Funding & Resources

Graduate Support

Global Humanities MA students have access to funding in the form of grants and fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and other forms of financial support, as well as a wealth of resources offered by the university to assist with their overall well-being and academic success.

Note: additional resources and funding opportunities are available for Indigenous and international students to support their graduate experience.

Return to Campus

SFU returned to in-person learning and teaching on January 24, 2022, and all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must follow current safety measures when on campus.

COVID-19 Support

To know more about the support available to you during COVID-19, please visit Student Services' COVID-19 Response page. 

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Make the most of your time as a graduate student by discovering the range of services, resources, and people that can help you navigate your own unique journey at SFU.

Funding opportunities

Financial Assistance

Financial support is considered to be the responsibility of the student. Students applying for the Global Humanities MA Program should include completed applications for Graduate Fellowships and any other scholarships and bursaries for which they may be eligible on the GA3 system. Current students should check with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for scholarships or other funding opportunities they may be eligible for.

Unfortunately, Global Humanities cannot necessarily guarantee support for all our students.

Teaching Assistantships

There are opportunities in the Department of Global Humanities for Teaching Assistantships (TA-ship) for MA students with appropriate background in the subject area. Teaching Assistants direct undergraduate tutorials, evaluate papers, and/or mark examinations.

Notifications of available Teaching Assistant positions and deadlines are on our website, on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' centralized job posting webpage, SFU's Human Resources webpage, and circulated through our email distribution lists. Interested students must submit a resume, cover letter, and application form before the closing date to the Manager, Academic and Administrative Services, to be considered for these positions. The criteria for awarding TA-ships in the Department of Global Humanities can be found in the MA Handbook.

Teaching Assistants are represented by the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) and work under a Collective Agreement. 

See current collective agreement

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships may also be available to graduate students through faculty research grants.

Graduate Fellowships

Generally speaking, the Department of Global Humanities awards its Graduate Fellowships (GF), worth $7,000 for a full GF or $3,500 for a partial GF, during the Fall term to new incoming students. Students interested in a GF should first read the GF Terms of Reference to ensure they meet all the criteria for this award. To be eligible to hold a GF, applicants must be registered as a full-time, regular (not "on-leave" or "part-time") student and must normally have a minimum grade point average of 3.50. In exceptional cases, other evidence of outstanding ability may outweigh this criterion.

Eligible students apply through their department of enrolment by completing an "Application for a Graduate Fellowship" in the GA3 online system. It is the student's responsibility to attach any required documents/transcripts. Applicants complete the GF application by the departmental deadline.

Other scholarships

Please see the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information on entrance scholarships and details on other awards and scholarships administered by the federal government, the University, and other institutions or associations.

See all available awards and funding

SSHRC's CGS & Doctoral Awards

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) runs the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships (CGSD) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships award under their Talent Program. An application to the SSHRC is dependent upon an applicant’s status as per SSHRC guidelines. The deadline is generally in Ocotber but may vary depending on the deadline set by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Learn more about SSHRC

Roderick (Erick) O'Reilly Memorial Graduate Award in the Humanities ($1,500)

The Roderick (Erick) O'Reilly Memorial Graduate Award in the Humanities was established in 2019 to support graduate students who are enrolled full-time in the Master of Arts program in the Department of Global Humanities. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Department Chair or his/her designate.

Zaslove Graduate Scholarship ($1,100)

The Zaslove Humanities Graduate Scholarship is available to MA or PhD candidates in Global Humanities who demonstrate academic excellence. This scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies. Students are nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of the Department of Global Humanities. The scholarship will be awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Support services

My Student Support Program

The My Student Support Program (My SSP) is a service contracted by the university to provide 24/7 mental health support to SFU students worldwide. All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to download the app so the service is available when needed.

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Graduate Student MS Teams

Foster connections and establish bonds across academic units with other new and returning graduate students at SFU in a themed channel or chat through the Graduate Student MS Teams. Share documents, collaborate, and even arrange a video call!

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Graduate Student Society

Get access to a variety of financial, legal, academic, and individual services and support offered by the Graduate Student Society (GSS), which represents over 4,000 graduate students in 38 academic programs at SFU's Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver campuses.

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academic resources

TA Manual

Created by FASS faculty members and graduate students, the handbook is intended to help FASS teaching assistants succeed in their appointments. The manual includes information on the role of the TAs, practical teaching strategies, efficient marking of assignments, and assisting students with writing.

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Research Commons

Improve research and writing skills with the Research Commons. Available services include help with thesis formatting and submission, bookable graduate group rooms and individual workstations and spaces, one-on-one consultations, and a range of workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Centre for Educational Excellence

The Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) supports innovative, inclusive, and reflective teaching approaches in the form of teaching resources (e.g., online learning support) and workshops (e.g., effective grading strategies and presentation skills) for graduate students. 

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