The Faculty of Social Work is committed to assisting doctoral students in applying for funding support through awards, scholarships, faculty teaching and research assistantships.
Departmental funding for PhD students consists of both scholarships and teaching income. Doctoral students are offered one assistantship per year over the first two years of their program. Assistantships are considered part of the total departmental funding.
Effective September 1, 2015 the total departmental funding for PhD students over the first three years of their program will be approximately $36,506 to $41,506. This includes:
- Year I funding: $25,000 or $20,000
- Year II funding: $5,000
- Year III (post-candidacy) funding: $3,000
- Each PhD student will be offered one graduate teaching (GAT) or research (GAR) assistantship (currently valued at $4,253) over the first two years of their program. Assistantships are considered part of the total departmental funding.
Based on the availability of departmental funds, PhD students may also receive a scholarship in their fourth year.
NOTE: Normally, Year I funding is a combination of funds awarded by the program and a university scholarship (e.g., QEII Doctoral Scholarship, Eyes High Doctoral Entrance Scholarship, Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship etc.).
The above amounts are subject to change based on yearly departmental funding.
Funding is contingent on satisfactory progress through the PhD program.
Awards and Scholarships
In addition to applying to various internal University awards (e.g., Open Doctoral Scholarship, Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, Special Awards and Bursaries), doctoral students are expected to apply for external funding through Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) or the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the University scholarship competitions each year. Only Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Should you become a Permanent Resident during your program, you will be required to apply for SSHRC funding.
International students are eligible to apply for many of the awards administered through the University of Calgary Graduate Scholarship Office. For terms of reference, eligibility criteria, deadlines and application procedures they should consult the Graduate Award Database. International students may also apply for funding from the Government Awards Programs in their home country.
We strongly encourage all eligible students to apply for Special Awards and Bursaries through the Graduate Awards Competition (GAC).The GAC application is due to the Faculty of Social Work by January 15. For more details, see below.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies has an excellent website, located at http://grad.ucalgary.ca/awards dedicated to graduate student funding offered through the University. Prospective and current Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to explore this website and the Graduate Awards Database.