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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Funding and Awards

Use this site to find information about the many funding and award opportunities available to Laurier graduate students.

Learn more about Laurier's graduate student funding policy >>>

Payment of Awards (Credit Balances)
For students holding awards resulting in a credit balance on the student account >>>

Employment Earnings

Graduate Teaching Assistantship
A Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) assists academic units in the teaching mission. A GTA provides assistance to faculty with the teaching responsibilities, and a graduate student employed as a GTA receives valuable teaching experience >>>

Research Assistantship
A Graduate student may be employed as a Research Assistant by a faculty member. This position is typically funded by a faculty member’s research grant, and the tasks are formally prescribed, assigned and completed on a fixed schedule >>>

Contract Academic Staff (CAS) Appointments
Depending on the qualifications and selection processes as outlined in the WLUFA Collective Agreement, some graduate students may receive a Contract Academic Staff (CAS) appointment to teach a course. Consult your academic unit for more information.

Internal (Laurier) Funding and Awards

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholarship
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 >>>

Dean's Graduate Scholarship
Awarded to students in research-intensive programs who hold a major external award (OGS, QEII, Tri-Council excluding Vanier) >>>

Graduate Incentive Scholarship
Awarded to students entering graduate studies who are successful in major external scholarship competitions (e.g., OGS, NSERC, SSHRC). No application is required >>>

SBE Graduate Scholarship
Available to students enrolled in the PhD in Management Program in the School of Business and Economics. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time entering or continuing graduate students who achieve high academic standing in their field >>>

Graduate Studentship
The primary purposes of a Graduate Studentship is to further the student's education and training as s/he pursues a graduate degree. The funding is typically from a faculty research grant/contract. If granted, the Student Support from Faculty Research Grant/Contract form required to initiate payment >>>

Travel and Research Award

Program suspended until further notice.

Travel Support for Conference Presentation

Program suspended until further notice. 

Bursaries and Assistance based on Financial Need
The Student Awards Office to administer financial aid programs for graduate students >>>

Endowed and Annual Awards
The Office of Student Awards manages award competitions for various internal and endowed awards. Consult the Student Awards website for information concerning scholarships, eligibility and application requirements and deadlines >>>

Parental Leave Supplement for Doctoral Students
The supplement will be available to doctoral students who take a temporary leave from graduate studies to become the primary care giver of a child after a birth or adoption >>>

External Funding and Awards

Provincial External Scholarships
Administered through FGPS, the Province of Ontario supports graduate students through their scholarship programs.

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) >>>
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) >>>
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) >>>
  • Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards >>>

National External Scholarships
The Government of Canada, in part through the Tri-Council Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR), is a major supporter high-quality graduate research.

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) - Master's >>>
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Doctoral >>>
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Doctoral >>>
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Postdoctoral Fellowship >>>
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - Doctoral >>>
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - Postdoctoral Fellowship (TBA)
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program >>>
  • Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship >>>
  • W.L. Mackenzie King Scholarships >>>
  • Tri-Agency CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) >>>
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships >>>

Fall 2015 Scholarship Competition Deadlines and Scholarship Presentations
Deadlines and Scholarship Presentations for Fall 2015 Tri-Council Scholarship Competitions >>>


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    2014 External Scholarship Presentation 2014 - For Students Interested in Funding for a Doctoral Program Document
    2014 External Scholarship Presentation 2014 - For Students Interested in Funding for a Master's Program Document