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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 19, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Geography Graduate Program



Fall 2014 Scholarship Information


(for complete details please visit the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website)

SSHRC Doctoral Awards

DEPARTMENT DEADLINE:  October 20, 2014

The following is for general information only. See the SSHRC website for full details.

To determine if your research falls under SSHRC's mandate, see the guidelines on Subject Matter Eligibility, and Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.


Applications are to be completed online, and students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

*Students registered at Wilfrid Laurier University must submit their application to their home department by the departmental deadline.

Value

  • $20,000/year for SSHRC Doctoral fellowship
  • $35,000/year for Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS)

Duration of Award

Doctoral Fellowship: up to 48 months*

  • value and duration of award based on number of months of full-time study (or equivalent) the applicant will have completed at the proposed start date of the award

CGS Doctoral Awards: up to 36 months (to be held during years 1-3 or 2-4 only of doctoral program*)
*students in the 2nd year of a doctoral program are eligible for a Doctoral Fellowship only as their duration of tenure is less than 36 months

NSERC Doctoral Scholarships

DEPARTMENT DEADLINE: October 13, 2014

The following is for general information only. See the NSERC website for full details.  Tips for applicants are available on the NSERC page "Resource Videos".

To ensure your research project falls within NSERC's mandate, refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.


Applications are to be submitted using Form 201 in the on-line application system.  Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

Students registered at Wilfrid Laurier University must submit their official transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office by September 24, 2014 in order for them to be uploaded to your application.  The University designate information: Cherie Mongeon, cmongeon@wlu.ca

*Students registered at Wilfrid Laurier University must submit their application to their home department by the departmental deadline.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC)



Information and applications for the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program (CGS M) are now available on the NSERC website.  Note that ALL CGS M applicants use the NSERC site.

Be sure to check out the new Frequently Asked Questions page.


The Tri-Agency has harmonized the application and administration of the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS M).  The following information applies to the CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC CGS M competitions. 

The objective of the CGS M Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Deadline

December 1, 2014

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)


Students must apply to the institution where they plan to hold the award. Students applying to a graduate program at more than one institution will be required to submit an application to each institution for consideration. Each university has a unique application procedure and deadline.  The OGS cannot be transferred.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 OGS COMPETITION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE OCTOBER 1, 2014

ONTARIO GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (OGS) PROGRAM

The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities.  OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to graduate students in all disciplines of academic study.

Scholarship Value


An OGS is valued at a maximum of $15,000 annually ($5,000 per term).  An OGS must be held for a minimum of two terms (or $10,000.00) and can be held for up to three terms or 12 months.  The OGS is not automatically renewed and a new application is required for each year's competition.  A successful second application is not guaranteed.


Application Deadline

Laurier's online application opens on October 1, 2014, and closes on February 2, 2015, at 4:30 pm.  Eligible graduate students can complete and submit an application online at: (active link to come). 

Notification of results will be during the week of March 16th, 2015. 

For more information on these scholarship competitions and other external awards please visit the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website




Applying for Admission to our Geography Graduate Program?


Details on the Geography Graduate Program  can be found here: /calendars/department.php?cal=3&d=1231&s=585&y=58.

It is recommended that you contact one or more potential supervisor(s) in your area of interest to discuss research opportunities. Faculty and their research interests can be viewed here:  /fac_listing.php?grp_id=149.

If you are applying as an International Student, here is a link to Funding and other important information: /page.php?grp_id=36&p=628

And finally, International Students should visit our Laurier International Office: /laurierinternational.

Please don't hesitate to contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Brent Wolfe (bwolfe@wlu.ca) or Jo-Anne Horton (johorton@wlu.ca) if you have questions.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Admission Requirements

There are two routes of entry into the doctoral program. The first requires a masters degree in geography or equivalent. Normally only a masters student with an A- average on all graduate work will be admitted. The second route allows exceptional students to enter the PhD program directly from the masters program. Such applicants must have completed all MA/MES requirements except the thesis, have demonstrated a superior academic record and have satisfied other conditions (details of which can be obtained from the Director of the Program).

Coursework

The course load at the doctoral level is normally one research seminar (selected from Geography 600, 620, 640, 660), and Geography 691. Additional coursework may be assigned subject to the needs of individual candidates.

While in residence, all doctoral candidates are expected to attend colloquia and guest lectures. All doctoral candidates in the Waterloo-Laurier Geography Graduate Program are required to give a seminar in a class setting after completion of the comprehensive examination and before defending their dissertations.

Masters Programs

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Masters Programs should hold an undergraduate honours degree or equivalent, with at least a full B standing. Normally, the undergraduate degree will be in Geography, but applicants are welcome from superior students regardless of background. However, applicants must demonstrate that they have the necessary background to pursue graduate work in their field of specialization. We offer four fields of specialization: Environmental and Resource Management, Environmental Science, Geomatics, and Human Geography.

For international students, additional requirements are detailed on the Graduate Studies website
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Degrees and Types of Programs

The Geography Graduate Program offers the following degrees:

Master of Arts (MA) — Thesis stream or Research Paper stream; full-time or part-time

Master of Environmental Studies (MES) — Thesis stream or Research Paper stream; full-time or part-time

Master of Science (MSc) — Thesis stream, normally full-time only

Thesis Stream Requirements

The thesis stream requires a total of 9 units as follows:

Geography 691 (1 unit)

Research Seminar (1 unit)

3 Other Courses (3 units)

Thesis (4 units)

Normally, students are required to complete the degree requirements in 6 terms (2 years).

The thesis committee consists of a Supervisor plus one additional member (or 2 co-supervisors). When the student has completed the thesis, the Graduate Officer in consultation with the Supervisor will approve 2 additional `readers` to participate in the thesis defense.

For a research thesis, students have two options: a normal, traditional thesis or a manuscript option. Students are advised to consider the normal thesis route. In exceptional circumstances, a student may decide to take the manuscript option.

Research Paper Stream Requirements

The research paper stream requires a total of 10 units as follows:

Geography 691 (1 unit)

2 Research Seminars (2 units)

5 Other Courses (5 units)

Research Paper (2 units)

Normally, students are required to complete the degree requirements in 3 terms (1 year).

Each research-paper student works one-one-one with an approved Supervisor. When the student has completed the research paper, the Graduate Officer in consultation with the Supervisor will approve 1 additional ‘reader’ to participate in the paper defense.