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Funding

Visit Laurier's Scholarships and Bursarsies page for university-wide scholarship and bursary information.

Grades-Based Awards

Campbell/Verduyn Prize for Film

Granted to a full-time Film Studies major entering Year 2 with the highest academic standing.

Jim Cark Prize in Drama

Full-time honours English majors entering Year 2 or 3 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 10.0 and demonstrated interest in drama through course work or participation in a dramatic production.

Barbara Parker Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to students who have completed EN324: Canadian Women's Writing with continuting registration at Laurier.

Princess Cinema Award

Awarded to a full-time Film Studies major with the highest overall GPAs entering Years 2, 3 and 4.

Flora Roy Scholarships

Awarded to full-time honours English majors with the highest GPAs entering Years 2, 3 and 4.

Paul Tiessen Scholarship in Film

Granted to a full-time senior undergraduate student who has completed Year 3 of the honours or combined honours BA in Film Studies with the highest cumulative GPA in all Film Studies courses. In the case of two or more candidates presenting the same GPA, the scholarship will be granted to the candidate who has the highest cumulative GPA in all completed courses.

Writing Awards

Chris Heard Memorial Writing Prize

Granted to the undergraduate student in Year 3 or 4 of any program who is judged by the Department of English and Film Studies to have submitted an original piece of prose writing (fiction or nonfiction) of less than 2,000 words that most demonstrates command of the language, ingenuity and originality. Submissions must be made directly to the chair of the department by email with a request to be considered for the Chris Heard Memorial Writing Prize.

Submission deadline: March 15.

Weldon and Misser Prize in Poetry

Eligible candidates will be full-time undergraduate students in Year 2, 3 or 4 of the honours English program who have a minimum GPA of 9.0 (B+) in Laurier English courses. Candidates will be judges on essays written on teh subject of poetry as part of their senior coursework in Years 2, 3, or 4 (the nominated essay can be from the current or previous academic year). Essays will be nominated for consideration by course instructors to the chair of the department for consideration.

Submission deadline: March 15.

Financial Needs-Based Awards

An application and budget are required for each of the awards listed below. Applications are completed through LORIS. Application deadlines are mid-October.

Margaret Fulton Award

Granted to full-time English majors in Year 2 or 3 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 10.0 (A-).

Lennard Family Award in Honours English

Granted to full-time English majors in Year 3 or 4 who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 9.00 (B+)

Gerald A. Noonan Memorial Bursary

Granted to full-time English majors in Years 2, 3 or 4 who have strongly demonstrated interest in Canadian literature and creative writing who have high academic standing.

George and Agnes Roy Award

Granted to a full-time combined honours Communication Studies and Film Studies major with the highest cumulative GPA at the end of third year (minimum 9.0/B+).

Other Awards

Jerry D. Young Bursary Fund

Full-time undergraduate students registered in the English program; satisfactory academic achievement; Canadian citizen, permanent resident (landed immigrant) or protected person; long-term resident of Ontario; proven financial need.

Graduate Funding and Awards

Master's Students

Few other programs in the country offer their master's students first-hand teaching experience in the form of Teaching Assistantships. We offer our MA students a highly competitive guaranteed funding package, ranging in value from $13,000 to $16,000.

Students are expected to apply for any financial awards for which they are eligible. Consequently, some students may enter the master's program with a SSHRC or OGS award. Students who enter the program with an external award are eligible for an incentive scholarship.

  • Laurier Graduate Scholarships, awarded on a competitive basis to full-time graduate students who achieve high academic standing. These scholarships are tenable for study at Laurier while enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), subject to provincial funding levels. These are competitive awards for which all students seeking graduate admissions should apply. Awards are based on merit.
  • SSHRC CGS MA Scholarships, awarded based on merit and subject to federal funding levels. These competitive awards should be considered as a potential source of funding for all students seeking graduate admissions.

PhD Students

Laurier has a minimum funding policy to support full-time doctoral students to a minimum of $19,000 per year for the first four years of doctoral-level study. Students are expected to apply for any financial awards for which they are eligible. Funding may come from a combination of sources (and can differ from student to student), such as Laurier scholarships, external scholarships and on-campus employment income from teaching or research assistantships.

Financial support for our full-time PhD students is available from several sources including:

  • Teaching Assistantships for the fall and winter term are available to all full-time students. Funding is also available in the form of Research Assistantships.
  • Laurier Graduate Scholarships, awarded on a competitive basis to full-time graduate students who achieve high academic standing. These scholarships are tenable for study at Laurier while enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships, subject to provincial funding levels. These are competitive awards for which all students seeking graduate admissions should apply. Awards are based on merit.
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. These scholarships are awarded based on merit, and are subject to federal funding levels. These competitive awards should be considered as a potential source of funding for all students seeking graduate admissions.

Departmental Travel Funding

  • MA and PhD students who are attending a conference may apply to the department for travel funding once a year (May 1 to April 30).
  • The department will subsidize travel costs for the amount of $350 if you are presenting a paper and $150 if you are attending a conference or performing administrative duties (such as chairing a session).
  • If you attend a second conference in the same year, you may apply for further funding, which may be granted if funds are available.
  • If eligible to do so, students should apply first to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies using the Travel Award Application.
  • Students may also apply for funding from the Graduate Students' Association.

Hugh MacLachlan Scholarship

Granted to students who have graduated from the honours English program and are enrolled in graduate studies in English.

Contact Us:

Graduate Program Coordinator

E: Lynn Shakinovsky

Senior Administrative Assistant

E: Joanne Buchan

General Inquiries

E: ENFSGradProgram@wlu.ca

Graduate Studies Committee Members

E: Sandra Annett
E: Mariam Pirbhai
E: Katherine Spring