Financial Information

Graduate Funding

Western’s History department offers competitive funding packages for eligible full-time students accepted into our graduate programs. Funding packages are based on a combination of a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS) and compensation for work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant (GTA/RA). At present, for an average of 10 hours of work per week, GTAs/RAs are compensated $6,672.85 (term rate inclusive of vacation pay) per Fall or Winter term ($13,345.70 per academic year). When students receive a provincial or federal government-funded scholarship such as OGS or SSHRC, the university component of their funding will be modified to supplement the support provided by the external award.

History M.A. students, whether in the regular or Public History stream, receive funding for the full year (3 terms) of their program, through a combination of WGRS and GTA/RA, and are also eligible for external awards. In 2019-20, our full-time domestic M.A. students received funding ranging from $19,070 (without external awards) to $34,070 (with external awards).

History Ph.D. students receive funding for the first 4 years (12 terms) of their program, through a combination of WGRS and GTA/RA, and are also eligible for external awards. In 2019-20, our full-time domestic Ph.D. students within these first 4 years received funding ranging from $26,449 (without external awards) to $41,449 (with external awards). 

Graduate Fees

Graduate programs are year-long, and fees are paid in the Fall, Winter, and Summer terms. For more information on fees, see SGPS Fees & Refunds.

Department of History - Travel Policy

 

Awards and Scholarships

History Graduate students have done very well in recent years in the provincial Ontario Graduate Scholarship and national SSHRC Master’s and Doctoral Fellowships competitions, and all eligible students are expected to apply for these. For full details on these and many other awards and scholarships, see the SGPS Funding Opportunities page.

The Department of History also administers many awards on its own. For many of these, students need not apply: the Graduate Committee will consider all eligible candidates. Important exceptions include the United Empire Scholarship for Local History and the research and travel support listed below under Other Funds. Please check the details of all awards to ensure you understand the eligibility criteria and application process.

Eleta Britton Graduate Scholarship in History

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student who is pursuing an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in history, based on academic achievement and outstanding research potential. Preference will be given to a student specializing in American, Canadian, or Canadian-American history. No application is necessary; the Graduate Committee will consider all eligible candidates. This scholarship was established with Foundation Western by Dr. Allan G. Bogue (BA'43 History, M.A.'46, Honorary Doctor of Laws '73) in honour of his mother, Eleta Britton.

Value: $5,300

Ivie Cornish Memorial Fellowship

Awarded annually to full-time Masters and Doctoral students in a Graduate Program in History (minimum A average).  Preference will be given to Doctoral students.  No application is required.  The Graduate Awards Committee in History will select the recipients each March. This endowment was established through an Estate gift from Miss Ivie Cornish.  Miss Cornish was a prominent and well-known primary school teach in London who died in 1956.  

Value: 2 at $2,800

Jean Armstrong Fletcher Award

Awarded annually to a graduate student with a minimum “A” average who is studying Canadian history. Preference shall normally be given to Ph.D. students. No application is necessary; the Graduate Committee will consider all eligible candidates.

Value: $2,500

Professor Kenneth Hilborn Doctoral Completion Award (under review)

Awarded annually to graduate students in the Doctoral Program in History, based on academic achievement and research merit. The recipients will be selected by the Graduate Committee in the Department of History. At least one representative must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please submit applications to hisaward@uwo.ca by September 1st, and include a statement detailing the steps remaining to complete the dissertation, and a supporting letter from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor. The name of the award must be indicated in the subject line of the email. This award was established by a generous gift from the Estate of Dr. Kenneth H. Hilborn.

Professor Kenneth Hilborn taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario for 36 years from 1961 to 1997. He was a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford (England). His love of both history and his students led him to establish this award in the hope that future students would receive the support they need to complete their studies in History. Professor Hilborn retired in 1997 from The University of Western Ontario. He died in 2013 at age 79.

Value: 2 at $6,250

Professor Kenneth Hilborn Graduate Internship in Public History (under review)

One internship will be awarded annually, consisting of an internship placement conducted within the twelve weeks of the summer academic term between early May and the end of August. The MA Program in Public History will place the recipient with an organization under the guidance of a professional public historian, as part of their existing internship program. The recipient must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full-time in the MA Program in Public History;
  • Demonstrate academic and research abilities; and
  • Demonstrate interest in documenting Canadian History.

Application details are available from the Internship Coordinator for the MA Program in Public History. A committee designated by the Chair in History will select the recipients. Please submit applications to hisaward@uwo.ca by 15 March.  The name of the award must be indicated in the subject line of the email

Professor Kenneth Hilborn taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario for 36 years from 1961 to 1997. He was a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford (England). His love of both history and his students led him to establish this award in the hope that future students would receive the support they need to complete their studies in History. Professor Hilborn retired in 1997 from The University of Western Ontario. He died in 2013 at age 79.

Value: 1 at $5,000

Professor Kenneth Hilborn Graduate Student Award for Research and Conference Travel (under review)

Awarded annually to graduate students in History to support their research and travel costs, based on academic achievement and research merit. Preference will be given to a student registered in a Masters of Public History program. A one-page statement outlining research conference and travel plans must be submitted to the Graduate Chair, hisaward@uwo.ca Department of History, by 15 March.  Students may submit an application (for the same project or different project) to multiple awards, but there must be a separate email sent for each award. The name of the award must be indicated in the subject line of the email.

The recipients will be selected by the Graduate Committee in the Department of History. At least one representative must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by a generous gift from the Estate of Dr. Kenneth H.Hilborn.

Professor Kenneth Hilborn taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario for 36 years from 1961 to 1997. He was a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston) and the University of Oxford (England). His love of both history and his students led him to establish this award in the hope that future students would receive the support they need to complete their studies in History. Professor Hilborn retired in 1997 from The University of Western Ontario. He died in 2013 at age 79.

Number and Value will vary up to a Total of $8,000 (minimum value = $500, maximum value = $3,000)

Lynne-Lionel Scott Fellowship

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in history or incoming applicant with a minimum 78% average and a demonstrated interest in Canadian studies. Continuing graduate students in Canadian history are eligible, as well as applicants for admission who indicate a primary interest in Canadian history and whose applications are complete by 15 March of each year. Ph.D. candidates have priority, but M.A. candidates are also eligible. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Social Science on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of History in consultation with the Graduate Committee. No application is necessary; the Graduate Committee will consider all eligible candidates. This fellowship was established by Mrs. Rose Lynne Scott through Foundation Western to encourage studies in the area of Canadian History.

Value: $2,700

United Empire Scholarship for Local History

Awarded annually to a graduate student in the Faculty of Social Science working in the field of local history within Southwestern Ontario. An application form is required; it can be obtained from the Graduate Assistant in the History Department or downloaded here: United Empire Scholarship Application. Completed forms must be submitted to hisaward@uwo.ca by 15 March of each year. This scholarship is endowed by the estate of Lloyd C.A. Hodgins.

Value: $1,700

Exceptional Graduate Conference and Research Reimbursement 2020

The graduate committee will review applications for reimbursements for conference and research expenses incurred between May 2019 and 30 June 2020. You must provide receipts/proof of purchase and the expenses cannot have been covered by another grant or award. Receipts and expense reports must be submitted by no later than 60 days after the date of completion of travel and or date of incurred expense. The graduate committee’s decisions will be guided by several principles, including: distributing the money as widely as possible; making awards that make a significant difference to a candidate’s graduate program; and rewarding students who have been actively and successfully applying for funding from internal and external sources. Students in our History graduate programs are eligible. Submit the template application form below and attached budget to Graduate Chair, Department of History at hisaward@uwo.ca by 15 March  Students may submit an application (for the same project or different project) to multiple awards, but there must be a separate email sent for each award. The name of the award must be indicated in the subject line of the email. Reimbursement Template

Value: TBA

Other Awards - Faculty of Social Science
  

Some funds are available to assist graduate students with expenses related to academic travel and research. The following funds are available from History’s Administrative Officer on the recommendation of the Chair and Graduate Chair.

GRAF

The Faculty of Social Science Graduate Research Awards Fund (GRAF) is designed to support the costs of research undertaken by full-time graduate students enrolled in an approved graduate program leading to aresearch degree. Applicants must be engaged in doing research as part of their degree requirements to be eligible for a GRAF award. Students past their normal funding period are not eligible. Funds may be requested to help offset the costs of field (including travel), lab, archival (or similar) research.  Priority will be given to:

research proposals involving primary data collection;
PhD students;
those not holding external awards and;
those who have not previously held the GRAF or the Graduate Thesis Research Award (GTRA). 

Support for conferences is the lowest priority for this fund. 
Expense claims must be accompanied by original receipts.  General guidelines for eligible expenses should follow the TriCouncil Guidelines http://www.uwo.ca/finance/research/index.html. 

Value: $750

Vanier Scholarship

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (VCGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both superior leadership skills and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. International and domestic candidates are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.  Please visit the SGPS Vanier webpage to learn more about the award.

Faculty of Social Science (FSS) Process
The internal FSS deadline allows a round of review by at least two faculty who have mentored award winning applications for their own students in the past.  

Eligibility

Candidates are nominated by the Faculty by reviewing scholarsheets. The scholarsheets are web forms circulated by SGPS. Vanier eligibility criteria.

Social Science Graduate Alumni Awards

The Social Science Graduate Alumni scholarships recognize graduate student academic excellence combined with financial need in the Faculty of Social Science. 

Eligibility:
Any student enrolled in a graduate program in the Faculty of Social Science
Meet OSOTF Ontario residency requirements*
Demonstration of need (e.g., not currently holding major awards)
Application Materials

Transcripts (Western academic record) (GPA of 78%+)
CV/Resume
Signed statement of financial need (200 word max.)
Signed statement that the student meets OSOTF Ontario residency requirements (identify which of the three criteria is met)*
ONE letter of support – from the supervisor or equivalent – commenting on both academic strength and financial supports available through the program and supervisor.

Value: 4 at $3,000

Governor General Gold Medal

The Governor General’s Gold Medal recognizes the highest level of academic achievement in graduate studies in Canada and is one of the most prestigious awards that a graduate student can receive. The Gold Medal is not associated with any monetary award and is accompanied by a certificate inscribed with the recipient’s name. 

Western University annually awards three (3) Gold Medals to outstanding graduate students who will have completed their Master’s (thesis only) or Doctoral degree program.  Only the most meritorious candidates should be put forward to the Faculty Committees. The nomination files undergo a two-tier adjudication involving an initial review and ranking by the Faculty Committee, and a final review and selection by the SGPS Executive Committee. Full detail on the process and responsibilities are found here on the SGPS Funding Opportunities website.

Tricouncil Doctoral Scholarships

The SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR doctoral applications follow a staged review process according to the following timeline:

Online application deadline for students: Sept 27
SGPS collects applications and assesses eligibility: Sept 30 to Oct 4
SGPS makes eligible applications available to Departments and Associate Deans in GradNET: Oct 1 to 7
Faculty deadline for ranked lists from departments to the Associate Dean: Oct 15
Associate Dean sends reviewer assignments to adjudication committee (Grad Chairs – not files from home department): Oct 16
Grad Chair adjudicators send ratings to Associate Dean: Oct 22
Faculty-level adjudication committee (Grad Chairs) meet with Associate Dean to produce three ranked lists for SGPS (SSHRC 45, NSERC 11, CIHR 1): Oct 24
SGPS deadline for Associate Dean to submit ranked lists for quota of applications: Oct 30
SGPS committee selection and verification of applications for submission: Nov 1 to 18
SGPS submits quota of applications to agencies: Nov 21
Award results announced: April 2020
For more details see: https://grad.uwo.ca/finances/external_funding/index.html

 

Other Funds 

Some funds are available to assist graduate students with expenses related to academic travel and research. The following funds are available from History’s Administrative Officer on the recommendation of the Chair and Graduate Chair.

William Edgar Travel Funds

The income of this fund, estimated at $750.00 annually, will be used to support graduate students in the Department of History who are travelling for purposes of research or participation in academic conferences. The Chair and Graduate Chair in the Department of History will consider applications and disburse funding for approved requests until the annual amount available is spent. Candidates must submit an application form and proposed budget request prior to the approval of funding to hisaward@uwo.ca by 15 March. Students may submit an application (for the same project or different project) to multiple awards, but there must be a separate email sent for each award. The name of the award must be indicated in the subject line of the email. If funded, must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed. The application form can be obtained from the Graduate Advisor in the History Department or downloaded here: Graduate Research Funding Request.

Harris Steel PhD Support

This fund provides financial support for doctoral candidates in history studying American history, especially American military history or the history of American foreign policy.  The fund will help finance expenses related to research travel and collaboration, travel to conferences, delivery of papers, publications, and purchase of resources. Grants from the fund will vary in value according to specific needs, and will be administered by the Graduate Chair in the Department of History. Candidates must submit an application form and proposed budget request prior to the approval of funding to hisaward@uwo.ca by 15 MarchStudents may submit an application (for the same project or different project) to multiple awards, but there must be a separate email sent for each award. The name of the award must be indicated in the subject line of the email. If funded, must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed. The application form can be obtained from the Graduate Advisor in the History Department or downloaded here: Graduate Research Funding Request.

Ley and Lois Smith Military History Fund

This fund provides financial support for masters and/or doctoral candidates in history studying Canadian military history. The fund will help finance expenses related to research travel and collaboration, travel to conferences, delivery of papers, publications, and purchase of resources. Grants from the fund will vary in value according to specific needs, and will be administered by the Graduate Chair in the Department of History. Candidates must submit an application form and proposed budget request prior to the approval of funding to hisaward@uwo.ca by 15 MarchStudents may submit an application (for the same project or different project) to multiple awards, but there must be a separate email sent for each award. The name of the award must be indicated in the subject line of the email. If funded, must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed. The application form can be obtained from the Graduate Advisor in the History Department or downloaded here: Graduate Research Funding Request.

Amount Available: $208.74