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Finance your graduate studies

Our scholarship program is one of the most generous in the country. It rewards not only your academic achievements, but also your achievements every term of full-time study at University. A scholarship is awarded for academic achievements while a bursary is awarded based on financial need.

Scholarships

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Masters and PhD Program Scholarships

Masters in Public and International Affairs

Students enrolled full-time in the M.A. in Public and International Affairs,  whose admission average is 8.0 / 10 or more, will receive a Graduate Scholarship worth $6,000 per year ($2,000/session), for up to two years of study.

In exceptional cases, the Faculty of Social Sciences will also offer a merit scholarship, ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 at the time of the offer of admission.

International Students

The Faculty of Social Sciences holds a competition for the allocation of different types of awards and financial support for international students. A committee considers applications submitted by the program to which the student has been admitted. Funding is not guaranteed to all students who meet the eligibility criteria.  Scholarships are awarded until the funds are all allocated.

International field research grant

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) offers research grants for students registered in a graduate program in the FSS who wish to pursue field research abroad through data collection within a research project*.

Students are eligible for one award of up to $1,500 over the course of their graduate studies. The grant will be based on available funds. The application deadlines are March 15th and October 15th. The Scholarship Committee will base their evaluation on the four following criteria:

  • Satisfactory academic progress in your program of study
  • Research excellence
  • Academic excellence
  • Relevance of your project

Students interested in applying, must present the following documents:

  • Request form (PDF, 102 KB)
  • CV
  • Proof of Ethics approval, if applicable (if the ethics approval is not available at the time of the grant submission, the grant could be conditionally offered upon receiving the ethics approval before your departure);
  • Waiver form (PDF, 29 KB);
  • Detailed budget;
  • Proof of medical insurance including unlimited repatriation clause;

All documents must be submitted to the FSS Graduate Studies Office at FSS 3021 or by email at [email protected].

The reimbursement will be allocated upon the student’s return to Ottawa with supporting documents (i.e. boarding passes, receipts for accommodation, etc.)

Effective date: November 9th, 2015

*Requests from students registered in the Major Research Paper option will be treated on an exceptional basis.

Travel grants

If you are planning on presenting a publication directly related to your thesis at a conference, you may be eligible for a travel grant. Eligible students include Master’s with thesis option students; doctoral students and students enrolled in a “fast-track” program. Consult the relevant section below for more details on eligibility criteria.

  • Master's with thesis: Up to $550
  • Ph.D. and fast-track: Up to $800

Prior to leaving

  • Download the form that corresponds to your status
  • Send us a completed application form and all required documentation. Eligibility conditions are detailed below, you will also have to identify your geographical zone.

Send us a breakdown of your travel expenses and the accompanying documents.

Download the form Request for reimbursement of travel expenses form (xlsx, 56.76 KB)

[email protected]

Important message

The information on this page is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment from the University of Ottawa.

Research travel grants

The Faculty of Social Sciences recognizes that travel by Master's and PhD students in the pursuit of research for their theses is important. For this purpose, the Faculty of Social Sciences will henceforth offer them grants for travel outside the city when circumstances require it.

If you are going on a Research Stay, you may be eligible for a travel grant. Eligible students include Master’s with thesis option students; doctoral students and students enrolled in a “fast-track” program. Consult the form for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Up to $550

Prior to leaving

  • Send us a completed application form. Eligibility conditions are detailed below.
  • Download the form that corresponds to your status

Send us a breakdown of your travel expenses and the accompanying documents.

Download the following form:

Request for reimbursement of travel expenses form (xlsx, 56.76 KB)

[email protected]

Important message

The information on this page is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment from the University of Ottawa.

Scholarships offered by the faculty

  • Andrew Kenyon Memorial Bursary
  • Anne and Saul Zussman Scholarship
  • Catherine and Jean-Pierre Soublière Scholarship in Women's Studies
  • Chuck Talbot Memorial Prize
  • Drs. Peter & Doris Kule Doctoral Scholarships on Contemporary Ukraine
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) Imagination Scholarship
  • Hok Yan Lee Memorial Scholarship
  • Institute of Women's Studies Scholarship in International Development and Gender Issues
  • Jerry Yanover Memorial Scholarship at the University of Ottawa
  • John Proskie Scholarship
  • Melody Matte Award
  • Michèle Kérisit Scholarship
  • Monique Lortie-Lussier Scholarship
  • Pearson Scholars
  • Pierre Baron Scholarship
  • Political Science Professors Scholarship
  • Rifas Scholarship (In French)
  • Roland Lecomte Scholarship
  • School of International Development and Global Studies Student Mobility Bursary
  • Scott Rafter Scholarship
  • Solange and Gerald McNeely Scholarship
  • Tadeusz Grygier Founder's Prize
  • Winslow-Tremblay Scholarship in Sociology
  • And more! 

Complete list of scholarships and bursaries available to Social Science students.