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Funding and Scholarships

To be considered for graduate funding, applications should be received before March 1st of the year preceding registration although applications can be accepted for admission up until July 1st for September registration and until November 1st for January registration. Funding is unlikely for applications received after March 1st.
All new M.A. students are automatically considered for financial aid in the form of fellowships or teaching assistantships awarded by the Department or by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No separate application is necessary. University Graduate Scholarships and Graduate Teaching Fellowships are available for a maximum of 24 months of total support for each M.A. student. New students are evaluated according to academic standing and promise as indicated in the application file.
Students are also encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

  1. The Dick and Mary Edney Masters Scholarship for International Understanding through the Humanities & Fine Arts:

Description: The aim of this scholarship is to enrich the cultural life of Canada by promoting the study of other cultures.
This scholarship is to commemorate Richard and Mary Edney, the parents of French Professor Emeritus David Edney.
Value: The initial grant of 12 months will be slightly above the amount of a University of Saskatchewan Masters Scholarship and may be renewed for a further 12 months. In addition an accountable expense grant (up to $1,000) and an accountable international (outside Canada and the US) travel grant (up to $3,000).
May not be held concurrently with a University scholarship, fellowship or other major scholarship.
Eligibility: Students should be in a Humanities or Fine Arts discipline (Drama, Languages and Linguistics, Literature, Art, Music, History, Philosophy, Religion or Native Studies). Students in Social Sciences may also qualify if a substantial part of their Master's work deals with culture in a part of the world outside Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, or with Canadian culture using a heritage language, that is, other than French, English, and indigenous languages.
Scholarship recipients will be:
·  full time students at the University of Saskatchewan
·  Canadian citizens or permanent residents
·  pursuing a Master’s degree which involves the culture of an area of the world outside Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand (However, students may also qualify if a substantial part of their work is cross-cultural, for example, a study of British literature written in Gaelic or Canadian drama written in Yiddish, or a study of an immigrant culture in Canada involving a heritage language (other than English, French and indigenous languages).
Academic standing is important (minimum average 78%), but candidates will also be judged on leadership potential, openness to other cultures and civic-mindedness.
Students must be proficient in a language other than English. The degree of language proficiency will be an important criterion, and preference will be given to those who make use of a language other than English in the Master’s program.
Application Procedure: A complete application must include the following:

  • Cover letter from the applicant (maximum 400 words) describing how their proposed work in one of the applicable areas of studies meets the aim of the scholarship: To enrich the cultural life of Canada by promoting the study of other cultures.
  1. The Dean’s Scholarship Program (recommendations have to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (Room C180 Administration Building) by 12:00 noon on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from December to March; the department will nominate students who start their M.A. Program in January during the December round)
  2. The Dean’s Graduate Student Travel Fund for conference travel support before April 15th.  For further information, students can consult the Director of Awards & Scholarships (Room C180 Administration Building), or the CGSR website.
  3. For a complete list of the funding opportunities provided by the College of Graduate Studies and Research visit http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/funding/.
  4. Students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are encouraged to submit an application for a SSHRC scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) during the year preceding their enrollment. Details are available at www.sshrc.ca.

Departmental Teaching Assistantships 

  • Departmental teaching assistantships may be awarded for the fall and winter terms. Teaching assistants are responsible for teaching support such as undergraduate tutorials, marking for junior level French courses or other duties as determined by the Department Head and Graduate Student Advisor. Current rate of pay is $18.51 per hour. They will also be encouraged to become active members of the French speaking communities, both at the university and at large.