School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Scholarship Opportunities

There are 10 Academic Excellence Awards available to new Master’s students (entering Year 1 as of Fall term) valued $15,000 for one year.  Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have achieved a first-class average (equivalent to an A- or better at Queen’s), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), are eligible to be considered for the AEA. 

Prospective new students who have also applied, or who will apply, to NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR, need not make a separate AEA application—we will use their tri-council application to considered them for the AEA. The online application is for prospective new students who are eligible to be considered for the AEA,  but who did not submit an application for the current tri-council competition.

The online application to the Academic Excellence Award (AEA) has not been announced for 2021-2022 at this time. Details about the award, and a link to the online application when and if available, can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website. More details, including the deadlines, are available here.


Indigenous Student Awards and Funding


Federal and Tri-Council Award

Students should apply for all scholarships and awards for which they are eligible and many apply in the fall prior to starting a graduate degree program. Check the agency websites for eligibility requirements and instructions about how to apply.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Eligible CGS holders who identify Queen's as their destination of choice (host institution) are automatically considered for  Queen's Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Awards, which are valued at $5,000 for master's students and $10,000 for PhD students.

See Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award for Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS-M) Recipients​
See Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award for Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (CGS-D) Recipients​


Ontario Graduate Scholarships

The Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) promote excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels.  OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to graduate students in all graduate disciplines in Ontario Universities.  Eligible students apply for OGS through each university for which they have applied.

Scholarship Value: $15,000 for one academic year, normally paid out in 3 equal installments.  The award is not renewable.