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Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Funding 2021-2022

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. 

Funding listed is for the current year only.  Funding for subsequent years is subject to change and will be updated as information becomes available.

Domestic Masters Students:
The funding period for a Masters student in Hispanic Studies is one year (3 terms).  A Domestic Masters student receives $4,550.00 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 one year (3 terms).  An International Masters student receives $14,350.00 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.

Domestic PhD 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, 050.00.  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 $6,672.85 per term for the academic year 2020-2021), this is a scholarship and not employment pay.  It is awarded at the start of the term in a lump sum.  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 PhD Students:
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, 650.00.  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 $6,672.85 per term for the academic year 2020-2021), this is a scholarship and not employment pay.  It is awarded at the start of the term in a lump sum.  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 students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, International students may apply for one of 8 International OGS awards available across campus), 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
China Scholarship Council
COLFUTURO, for students from Colombia

Research/Travel Funding

The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies offers a travel grant of approximately $400 per student to subsidize travel related to conferences, visit archives and libraries for research or to collect data.  This money is awarded one time per financial year (the financial year runs from May 1st to April 30th).  In order to apply for one of these grants you must submit the application.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research and Travel Awards

These awards have an annual call for application from the Dean's Office at the end of the fall term.  In the call for applications, details on the application system and the electronic form are dispersed by the Dean's Office to all graduate students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.  Applications are submitted once per year in January.  Awards are adjudicated by the Dean's Office in varying amounts based on applications.

Graduate Thesis Research Awards Funds (amount varies) 

Funds for this award are provided jointly by the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International Relations) and the Faculty of Arts. The purpose of this award is to help support costs of research undertaken by graduate students at The University of Western Ontario that are directly related to the successful completion of their thesis/dissertation.



Faculty of Arts and Humanities Alumni Graduate Awards (amount varies)


Awarded to graduate students registered in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) and enrolled in any graduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. These Fellowships will be awarded to graduate students in order to cover expenses incurred as a result of a need to consult archival material off campus, or to otherwise travel in the context of their research. Candidates must have maintained a minimum A- average and exhibit research ability or potential.



Mary ROUTLEDGE Fellowships (amount varies)


Awarded to full-time graduate students registered in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) and enrolled in a graduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities who can demonstrate financial need and are maintaining a minimum 80% average.



Lynne Lionel SCOTT Scholarship (amount varies)

Awarded to full-time graduate students registered in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) and enrolled in a graduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with a demonstrated interest in Canadian studies and a minimum average of 78% average.  Doctoral candidates have priority, but Masters candidates are also eligible.  The Scholarship will be used to support research in Canadian arts, culture, literatures, language, or philosophy. 


 

GTA Funds through PSAC 610

Graduate students employed as Graduate Teaching Assistants can apply for funds through their union, PSAC 610.  The union has both scholarships and funds for various student issues.  These applications are accessed, applied and adjudicated entirely through the union.  Please visit their website here for more information.

Graduate Student support through SOGS

Graduate students at Western are supported by the Society of Graduate Students.  SOGS is the graduate student union and advocacy organization at Western.  They offer a number of programs to support students in financial need, with childcare and travel.  These funds are accessed, applied and adjucated entirely through SOGS.  Please visit their website here for more information.