Every qualified student of Theory and Criticism will be provided with sufficient financial resources to complete their studies. During their period of fundabilty, Doctoral students must apply for Tri-Council (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and Ontario government awards (OGS/ST) for which they are eligible. Financial support may come in the form of one or all of the following:
Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS)
Students with the appropriate academic record are automatically nominated for a WGRS each term. Scholarships are available to both domestic and International graduate students, no application required. All students who are accepted into the program are automatically considered for internal scholarship support, designed to cover a substantial portion of student's tuition fees for the eligible period of funding.
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships are available to students registered full-time in the program. Placements are made in departments affiliated with the Centre, and every attempt is made to match students with the most suitable course and/or faculty member. Placements are negotiated by the Centre and participating departments, and assignments are confirmed at the beginning of each academic year (September). Please note that funding received from a GTA/GRAship is included as part of, not in addition to, students’ total support package.
Graduate scholarships, valued between $15,000 and $35,000 annually, are available to students in Theory and Criticism on a competitive basis from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).During their period of fundabilty, Doctoral students must apply for Tri-Council (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and Ontario government awards (OGS/ST) for which they are eligible.
Graduate Student Conference Travel Subsidy
Students may apply for a Graduate Student Conference Travel subsidy to cover registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses related to conference presentations. To be eligible, students must be presenting a paper at a recognized scholarly peer-reviewed conference. Students are eligible to receive up to $350 per fiscal year (May 1- April 30). Approval will be given by the program Director and all original receipts for expenses claimed must be submitted to the Centre. Please see the Program Coordinator for details.
Sponsored Participant Program - School of Criticism and Theory @ Cornell University
Each year the Centre sponsors one student to attend Cornell University's School of Criticism and Theory summer session, valued at $2700. Preference is given to advanced graduate students who have passed their qualifying examinations. Candidates are required to complete an application form and brief statement of purpose, which must be submitted to the Theory Centre no later than January 1st.
Donor Funded Awards
These awards are made possible by 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 program. Searching by faculty of Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and Interdisciplinary programs will provides a listing of awards available to students in Theory and Criticism.
Joint Fund of Support
Research Western, The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) have formed a partnership contributing to a jointly-administered fund, designed to aid graduate students presenting their research in numerous venues on and off campus.
Domestic students also have access to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for any financial need not met by the funding package.
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