School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Awards and Funding

Awards and Funding

Some of the most common questions students have when both applying to and once enrolled in graduate school relate to funding their degree. Queen's University guarantees PhD students a minimum funding package. Some Masters programs are similar, tough not all provide funding. Queen’s offers a range of opportunities for students to receive financial support. Many of these opportunities are internal awards and scholarships that cannot be applied for directly by students, but for which they must be nominated by their department or program. For example, The Robert Sutherland Fellowship, described below, is available to Aboriginal students through a nomination process. However, to be eligible for nomination, students must self-identify. For more information on self-identification, visit the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre website.

Be sure to consider the options below, but also visit the School of Graduate Studies more comprehensive page on funding, which includes information on guaranteed minimum funding for PhD students and Tri-Council awards, among many other opportunities.


Robert Sutherland Fellowships

The Robert Sutherland Fellowships (formerly known as Graduate Dean's Scholarships for Aboriginal and Canadian Visible Minority Students) were established in 1992 to help diversify our campus by attracting applications from visible minorities that are under-represented at Queen's. Awards, valued at $15,000 are available to incoming Aboriginal students, African Canadian students and other Canadian visible minority students. The awards will be made through a competition held each year in May-June. To be eligible for this fellowship, you must self-identify on your application to Queen's. Your department or program is then responsible for nominating you for the fellowship. Consider speaking to the department or program to which you are applying about your interest in this fellowship.  

OGS Awards for Indigenous Students 

Queen’s University shall allocate up to two 2019-20 OGS awards to Indigenous graduate students. There is a section on the OGS application for eligible applicants to self-identify as Indigenous in order to be considered for one of these awards. Normally, to be eligible, you must be enrolled in a research-based program.

Bursary for Indigenous Students

The $15,000 need-based bursary is “awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to Indigenous students in any year of any faculty or school at Queen’s University.” To be eligible for consideration you must be currently registered at Queen's University. To apply students must complete and submit the online Queen's General Bursary application by 31 October via the SOLUS Student Centre. On the application students must self identify under the applicable section that provides them the opportunity to indicate their ancestral heritage. Students who have missed this deadline are encouraged to contact Student Awards directly, either in-person or via phone or email.

Band Funding

If you are registered with your community & have a status card, then you will be eligible for postsecondary funding. Please note that you will need to apply for this funding and that it is not guaranteed. Every band distributes their post-secondary funding differently, and they even have different deadlines, so the best thing for you to do is to contact the education person at your band office to discuss the process and the timelines you need to be aware of. The linked website will bring you to a database of contact information for bands across Canada.

Metis Nation’s Education office; while Inuit applicants should contact the designated organizations or the Aboriginal Affairs Northern Development Canada regional office to inquire about post-secondary funding available.

General Bursary

It is the priority of Queen's University to help those students in the greatest financial difficulty who have the fewest options to secure funding on their own. The Queen's General Bursary is a non-repayable grant available to students in all years of study who have a demonstrated financial need. The Queen's General Bursary is meant to supplement, not replace student and family resources. Students are expected to explore all sources of available funding.