Graduate students at The University of Western Ontario have significant opportunities for funding to support their studies. There are internal, external, and departmental funding opportunities available.


Departmental Funding Oportunities

Information about these awards will be emailed to students at the beginning of the school year.

Graduate Travel/Research Travel Fund

Funding from this can be used for the following purposes.
1) To attend conferences or exhibitions where students are presenting work, and/or
2) To conduct thesis related research (which can include conference attendance and class trips to significant exhibitions or events), and/or
3) Materials purchased to support research.

Visual Arts Awards

Visual Arts Doctoral Fund
Available to doctoral students during the course of their studies to assist with exhibitions, curated shows, or publication costs. This funding is not intended for final graduating exhibitions.

Visual Arts Internship Fund
Available to Visual Arts undergraduate and graduate students to help defray costs such as travel related to an internship post.

Visual Arts Exhibition/Publication Fund
Available to 3rd and 4th-year Visual Arts undergraduate and Masters students to help with costs associated with independent projects such as exhibitions or publications.


The Jose Luis Barrio-Garay Bursary In Visual Arts

Two bursaries will be available annually to graduate students in the Visual Arts Programs. One will be for a student pursuing a Master of Arts (in Art History). One will be for a student pursuing Master of Fine Arts (in Studio Arts). Evidence of financial need must be provided. In the event that no student qualifies for one of the awards, the funds will be automatically given to a qualified student from the other specified area. Eligible students should contact the Graduate Chair of the Visual Arts Program to be considered for one of these bursaries. Recipients must meet OSOTF eligibility criteria. Established through a generous donation by Perry L. Barrio-Garay in honour of her husband, Jose Luis Barrio-Garay. Value: 2 at $725


Below is a guide to other funding available at Western and beyond.

  • School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - Financial Support
    Learn more about how to fund your graduate program here.

  • Donor Funded Award Search
    Awards that are made possible by generous donations from alumni, corporations, foundations and other friends of Western in support of student scholarship.

  • External Funding Opportunities
    All graduate students are encouraged to apply for external funding. These are funds provided beyond Western through federal and provincial department and agencies, foundations, private companies and other sources.

  • Work Study Program and Bursary Program
    Western’s Work Study program offers an opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies. Bursaries are non-repayable, taxable grants awarded on the basis of financial need. Financial need is determined in a manner similar to the Canada and Ontario Student Loans assessment.

  • UWO Visual Arts Graduate Students TA program
    Learn more about Graduate Teaching Assistantships here.

  • UWO Bursary Information
    Did you know that bursaries are non-repayable, taxable grants awarded on the basis of financial need. Financial need is determined in a manner similar to the Canada and Ontario Student Loans assessment.

  • International Funding Opportunities
    Featured funding opportunities that support international students applying to graduate research degrees at Western.