[Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, 100 Years]

Graduate Programs


SSHRC | UGS | Dean's Scholarships | GTF | GSF | Other Awards


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Master’s scholarships are currently valued at $17,500 per year. The Departmental deadline for SSHRC applications routinely falls at the end of the first week or beginning of the second week of November. Forms and application information are available online <http://www.sshrc.ca/web/apply/students_e.asp>.

Application is an involved process, but students determined on an academic career are well advised to apply. You will need to initiate this process yourself and develop a research proposal. The Graduate Chair and your supervisor can provide guidance in the application process. This is a highly competitive and prestigious funding avenue; you should consider it a priority and invest significant effort in your application.

Eligibility for SSHRC Master’s scholarships is restricted to citizens and permanent residents of Canada, who have completed or are about to complete a bachelor's degree, or are already pursuing a master's degree. See the SSHRC website for eligibility details and application procedures.

Philosophy students currently registered at the University of Saskatchewan must submit their completed SSHRC applications to the Department of Philosophy by the November deadline. Applications are reviewed and ranked and then forwarded to the CGSR, which ranks applications from all disciplines prior to submission to SSHRC.

Students finishing their M.A, and applying for PhD programs are also strongly advised to apply for SSHRC funding.

University Graduate Scholarships (UGS)

University Graduate Scholarships for Master’s students are currently $16,000 per year, renewable for a second year provided that the student maintains an 80% average and is in good standing in their program. Minimum eligibility requires at least an 80% average in the last two years of completed study or last 60 c.u.; students pursuing the MA-by-coursework option are not eligible for this award. UGS students may be required to do up to 4 hours/week of work for their department Students do not apply for UGS funding directly. Eligible students will be nominated by the department; students with averages below 85% are, however, unlikely to be successful. In addition to the Department’s nomination, this competition requires an application form [pdf, 253 kb.] that should be sent to the Graduate Chair no later than the first week in February.UGS students are required to submit an annual report in mid-May of their first year in order to renew the award. The form for this report can be found on the CGSR website

Dean’s Scholarships

A Dean’s Master’s Scholar will receive $18,000 in the first year of his/her program and the department or supervisor will guarantee an additional year at the same level of support, pending satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. This matching support may require some service depending upon the source of funding. While receiving support from the Dean’s Scholarship fund, students may be expected to provide a maximum of 4 hours per week for 2 terms during a 12-month period. Because Dean’s Scholars are expected to apply for national, preferably Tri-Council, awards, it is appropriate to apply the standards used in recommending candidates for these awards. To be eligible, the student’s entrance GPA, as determined by the College of Graduate Studies and Research, must be at least 85.0%. Students pursuing the MA-by-coursework option are not eligible for this award.

Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF)

Graduate Teaching Fellowships are funded by the College of Arts and Science. Their current value is $16,900 (which includes a summer stipend of $4,000). GTF funding is renewable for second year, provided the student is in good standing in the program and maintains an average of at least 80%. GTF students are required to work for the Department, to a maximum of 12 hours/week. This work typically involves acting as a tutorial leader, staffing the Philosophy Help Center, and/or grading undergraduate essays and tests. GTF Students in their second year are especially encouraged to prepare and deliver one lecture per term. Students pursuing the MA-by-coursework option are not eligible for this award.

Graduate Service Fellowships (GSF)

Graduate Service Fellowships are advertised and funded by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. They involve employment of varied sorts for various academic units, and are generally open to any graduate student at the U of S, though in any given case they may have specific requirements or qualifications. Students pursuing the MA-by-coursework option are not eligible for this award.

Note: Tuition wavers are not available for students at the Master’s level of study.

Other Awards

The College of Graduate Studies and Research directly administers a number of specialized scholarships and awards. Amounts and eligibility criteria for these awards are various. Students should consult the list available here.

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