Internal Funding

G. Gordon Suffel Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Applied Economic Geology

Awarded annually to graduate students in a Master's or PhD program in Geology who have selected a thesis topic in applied economic geology, based on academic achievement and research merit. The Graduate Committee in Earth Sciences will select the recipient(s). At least one representative of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and one member will be from Resource Geoscience Western (RGW). The recipient may receive this fellowship for up to three years, dependent upon performance and satisfactory progress. The student(s) selected will give a lecture to the Department during the second term of the award, describing their research; and, may be asked to assist in curating the Suffel Collection. This fellowship is tenable with other awards.

Value: 1 at $15,000. $15,000 to be awarded in part as income to the student ($10,000) and, in part as a research grant ($5,000) to support the student¿s work.

How to Apply: Apply to the Academic Program Coordinator by submitting a CV, one-page summary of their research project and a one-page budget specifying how they will spend the $5,000 research grant

Deadline: March 31

Arcangelo Rea Family Foundation Graduate Scholarship

This is intended for exceptional students involved in Faculty of Science research concerned with environmental issues, with preference being given to Earth Science students. Awarded to a student pursuing a MSc or PhD with preference to a student enrolled in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Value: 1 at $4300

How to Apply: 1 page research proposal + transcript (available through Academic Program Coordinator) to the Academic Program Coordinator

Deadline: March 31

Robert & Ruth Lumsden Graduate Fellowship In Science

This fellowship has been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. All Western Science PhD students who have completed at least two years of study in any graduate program at Western are eligible for consideration.

Nominations must be submitted by departments, with rankings if more than one nomination is submitted. Selection criteria and weighting are the same as used in applying for NSERC doctoral scholarships: academic excellence (30%), research ability or potential (50%), and communication, interpersonal, and leadership abilities (20%). A selection committee will be established within the Dean’s Office and will select the top applicants among those nominated by departments.

Value: 1 at $1500

How to Apply: Submit a CV, transcript (available through Academic Program Coordinator), 1 page statement of research accomplishments and plans, and a nomination letter from your supervisor to Academic Program Coordinator

Deadline: March 1

*Note: International Students are eligible to apply

Robert and Ruth Lumsden Graduate Award in Earth Sciences

Awarded to full-time students registered in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and enrolled in either the Graduate Program in Geology or Geophysics. Must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement (minimum 78% average). Recipients will be selected by the Chair of Earth Sciences in consultation with a faculty committee.  

This bursary received matched funding through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund program and students must meet Ontario residency requirements.

OSOTF awards are restricted to individuals who meet all of the following criteria at the time of application (in addition to award-specific criteria):

  1. Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person
  2. Resident of Ontario*
  3. Demonstrates financial need**

 * In order to be considered a resident of Ontario (as per the OSOTF program’s guidelines) one of the following statements must be true:

  1. Student has always resided in Ontario or Ontario is the last province that the student has resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student;
  2. Student who is married can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s partner has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies and, during this time, the student’s partner was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies; or
  3. A single dependent student can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s) has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies.

Value: 5 at $1,800 each

How to Apply: Submit a CV, transcript (available through Academic Program Coordinator), OSOTF eligibility form, 1 page statement of research accomplishments and plans, and a nomination letter from your supervisor to Academic Program Coordinator

Deadline: March 31

Robert and Ruth Lumsden Graduate Awards in Science

Three graduate awards based on financial need and academic achievement have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Western Science PhD students who have completed at least two years of study in any graduate program at Western with average course marks at or above 78%, are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, and have resided in the Province of Ontario for at least two years, are eligible for consideration (see eligibility criteria below). Students eligible for this award may not hold a major scholarship or award such as NSERC or OGS. At the time of nomination, eligible students should be receiving only the minimum total stipend which is normally guaranteed by the home department.

Nominations must be submitted by departments, with rankings if more than one nomination is submitted. Selection criteria and weighting are academic and research excellence (50%) and financial need (50%). A selection committee will be established within the Dean’s Office and will select the top applicants among those nominated by departments.

This bursary received matched funding through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund program and students must meet Ontario residency requirements.

OSOTF awards are restricted to individuals who meet all of the following criteria at the time of application (in addition to award-specific criteria):

  1. Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person
  2. Resident of Ontario*
  3. Demonstrates financial need**

 * In order to be considered a resident of Ontario (as per the OSOTF program’s guidelines) one of the following statements must be true:

  1. Student has always resided in Ontario or Ontario is the last province that the student has resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student;
  2. Student who is married can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s partner has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies and, during this time, the student’s partner was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies; or
  3. A single dependent student can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s) has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies.

Value: 3 at $1500

How to Apply: Submit a CV, transcript (available through Academic Program Coordinator), 1 page statement of research accomplishments and plans, OSOTF Form and a nomination letter from your supervisor to Academic Program Coordinator 

Deadline: March 1

Robert W. Hodder Travel Bursaries:

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science, or full-time graduate students enrolled in the Geology or Geophysics graduate program in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, on the basis of financial need, to enable them to participate in graduate or undergraduate student field trips and workshops in the geology of mineral deposits. Recipients will be selected by a committee of three consisting of the Faculty member responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in mineral deposits - Geology; the Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences; and, the Outside Advisor to the Student Chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists. Financial Aid Services will determine financial need for undergraduate candidates, and the Department of Earth Sciences will determine financial need for graduate candidates. Established through Foundation Western. 

This bursary received matched funding through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund program and students must meet Ontario residency requirements.

OSOTF awards are restricted to individuals who meet all of the following criteria at the time of application (in addition to award-specific criteria):

  1. Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person
  2. Resident of Ontario*
  3. Demonstrates financial need

* In order to be considered a resident of Ontario (as per the OSOTF program’s guidelines) one of the following statements must be true:

  1. Student has always resided in Ontario or Ontario is the last province that the student has resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student;
  2. Student who is married can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s partner has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies and, during this time, the student’s partner was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies; or
  3. A single dependent student can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s) has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies.

Value: Number and value will vary up to a maximum of $4,000 (minimum award value $500)

How to Apply: Complete an application form along with a brief explaination of what trip they will be attending for which the money will be used. Submit to Academic Program Coordinator (Amy)

Deadline: TBD

Geophysics Travel Scholarships

Awarded annually to full-time graduate students in the Geophysics program who are travelling to scientific conferences to present their thesis research. The selection committee shall consist of the Graduate Chair of Earth Sciences and a member of the Geophysics faculty.  At least one member of the selection committee must hold current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Academic standing is the principal criterion in the selection of successful candidates. 

Value: Up to four travel scholarships of $1,000 per year (total $4,000 per year). Any one student will be limited to one travel scholarship per MSc program and two for the PhD program. However, at the discretion of the Selection Committee, a student may be awarded one additional scholarship, provided that it does not deny an award to another qualified applicant who has received fewer Geophysics travel scholarships. 

How to Apply: Submit to Academic Program Coordinator your abstract or detailed plans about what conference you plan to attend and the rationale for attending. Please also provide an approximate travel budget with supporting documents. 

Deadline: There will be two competitions per year; application deadlines are October 31 and March 31 

Alan D. Edgar Award in Petrology

Awarded biennially to a student entering the second year of a graduate program and specializing in Petrology. Selection is based on ingenuity in, and enthusiasm for, Petrology. The student also must have attained a minimum 78% average in their first year as a graduate student. The recipient will be selected by an Earth Sciences Departmental Committee that includes at least one member of the Graduate Committee. This award was established through Foundation Western by donations received from friends and family in memory of Dr. Alan D. Edgar.

How to Apply: Submit a 1 page research proposal + transcript (can be provided by Academic Program Coordinator) to Academic Program Coordinator 

Value: The recipient has the choice of accepting - a piece of field equipment, such as a Brunton compass or a GPS receiver and the remainder as a payment - a payment for $500

Deadline: March 31

Malcolm Slack Earth Sciences Award

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral Program in Earth Sciences, with preference given to a student who is specializing in research in the field of agrominerals. The student will be selected by a Committee in the Graduate Department of Earth Sciences. At least one member of the committee must hold current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Mrs. Carol Slack in memory of her husband, Mr. J. Malcolm Slack (BA '63, MBA '70).

Value: 1 at $2200

How to Apply: Submit to Academic Program Coordinator 1 page research proposal + transcript (can be provided by Academic Program Coordinator)

Deadline: March 31

Faculty of Science Teaching Assistant Award:

Given annually to the outstanding TA from each department under the Faculty of Science, as selected by the graduate committee based upon student and faculty nominations.

Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Bursaries

SOGS Bursaries are awarded three times annually to full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students (Masters or Doctoral) who have demonstrated financial need. The Society of Graduate Students bursary program two bursary types: the SOGS Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) Bursary and the Out of Province/Country (OOP) Bursary and Grad Club (GC) Bursary:
  • The OSOTF Bursary is valued at $1500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from Ontario with demonstrated financial need.
  • The OOP Bursary is valued at $1500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from outside Ontario with demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply: Applications are completed on-line through the SGPS Graduate Student Portal.

Deadline: September 30, January 31, and May 31.