Graduate Student Bursaries and Scholarships

A variety of funding and financial assistance options are available to graduate students. Visit the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) for details and links.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. Visit SGPS OSG Scholarships website, for full details and application

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study.
QEII-GSST awards are merit-based scholarships available to domestic students in graduate study undertaking research in science and technology fields.
Successful applicants will win the following award:

$15,000 for one year (three consecutive terms)
The one-year award will start September 1, May 1, or January 1 based on the award holder's program start date.

Society of Graduate Students Bursary

Description: SOGS Bursaries are awarded each term (summer, fall, winter) to full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students (Masters or Doctoral) who have demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply: Applications are completed on-line through the SGPS Graduate Student Portal

Deadline: September 30, January 31 and May 31

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS)

Visit the Donor Funded Awards Search page to search graduate student awards by Faculty or Program.

Indigenous Mentorship Network of Ontario (IMN-Ontario)

Description: Only Indigenous students registered at an Ontario University are eligible to apply. Graduate and Health Professionals must be undertaking applied community-based health and well-being research.

How to Apply: To apply, fill out the Scholarship Application Form at and submit along with all required documentation

Deadline: Tuesday, March 15th 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be emailed to:

Dr. Valio Makkanen Indigenous Award of Excellence

Description: Awarded annually to an Indigenous undergraduate student and an Indigenous graduate student (First Nations – status/non-status, Métis and/or Inuit ancestry) registered on Western’s main campus. The recipients will be selected based on the level of demonstration in the following:
• Achievement of academic excellence
• Previous/active/intended contribution to Indigenous communities (on and/or off-reserve)
• Commitment to Western’s campus community through engagement outside of the classroom.

This award was established with a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Valio Markkanen. Dr. Valio Markkanen was a well-loved medical doctor in both Canada and the USA. He passed away in 2008 in Windsor at the age of 95. His friends and family will always remember his positive, happy, funny, and appreciative personality.

How to Apply:
Students must submit the following, one-to-two-page statement that details why they believe they fit the criteria for the award, one letter of reference (personal or professional) and an unofficial transcript to show academic achievement (this can be found on, a screen shot or print out is accepted). Please submit your application to the Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator, Donna Noah (

February 19th (Effective 2019-2020 to 2024-2025 academic years inclusive)

Local First Nations Scholarship Program

Description: Western University’s Local First Nations Scholarship Program is awarded to local First Nations students based on their outstanding academic excellence, meaningful and impactful contributions toward First Nations communities. The scholarships are awarded annually to current Western students who are First Nation from the local Territory and enrolled at Western’s main campus at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants must submit an essay (up to 2000 words), a reference letter, and their most recent transcripts will be reviewed. The deadline to submit applications annually (including essay, letter of reference and copies of transcripts) is September 30th.

Western University offers an array of financial aid options for all Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) students, however this particular scholarship program is designated for local First Nations students associated with the London District Chiefs Council (LDCC) whose nations have longstanding relationships with the land and place upon which Western University is geographically located.

These communities include the following:

· Aamjiwnaang First Nation

· Caldwell First Nation

· Chippewa’s of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation

· Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit Delaware Nation

· Munsee-Delaware Nation

· Oneida Nation of the Thames

Bkwejwanong Territory

How to Apply: For more information or to apply for the Local First Nations Scholarship Program please go to to download the application and reference form.

Deadline: September 30th Annually

StudentCare Indigenous Bursary

Description: Awarded annually to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) in any graduate program, based on demonstrated financial need. This bursary was established by a generous gift from StudentCare.

How to apply

Deadline: February 2022 (may change) please go to website or contact Erin Daley, Scholarship Coordinator at

Departments of National Defence MINDS Scholarship

Description: The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program of the Department of National Defence (DND) is committed to fostering the next generation of security and defence scholars in the Canadian academic community and to encouraging a strong Canadian knowledge base in contemporary defence and security issues. To this end, the MINDS program has partnered with SSHRC to deliver the MINDS Scholarship Initiative.

This initiative offers research training awards and supplements to master’s and doctoral students and to postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences and humanities whose work is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged (PDF, 13.5 MB).

How to Apply:

Deadline: Please visit website for deadlines

Financial Supports for Graduate Teaching Assistants through PSAC Local 610

Supports include: Mental Health Fund, Financial Asistance Fund, Food Support Fund, Summer Support Fund, and Extended Health Plan.

Visit the PSAC website for details