The following scholarships are available to students in the Chemistry graduate program (subject to confirmation of funding availability). The Scholarship Chair will notify graduate students of the call for applications via email.



1-2 awards per year for graduate students registered in the Chemistry Graduate Program. The ASPIRE award funds travel costs for graduate students to visit another research lab so that they can learn new techniques or gain access to equipment not available locally or in Canada.

CSC Travel Award

These awards were established from the proceeds of the Chemical Institute of Canada - 2004 Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference held in London. Awarded to full-time graduate students in the Chemistry Graduate program based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and research merit to enable recipients to attend and present their research at a conference (oral or poster presentation).

The Paul de Mayo Award


Paul de Mayo was a dedicated teacher-scholar at Western for 35 years. After his death in 1994, contributions for a fund to commemorate his life and work came from around the world, reflecting the high respect, admiration, and affection of his former collaborators and colleagues. This fund now honors one of Western’s top graduate students each year. The award consists of a medal and a cash award that covers travel and an honorarium to deliver a research lecture at UWO.

The Lumsden Fellowship/Award

Awarded to full-time students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and enrolled in any of the following graduate programs:  Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Zoology.  Candidates must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement (minimum 78% average).  Recipients will be selected by the Dean of Science in consultation with a faculty committee.  Recipients must meet OSOTF eligibility requirements. Fellowships have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Each fellowship is valued at $1000 and all graduate students in programs of Departments in the Faculty of Science are eligible for consideration.

Two awards have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Each award is valued at $1,000 and will be awarded to graduate students in any Ph.D. graduate program based on financial need and academic achievement. Nominees must be either a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and must have resided in the Province of Ontario for at least two years.

Soltys Award


Awarded to a full-time graduate student in the MSc or PhD program in Chemistry based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and financial need. Preference will be given to a married student. Candidates must also meet OSOTF financial need and residency requirements. Applications are available through the Department of Chemistry.  The Department of Chemistry will select the recipient in consultation with at least one Chemistry faculty member who is also a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Mrs. Judith Soltys and others, in memory of Dr. Joe Soltys (BSc '63, PhD '69), through Foundation Western.

Lorimer Convocation Honor

A former PhD graduate of this department, Dr. Tom Brydges, donated PhD convocation robes to the Department in honor of Professor Emeritus Jack Lorimer. Each convocation, a PhD graduate from our Department will be selected to wear these robes in honor of Jack.

Graduate Thesis Research Award

These awards are created from funds provided jointly by the Vice-President (Research &International Relations) and the Faculty and will help support costs of research undertaken by graduate students at The University of Western Ontario. Awards are available to full-time students at The University of Western Ontario (excluding Ivey and affiliate colleges) who are enrolled in a graduate program leading to a Masters or PhD degree. Applicants must be engaged in writing a thesis/dissertation as part of their
degree requirements.

Contact Us

Darlene McDonald
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Chemistry
Western University
Chemistry Building
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7

P (519) 661-2166
F (519) 661-3022

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00-3:30

Fields of Research

Chemical Biology

Synthesis and Catalysis

Energy and Mechanism


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