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There are a number of scholarships, bursaries, and awards that graduate students are eligible to apply for. Internal scholarships are those which are provided by the university. External scholarships are those provided by individuals or organizations outside the university.

Internal Funding


All graduate students in I/O psychology are eligible to receive two types of internal funding from Western. These sources of funding are the Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA).

WGRS is available to all psychology graduate students for up to two years for a master’s degree and up to four years for a doctoral degree. This amount varies by year, but generally covers the cost of tuition for each of the three terms in an academic year. This includes both the school fees and course costs for each student. This amount is guaranteed regardless of any other awards or scholarships students might hold.


For more information on WGRS funding, click here.

Graduate TAships provide students with a monthly income in exchange for TA work. Depending on the assignment, TA work includes tasks such as attending classes, marking papers or exams, and/or teaching tutorials. A full GTA consists of ten hours of work per week, although students with external funding may be offered GTAs with fewer hours and responsibilities.


For more information on GTA funding, please click here

External Funding


There are many sources of external funding, and students are expected to seek out and apply for their own funding wherever possible. The psychology department at Western strongly encourages all students to apply for external funding available from the government, in the form of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and Tri Council funding.

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships open to graduate students across disciplines working on either their master’s or doctoral degree. These scholarships are worth $15,000 over three terms (one school year). Applications are submitted online.


For more information on OGS awards and for the online application, click here.

The federal government hosts three scholarship competitions annually for master’s and doctoral students. Typically, I/O psychology students apply to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). SSHRC at the master’s level is worth $17,500 for one year. For the doctoral award, SSHRC is worth $35,000 a year for three years. Please note, those who told SSHRC scholarships will have a fewer hours for their graduate teaching assistantship.


For more information on the master’s level application, click here.


For more information on the doctoral SSHRC award, click here.

Graduate students who find themselves in financial need have a number of options, such as bursary programs, student loans, and financial aid counselling.


For more information on these, as well as other funding options, please click here.

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