Student Finances

Western recognizes that students who choose to undertake full-time graduate studies are choosing to delay their entry into the full-time workforce. To help off-set the cost of full-time graduate enrolment, eligible students receive a minimum of $3000/yr from the Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS). 

Additional funding support may be available from a variety of sources and can differ from student to student. Sources may include research grants, scholarships, and part-time employment such as teaching (GTA) or research (GRA) assistantships.

Funding support packages are not intended to replace full-time employment income. 

Guaranteed Base Funding

MSc - Domestic

WGRS support for domestic MSc students is $3000/yr (see WGRS eligibility note below). Additional funding sources for MSc students are subject to availability and not guaranteed.

MSc - International

WGRS support for international MSc students is $10,800/yr (see WGRS eligibility note below). Additional funding sources for MSc students are subject to availability and not guaranteed.

PhD - Domestic

WGRS support for domestic PhD students is $7000/yr (see WGRS eligibility note below). Additional funding for domestic PhD students is set at a minimum of $15,000. The total guaranteed base funding for domestic PhD students is $22,000.

PhD - International

WGRS support for international PhD students is $4500/yr (see WGRS eligibility note below). Additional funding for domestic PhD students is set at a minimum of $18,000.  The total guaranteed base funding for international PhD students is $22,500.

WGRS

Full-time students within the funding eligible period of our program (2 years for MSc students and 4 years for PhD students), maintaining a minimum 78% cumulative average, and progressing toward their degree are eligible for WGRS funding. Eligibility is reviewed on a termly basis.

WGRS funding will be reduced for students receiving scholarship funding of $30,000/yr or more. See the Table of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Funding Formulas for more details.

Additional Funding Souces

Scholarships

There are a variety of competitive scholarship opportunities for students. Details can be found on Western’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website under Funding & Fees. In addition, several awards are available through the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Graduate Program.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

A GRA is provided to students who have a guaranteed level of funding from their supervisor to assist with the student's research and training.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

A GTA can be a part of the minimum funding package for Year 2 students and above. If a student is receiving a GRA, the supervisor will reduce the GRA for the term in which the student has a GTA by an equivalent amount.

Additional details can be found on Western’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website under Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Tuition and Benefits

Tuition information can be found on the Office of the Registrar website. All graduate students gain unlimited access to the Western Student Recreation Centre that houses state-of-the-art facilities for aquatics, personal training, fitness and intramural sports. Graduate students (full-time) are provided with an annual London Transit pass providing bus service across the city.

Housing and Living Finances

London has all the benefits of a major Canadian city without the high costs of living. Many apartments and houses for graduate students are located within walking distance of the campus.  It is important to keep track of your Financial Management, e.g. living expenses and planning your finances.

There is a large array of parks and conservation areas and biking paths. The city is home to major summer festivals, theatre and sports teams. In addition, London has an international airport with flights to most major cities and frequent train and bus service along the Windsor-Montreal corridor. For more information see Living in London and Life & Community.