History and Classics

Financial Assistance

FGSR Recruitment Scholarships

The annual FGSR Recruitment Scholarship competition attracts the best and brightest students to the University of Alberta. Nominations are made to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research by the Department based on eligibility and the excellence of applicants to our graduate programs. Because there are several nomination periods and deadlines during the recruitment/admissions season, prospective students are encouraged to ensure that the Department receives their complete applications for admission as early as possible.

FGSR Recruitment Scholarships webpage

Teaching and Research Assistantships

The Department of History and Classics annually appoints a number of graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships at stipends from about $4,000 to about $15,000, for services requiring three to twelve hours per week for sixteen weeks in each of the Fall and Winter terms (essentially eight months of the year). This work usually consists of marking or doing research for a faculty member. Partial appointments on a pro-rated basis may also be made. At the time of application for admission, prospective graduate students should indicate whether they wish to be considered for an assistantship, but no appointment will be offered until the student is formally admitted to graduate studies.

The two primary criteria for allocating graduate assistantships are the needs of the Department and the merit of the individual student. Ranking of students by merit is generally done in conjunction with decisions on admission, and this ranking takes into consideration the applicant’s statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, record of awards and publications, and GPA (not necessarily in that order).

PhD students

It is the regular policy of the Department to grant a full (twelve-hour) assistantship to all PhD students for each of the first four years of their program, provided that satisfactory progress is being made (see below) and the student does not have external funding in the form of a major award. Holders of major awards will not receive an assistantship during the period of the award. Students may decline an assistantship in part or in full if circumstances dictate.

Progress in the PhD program

Year 1 Course work, FGSR ethics training requirement, PD requirement
Year 2 Written and oral comprehensive examinations, Dept language requirement
Year 3 Candidacy, thesis research
Year 4 Thesis research and writing
Year 5 Final draft of the thesis, final oral examination

Continuing PhD students are required to apply for those external awards for which they are eligible (FGSR General Awards, Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships, External Sources) before they can be considered for Departmental support, and their continued support may be jeopardized by failure to apply for awards for which they are eligible.

MA students

The Department is not able to fund all MA students. The normal level of assistantship for an MA student is six hours a week.

Student Teaching

The Department considers teaching experience part of doctoral training. Within budgetary constraints and taking into account Departmental needs, PhD students will be allowed the chance to teach at least one and possibly two single-term courses as Primary Instructor. Only one of the two courses may be at the 400 level and neither course can be world history. Normally, only one course can be taught in any particular calendar year. Normally, PhD students must have passed their candidacy to be considered for teaching, but in the Spring and Summer terms they may teach before their candidacy examinations, provided they are making satisfactory progress and have written permission from both their supervisor and the Associate Chair (Graduate Studies). The Graduate Teaching Coordinator will review course outlines, is available to give advice about classroom instruction, and evaluates at least one class to provide constructive feedback. The Graduate Teaching Coordinator also holds seminars for both first-time and experienced graduate Primary Instructors.

The Department encourages graduate students to participate in the new Graduate Teaching and Learning Program.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships

The number of QEII Graduate Scholarships that the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research awards each year varies, depending on funding from the Government of Alberta. To be considered, a student must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident who is already in a graduate degree program in the Department or who has been recommended for admission to a graduate program by the Department.

Students submit a completed QEII application form (together with the required supporting documents) - using the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research template - to the Department, which is assigned a quota at both the MA and PhD levels. The Department then ranks and nominates recipients to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, which verifies eligibility, approves the award, and notifies winners directly.

The QEII Graduate Scholarship competition is held in the Winter term. The internal Department deadline for the receipt of completed applications is well in advance of the date on which nominations must arrive in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Students will be advised of the Departmental deadline via email; it will also be posted on the Departmental graduate webpage.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)

Government of the Province of Alberta
Value: $15,000 (September 1 start); $7,500 (January 1 start)

Eligibility: Candidates must be registered full-time in the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth year of a doctoral (PhD or equivalent) degree program during the tenure of the award. Tenure of the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) may begin September 1 for an 8-month period at a value of $15,000, or January 1 for a 4-month period at a value of $7,500. Nominees must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater over the most recent 15 units of course weight (departments may elect to set a higher minimum GPA) and must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of nomination. All fields are eligible for funding. Recipients of major awards are not permitted to concurrently hold a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Master’s)

Government of the Province of Alberta
Value: $10,800 (September 1 start); $5,400 (January 1 start)

Eligibility: Candidates must be registered full-time in the first, second or third year of a master’s degree program during the tenure of the award. Tenure of the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Master’s) may begin September 1 for an 8-month period at a value of $10,800, or January 1 for a 4-month period at a value of $5,400. Nominees must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater over the most recent 15 units of course weight (departments may elect to set a higher minimum GPA) and must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of nomination. All fields are eligible for funding. Recipients of major awards are not permitted to concurrently hold a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship.

FGSR General Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research administers three General Awards: the Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize, the Dissertation Fellowship, and the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship.

Students submit a completed General Awards application form (together with the required supporting documents) to the Department, which is assigned a quota for each award. The Department then ranks and nominates applications to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The FGSR Graduate Scholarship Committee adjudicates the University-wide competition and notifies winners directly.

The General Awards competition is held in the Winter term. The internal Department deadline for the receipt of completed applications is in January, in advance of the date on which nominations must arrive in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Students will be advised of the Departmental deadline via email; it will also be posted on the Departmental graduate webpage.

Additional information on the General Awards, including the online application form, can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize

Endowed by the University of Alberta and named for Andrew Stewart, President of the University of Alberta from 1950 to 1959 under whose administration the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research was created.
Value: $5,000

Eligibility: Available to full-time PhD candidates who have completed two or more years of their PhD program and are actively engaged in thesis research at the time the award is offered. Major scholarship holders may apply unless restricted by the granting agency. A student may hold the award only once. All fields are eligible for funding. No restrictions on citizenship. Approximately twenty-five awards are granted each year. Selection is based partly on academic merit, but research accomplishment while registered in a doctoral program at the University of Alberta is the major criterion.

Dissertation Fellowship

University of Alberta
Value: $22,000 plus tuition and fees up to the maximum cost for registration in the equivalent of 9 normal credit weights in courses or thesis research per term (or Thesis 919) during the Fall/Winter Terms (September to April), as well as the International Graduate Student Differential Fee, if applicable.

Eligibility: Designed for students who have a firm expectation of completing a doctoral program within 12 months following tenure. Recipients must commence their tenure between 1 May and 1 October, and must pass their candidacy examinations before taking up the award. No other duties, teaching or otherwise, may be undertaken, and recipients must be working full-time on their program. Recipients are not eligible for any further assistance from scholarship or assistantship funds after the conclusion of the 12-month tenure. No restrictions on citizenship. All fields are eligible for funding. Up to 20 awards are granted each year.

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship

This is the most prestigious graduate award administered by the University of Alberta. Every effort is made to honor the criteria set out in the will of Dorothy Killam. It was Mrs Killam’s desire that those awarded scholarships and fellowships be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in their profession. Killam scholars should not be one-sided and their intellect should be complemented by a sound character.

Value: $27,000 a year plus tuition and fees up to the maximum cost for registration in the equivalent of 9 normal credit weights (equivalent to 18 fee index units) in courses or thesis research per term (or Thesis 919) during the Fall/Winter Terms (September to April), plus $700. The scholarship also will cover the International Graduate Student Differential Fee, if applicable. There is also a one-time $2,000 research grant.

Eligibility: Offered to outstanding students registered in, or admissible to, a doctoral program. Applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate work (master’s or doctoral level) before start of tenure; tenure to begin 1 May or 1 September. Granted for two years (subject to review after the first year). No restrictions on citizenship. All fields are eligible for funding. Approximately 12 awards are granted each year.

FGSR Travel Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research offers three travel assistance awards: the Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award, the J Gordon Kaplan Graduate Student Award, and the Profiling Alberta’s Graduate Students Award. They are offered at a maximum value of $1,100 for master’s students and to a maximum value of $1,300 for doctoral students depending on the travel destination and the estimate of eligible expenses.

The purpose of these awards is to help students expose their research results and conclusions to peer review, test ideas with acknowledged experts, etc. The trip should be a highlight of the student’s research program and will involve attendance at a major national or international research gathering where the student must be actively participating by presenting a paper or poster session, exhibiting work, or participating in a panel discussion.

Travel awards are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. If all available funds have been spent prior to the end of the fiscal year, no additional applications will be accepted. Eligible students may receive a maximum of one travel award during a graduate program. Students apply by submitting a completed travel award application form and supporting documents directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research no earlier than six weeks prior to the travel date.

The travel award application form, which contains complete information on eligibility requirements, is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

External Sources

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The major source of external funding for graduate students at both MA and PhD levels is the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Students submit a completed SSHRC application form (together with the required supporting documents) to the Department, which is assigned a quota for MA but not PhD nominations by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The Department then ranks and nominates applications to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Its Graduate Scholarship Committee adjudicates the University-wide competition and informs those whose applications will be forwarded to Ottawa for the national competition.

The SSHRC competition is held in the Fall term, with the internal Department deadline for the receipt of completed applications in early October, in advance of the date on which Departmental nominations must arrive in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Students will be advised of the Departmental deadline via email; it will also be posted on the Departmental graduate webpage.

NOTE: Applications must be fully complete with all necessary documentation by the Departmental deadline, and students should make early arrangements to ensure that letters of support and transcripts are available on time. Incoming students at times find it difficult to manage this in their first month on campus, making it advisable to consult the SSHRC webpage prior to September in order to become aware of the requirements and to take necessary steps before arriving on campus.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Department participates in the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship competition inaugurated in 2009. The program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students (Canadian and international) by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. Valued at $50,000 a year for up to three years, the Vanier is one of Canada’s most prestigious graduate awards. The Department is proud to have one of twelve Vanier Scholars at the University of Alberta from the inaugural competition.

Students are normally invited to apply by the Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), although students may independently contact the chair to express interest. For further details, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.