Fees and funding

PhD students are funded through a combination of scholarships, research and teaching assistant fellowships, and teaching opportunities. PhD students are guaranteed funding for up to four years on the condition that the students maintain a level of acceptable performance. Financial packages will be provided at the time of admission into the PhD program and coordination of funding is through the PhD Program Office.

A competitive funding package will be provided for all successful applicants to assist in the coverage of living and tuition expenses.

Sources of funding for financial packages

UVic Faculty of Graduate Studies Fellowships

UVic PhD Fellowships - Up to $20,000 CDN may be awarded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies to students of high academic standing registered full time in the faculty as candidates or provisional candidates for a degree.

UVic Graduate Awards –Up to $10,000 are available to full-time students registered in any year of a graduate degree program at UVic.

All new applicants with a minimum grade of 7.0 (A-) are considered for University of Victoria Fellowships. For full information, please see UVic’s Graduate Studies Fees & Funding.

No separate application is required; students are automatically considered for these fellowships at the time of application.


Research Assistantships - Individual professors with external research grants may employ graduate students to help them with their research.

Teaching/Marking Assistantships – The Gustavson School of Business has opportunities for part-time marking assistants for various programs within the School of Business.

Research and Teaching Assistantships are coordinated through the PhD Program Office.

External Granting Agencies

The Government of Canada, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers substantial fellowships to assist Canadian research and scholarship. If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have completed or are about to complete a master's degree or a bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences, or are already pursuing a PhD or equivalent or a combined MA/PhD, you may be eligible to apply for a doctoral award. Contact SSHRC in the summer, to find out about their deadlines. Deadline is normally late October of each year. Eligible students are strongly advised to apply for external grants.

Sessional Teaching Opportunities

Teaching opportunities may be available through the Gustavson School of Business and are coordinated by the PhD Program Office. Normally, these teaching opportunities take place in the third or fourth year of your program.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University of Victoria’s Financial Aid office maintains a comprehensive list of other scholarships and bursaries that PhD students may be qualified for. These are often externally funded merit-based or needs-based awards.

Travel and Conference Assistance

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), the Graduate Students’ Society (GSS), and the Vice President Research established the Graduate Student Travel Grant Fund to support travel to conferences, meetings, workshops, or research activities. All full-time PhD students are eligible to apply for a travel grant once a year (April 1—March 31).

In addition, financial assistance is offered annually from the Gustavson School of Business to help support periodic student events designed to develop and improve student’s research and teaching skills. This may include funds for academic-related travel and/or attendance of approved conferences - specific funds are available to promote student involvement in sustainability-related conference activities.

Tuition Fees

Information concerning graduate student's tuition and ancillary fees can be found on the Registrar's website. For the 2018-2019 year, the cost of tuition and ancillary fees for Canadian students is approximately $8,500 CDN, and $9,700 CDN for International students. This amount does not include living expenses.