Financial Support

The Society of Graduate Students and the Grad Club offer a variety of programs designed to help students financially. SOGS also administers academic programs that promote graduate student research and recognize the contributions graduate students make as teachers. 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.

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Graduate Student Teaching Awards

Each year, SOGS recognizes the efforts of our extraordinary TAs who dedicate themselves to teaching and the education experience of students at Western University with the Graduate Student Teaching Awards. Twenty awards of $500 are presented annually to graduate students, divided equally across the divisions of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Award recipients are selected by the GSTA Committee based on the results of standard evaluations and written comments provided by nominees’ students. Starting in 2005-06, the nomination and evaluation process is completed entirely online. Award nominees and recipients were recognized at a reception held in early May. The awards are sponsored by the the Society of Graduate Students, PSAC 610 (the Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Union), and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Most Recent Recipients (2015-2016)

Kristy Townshend   Linguistics
Cliff Davidson   Sociology
John Caldwell   Political Science
Natalie Trevino   Sociology
Thomas Randall   Political Science
Adam Roy   Music Theory
Ana Boler   Modern Languages and Literatures
Emna Fourati   French Studies
Grant Dempsey   Media, Information and Technoculture
Kristopher Ohlendorf   Media, Information and Technoculture
Nole Hiebert   Physiology and Pharmacology
Michael Hodgson   Kinesiology
Samantha Aman   Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Samantha Whiteside   Microbiology and Immunology
Joshua Frank   Biology
Justin Szoke-Sieswerda   Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert Green   Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Servos   Computer Science
Sarah CoDyre   Earth Sciences
Jane Wilson   Earth Sciences

Western Research Forum

Established in 1987, the Western Research Forum (WRF) is an annual, multidisciplinary conference organized by the SOGS Academic Committee and held at The University of Western Ontario as an opportunity for the dynamic and prodigious graduate students in all disciplines to showcase their innovative research and creative products to their colleagues and other members of the UWO community.

This year, the theme of interdisciplinarity encouraged students to share their research in a manner that is accessible to all, not just those who are well versed in their field. Students were able to engage in networking and professional development opportunities at the conference.

Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Joint Fund

Research Western, the Society of Graduate Students, and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of Western Ontario.

No more applications to the joint fund for the 2015-2016 year will be accepted as the fund has been completely allocated. Applications will reopen in May 2016.

While graduate students present their research in numerous venues on and off campus, this fund 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 $4000 each to a jointly-administered fund, designed to aid these events. Applicants may ask for a maximum of $1,000 in support of graduate student research and scholarship.

Please download and complete the application (Word document or PDF format) and return it in person or by email to the Society of Graduate Students, with all additional materials.

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 $4000 to the Joint Fund for a total of $12,000. The maximum amount that will be awarded to each successful application is $1,000.

Western Graduate Review

The Western Graduate Review is a podcast/radio show that SOGS produces. The show is currently being remodeled to encourage more graduate student participation. We’re moving from a print format to a live radio talk show! Western’s radio station, 94.9FM CHRW, has agreed to allow SOGS to host a monthly talk show to discuss graduate student research in a style similar to Bob MacDonald’s “Quirks and Quarks.”

Please be patient as we train our hosts and prepare our first show. All members will be notified when the show is 100% up and running. To learn more or listen to the show please visit the Western Graduate Review website.

If you’re interested in hosting the show, or presenting your research, then please contact the VP Academic.

125th Anniversary Scholarship

The SOGS 125th Anniversary Scholarship is administered by the Academic Committee of the Society of Graduate Students. The Academic Committee will award the scholarships as it sees fit, using grade point average and contributions to the academic community as criteria in their evaluation.

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 $1250.00 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 (PDF)

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.

A value of $1,800 is awarded to one recipient. The application form is available to download.

SOGS Bursaries

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 $1500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from Ontario with demonstrated financial need.
  • The OOP Bursary is valued at $1500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from outside Ontario with demonstrated financial need.

Applications are completed on-line through the SGPS Graduate Student Portal. Deadline dates are: September 30, January 31, and May 31.

Emergency Loans

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 Documents 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 Documents page.

Travel Subsidy

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 Documents page.