Financial Assistance

Financial Support

The MES degree program is an accelerated, course-based program with a cooperative work term. The funding model for accelerated programs that include a cooperative work term is different from the funding model in place for two-year Master's programs that include a thesis component. As a result, university-based funding for MES students is limited to sources listed below. Other sources of campus-based employment income such as Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA) are not open to MES students.  

Western University Financial Assistance

  • Western Graduate Bursary Assistance
    Domestic students receiving OSAP may be eligible for an internal bursary based on financial need.

  • Western's Work-study Program
    MES students may apply for work-study positions on campus. These positions are designed to be flexible, allowing for adequate study time while earning a part-time income. A variety of positions requiring a variety of skills are available. The student must be participating in an OSAP program to be eligible (see below).  

External Funding Sources

OGS Information

Applicant Eligibility

To be able to access the Online Application and be considered for an OGS/QEII-GSST at Western, an applicant must:

  • Be a current graduate student, or have submitted an application for admission to a Western graduate program.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person [under subsection 95 (2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] as of the OGS/QEII application deadline.
  • If an OGS/QEII-GSST applicant is international student holding a valid Study Permit or have submitted an application for admission to a Western graduate program, they may be considered for one of eight (8) OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Western to provide to International Students.
  • If an OGS/QEII-GSST applicant is an Indigenous to Canada - First Nations, Métis, Inuit student (A person Indigenous to Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background) they may be considered for one of two (2) OGS awards that the MTCU has allowed Western to provide to Indigenous to Canada students.

Social Insurance Number

As a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, you are required to provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) before you can access the OGS application. This is a requirement of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Provide your SIN through your secure Student Center account:

  1. Log into the Student Center (
  2. Click on the Demographic Data link in the Personal Information section
  3. Click on the Edit button within the National Identification Number section
  4. Follow the instructions to enter your Social Insurance Number

Academic Eligibility

An eligible applicant must have achieved a minimum of 80% in either their graduate program admission average and/or their cumulative Western graduate average. All decisions regarding academic eligibility are made by the adjudicating graduate program.


The Scholarship has a value of $15,000 for one year, disbursed in three payments of $5,000 in September, January and May

When to Apply

You must submit an online MES program application and pay the application fee before beginning an application for corresponding OGS funding. OGS applications are accepted between October and January of each year. Funds awarded are applied in the following academic year. See the awarding timeline information below.


December 10, 2021 - Western's Online 2022-2023 OGS/QEII-GSST Application Opens

February 1, 2022 4:00 p.m. (EST) - Final Submission Deadline

April 29, 2022 – Announcement of 2022-2023 OGS/QEII-GSST results

OGS Application Portal

Application Components

The online application is divided into components and can be completed at your own pace:

Academic History - a summary of your previous academic history, accomplishments and awards.

Proposal - your outline of the proposed research.

Referees - identify two professors who will each complete and upload an academic recommendation in support of your OGS application.

Consents and Acknowledgements - confirmation that you understand your responsibilities in completing this application prior to submission.