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.


IBET Momentum Fellowship

Announced in January 2021, the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD Project aims to address the urgent need to encourage and support the pursuit of graduate studies by under-represented groups in Canada that have been ignored as potential candidates for academia. This lack of representation has hindered the enrolment of Canadian Indigenous and Black graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. IBET recipients will receive funding support and a Momentum Fellowship which includes access to industry partnerships and additional networking opportunities.

Value: $25,000. Details to come soon on the Faculty of Engineering Website   

The Teyonkwayenawá:kon – Graduate Scholarship

(Teyonkwayenawá:kon is from the Mohawk language and refers to a mixed group of people.)The Teyonkwayenawá:kon – Graduate Scholarship was established in June 2021 by the School of Graduate Studies with the purpose of welcoming new Indigenous graduate students to Queen’s to help diversify our teaching and learning culture. The Teyonkwayenawá:kon – Graduate Scholarship is available to incoming Indigenous graduate students who self-identify at the time of application to graduate study at Queen’s. Indigenous is defined as First Nation, Métis or Inuit (FNMI). Upon nomination by the appropriate graduate program, selection will be made through the annual Fellowships competition held each year in May-June. Value: $15,000

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.