Students admitted to either the MA or PhD program are automatically considered for a range of internal funding; in 2014-15, we were able to fund 100% of our incoming PhD students and 100% of our incoming MA students. Students are additionally encouraged and supported in applying for other sources of internal and external funding. Students undertaking the CSPT option are also eligible for extra funding through that concentration.

  • Funded Doctoral students can expect to receive at least $96,000 over four years (approximately $25,000, $25,000, $25,400, and $20,600).
  • Funded Master's students received anywhere from $1,000 to $21,000 for one year.

The following is a list of available scholarships, awards, and bursaries. Exact amounts can fluctuate from year to year and the amounts listed below are approximations based on recent years' awards. For the most recent award totals, please visit the University's main awards page for the most recent award titles.

Funding for which students are automatically considered:

  • University Graduate Awards - between $1,000 and $10,000/year
  • University Fellowships
    • Doctoral - $10,000-$18,000/year
    • Master's - $10,000-$15,000/year
  • Department Fellowships
    • Doctoral - $10,000-$18,000/year
    • Master's - $1,000-$15,000/year
  • President's Research Scholarship - $4,000/year
  • Howard E. Petch Research Scholarship - $7,500
  • David F. Strong Research Scholarship - $7,500
  • Teaching Assistantships - $9,123/year (M.A.); $10,123 (Ph.D.)
  • General Graduate Scholarships - variable
  • Charles and Ruth Hayward Memorial Scholarship - $9,300
  • Albert Hung Chao Hong Scholarship - variable
  • Sam and June Macey Graduate Scholarship in English or History - $1,000
  • Martlet Chapter IODE Graduate Scholarship for Women - $350
  • UVic Alumni Association Graduate Award - $2,000
  • William and Doreen Kerby Scholarship in Medieval British Literature - $1,000
  • Dr. Shelley Anne Martin Memorial Scholarship - variable
  • PhD students may teach up to three courses at the sessional rate of pay (at least $5,300/course)

Funding for which students are encouraged to apply:

  • Internal
    • Pat Koster Scholarship in Women's Writing, 1660-1900 - $500
    • Margot K. Louis Award - $2,275
    • Ian H. Stewart Graduate Fellowship - $5,000
    • Vanderkhove Family Trust Graduate Student Fellowship - $5,000
    • Hugh Campbell and Marion Alice Small Graduate Scholarship for Scottish Studies - at least $10,000
  • External
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships
    • Doctoral - $20,000-35,000/year
    • Master's - $17,500/year
  • Other:
    • CSPT concentration funding
    • Research Assistantships
    • Conference and research travel funds up to $600/year
    • Work in the Humanities Computing Lab
    • Research Assistant work for the online Map of Early Modern London
    • Opportunities to work for Victorian Review


  • In light of the available funding, the cost of pursuing graduate studies at UVic is minimal:
  • Tuition - $2732 minimum per semester (Domestic)
  • Housing - approx. $900/month (bachelor/studio)
  • Transportation - free
    • a bus pass is included in student fees
    • cycling and walking are feasible year-round
  • With doctoral funding, it is possible to study at UVic without taking loans or working.

Top-funded MA students who complete their degrees in 12-16 months can also cover their tuition and living costs.

More detailed tuition information can be found in the Faculty of Graduate Studies website, and in the Academic Calendar