Fellowships and Scholarships
Information regarding graduate funding opportunities (bursaries, fellowships and scholarships) is posted on the Student Awards website, and on the Student Funding section of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. Further information, application forms and advice may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office.
The success of a scholarship application depends on more than high marks, although an A standing is usually required. Letters of recommendation are extremely important. They should be written by faculty who have taught and know the student's plans, ability and potential. It is necessary that applications be complete in every detail and that the supporting documentation be forwarded by the stated deadline.
Students should apply early in the fall for external scholarships which are tenable in the following year. Most deadlines are in October or November, with notification in April and awards commencing in September. Consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website each fall for upcoming application deadlines.
Since there may be a maximum amount of funds that can be awarded and held by a student, full-time graduate students who accept an award that is not directly administered by WLU must immediately inform their department chairperson and the dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, in writing. This requirement applies to any awards or assistance offered by any agency or institution.
To be eligible for WLU Graduate Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis, students must be full-time graduate students in good standing who are taking a normal full-time course load as defined by the requirements of their program. If, following admission, students are placed on academic probation, they may, on the recommendation of the department or faculty, be deemed ineligible to receive these awards.
All teaching assistantships (TAs) are conditional on registering as a full-time student and on maintaining a full-time courseload, as defined by the department, during the term in which the assistantship is held. To ensure that a graduate student is able to actively pursue his/her graduate program on a full-time basis, no other teaching-related activity may be assigned for the term in which the teaching assistantship is held (e.g., CAS appointment).
Guidelines for Teaching Assistantship Responsibilities
An assistantship is awarded from university operating funds to enable departments with graduate programs to provide (a) assistance to faculty with their teaching responsibilities, and (b) graduate students with teaching experience. As a result, TAs might be expected to provide informal and formal advice to students; assist in the grading of tests, papers, lab reports and final exams; and conduct tutorial or lab sessions. Assistantship functions shall not include clerical, technical or administrative work not related to teaching.
A teaching assistant cannot work more than an average of 10 hours per week or a maximum of 130 hours per term. To ensure that there is a fair, equitable and consistent interpretation of this regulation, the following guidelines are to be employed:
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time entering or continuing graduate students who achieve high academic standing in their program. All qualified students meeting the current "scholarship" standard for the academic unit are automatically considered. Application is not required. A scholarship is awarded on academic merit, not financial need. WLU Graduate Scholarships have a minimum value of $1,000 and are tenable for study at WLU while enrolled as a full-time student completing coursework and/or research. Normally, scholarships are paid in three equal instalments over three terms. Students awarded a WLU scholarship must sign and agree to abide by the terms indicated on the Graduate Scholarship Contract form.