Graduate Funding

Guaranteed Funding Packages

Our success as an innovative graduate program depends largely on recruiting outstanding graduate students and enabling them to realize their potential. We offer the financial resources to allow eligible students to focus on their studies, to gain valuable teaching experience, and to complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Eligible PhD students in English are offered funding based on a combination of teaching assistantships and internal fellowships of at least $19,000 per annum for up to four years of doctoral studies.

Eligible MA students in the first year of registration are currently offered a minimum level of funding through teaching assistantship appointments valued at approximately $10,900. Our top M.A. students also receive merit-based scholarships upon entrance into the program and all students may qualify for a merit-based scholarship later in the program.

Incoming graduate students are automatically considered for scholarships. Continuing graduate students must apply for support. Applying for fellowships and scholarships is a skill that is integral to a student's intellectual training and professional development, and students are encouraged to consult with their peers and with faculty members about their research proposals.

Graduate students who hold a major award, such as a SSHRC scholarship, a Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship, a C.D. Nelson Entrance Award, or a Steel Memorial Graduate Scholarship, will have a lower priority for internal funds administered by the department. Once such awards expire, they may have a higher eligibility.

English Department Graduate Awards




Applicants to the English department may be eligible for nomination for a university Graduate Entrance Scholarship valued at up to $18,000. Top Ph.D. students may be eligible for a two-year Graduate Entrance Scholarship valued at up to $19,000 per year.

The English department also has a substantial number of privately endowed scholarships (up to $10,000 each) and graduate fellowships ($6,250) available to qualified applicants as well as continuing students. A student must make satisfactory progress in order to maintain department funding.

For graduate travel awards, please see Travel and Minor Research Awards.


Outstanding students in the MATE program may also qualify for merit-based funding. However, students who hold full-time employment will have a lower priority for funds administered by the department.


The principal external source of financial support is the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Master's Scholarships and Doctoral Awards.

CGS-Master's SSHRC Scholarships in the amount of $17,500 are awarded for a 12-month period and are non-renewable. A SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship is currently valued at $20,000 per annum and is awarded for a period of one to four years. CGS - Doctoral scholarships, in the amount of $35,000 per annum, are awarded for a period of 3 years.

Every fall, the English department runs a SSHRC Research Proposal Workshop where graduate students receive immediate one-to-one feedback from faculty members on their draft research proposals. In recent years, the department has achieved outstanding SSHRC success rates.

All Canadian graduate students are strongly urged to apply. Applicants who hold a major external scholarship may be eligible for additional internal funds, but will have a lower priority. Continuing students are expected to apply for all sources of funding for which they are eligible. Failure to do so may result in less than the guaranteed minimum.

The Graduate Studies website lists other external funding opportunities.

The closing dates for applications are usually in early November.