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Faculty Funding

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.

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Doctoral Entrance Awards for Fall 2017

If you are applying to the PhD program for Fall 2017 admission, please make note of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Entrance Awards for incoming students. For more information about the Entrance Awards, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Application deadline: January 15, 2017 to the Faculty of Social Work (fswgrad@ucalgary.ca).

Graduate Awards Competition

These competitive awards are administered directly through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For more information, please visit: http://grad.ucalgary.ca/awards/opportunities/gac 

There is an online application form and required documentation that must be submitted to Student Services in the Faculty of Social Work by January 22, 2016. No late submissions will be accepted. Any questions or inquires regarding the Graduate Awards Competition must be directed to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Officers. 

A number of competitive awards are classified under “Special Awards and Bursaries” in the GAC application. Check the Terms of Reference to determine the competition type, the required documentation, and the application procedure. Examples of awards that are under the “Special Awards and Bursaries” category include: Captain Nichola K.S. Goddard Memorial Graduate Scholarship; CFUW/Calgary Graduate Scholarship in Social Work or Social Sciences (Canadian Federation of University Women); Doreen F. Wilson Legacy Graduate Award; Lorne and Pat Gordon/YWCA of Calgary Graduate/Undergraduate Award; and the Harry and Laura Jacques Bursary.

Application deadline: January 20, 2016 to the Faculty of Social Work

Program Recommended Award

Doctoral students may be nominated for the James Gripton Doctoral Scholarship in Social Work.
This scholarship is open to students entering or enrolled in a PhD program in the Faculty of Social Work. Candidates must have a demonstrated capacity for innovation in the pursuit of social justice in any area of social work practice. To be considered, candidates must submit a nomination letter written by a faculty member in Social Work and a one-page statement that describes the candidate’s innovations in the pursuit of social justice and future research plans. 

Application deadline: November 9, 2016 to the Faculty of Social Work

Faculty of Social Work Recognition of Excellence Awards

These awards are open to all undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW, PhD) students in the Faculty of Social Work:

  • Recognition of Excellence in Student Leadership
  • Clarice Chodak Recognition of Excellence in Social Action
  • Iain Cullen Ramsay Recognition of Excellence in Personal Achievement
  • Recognition of Excellence in Field Practicum

Recognition of Excellence in Student Leadership is awarded annually to a maximum of five students whose activities have contributed to significantly enhancing the educational experiences of students in the Faculty of Social Work. Recipients’ leadership may be formal (e.g., through involvement with student governance) or informal (e.g., through organizing social action or educational activities).

Recognition of Excellence in Field Practicum is awarded annually to a maximum of five students whose activities and achievements in practicum have been outstanding in a placement that has occurred during the current academic year. This Recognition of Excellence acknowledges that while students are intended to be learners in their practica, they may also contribute meaningfully to their clients’ (individuals, groups, families, communities, organizations) lives.

Clarice Chodak Recognition of Excellence in Social Action is awarded annually to a maximum of five students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice, civic engagement, and volunteerism through actions against racism, anti-Semitism or other forms of injustice.

Iain Cullen Ramsay Recognition of Excellence in Personal Achievement is awarded annually to a maximum of five students whose commitment to education in social work has been demonstrated by inspirational attitudes and behaviors in class, practica, and/or relationships with other students. This award is intended to honor excellence that may not be indicated through traditional means such as grade point average or participation in formal student governance activities. Students may demonstrate outstanding personal achievement through, for example, coping with significant personal or academic challenges while in the program or inspiring other students through particularly compassionate or empowering activities.

The Recognition of Excellence awards are available to all Faculty of Social Work students at the University of Calgary, regardless of location, year in program or status. Students may receive the Recognition of Excellence in more than one year in a multi-year program. 
Each recipient will receive a plaque from the Faculty of Social Work indicating the date and name of the honor. Normally, the plaques are presented during the June Convocation Celebration, and recipients’ names are added to a permanent commemorative plaque in The Faculty of Social Work.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2016 to the Faculty of Social Work

Accessing Award and Scholarship Information

If you are a registered graduate student at the University of Calgary, you can access the Graduate Awards Database directly through your MyUofC portal. Entering the database via your portal will allow you to view a filtered search of graduate awards based on your program of registration and allow you to save this information to your favorites list on your browser. Once in the portal go to Student Services and Registration/Graduate Studies/Graduate Student Scholarships. You can view the Terms of Reference for each award to determine your eligibility. The link for the portal is: http://cas.ucalgary.ca/cas

NOTE: Scholarship values may not remain at the level currently posted in the Graduate Awards Database. All scholarship correspondence to students is electronic – use the portal to ensure your email address in correct and current.

Reminders

  • Check the Graduate Awards Database on a monthly basis to determine what Scholarship and Award Competitions are available and which ones you are eligible to apply for.
  • Check the application deadline dates and make sure you submit all required documentation to the appropriate office by that deadline date.
  • Read the emails that are sent to you regarding funding and award opportunities.
  • Read the GradPost, which is a weekly electronic newsletter for graduate students
  • Make sure that your email address is updated and current.
  • Consult with your supervisor regarding any scholarships or awards that you would like to apply for (Competitive) or to be nominated for (Program Recommended).
  • The Graduate Calendar available online also has detailed information on Awards and Financial assistance.
  • Eligible doctoral students are strongly encouraged to apply for funding through external sources including SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) and CIHR (Canadian Institute of Health Research). The Faculty of Social Work has had enormous success with SSHRC and CIHR funding in recent years. The Faculty’s official policy is that we will not be in a position to recommend other sources of internal (University of Calgary) funding to any student who was eligible for SSHRC or CIHR funding but did not apply for one (the only exception being for year-one entry students). More information for SSHRC can be found through the following link: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/index-eng.aspx

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