiatives include:

  • Organizing conferences for graduate students at Queen's
  • Hosting/organizing art or cultural exhibits or similar public performances involving graduate students
  • Projects that allow for the professional and academic development of graduate students

Application Process

At least two months prior to the need for funding, students should submit a completed Request for Funding Form to

Terms of Reference

Generally, individual allocations do not exceed $1,000. Funding decisions are based on the following considerations:

  • A high level of involvement by upper year undergraduates and/or graduate students
  • Events that include opportunities to highlight graduate programs to potential graduate students
  • Events or initiatives that provide opportunities for graduate students to demonstrate leadership by, for example, inspiring others or making presentations about their research or academic interests
  • Initiatives that highlight the importance of graduate education to the Queen's community.

Application Form

SGS Student Initiative Fund - Guidelines and Application Form (237KB)

Student Affairs Student Initiative Fund

Objectives and Principles

The Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs has established the Student Initiative Fund to provide year-round funding opportunities for special projects and initiatives that enhance the student experience and enrich the University community. The Fund exists to support projects that are dedicated to the principles of personal and community development and, in particular, provide extra- and co-curricular educational opportunities for students to build leadership, citizenship, intercultural awareness and/or community-building skills.

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

  1. The applicant(s) must be a registered student(s) at Queen's at the time of application.
  2. Only one application per student, or student group, per academic year will be considered.
  3. The project must be non-profit.
  4. The project must support co-curricular events or activities and not be related to academic programs such as a class lecture, lab, practicum or internship.
  5. The event or program must occur within the existing academic year or the upcoming academic year.

Funding Decisions

The approval and amount of funding will be contingent on:

  1. The availability of funds and the total amount of requests received over the fiscal year.
  2. The alignment of the project, activity or event with the stated goals and priorities of the Fund.
  3. The potential impact of the proposed project, activity or program.
  4. The degree of initiative taken to raise funds from other sources. Those groups that have shown greater initiative in this area will be viewed more favourably.
  5. The contribution of the project to the positive image or reputation of Queen's.

Application Form

Students must complete an online application form, attach a proposed budget and any endorsements that support their request. This information should be submitted to the Office of the VP/Dean of Student Affairs. For full details of the Award and the online application form, go to the Student Affairs website.

Overseas Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarship

For more information, visit the Student Affairs website.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Canada to conduct research projects at universities overseas (partner countries). Eligible research projects are to be conducted over a 12-24 week duration, and successful applications will include a strong statement on the 'benefits to Canada'. 

Queen's may submit a limited number of applications to this program per year. All applications (inbound and outbound) must be received by internal deadlines and receive institutional approval before submission to Mitacs.

For information on Queen’s internal application process and the GRA program, please see details outlined by University Research Services.

Fulbright Canada Awards

Fulbright Canada runs a wide range of programs that support exceptional Canadian students and scholars who wish to study, do research, or lecture in the United States.

For more information, visit the Fulbright Canada Awards website.