The Society of Graduate Students and the Grad Club offer a variety of programs designed to help students financially. Membership fees and Grad Club profits fund these programs. All subsidy applications are available online and in the SOGS office (UCC 260). Bursary applications are made available online only.
Here is a breakdown of the types of financial assistance SOGS provides its membership:
SOGS Bursaries are awarded three times annually to full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students (Masters or Doctoral) who have demonstrated financial need. The Society of Graduate Students bursary program is made up of three bursaries: SOGS Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) Bursary, Out of Province/Country (OOP) Bursary and Grad Club (GC) Bursary.
The OSOTF Bursary is valued at $1000 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from Ontario with demonstrated financial need.
The OOP Bursary is valued at $500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from outside Ontario with demonstrated financial need.
The GC Bursary is valued at $500 each. These bursaries are awarded to any SOGS member with demonstrated financial need. (NOTE: This Bursary is available as funds permit.)
Applications are completed on-line through the SGPS Graduate Student Portal. Deadline dates are: September 30, January 31, and May 31.
The Society administers a financial service aimed at providing emergency loans of up to $1,000. Loans are secured through post-dated repayment cheques. Students with more complicated financial needs should seek appropriate support from outside the Society. Please download the application from our Forms page.
Child Care Subsidy
SOGS provides limited subsidies of $400 per term to offset the cost of child care services. The confidentiality of all applications is assured, and the general statistical information that is collected is used in our ongoing lobbying of the University for improved childcare assistance and facilities. Applications must be completed and returned by the last business day of each term. Please download the application from our Forms page.
Travel Subsidies are awarded to a maximum of $500 based on demonstrated financial need. The information collected through this form is used by SOGS for internal statistical purposes. Confidentiality of all information will be maintained. Completed applications must be submitted within the term of the conference. Deadlines are the last business day of each term in April, August and the last day of operation before the Christmas break. Please download the application from our Forms page.
Peggy Collins Memorial Award
Awarded to a part-time graduate student in a part-time designated graduate program who achieves a minimum 78% academic average in courses completed. Preference will be given to individuals who are in the workforce full-time; have family commitments; 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. Established through Foundation Western.
Value: Up to 2 at $1,000, depending on funds available. Please download the application from our Forms page.
125th Anniversary Scholarship
The SOGS 125th Anniversary Scholarship is awarded once a year to four full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students. On the basis of academic achievement, research excellence, and community involvement, this scholarship is awarded to full-time Masters and Doctoral students who are receiving less in internal or external funding than the amount of full-time tuition. Masters and Doctoral Students can receive up to $1,250. Learn more on our Programs & Awards page.