English and Film Studies

PhD Funding

Funding (for in-program students)

At the University of Alberta, PhD students received a guarantee of funding for four years, and MA students (course-based or thesis-based) receive one guaranteed year of funding. To secure additional funding, students can apply for external funds such as SSHRC while they are in-program. The Graduate Program provides workshops and other supports to help students win external funding. See the MA Funding for details.

Students are also automatically considered for internal awards offered through the University.

PhD students are encouraged to apply for the following awards:

FGSR Scholarships and Awards 
$5,000-$35,000 annually. Includes Killam, Andrew Stewart and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Awards.
Deadline: Late-January

Forms: See the FGSR Scholarships and Awards page

University Research Travel and Conference Awards

FGSR has Graduate Travel Awards 

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) has awards and bursaries, including for research travel.

Sarah Nettie Christie Travel Fund - The Sarah Nettie Christie Fund is an endowment given to the Department of English in 1988 by former English student Norma Bell Christie in memory of her mother. Part of the Christie Fund is dedicated to supporting conference and research travel for PhD students.

Students can apply twice for each category if they are in good standing and are not on a program extension. Amounts are:

  • $2000: research travel excluding conferences
  • $1500: conference travel

Deadlines are ideally October 15 and April 15, but applications can be assessed at other times. For information, contact the Graduate Program Administrator or the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies.


Christie Application Forms