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.

Conference 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.

Value

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

Deadline

Prior to leaving

Before the conference

  • 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.
Master's with thesis students

Objectives

The Faculty of Social Sciences recognizes the importance of sharing the research findings of master's with thesis students with the broader scientific community. To this end, the Faculty of Social Sciences awards travel grants to these individuals so that they can present the results of their research closely related to the thesis at major conferences. The program also provides an opportunity to exchange with other researchers in one's field.

Eligibility

Master's with thesis students applying for a conference travel grant must:

  • Be registered full time in a thesis program at the time of the conference;
  • Present their research at the conference within the first six terms from their initial registration in the Master's program.

Conditions

  • A student can only be awarded one grant through the completion of their program;
  • This grant can only be used to cover the cost of transportation (train, plane, bus, taxi, kilometers or other), and at the most economical rate possible. No other travel expenses are eligible;
  • The maximum amount awarded varies according to the conference location (see geographic map (pdf, 560.44 KB));
  • Conferences taking place in the Ottawa-Gatineau area are not eligible;
  • For students who are not departing from Ottawa to attend the conference (e.g. exchange, internship, mobility, or in coutelle at a host institution), the maximum amount awarded varies according to the distance travelled from the location of the host institution (see geographic map (pdf, 560.44 KB));
  • The publication and presentation must deal with research results obtained during the current program and be related to the thesis;
  • The applicant must be the first author (as listed on the official publication or conference documents) and the presenter;
  • The applicant must obtain a financial contribution for the trip (a minimum of $100 is required) from their academic unit or supervisor.

Deadline

  • All applications must be submitted before the first day (official date) of the conference. No application will be considered eligible if received at the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences after the beginning of the conference. It is recommended to submit the complete application 30 days prior to the conference in order to receive a decision prior to departure.
  • Only complete applications will be processed. Incomplete applications will be rejected. It is the sole responsibility of the student to ensure that all the required documentation, confirmation of financial contribution, and all signatures are provided with the application. If the application is refused, the student has the possibility to resubmit a second complete application.
  • Students can submit only one application per conference.

Procedure

  1. Submit the complete and signed application form and all supporting documents to the Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University Private (room 3021), Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5. You can also submit your application by email by sending clearly scanned documents to scsgrad@uOttawa.ca
  2. Wait for the acceptance or refusal letter from the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences (copies will also be sent to the academic unit, the supervisor, Human Resources Service and the OGPS).
  3. After the conference, complete the Request for reimbursement of travel expenses form (xlsx, 56.76 KB) and return it, along with original receipts (including boarding passes) and a proof of attendance at the conference, to the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Include a proof of exchange rates used if appropriate.
  4. The applicant will receive the reimbursement. The amount awarded is the lowest between:

Supporting documents to be submitted with the application (prior to the conference)

  • A complete and signed application form with confirmed financial contribution and a detailed recommendation from the supervisor;
  • An abstract of the publication to be presented;
  • A formal indication of the list of authors (cover page of publication or extract from the conference documentation or exchanges with the conference organizers that evidence the relevant publication and the list of authors);
  • A written proof that the publication has been accepted for presentation at the conference (issue by the conference organizers);

Download the form

Ph.D. and fast-track students

Objectives

The Faculty of Social Sciences recognizes the importance of sharing the research findings of Ph.D. and fast-track students with the broader scientific community. To this end, the Faculty of Social Sciences awards travel grants to these individuals so that they can present the results of their research closely related to the thesis at major conferences. The program also provides an opportunity to exchange with other researchers in one's field.

Eligibility

Ph.D. students applying for a conference travel grant must:

  • Be registered full time in a Ph.D. program at the time of the conference;
  • Have completed at least two terms in their Ph.D. program;
  • Present their research at the conference within the first 15 terms from their initial registration in the Ph.D. program (the first term of the transfer to Ph.D. is taken as reference for fast-track students).

Conditions

  • A maximum of three grants can be awarded to a student in a regular Ph.D. program through the duration of their program;
  • A maximum of four grants can be awarded to a student who fast-track into a Ph.D. program, including any conference travel grant received while being registered in a Master's program;
  • A maximum of two grants will be provided per fiscal year (between May, 1 and April, 30)
  • This grant can only be used to cover the cost of transportation (train, plane, bus,taxi, kilometers or other), and at the most economical rate possible. No other travel expenses are eligible;
  • The maximum amount awarded varies according to the conference location (see geographic map (pdf, 560.44 KB));
  • Conferences taking place in the Ottawa-Gatineau area are not eligible;
  • For students who are not departing from Ottawa to attend the conference (e.g. exchange, internship, mobility, or in cotutelle at a host institution), the maximum amount awarded varies according to the distance travelled from the location of the host institution (see geographic map (pdf, 560.44 KB));
  • Any approved travel can take place outside of Canada or USA (zone C, D or E). However, only one tripoutside of these zones will be funded up to the maximum value of the corresponding zone where the conference will take place (see map for details). All other subsequent approved trips in zones A, B or other will be funded up to maximum of $550.
  • The publication and presentation must deal with research results obtained during the current program and be related to the thesis;
  • The applicant must be the first author (as listed on the official publication or conference documents) and presenter;
  • The applicant must obtain a financial contribution for the trip (a minimum of $100 is required) from their academic unit or supervisor.

Deadline

  • All applications must be submitted before the first day (official date) of the conference. No application will be considered eligible if received at the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences after the beginning of the conference.
  • Only complete applications will be processed. Incomplete applications will be rejected. It is the sole responsibility of the student to ensure that all the required documentation, confirmation of financial contribution, and all signatures are provided with the application. If the application is rejected, the student has the possibility to resubmit a second complete application.
  • Student can submit only one application per conference.

Procedure

  1. Submit the complete and signed application form and all supporting documents to the Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University Private (room 3021), Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5. You can also submit your application by email by sending clearly scanned documents to scsgrad@uOttawa.ca
  2. Wait for the acceptance or refusal letter from the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences (copies will also be sent to the academic unit, the supervisor, Human Resources Service and the OGPS).
  3. After the conference, complete the Request for reimbursement of travel expenses form (xlsx, 56.76 KB) and return it, along with original receipts (including boarding passes) and a proof of attendance at the conference, to the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences . Include a proof of exchange rates used if appropriate.
  4. The applicant will receive the reimbursement. The amount awarded is the lowest between:

Supporting documents to be submitted with the application (prior to the conference)

  • A complete and signed application form with confirmed financial contribution and a detailed recommendation from the supervisor;
  • An abstract of the paper to be presented;
  • A formal indication of the list of authors (cover page of publication, or extract from the conference documentation, or exchanges with the conference organizers, that evidence the relevant publication and the list of authors);
  • A written proof that the publication has been accepted for presentation at the conference (issued by the conference organizers).

Download the form

After the conference

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)

Inquiries

scsgrad@uOttawa.ca

Important Message
InformationThe 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.

Value

Up to $550

Deadline

Prior to leaving

Before the research stay

  • Send us a completed application form. Eligibility conditions are detailed below.
  • Download the form that corresponds to your status
Master's with thesis students

Objectives

The Faculty of Social Sciences recognizes that travel in the pursuit of research for your thesis is necessary and important. For this purpose, the Faculty of Social Sciences offers grants for travel outside the National Capital Region when circumstances require it. Travel that allows the direct collection of data for a thesis in progress will be considered. Students may conduct interviews, perform archival research or consult documents or works unavailable in the region, or may further develop their research processes by visiting a foreign lab (university or government).

Eligibility

Students enrolled in full-time studies in a Master’s with thesis program at the University of Ottawa when the research stay takes place are eligible. A single grant for the duration of the studies is allowed. At least two terms but less than six terms must have been completed when the travel takes place.

Nota Bene: All terms count including terms with leaves of absence, except for approved leaves of absence for medical, maternity or parental reasons.

Value of the Grants

The grants may only be used to cover either travel expenses (train, plane, bus or other) or accommodation expenses (accommodation and meals). Other travel- related expenses will not be reimbursed. The maximum grant is $550.

Participation - Eligibility Requirements

The student must:

  • Be studying full-time in a Master’s with thesis program when the travel takes place;
  • Complete the form and the required estimated budget;
  • Clearly indicate how the research stay is related to the thesis in progress;
  • Ensure that the research director or the program director indicates his or her support in a detailed recommendation in the space provided for this purpose on the application.

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted before the travel takes place (no grants will be considered after the fact).

Procedure

Applicants must:

  • Submit your application by email by sending the scanned documents to: scsgrad@uOttawa.ca
  • Or submit the application form and any supporting documents tothe Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University (room 3021), Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5.
  • Wait for the acceptance or refusal letter from the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences , by email (sent copy to the student’s academic unit).
  • Upon returning from the conference, complete the Request for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses form and return it with the original receipts to the Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Where applicable, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that ethics approval for the research project is obtained prior to the Research travel.

Download the form

Ph.D. and fast-track students

Objectives

The Faculty of Social Sciences recognizes that travel in the pursuit of research for your thesis is necessary and important. For this purpose, the Faculty of Social Sciences offers grants for travel outside the National Capital Region when circumstances require it. Travel that allows the direct collection of data for a thesis in progress will be considered. Students may conduct interviews, perform archival research or consult documents or works unavailable in the region, or may further develop their research processes by visiting a foreign lab (university or government).

Eligibility

Students enrolled in full-time studies at the University of Ottawa when the travel takes place are eligible.

For PhD programs, a single grant for the duration of the studies is allowed. At least three terms but less than twelve terms must have been completed when the travel takes place.

For Fast-track programs, a single grant for the duration of the studies is allowed. At least two terms but less than fifteen terms must have been completed when the travel takes place.

Nota Bene: All terms count including terms with leaves of absence, except for approved leaves of absence for medical, maternity or parental reasons.

Value of the Grants

The grants may only be used to cover either travel expenses (train, plane, bus or other) or accommodation expenses (accommodation and meals). Other travel-related expenses will not be reimbursed.

The maximum grant is $550.

Participation - Eligibility Requirements

The student must:

  • Be studying full-time in a PhD program when the travel takes place;
  • Complete the form;
  • Clearly indicate how the research stay is related to the thesis in progress;
  • Ensure that the research director or the program director indicates his or her support in a detailed recommendation in the space provided for this purpose on the application.

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted before the travel takes place (no grants will be considered after the fact).

Procedure

Applicants must:

  • Submit your application by email by sending the scanned documents to: scsgrad@uOttawa.ca
  • Or submit the application form and any supporting documents to the Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University (room 3021), Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
  • Wait for the acceptance or refusal letter from the Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, by email (copies will also be sent to the academic unit and the supervisor).
  • Upon returning from the research stay, complete the Request for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses form and return it with the original receipts to the Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Where applicable, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that ethics approval for the research project is obtained prior to the Research travel.

Download the form

After the research stay

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

Download the following form:

Inquiries

scsgrad@uOttawa.ca

Important Message
InformationThe 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
  • 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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