Academic Awards, Scholarships, and Funds

SOGS is proud to support and celebrate our members’ academic achievements. Click on the titles below to learn more about our academic awards, scholarships, and supports.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant (GSTA) Award

Awards of $500 are presented annually to graduate students, divided equally across the divisions of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS). The awards are adjudicated by the Graduate Student Teaching Awards (GSTA) Committee. Find out more about the Awards, Ceremony, and past Award recipients here.


To nominate a graduate teaching assistant, fill out this survey (from December 1, 2018 to January 15, 2019)

125th Anniversary Scholarship

The SOGS 125th Anniversary Scholarship is awarded once per year to four full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students. On the basis of academic merit, research excellence, and community involvement, this scholarship is awarded to full-time Masters and Doctoral students.

Contribution to the academic community is to be defined as publications, academic conference participation and similar achievements. The above criteria being equal between two or more applicants, the Academic Committee may take into account the applicants’ contributions to the university community and the greater community.

The Academic Committee shall award four scholarships of $1500.00 each. Two scholarships will be awarded to Master’s students and two scholarships will be awarded to PhD students.

In order to apply for the scholarship, the applicant must be a member of the society. Additionally, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that he or she receives less in funding from the university and other academic sources (scholarships and bursaries already expected) than he or she pays in tuition fees.

Applications which demonstrate that students receive more in funding than they pay in tuition will not be considered. The applicant will be required to release their financial information from the university to be made available to the Academic Committee.

125th Anniversary Scholarship Application Form (PDF, updated April 2018)


Please note that award will be adjudicated by a committee comprised of SOGS members, whom have signed the Confidentiality Agreement to protect applicant’s confidentiality and privacy. SOGS confidentiality agreement document (PDF)

Peggy Collins Memorial Award

Awarded to a part-time graduate student in a part-time designated graduate program.   Preference will be given to individuals who are either in the workforce full-time; have family commitments; and/or are involved in the community at Western or the community at large. This award was made possible by generous donations from the family, friends and colleagues of Peggy Collins, a long-time employee of Western. It is hoped that this award will help to continue Peggy’s unending efforts to support others in their meaningful struggles to balance family, career and personal development.

Application: Provide an essay (max. 250 words) that demonstrates and focuses on balancing part-time graduate studies, full-time employment, family commitments, and/or community involvement.

Value: 2 at $1000 each, based on the essay

Deadline: February 12th (11:59 pm) to VP Academic at
Recipients will be selected by the SOGS Academic Committee in consultation with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Academic Joint Fund for Support of Graduate Student Research and Scholarship

The Academic Joint Research Fund, also known as the Academic Joint Fund for Support of Graduate Student Research and Scholarship, was initiated to help support the creation of events (conferences, lectures) that bring external participants to share their research and interact with Western graduate students.

Research Western, the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) have formed a partnership, annually contributing to $6,000 apiece to a jointly administered fund, designed to aid these events. The maximum amount awarded to each successful application is $1,000.

Please download and complete the application (Word document or PDF format) and return it in person or by email to the SOGS VP Academic, with all additional materials at least one month prior to the event.

Applications accepted throughout the year.

Joint Fund FAQ:

  1. What is the purpose of the Joint Fund for Graduate Student Research and Scholarship?
    The Joint Fund was developed to help graduate students and departments to bring conferences to Western that allow graduate students at Western to showcase their research. The Joint Fund can also be used to bring in external speakers to speak to and interact with graduate students. Please note that the committee does not look favourably upon events requesting money primarily for food.
  2. Does the Joint Fund support travel to conferences outside of the London area? 
    No. If you are a student looking for a way to support conference travel please apply to the SOGS Travel Subsidy.
  3. How much money is available?
    Research Western, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and SOGS each contribute $6000 to the Joint Fund for a total of $18,000. The maximum amount that will be awarded to each successful application is $1,000.

Thesis Completion Fund (2018)

The Thesis Completion Fund is a collaborative, one-time awards program between SOGS and Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 610 (PSAC 610) to help members of the Society of Graduate Students.

Based on academic merit and research excellence, and financial need, its aim is to provide assistance to graduate students beyond the end of their funding packages.

  • ACADEMIC MERIT and RESEARCH EXCELLENCE: Valued at $500 each, total of 17 available. Assessment of application is based on grades in graduate school at Western (25%), contribution to research (25%), and answers to questions listed in the application (50%).
  • FINANCIAL NEED: Valued at $500 each, total of 10 available. Assessment is based first and foremost on unmet financial need, as demonstrated through information provided on financial resources and total fees. In the case that this criteria is inadequate to distinguish between applicants, the information provided in the Questions section is considered.

SOGS and PSAC 610 advocate for proper funding according to the needs of each graduate students.

The application (please print one-sided only to help with distribution during adjudication) is due in paper form no later than December 7, 2018 at 4 pm to The Society of Graduate Students, Middlesex College, Room 8, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B7.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail SOGS VP Academic, Jina Kum, at

Please note that award will be adjudicated by a committee comprised of SOGS members, whom have signed the Confidentiality Agreement to protect applicant’s confidentiality and privacy. SOGS confidentiality agreement document (PDF)