Program in American StudiesWestern Social Science

Funding & Scholarships

Civil Rights memorial

Photo taken by Sarah Rider

The Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, Alabama.

Graduate Student Funding

The Centre for American Studies supports graduate students with a funding package that is set out in the offer of admission. The basic funding package is provided to all MA students maintaining a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 78%.

A typical Western funding package consists of:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Research Assistantship - Graduate Teaching Assistantships are a 10 hour per week, or 140 hours per term appointment during the academic year and are governed by the Collective Agreement between the University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS) - This scholarship is automatically applied directly toward tuition each term. The balance of tuition owing will be paid by the student. Any credit balance, where applicable will be paid by direct deposit in the first month of each term.

Since all applicants to the MA program are automatically considered for all internal awards for which they are eligible, there are no special forms to be completed by the students at the time of application for admission.

External Scholarships

Current graduate students and undergraduate students in their last year of studies are urged to apply for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) or Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).

Donor Funded Awards/External Funding

Awarded by federal, provincial and private agencies, to students who apply, details about competitions for financial support for graduate students can be found at The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Fees and Tuition

Fees are paid by term; there are three terms per year in the American Studies Graduate Program: fall, winter, & summer. Graduate students must be continually enrolled each term until the successful completion of all program requirements.

Details about tuition and fee schedules are posted on the Office of the Registrar's web site.