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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 $6350 per Fall or Winter term ($12700 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 2014-15, our full-time domestic M.A. students received funding ranging from $14,864 (without external awards) to $26,230 (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 2014-15, our full-time domestic Ph.D. students within these first 4 years received funding ranging from $19,364 (without external awards) to $53,230 (with external awards). Incoming 2015-16 full-year domestic Ph.D. students will receive minimum funding offers in the range of $95,000 over the first 4 years of their program, and they would receive considerably more if they are external award winners.

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.

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 two full-time graduate students in history, any specialization. This fellowship is normally given to the two Ph.D. students who receive the highest average grades on that year’s comprehensive exams. No application is necessary; the Graduate Committee will consider all eligible candidates.

Value: 2 at $2,500

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: $2,000

Professor Kenneth Hilborn Doctoral Completion Award

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. Applications are due September 1st, and must include a statement detailing the steps remaining to complete the dissertation, and a supporting letter from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor. 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

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.

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

Awarded annually to graduate students in History, based on academic achievement and research merit. Preference will be given to students in the following order:

  1. Masters student in Public History (1 student selected)
  2. Masters or Doctoral Students in History (4 students selected)

A one-page statement outlining conference and travel plans must be submitted to the Graduate Chair, Department of History, by December 1st. 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.

Value: 5 at $1,500

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 March 15 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 the Graduate Assistant in Lawson Hall by March 15th of each year. This scholarship is endowed by the estate of Lloyd C.A. Hodgins.

Value: $1,500

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, and then, if funded, must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed. The application form can be obtained from the Graduate Assistant 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, and then, if funded, must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed. The application form can be obtained from the Graduate Assistant in the History Department or downloaded here: Graduate Research Funding Request.

Ley and Lois Smith Military History Fund

This fund is used to support graduate students who are investigating 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 Chair in the Department of History in consultation with the Graduate Chair and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science. Candidates must submit an application form and proposed budget request prior to the approval of funding, and then, if funded, must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed. The application form can be obtained from the Graduate Assistant in the History Department or downloaded here: Graduate Research Funding Request.