Funding Opportunities

The Department of Political Science is committed to funding all our PhD students and the majority of MA students. Our main sources of funding are teaching assistantships (TAs),  research assistantships (RAs) and/or graduate fellowships (GFs). To date, all our PhD students have received at least 3 years of funding of at least $20,000 per year. Most of our MA students receive at least one semester of funding and approximately half of them receive two semesters of funding.

Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Fellowships

Value: $3,250 or $6,500 (MA and PhD) 
Recipients are full time students in any Simon Fraser University graduate program. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit. 

Terms of Reference for Graduate Fellowships can be found on the Graduate Studies Website

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship

Value: $2,000-$10,000
Application deadline: June 30, by nomination
One year award between $2,000 and $10,000 to students entering a new graduate programme at Simon Fraser University. To be eligible, a student must show academic excellence and proof that he/she is being actively recruited by another university.

Fraser International College (FIC) Entrance Scholarships

Value: $5,000
Two awards worth $5,000 each for new MA & PhD students. At least one scholarship can be awarded to an outstanding international student and one to an outstanding female student. 

Somjee Graduate Fellowship

Value: PhD $5,000, MA $2,500 
One PhD Fellowship and 2 MA Fellowships are available through this award. The purpose of the Somjee Fellowship is to provide financial assistance and reward to outstanding graduate students enrolled in the Department of Political Science. Preference will be given to candidates focusing on political and/or international development.

Ted & Shirley Cohn Graduate Scholarship in Political Science 

Value: $1,450 
The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support to a graduate student studying international relations, preferably with an interest in international political economy, in the Department of Political Science. Applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level or in the most recent degree program completed and be studying international relations. 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRHC) Doctoral Fellowships

Value: $20,000
Application deadline: Early November 
SSHRC offers doctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences valued at $20,000 per year.  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, living in Canada at the time of application.  Applicants must have completed a master’s degree or at least one year of doctoral study, and be pursuing full time studies leading to a PhD or its equivalent. This is a renewable award. Website:

Tricouncil Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (CGSM) Award

Value: $17,500
Application deadline: Early Dec

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.The CGSM Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s programs in Canada. Website:

Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Fellowship 

Value: $17,000
Application deadline: June 30, by nomination
The recipient is an outstanding woman scholar entering any PhD programme at Simon Fraser University.  The recipient must show potential for significant contribution to society through achievement in her chosen field. One award valued at $17,000 per annum is made. Tenure is one year and may commence in any semester.


Teaching Assistantships

Value: The value of MA student assistantships for a normal workload is $4,689 and for PhD students $5,525. Teaching Assistants conduct weekly tutorials and have grading responsibilities as well.  Recipients are full time students in our graduate program.

Research Assistantships

The value and duties of research assistants vary by project.