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We strive to offer most of our MA students a highly competitive funding package. This can range in value from $11,000 to $15,000 for domestic applicants. Students are expected to apply for any external financial awards for which they are eligible. Because of this, some students may enter the MABE program with a SSHRC or OGS award. Consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies page concerning application requirements and deadlines for major external award competitions.

There are two endowed scholarships for MABE graduate students.

John and Ann Weir Award of Distinction (Incoming Students)

The John and Ann Weir Award of Distinction was established by Dr. John A. Weir, president emeritus of Laurier and chair of the Department of Economics (1968-1978), his wife Ann and their family.


The scholarship is based on financial need. Contact the department at for more information about the application process and deadline.


Full-time graduate students entering the MABE program; high academic standing in undergraduate studies; Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person; long-term resident of Ontario; proven financial need. The student must have been in the province for at least one year, without being in full time post-secondary studies in order to meet the provincial requirement.

John R. Finlay Memorial Scholarship

The Finlay Scholarship was established in memory of John Finlay, a member of the Department of Economics from 1969 to 1992. Among his accomplishments, his work as chair of the department was instrumental in the development of well-respected academic and research programs.


The award is granted to the student who achieves the highest overall GPA exceeding 10.0 (A-) at the end of the second semester.

Teaching Assistantships

Many students are eligible for positions as teaching assistants (TA) within the Department of Economics as part of their graduate funding package. You will be advised of your eligibility for a TA position with your offer of admission. Generally, one TA spot will require you to work 130 hours assisting Economics professors with such duties as marking, holding office hours and leading tutorial sessions. Students may qualify for up to two TA positions over the first two academic terms. In order to best match our graduate students with TA positions, you will need to complete the Teaching Assistantship Preference Form.