Financial Support

Decisions concerning an applicant’s admissibility to the program are initially made independently of the availability of financial assistance. But Ph.D. applicants are not normally admitted without a funding commitment for the expected duration of the program (subject to satisfactory progress). Although M.A. students may be admitted without funding, many do receive funding, especially after the first term. All our recently admitted students have received some funding, and currently, most graduate students are fully funded. Funding comes in several forms, most commonly as teaching or research assistantships. For 2012-2013, the minimum stipend for an assistantship at the M.A. level is $22,245; the minimum at the Ph.D. level is $23,250.  All applicants are automatically considered for departmental assistantships. Further details can be found in the pamphlet Guide to Graduate Study in the Department of Philosophy (the "Blue Book"). See especially section 3 and 13.

The University of Alberta offers a number of very attractive fellowships, both for recruitment and for continuing students. It also typically supplements scholarships awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. All these fellowships and scholarships are awarded competitively, but students in the Philosophy Department have had a great deal of success in winning them. Some restrict eligibility to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, while others are earmarked for international students. 

Applicants to the M.A. program who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are also eligible for Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships. These are awarded through a university-wide competition on the basis of departmental nominations. They require a separate application on forms available from the Department. The Department also nominates very strong applicants to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs for recruitment scholarships; these awards provide stipends of $17,000 (M.A.) and $24,000 (Ph.D.) in addition to full tuition. They involve six hours of department work per week, and in some cases, are renewable. The department also nominates strong applicants to the Ph.D. programs for Provost entrance awards, which will cover tuition fees. International students as well as Canadian citizens are eligible for these awards, and no separate application is required. There are also several general university awards for which both currently enrolled Ph.D. students and new applicants are eligible, although many are restricted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The University of Alberta takes part in the newly established Vanier scholarship program, which awards a few scholarships to exceptional doctoral students in all fields and without regard to nationality. More information on all these awards can be found through the website of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research:  

M.A. students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) master’s scholarships. Applicants eligible for this award apply through the Canadian university in which they are currently registered, unless they are not registered at a Canadian university, in which case they apply directly to SSHRC. Ph.D. students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are likewise eligible for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral scholarships and fellowships. The Department expects eligible applicants to the doctoral program to apply for such awards in September of the year preceding admission, and for every year of the program in which they remain eligible.  Applications should be made through whatever Canadian university the student is currently attending, or directly through SSHRC. The Faculty of Graduate Studies supplements SSHRC fellowships by at least the amount of tuition and fees (currently approximately $5,100 per annum).