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Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Funding 2018-2019

Western University offers generous financial assistance to qualified graduate students. Graduate Students at Western have an academic year that starts September 1st and finishes August 31st.  The year is divided into three terms: Fall (September 1st to December 31st), Winter (January 1st to April 30th) and Summer (May 1st to August 31st).  Students are expected to be full-time during each of these terms, and are charged tuition for each term.  Tuition amounts can be found at the Registrar's Office website, under Fee Schedules.  Tuition is due at the start of the second week of each term. 

Domestic Masters Students:
The funding period for a Masters student in Hispanic Studies is two years (6 terms).  A Domestic Masters student receives $4,550.77 in WGRS (Western Graduate Research Scholarship).  This amount is divided over the three terms of the academic year (Fall, Winter, Summer).  In addition to this amount Masters Students in Hispanic Studies are awarded either a Graduate Teaching Assistantship or a Graduate Student Assistantship.  The amount of both positions are equal.  GTA and GSA positions run from September 1st to December 31st, and from January 1st to April 30th.  This is considered employment pay, and students are paid at the end of each month for their work.  For a full explanation of the Graduate pay, please visit the Graduate Teaching Assistantship page.

International Masters Students:
The funding period for a Masters student in Hispanic Studies is two years (6 terms).  An International Masters student receives $14,350.77 in WGRS (Western Graduate Research Scholarship) to offset the higher International tuition.  This amount is divided over the three terms of the academic year (Fall, Winter, Summer).  In addition to this amount Masters Students in Hispanic Studies are awarded either a Graduate Teaching Assistantship or a Graduate Student Assistantship.  The amount of both positions are equal.  GTA and GSA positions run from September 1st to December 31st, and from January 1st to April 30th.  This is considered employment pay, and students are paid at the end of each month for their work.  For a full explanation of the Graduate pay, please visit the Graduate Teaching Assistantship page.

PhD Funding:
In March 2018, Western University made the announcement that as of September 2018, all International Doctoral students would pay the same tuition amount as Domestic Doctoral students.  The funding period for a Doctoral Student is 4 years (12 terms). Students in the PhD program are guaranteed a minimum of $13,000 plus tuition for four years. The sources of this funding are WGRS (Western Graduate Research Scholarship) in the amount of $10, 050.77.  This amount is divided over the three terms of the academic year (Fall, Winter, Summer).  In addition to this amount, PhD students are awarded either a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)/Graduate Student Assistantship (GSA) or a Graduate Research Scholarship (valued at $6,574 per term for the academic year 2018-2019).  GTA and GSA positions run from September 1st to December 31st, and from January 1st to April 30th.  This is considered employment pay, and students are paid at the end of each month for their work.  For a full explanation of the Graduate pay, please visit the Graduate Teaching Assistantship page.

External Scholarships:
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external awards such as Canada Graduate Scholarships (available to Masters students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents), Ontario Graduate Scholarships (available to Doctoral students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents), SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and CGS Doctoral Awards (available to Commonwealth citizens). All of these awards, subject to certain conditions, may be held in conjunction with Teaching Assistantships and some other awards offered by the University.  For more information on funding opportunities, please visit the Student Finances page offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

International students are also encouraged to explore what funding is available in their respective countries of origin or through regional or international agencies.  For example:
Marie Curie Fellowship in Europe
Caldo Conacyt or Caldo Senescyt in Mexico
Libya North-American Scholarship Program
China Scholarship Council
Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs in Canada, For students from Egypt
COLFUTURO, for students from Colombia