Geotechnical Research Centre

William E. and Ruth Lardner Award

This generous scholarship is available at Western University for a geotechnical engineer to return to school to pursue a Masters Degree.  This is an opportunity for a junior engineer to benefit from additional education to enhance their knowledge and skills, which would ultimately benefit their company by allowing them to contribute at an advanced level to geotechnical projects they are involved with.

The William E. and Ruth Lardner Graduate Award offers $10,000 for up to two years 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.  Applicants must submit a one-page statement at the time of their application to the Civil Engineering Masters Program describing their work history, reason for pursuing graduate studies and an outline as to how this award will assist them financially.  This statement is to be submitted to the Research and Graduate Office in the Faculty of Engineering by April 30, 2014.  The Executive Members of the Geotechnical Research Centre at Western, in consultation with the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will select the recipient.

Note:  In addition to the scholarship, the kind of support a MESc graduate student would expect is between $20,000 to $29,000.

If you would like more information on this scholarship or what is required to apply for graduate studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western, please feel free to contact the CEE Graduate Office ( or 519-661-850-2943) or visit

 Click here for application form.