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Scholarships & Financial Aid

         Alert! Graduate Funding for Research in Travel & Tourism w. Prof. Kevin James


Our graduate students receive generous, guaranteed funding packages with their offer of admission.

MA students receive funding over up to 4 semesters
PhD students receive funding over 12 semesters
In both cases, they are made up of:
- a variety of tuition and research scholarships 
- graduate teaching assistantships
- opportunities to apply for periodic awards for travel and research
- faculty advice and references for external funding applications
(Not to worry! After the guaranteed funding period, students are still eligible to apply for on-campus employment, bursaries, scholarships, and grants.)

Seeking external funding (for instance, SSHRC and OGS)? Visit Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies external awards.

note: John Galt, Helen O’Reilly, Scottish Studies Foundation, and some other scholarships and bursaries are awarded according to financial need through Student Financial Services
note: some of the awards below require periodic applications, some are granted at time of admission.

Alastair J. Durie Research Travel Grant [T5975]:

Established by Dr. Kevin James in honour of Alastair J. Durie, pre-eminent scholar of Scottish tourism history and valued advisor to Guelph MA students.  Selection will be based on academic standing, a research statement indicating the relation of the trip to the project and feasibility of proposed budget relating to travel costs.  Apply by February 1, to the graduate office in the Department of History and include a budget, description of the travel and a research statement indicating the relation of the trip to the project.  Students registered in any Masters or Doctoral programs who are required to travel for research to access historical texts. Preference for students specializing in tourism history.

David Murray and James Snell OGS Fund:

The David Murray and James Snell OGS Fund assists History graduate students at the University of Guelph. The award was established to honor retired professors David Murray and Jamie Snell. Each year, $5,000 from this endowment is matched with other contributions to support one $15,000 Scholarship to a graduate student in history. Graduate Studies consults with the Chair in History for a student recommendation.

Helen O'Reilly History Scholarship [Z5928]:

To commemorate Helen O'Reilly, a University of Guelph student and mother who entered university late in life and went on to pursue graduate studies in history, her family, with the aid of the Ontario Government's OSOTF program, has established a scholarship of up to $1000 annually. The award is given to a graduate student in the Department of History who has superior academic standing and demonstrated financial need. Apply to Student Financial Services with a completed Needs Assessment form by October 15. ACCESS AWARD.

John Galt Scholarships [Z5706]:

The John Galt Scholarships were established by the faculty of the Department of History with the aid of the Ontario government’s OSOTF program, to attract the most promising graduate students from Ontario to the MA and PhD programs in History. Two scholarships of $1,500 each are available. They will be awarded to entering students who demonstrate financial need who have maintained a minimum cumulative 80% average. A student can be awarded more than one scholarship and these may be paid over more than one year, but the offer may be made only at the point of entry into the program. The payment of the scholarship in succeeding years will be conditional on continued financial need and on the maintenance of a minimum cumulative 80% average in the previous two years. Apply by letter with a completed Needs Assessment Form to Student Financial Services by May 1. (ACCESS AWARD).

International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship:

This is a university-wide scholarship program awarded automatically to successful international PhD applicants. At $11,000 per year for up to four years, these scholarships essentially cover the difference between international and domestic tuition.

International doctoral students admitted to a full-time program with a minimum 80% (A-) admission average, and who are billed at international tuition rates, are eligible subject to meeting all other criteria. International doctoral students admitted with an average lower than 80%, and who meet all other criteria, will be eligible in the semester following successful completion of their qualifying exam, for the balance of the four-year period of eligibility as determined from the beginning of the doctoral program.

Ruth and Eber Pollard Doctoral Scholarships in History [E5677]:

Ruth and Eber Pollard were great supporters of the study of History in Guelph and at the University. Longtime activists in the Guelph Historical Society, where Ruth served as president and Eber vice-president for many years, and early providers of scholarships recognizing the excellent work of Guelph History undergraduates, the Pollards made provision in their will to found generous graduate scholarships in Canadian History. Each year, two awards of $10,500 each will be available to entering PhD students specializing in Canadian History. Students with a minimum cumulative average of 80% over their graduate studes are eligible. Applications to attend the University of Guelph will be considered as the application for this award.

    Scottish Studies Awards

Alexander H. Brodie Memorial Award [T5008] (Scottish Studies):

Gifts from friends of the late professor Alexander H. Brodie make possible financial assistance to an MA (or, if none is eligible, PhD) student for thesis research overseas related to Scottish Studies. Application should be made to the Interdepartmental Committee on Scottish Studies (c/o the Department of History) by March 15.

Clan Fergusson Graduate Research Travel Grant [T5638]:

An endowment fund has been established in memory of deceased members of the Clan Fergusson Society of North America. The initial donation was from the estate of Donald MacNish Ferguson, "a Scotsman to the Marrow..." The funds are used to provide travel grants totaling approximately $500 to Guelph graduate students to visit Scotland for thesis research. Registered graduate students with at least a first-class ('A-') average in the most recent two years of study whose thesis research relates to Scottish studies are eligible, including study in drama, English, family studies, history, philosophy and sociology. Students make application by December 10 each year, including an application form (available online in pdf. in the current Graduate Calendar) and a letter of reference from the principal adviser. Selection is by the Board of Graduate Studies Awards Committee in January each year, for travel by a registered student between February and the following January. Students who would be at or beyond semester 5 at the master's level or semester 7 at the doctoral level at the time they would be traveling are ineligible to apply.

Frank Watson Travel Scholarship [T5806] (Scottish Studies):

Dr. Cecily Watson and the Scottish Studies Foundation provide this $1000 Scholarship for MA and PhD students in the Scottish Studies Program who intend to visit Scotland for their thesis work. Applicants will be eligible after the successful completion of their comprehensive examinations. Preference will be given to PhD students, but if no PhD students qualify, MA students with a minimum cumulative average of 80% (A-) will be considered. Selection will be based on relevance of intended travel to the student thesis work. Apply by February 1 for travel between April of current year and April of the following year to the Chair of Scottish Studies with an outline of the purpose and duration of travel to Scotland.

Scottish Foundation Graduate Scholarship:

Through the generosity of the Scottish Studies Foundation and private donors, and with the assistance of the Ontario government's OSOTF program, this scholarship has been made available annually to an Ontario resident with demonstrated financial need who enters the Scottish Studies Program at the University of Guelph. The scholarship provides $1500 in the first year and, providing the student maintains a Scottish Studies focus and an A- average, $1500 in the second year of study. Doctoral studies will be given first consideration. If none are eligible, Masters students will be considered. Eligible students should request the graduate committee of their Department or School to forward their names and application materials to the Scottish Studies Committee for consideration and submit a completed Needs Assessment Form to Student Financial Services by February 15. (ACCESS AWARD).

After students have been admitted to Guelph’s graduate History programs, there are a number of scholarships they may consider, some in the Department and some in the university (through the Faculty of Graduate Studies), but they will need to apply to Student Financial Services using an In-course Need Assessment Form if the awards are marked ACCESS. Some of these awards assist with research costs associated with travel such as that associated with archival investigations. (All these can all be viewed online in the University of Guelph Graduate Calendar (and using the search function at the university’s home web page.) Thus, students should also consider applying for:

Ted Cowan Scholarship [T5650] (Scottish Studies):

Prof. Cowan, for many years chair of Scottish studies in the Department of History, made major contributions to raising the awareness of Scottish studies both in the academic world and among the public as a whole. The award funds were raised by private donations and a grant from the Scottish Studies Foundation. In even numbered years, $500 is awarded to support research travel for a Guelph student in Scottish studies. PhD students who have completed or anticipate completing their qualifying examination, and MA students who have completed two semesters, may submit an application, including proposed research trip budget and statement of research plan, to the graduate coordinator of the department of registration by Sept. 1. Preference will be given to PhD students.

St. Andrews Society of Toronto Travel Award in Scottish Studies:

Please contact Scottish history faculty members.

Students should also examine the awards section of the Graduate Calendar for other potential financial assistance, such as:

  • the Richard and Sophia Hungerford Graduate Travel Grants,

  • the Arthur D. Latornell Graduate Research Travel Grants,

  • the University of Guelph Research Travel Grants

  • the Registrar's Research Travel Grants, Child Care Grants and Research Grant for Graduate Students

  • and the College of Arts Graduate Research Bursary


The Department of History at the University of Guelph also offers the following awards (no application necessary):

Department of History Graduate Essay Prizes [I5647]:

$100 will be awarded in May to three students who have written (i) an outstanding thesis, (ii) an outstanding major paper, and (iii) an outstanding course essay during the preceding twelve months. Students do not apply; all theses and major papers will be considered. Instructors will nominate course essays. Prizes may not be given out in each category every year.

Tri-University Doctoral Program Annual Prize for the Best Historiographical Paper [I5674]:

This $100 prize will be awarded each fall to the graduate student in the Tri-University doctoral program in History who has authored the highest quality historiographical paper submitted in a Tri-university seminar during the previous Fall, Winter, or Spring semesters. The selection committee may decide not to give the award in any year where, in the committee's judgement, there is not a paper of sufficiently high quality. Selection will be made by the Program Coordinating Committee.

Tri-University Doctoral Program Annual Prize for the Best Scholarly Paper or Article [I5675]:

A $100 prize will be awarded each fall to the graduate student in the Tri-University Program in History who has authored the best scholarly paper or article submitted for consideration by a conference or journal during the preceding academic year. Apply to the Chair, Department of History, by Sept. 1, submitting a copy of the paper or article and proof of its submission to a journal or conference. Selection will be made by the Program Coordinating Committee.

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