Graduate Studies in Microbiology and Immunology


Financial Support

It is the policy of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology that all Graduate Students in thesis based programs receive a stipend that guarantees a minimum living allowance after tuition and ancillary fees are paid. Unless waived by the student, the current living allowance is $13,250 for M.Sc. and $15,250 for Ph.D. students. This value reflects "take home" pay. Student tuition is paid by a composite of funds from the supervisor's research grant, and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholarship funding (e.g. Schulich Graduate Scholarship or Western Graduate Research Scholarship). When the stipend is combined with tuition reimbursement, this brings the total value of compensation received by each student to a minimum of ~$21,000-$23,000.

Stipends increase when a student is awarded a scholarship (see examples below). In this way, academic success and achievement are rewarded with financial incentives. We strive to ensure that our Graduate Students are as competitive as possible for scholarship funding and our success rate is high. In addition, stipend dollars go farther in London, as the cost of living here is lower than many other Canadian cities. (Living in London)





  M.Sc. students in good standing are guaranteed financial support for up to 6 terms. Ph.D. students in good standing are guaranteed financial support for up to 12 terms. Students in good standing who transfer from the M.Sc. program to the Ph.D. program are guaranteed financial support for up to 15 terms. Beyond the guaranteed funding periods, continued funding is at the discretion of the supervisor.

  A limited number of Teaching Assistantship positions (covered by the Collective Agreement between UWO and PSAC Local 00610) become available each year and information regarding these positions is communicated during the Summer term each year. These are valued at approximately $2300 - $3300/ term and are normally above and beyond the base stipend values shown.

  Graduate Students in the Microbiology & Immunology program are also eligible for a number of competitive internal awards, including our Departmental Entrance Scholarships.  More details on these awards can be found here.

  Students may be eligible for External Scholarships through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western. To assist students with these applications, effective scholarship writing seminars are held on an annual basis.

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