Awards and financial aid

We endeavour to support financially all graduate students for two years to undertake full-time graduate studies in the School of Environmental Studies (part-time support is spread over 3 or 4 years). This funding comprises of several sources:

  • National or Provincial awards are available to those with a first-class grade point average (minimum 7.0 but in practice much higher) in the last two years of undergraduate studies. Eligibility criteria vary with agency. Currently national fellowship holders receive an additional award from the university.
  • A limited number of University Graduate Fellowships are available to applicants with a GPA over 7.5.
  • A limited number of awards specifically for Environmental Studies graduate students outlined in the awards section of the Graduate Studies calendar. Application and/or nomination for the University of Victoria awards and fellowships may only be done once the student has been admitted to the School.
  • Students can also obtain some financial support for their studies as a Graduate Academic Assistant. These appointments are made by the School of Environmental Studies for qualified student to work as a teaching assistant (generally to a maximum of approximately $4000 per Fall and Spring terms; there are typically fewer Academic Assistant resources available during Summer Session).
  • Students may also be appointed as a Research Assistant by their faculty supervisor and availability will vary significantly from among faculty members and from year to year.