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Queen's University

Department of Global Development Studies

Financial Support

The Department provides financial support for MA students enrolled in the one-year course-based program. The current minimum level of funding is approximately $14,000 for the academic year September 1 – August 31. Financial support is derived from a combination of Queen's Graduate Awards (QGAs), teaching assistantships (TA-ships) in the Department's undergraduate courses, internal and external scholarships and awards, and research assistantships, if available.

TA-ships require up to a maximum of 10 hours a week of tutorial leadership, preparation, marking, and other duties. A normal load would be two TA-ships but this may be reduced subsequent to the initial offer (for example, in the case of a student winning additional internal or external awards). TA-ships are regarded as both a source of funding and as an important element in the student's career development.

Please note: The Department is usually able to provide funding for only one international student per year. Funding will not cover all expenses.

The Department strongly encourage students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who have achieved an average of at least A- (80%) in their last two years of study to apply for a SSHRC master’s scholarship  ($17,500) in the fall prior to submitting their application to the DEVS MA Program (the deadline is normally December 1) and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship($15,000) as part of their application to the DEVS MA program (the deadline is January 31). We also advise you to research and apply for scholarships offered by government, professional and charitable organizations, such as the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Any student entering the first year of DEVS MA program who wins a SSHRC master's scholarship will automatically receive a $5,000 Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award (TARRA) from the University. In addition, the Department will try to provide top-up funding to other internal and external award winners, and to make every attempt to ensure our offers are fully competitive with other Canadian universities.

The Department will endeavour to provide funding to MA students who are accepted into the two-year, research-based stream, but cannot guarantee second-year funding. Students are encouraged to prepare early in the fall for their application to convert to the thesis-stream  option, and to apply for a SSHRC master’s scholarship, if eligible, at this time. Eligible continuing students are also encouraged to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in January, at the time of submitting their application for the thesis option.

MA students who are accepted into the two-year stream must take the initiative to apply for external scholarships (e.g. SSHRC and OGS), and the Department will endeavour to keep all students informed of opportunities. Some ideas for external funding can be found on, but there are many others through individual ministries, governments or embassies, development-oriented NGO's and charitable organizations.


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