External Scholarships

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. While at Western, you will want to devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.

Some funding is awarded to you upon entry into a program; some is based on recommendations from the program that is admitting you; and others you must apply for yourself - either to Western University or to an external funding agency.

The Scholarsheet is a valuable tool used as a summary of information that will be used to match you with possible scholarship opportunities. We invite you to include as much detail as possible when answering the questions. Please submit your Scholarsheet to the Faculty Graduate Office wegraduate@uwo.ca when completed.

A copy of the Scholarsheet can be found here.

External Scholarships

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master Program (CGSM) 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 supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies.

Value: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable

CGSM Scholarsheet

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Engineers Canada - Scholarship Programs

Each year, in partnership with Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, we award six cash prizes totalling $60,000 to professional engineers returning to university.

There are two types of scholarships:

1. Engineers Canada-Manulife Three scholarships valued at $12,500 each to support Canadian professional engineers returning to university for further study or research in an engineering field.
2. Engineers Canada-TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Three scholarships valued at $7,500 each to support Canadian professional engineers returning to university for further study or research. Your studies must be in a field other than engineering, but one that will complement your engineering practice.

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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of the award and the University provides one-third through private donations to Western.

Value: $15,000 for one year (3 consecutive terms)

OGS Scholarsheet.

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Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) program is an important initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for Ph.D studies. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarships are encouraged to contact the graduate program when applying for admission to Western University. Because of the elite nature of this scholarship-recruitment program, a qualified international applicant must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Chair of the intended program.

Value: $40,000 per year renewable for up to 4 years, and will begin concurrently with the start of the recipient's PhD program.

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - Doctoral

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) offers two streams of awards through one application. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in natural sciences or engineering. The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS D.


  • $35,000 a year for 2 or 3 years (CGS D)
  • $21,000 a year for 2 or 3 years (PGS D)

Doctoral Scholarsheet

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (VCGS)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both superior leadership skills and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. International and domestic candidates are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.

Value: $50,000 per year for 3 years

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has changed the process and will only accept candidates recommended by Faculty's Vanier Working Group. 

Interested candidates must complete and submit Scholarsheet along with copies of current and past transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage), to the Faculty Graduate Office wegraduate@uwo.ca no later than March 31, 2021, for preliminary assessment by the Vanier Working Group.

A copy of the Scholarsheet can be found here

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A list of previous award winners for internal awards is available here. Congratulations to all the winners!