The Don Wright Faculty of Music places great importance on helping graduate students finance their education. Annual Financial Support Packages are offered to eligible Music graduate students (5 terms for MMus and MA students, and 12 terms or 4 years for PhD and DMA students) to help offset the cost of tuition and ancillary fees.

The Financial Support Package may include support from a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS), external scholarship support (such as SSHRC or OGS), or employment such as a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. 

Western Graduate Research Scholarships (WGRS)

Eligible Master’s students receive a merit-based scholarship award (Western Graduate Research Scholarship) that is equivalent to a percentage of the cost of tuition (partial to full tuition) for five terms. To be eligible for funding upon admission, students must possess a minimum average of 78% (74% for the MMus in Literature and Performance).

Eligible doctoral students (PhD and DMA) receive funding (Western Graduate Research Scholarship) at least equal to the cost of tuition, plus $12,000 from all sources. This funding package normally includes a 1.0 Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

To be eligible for a WGRS, students must be registered full-time, meet our program requirements for progression (including maintaining an average of at least 78%), and be within their funding period. (See SGPS Regulations—Financial Support 5.03.)

Students who hold an external scholarship (e.g., SSHRC or OGS) may have their WGRS adjusted. Students whose residency status changes at some point during their program of study may have their WGRS adjusted.

WGRS funding is applied directly to the student tuition account (see your Student Centertwo or three weeks prior to the start of term, before tuition for the term is due. After tuition is paid, any credit due to the student will be paid via direct deposit (Electronic Fund Transfer) on the second Tuesday of each term. 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers a number of Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) appointments to graduate students in order to support our undergraduate curricula.

A 1.0 GTA involves teaching-related duties averaging 10 hours per week. GTA appointments in Music cover a wide range of activities, including:

  • assisting with the delivery of undergraduate courses in music theory, musicology, open-enrolment courses available to non-music majors, and General Integrated Musicianship (aural skills and keyboard harmony)
  • assisting with the delivery of undergraduate courses in music education, instrumental techniques, and choral techniques
  • assisting with the delivery of courses in performance
  • assisting with the major instrumental and choral ensembles
  • assisting with the opera program.

Students repeatedly cite their experience as a Teaching Assistant as one of the most rewarding aspects of their graduate program.

Externally Funded Fellowships and Awards

OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship) - $15,000

SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada) CGS Master’s (CGSM): $17,500

SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada) Doctoral Fellowship: $20,000

SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada) CGS Doctoral (CGSD):  $35,000

Eligible students are expected to apply for these external awards during their period of funding eligibility at Western. Details for each competition are provided by the office of the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) each year.

Additional Funding Sources

Conference Travel Support

Funding of up to $500.00 for travel to present a paper (or equivalent) at a conference or comparable event such as a professional workshop is available once per year.

  Conference Travel Support form (DOC, 19KB)

Doctoral Research Fund

The Doctoral Research Fund is available to senior doctoral students in Music to support research toward a PhD Dissertation or a DMA Monograph. 

  Doctoral Research fund form (DOC, 17PDF)

Global Opportunities Awards

The Global Opportunities Awards are $1,000 scholarships for international learning provided through generous donations matched by funding from Western. A number of donor-sponsored awards valued at $2,000 are also available. These scholarships enable more Western students to participate in exchanges, study abroad programs, international field courses, summer programs, international community engaged learning, field research, and more.

Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)

SOGS offers a variety of programs to help students financially.

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