Funding

The SDH program does not have guaranteed core funding for students. Graduate students receive funding from many different sources, including: fellowships, scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. You can approach FGS or the Graduate Advisor with questions, concerns, or for guidance on funding matters. More details on funding opportunities can be found on the FGS website.

Entrance Graduate Awards: SDH receives a small amount of funding from FGS that is used to provide one-time entrance awards for incoming students. Typically, 5-6 incoming students per year will receive an entrance award. The amount per award varies depending on available funds and the number of eligible students. Not all incoming students will receive funding. To be eligible, students must have at least a 7.0 GPA on entrance to the program. You do not need to apply for these awards; all eligible incoming students will be considered automatically. Entrance awards are one-time only (they are not renewed each year).

Donor Awards: Each year, students will also have the opportunity to apply for awards established through donations to the University. These include donor awards that are specific to the SDH program, to health research more generally, or to students with specific backgrounds or areas of study. Amounts, the application process, and eligibility criteria vary across the awards. A list of donor awards will be circulated in September of each year, and eligible students will be invited to apply.

External Fellowships and Scholarships: There are numerous fellowship and scholarship programs for Canadian graduate students. Most relevant to SDH students are the fellowship programs at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). Amounts, eligibility, and funding conditions differ across programs. Most have deadlines in the fall term. While these awards tend to be highly competitive, we encourage you to consider applying. It is a great learning experience! SDH students have had good success with these awards in the past. More information on external fellowships and scholarships is available on the FGS website.

Research Assistantships: Joining an existing research team or project can be a great way to enrich your experience as a graduate student while earning money to support your studies. The SDH program does not have its own Research Assistant (RA) positions; however, many faculty members associated with the program routinely have opportunities for paid RA positions through research grants. Speak with your supervisory committee and other faculty to find opportunities for RA positions during the program.

Teaching Assistantships: The SDH program does not have internal opportunities for TA positions; however, you can apply for positions in their supervisors’ home departments, or in departments where you have qualifications (e.g., undergraduate training).