As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. While at Western, you will want to devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
Some funding is awarded to you upon entry into a program, some is based on recommendations from the program that is admitting you, and others you must apply for yourself, either to The University of Western Ontario or to an external funding agency.
There are two main types of funding available to graduate students:
- Western Funding - Provided directly by department, faculty or the University, these types of funding are distributed to students on a term by term basis.
- External Funding - Awarded by federal, provincial and private agencies, to students who apply for scholarships and awards in annual competitions to support graduate study the following academic year. Major scholarship competitions are run through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The basic graduate student funding package is a combination of Graduate Teaching Assistant salary (which requires being at the university during the academic year) and the supplementary WGRS (Western Graduate Research Scholarship). This is provided to all M.Sc. students maintaining a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 78%, and to all Ph.D. students who have not acquired outside funding, and who maintain a G.P.A. of 78%. Ph.D. students should be aware that the university and the Department cannot offer funding beyond the fourth year.
The Department is also able to provide a range of scholarships to support research. These awards are competitive within the department and will be awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and devotion to research, and have demonstrated their commitment to applying for external grants.
In addition, there are Donor Funded Awards available to graduate students within the Department. Donor Funded Awards are made possible by generous donations from alumni, corporations, foundations and other friends of Western in support of student scholarship. Most graduate award recipients are selected by nomination or competitions internal to the graduate program. For a comprehensive listing of all current donor funded awards available to graduate neuroscience students at Western, please visit our Donor Funded Award Search.
All students are encouraged to apply, where applicable, for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grants. Ph.D. students in particular are expected to apply for these scholarships, not merely because of the financial advantage but also because grant-writing is an essential part of academic training, and success in acquiring grants will be essential to finding employment in the highly competitive academic job market.
Recent Funding Decisions and Awards
2009 - 2010 Student Awards
NSERC doctoral awards: Charles Pettypiece, Sandy Shultz
NSERC awards: Michael Koval, Melissa Meeking, Bridget Valsamis, Robert Whitwell
OGS: Jeffrey Malins, Loretta Norton, Michael Pace
OGSST: Matthew Hutchison, Jessica Phillips, Edward O'Neil
CIHR: Jeremy Wong, Daniel Wood
2008 - 2009 Student Awards
NSERC Vanier award: Kenneth Valyear
NSERC doctoral awards: Jason Gallivan, Ben Bowles
NSERC awards: Stephanie Bishop, Elizabeth Wilson
OGS: Jeremy Wong
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Michael Poulter, Ph.D. Director
Ms. C. Anderson
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Robarts Research Institute, RRI 5260a
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Areas of Research
Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience
Neural Substrates of Behaviour
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