Finance your Studies

Admission Scholarships

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Masters Program

The Faculty of Social Sciences has a minimum funding policy that guarantees at least $16,500 for the first year of study in a Masters program to all eligible students. For those in a program with thesis, a minimum amount of $16,500 will be allocated for the second year of study.

Admission Scholarships are awarded to new students whose admission average is 8.0 / 10 or more and who register full-time and remain a full-time student for the duration of the scholarship (up to 6 consecutive sessions).

If a student receives a major External Scholarship, such as OGS or SSHRC the admission scholarship will be replaced by an Excellence Scholarship.

Excellence Scholarships include:

  • Tuition fees for the duration of the external award
  • An assistantship during each year of the award; to undertake an assistantship, the student must be able to work at the University of Ottawa.

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.

Ph.D Program

Graduate Studies within your reach!

The Faculty of Social Sciences has a minimum funding policy that guarantees funding of at least $19,000 for each of the four years of doctoral study to all new doctoral students meeting the requirements described below. A fifth year of funding is available under certain conditions.

Admission Scholarships are awarded to new students whose admission average is 8.0 / 10 or more and who register full-time and remain a full-time student for the duration of the scholarship (12 or 15 consecutive sessions).

If a student receives a major External Scholarship, such as OGS or SSHRC the admission scholarship will be replaced by an Excellence Scholarship.

Excellence Scholarships include:

  • Tuition fees for the duration of the external award
  • An assistantship during each year of the award; to undertake an assistantship, the student must be able to work at the University of Ottawa.

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*.

These research grants, of up to $1,500 each, will be allocated twice per year following a faculty-wide competition. The application deadlines will be 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
  • 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;
  • Detailed budget;
  • For students registered in a program with thesis, proof of application for the Research Travel Grant from Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies;
  • 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 scsgrad@uOttawa.ca.

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.

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
  • 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

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

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