Internal 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.

Internal Awards

Applications for Internal Awards will open on November 15, 2021. You can apply for all internal awards, unless otherwise stated, by submitting your application here: https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/

Alan G. Davenport Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student conducting research in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alan G. Davenport Wind Tunnel Program, based on academic achievement. Preference will be given to an international student, particularly if s/he is from a developing country. This award was established by family and friends of Dr. Alan Garnet Davenport.

Value: 2 at $2,000

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021

    • The applicant must be enrolled full time. 
    • The applicant must be a graduate studuent. 
    • The applicant must be enrolled as a Graduate Wind or Structural Engineering student with research conducted in the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel. 
    • Applicant must have a cumulative average higher than 78%. 
    • Applicant must have research activities conducted in the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel or WindEEE Dome. 

    The recipient will be selected by the internal Board of Directors in the Alan G. Davenport Research Group, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Faculty of Engineering. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Bloom Leadership Graduate Engineeering Award

Awarded annually to a full-time female graduate student enrolled in a Master of Engineering (MEng) Program based on academic achievement. Preference will be given to an International student who demonstrates leadersship and/or community involvement through participation in extracurricular activities on campus or in the city of London. This award was established with a generous gift from Ms Mira Ratkaj, (MBA ’87, McMaster University; BSc ’85, Applied Mathematics, Western University). It is Mira’s hope that this award will be used to support the recipient in presenting at Conferences or other events that provide professional development.

Value:1 at $1,500

How to Apply: Candidates must submit an online application at: https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/  by January 31st including a statement highlighting their leadership and/or community involvement. The recipient will be selected by the Associate Chairs Graduate Studies Committee in the Faculty of Engineering. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

CSChE-Particle Technology Research Graduate Award

Awarded annually to a graduate student in Chemical Engineering who presents the best paper at the CBE Annual Graduate Symposium "Research Bridges". This award was established by Dr. Jesse Zhu and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.

Value:1 at $1,000 or 2 at $500

How to Apply: The recipient will be selected by the Graduate Symposium committee with at least one member of the committee holding membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Douglas W. Muzyka International Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Awarded annually to a full-time MESc or PhD student(s) in the Faculty of Engineering, who is conducting research internationally in collaboration with a host institution or company for a minimum four-month period. Preference will be given to student(s) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Students must apply for this fellowship by submitting an outline of their research, anticipated expenses (travel, housing and living costs) and what support their thesis supervisor and host institution/company will provide. Externally funded student(s) are eligible to apply. This fellowship was established with a generous gift from Dr. Douglas W. Muzyka (PhD Engineering ’85, MESc ’79, BESc '77).

Value: Number and Value will vary

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021

  • Applicant must be enrolled full time. 
  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must be conducting research internationally in collaboration with a host institution or company for a minimum four-month period. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a research degree program in Engineering. 

Recipients will be selected by the Associate Chairs Graduate Studies Committee in the Faculty of Engineering. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Dr. Robert Addie Graduate Scholarship in Wind Engineering

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in Engineering, based on the academic achievement and research merit. Preference will be given to a student specializing in wind engineering and specifically reserach involving WindEEE. The award was established with a generous gift from Mrs. Margo Addie, in memory of her late husband Dr. Robert Addie (PhD '78, Engineering).

Value:1 at $2,000 Effective: May 2015 to April 2020.

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021 

  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time. 
  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a Graduate Research Degree program in Wind or Structural Engineering. 
  • Applicant must have research activities conducted in the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel or WindEEE Dome.  

The Graduate Committee in Civil and Environmental Engineering will select the recipient. At least one member of the committee will also be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Eric and Ruby Chung Graduate Award in Geotechnical Engineering

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in the Master's or Doctoral program, Civil & Environmental Engineering, who is conducting research in the field of Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Engineering, and has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. Preference will be given to a student whose research has shown industrial application. The Executive Members of the Geotechnical Research Centre, with approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will select the recipient each September. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Mr. Eric Chung (BESc '77, MEng '78) and his wife Ruby Chung, (BSc '78).

Value: 1 at $4,500

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

Fred Groch Graduate Bursary in Engineering

Awarded annually to a graduate student with demonstrated financial need who is conducting research in the Faculty of Engineering at the Master level. Preference will be given to a student specializing in Environmental Engineering. This scholarship was established by Mr. Fred Groch (MEng'71).

Value: 1 at $3,000 

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021

  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a Graduate Research Masters. 

The scholarship committee in the Faculty of Engineering (at least one member must hold representation in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) will select the recipient.

Graduate Scholarship in Structural Engineering

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in Engineering who is specializing in Structural Engineering based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average).

Value: 1 at $1,500

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021.

  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time. 
  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a Structural Engineering Graduate Research Degree program in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 
  • Applicant must have a cumulative average higher than 80%. 

Applications are collected in the Fall term. The Graduate Committee in Civil and Environmental Engineering will select the recipient. At least one member of the committee will also be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Ion Inculet PhD Award in Engineering

Awarded annually to a graduate student registered in a PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, based on academic achievement (minimum 85% average over the last 2 years of engineering studies). The candidate will be a Canadian citizen. Preference will be given to a student specializing in Applied Electrostatics. This award was established by a generous gift from the Estate of Professor Ion Inculet (PhD ’96).

Professor Ion Inculet was born in Romania and immigrated to Canada in 1947. He was educated as an Electrical Engineer. He retired, after 47 years, from Western’s Faculty of Engineering, as Professor Emeritus. He was Director of the Applied Electrostatics Research Centre, and an internationally renowned Inventor (27 patents), Researcher, and Academician. Professor Inculet died in 2011 at the age of 90.

Value: 1 at $3,000

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in the PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 
  • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen. 

A committee within the Graduate Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will select the recipient. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

John Booker Award

Awarded to a full-time graduate student pursuing graduate studies in Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Engineering based on academic achievement of a minimum of 78% and professional contributions to the Engineering profession such as conference presentations, delegate to an Engineering association, etc. Preference will be given to students who are conducting research in computational geomechanics. Preference will also be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, but with consideration to Visa students in their third or fourth year of graduate studies at Western. This award was established by the Geotechnical Research Centre to recognize the academic achievement and professional contribution of students enrolled in graduate studies in Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Engineering.

Value: 1 at $1,500

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

Julie Lassonde Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in any program of Engineering based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average), research related to the faculty's strategic research plan and demonstrated financial need. The candidate will be doing research in one of the following areas: Emerging Green Technologies and Processes, Energy Systems or Infrastructure Renewal and can demonstrate how their research will benefit Ontario, Canada and the world.

Value: 1 at $10,000

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021. 

  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time. 
  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must have a cumulative average higher than 80%.

A committee in the Faculty of Engineering, with at least one representative who is a current member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), will select the recipient.

L.G. Soderman Award in Civil Engineering

The L.G. Soderman Award, established in memory of the late Professor L.G. Soderman, distinguished Canadian geotechnical engineer, is awarded to an engineer to assist him or her in pursuing graduate studies in Civil Engineering at The University of Western Ontario. Preference is given to those entering a geotechnical engineering program.

Value: 2 at $1,550

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

The E.G.D. Murray Scholarship in Biochemical Engineering

Awarded to a graduate student engaged in research in Biochemical Engineering. Established in honour of Dr. E.G.D. Murray, a distinguished Canadian microbiologist, who was a visiting professor of Medical Research from 1955 to 1964.

Value: 1 at $2,500

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021Students in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are nominated by the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Graduate Committee based on the OGS applicant pool from the previous Fall.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a Graduate Research Degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. 
  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must have applied for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 

The Ivan Malek Scholarship in Biochemical Engineering

Awarded to a graduate student engaged in research in Biochemical Engineering. Established in honour of Dr. Ivan Malek, distinguished applied microbiologist, Academician of the Czechoslovakia Academy of Sciences and winner of the Lenin Peace Prize.

Value: 1 at $2,500

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021. Students in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are nominated by the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Graduate Committee based on the OGS applicant pool from the previous Fall.

  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a Graduate Research Degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. 
  • Applicant must have applied for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 

The Milos Novak Memorial Award

The Award will normally be awarded annually to an engineer to pursue graduate studies in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Special consideration will be given to students working in the area of dynamics and soil-structure interaction who have demonstrated a sound academic background and a potential for contribution to the engineering profession in general. Preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants but consideration will be given to visa students well advanced in their studies at Western. This award will normally be held for one year, but may, under special circumstances, be extended for a second year. The Award was set up in memory of Professor Milos Novak using surplus funds in his computer program account with the Geotechnical Research Centre. Additional funding has come from voluntary public contributions. Professor's Novak's family, Mrs. Kitty Novak and Dr. Milos Novak, Jr. were very supportive in initiating this award.

Value: 2 at $1,100

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

The R.M. Quigley Award

This award was set up from retained contract earnings of the Geotechnical Research Centre and is named after Dr. R.M. Quigley the founding director of the Geotechnical Research Centre and a distinguished Canadian Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineer. It will normally be awarded annually to an engineer or scientist to pursue graduate studies in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Special consideration will be taken of a candidate's academic, professional and general contributions to the engineering professional and general contributions to the engineering profession. Preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants but with consideration to visa students well advanced in their studies at Western. The Award will normally be held for one year, but may, under special circumstances be extended for a second year.

Value: 2 at $1000

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

R.K. Swartman Master of Engineering Program Award

Awarded to graduating students from the Master of Engineering Program, based on outstanding academic achievement and active community engagement. This award will be divided equally between four students from each recognized department in the Faculty of Engineering (Chemical & Biochemical; Civil & Environmental; Electrical & Computer; and Mechanical & Materials). This award was established by Mr. Tim Kwan (BESc'73) in honour of Professor Robert K. Swartman.

Value: 4 at $1,000

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021

  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled in the Master of Engineering Degree program. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time 

Applications should include a CV and a maximum 300 word essay describing the candidates community involvement. Applications will be assessed by the Graduate Chair Committee in the Faculty of Engineering, which includes at least one faculty representative from each of the four core departments identified above. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The final selection of the four students will be made each March.

The Ross and Jean Clark Scholarship

Graduate students specializing in Environmental Engineering who have achieved a minimum 80% academic average and demonstrate financial need are eligible. Selection to be made by the Graduate Committee of the Faculty of Engineering Science on the recommendation of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. This Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Ross and Jean Clark to assist graduate students specializing in Environmental Engineering at Western. Successful candidates must meet OSOTF eligibility requirements.

Value: 2 at $1,100

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ before January 31, 2021 

  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Applicant must be specilizing in Environmental Engineeering. 


Selection to be made by the Graduate Committee of the Faculty of Engineering Science on the recommendation of the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies.

William E. and Ruth Lardner Graduate Award

Awarded to a full time graduate student entering the Civil and Environmental Engineering program who is conducting research in the area of geotechnical / structural interface (first preference) or geoenvironmental /infrastructure interface and has at least one year of consulting or industry experience. This award can continue for a second year if a student continues to meet the required criteria (only one student can hold this award during any year). Applicants must submit a one-page statement at the time of their application to the Civil Engineering Graduate Program describing their work history, reason for pursuing graduate studies and an outline as to how this award will assist them financially. The Executive Members of the Geotechnical Research Centre, in consultation with the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will select the recipient. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by William and Ruth Lardner.

Value: 1 at $14,000 continuing for two years - only one student can hold the award in any given year.

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. Applicants must submit a one-page statement at the time of their application to the Civil Engineering Master Program describing their work history, reason for pursuing graduate studies and an outline as to how this award will assist them financially. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

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