All students accepted for full-time admission into full -time graduate programs are considered for limited funding from the department/program. In addition to department/program funding, there are some internal fellowships and scholarships available annually. Prospective or enrolled students do not make individual application for most internal fellowships or scholarships administered by the School of Graduate Studies. Departments/Programs are notified of all annual fellowship competitions, and nominate eligible students appropriately. Most of these fellowship allocation decisions are made in June.
In their own interests, applicants and continuing students must make early inquiry and annual application for fellowship support to all possible sources external to Queen's University, to ensure adequate financial assistance. Many external awards are restricted to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have held this status at least one year. Some Queen's University internal awards have similar restrictions. In particular, some internal fellowships, scholarships and awards are designated as "Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF)" OR "Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) awards. These are awards that have resulted from the Ontario government's "matching" programs. Under the program, the Ontario government has matched every dollar of donation received for student assistance. There are two major conditions for all OSOTF/OTSS awards, scholarships and fellowships: recipients must be Ontario residents, and demonstrate financial need.
After ensuring that any applications for external awards have been made, Departments/Programs review the individual merits and circumstances of incoming and continuing students. They make recommendation to the Fellowship Committee of the School of Graduate Studies for Queen's internal scholarships and other merit awards and bursaries. Departments/Programs assist students, where possible, out of support funds at their own disposal.
Since students with physical or learning disabilities may require a longer period of time than usual to complete a program of graduate study, Departments/Programs may in duly attested cases, give special consideration to extending the normal period of support from Department/Program sources. They may also, in consultation with the Coordinator of Services for Special Needs and the Director of the Student Counselling Service, or the Director of Student Health Service, recommend to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies that such students be considered for additional support from other University sources.
Students registered as part-time in a graduate degree program to accommodate a documented permanent disability may be eligible for internal scholarships and awards when the terms of the awards permit this flexibility.
The School of Graduate Studies will extend the normal funding eligibility period for graduate students whose documented permanent disability impacts their academic progress such that more time to complete their degree is required; a request for such extension should normally be made within the first term of study. An extension provides students with the option of distributing the normal funding package over a longer period of time. The allocation of funding support beyond the funding eligible period will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on the principle of individualized and particular accommodations and, if granted, will normally be limited to no more than one additional term for Master’s students or one additional year for doctoral students.
Awards held by students who are required to withdraw or who withdraw voluntarily, or who become withdrawn due to failure to maintain registration, will be terminated, and students may be required to repay some or the entire award. In the case of some external granting bodies, refund of the award portion paid out is mandatory if the award holder withdraws from the graduate program. Partial or complete award repayment is also required if a student switches to part-time, or inactive, status.
Financial assistance for individual full-time graduate students is available from the following sources:
Federal and Provincial Government Awards
Other External Awards
Queen's University Minimum Funding Guarantee for Eligible Doctoral Students
Queen's University Internal Fellowships, Scholarship and Other Awards
Discipline Specific Awards
Non-competitive Awards and Loans
Some helpful websites:
Office of the University Registrar Student Awards
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities