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Graduate Funding at the School Irish Studies

Building on the growing number of graduate students attracted to Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, the School of Irish Studies, with the generous support of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation, is delighted to announce a major new funding initiative for incoming Master’s and PhD students. All students supervised by faculty or fellows in the School of Irish Studies in any discipline (History, Literature, Theatre, etc.) or in interdisciplinary programs (HUMA, INDI) are eligible to apply. 

Successful applicants can secure up to $20,000/year for 4 years for a PhD, or $12,000/year for two years for a Master’s, by combining Irish Studies financial support with other sources of funding (e.g. external grants, Graduate School and/or program fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, etc.) during the first four years of a PhD or two years of an MA degree.

IMPORTANT: To apply, applicants should first visit the webpage of the School of Irish Studies for the research interests of faculty and fellows, as well as information on graduate programs at Concordia and the full range of funding opportunities available. In the first instance, applicants should make informal contact with the appropriate professor in Irish Studies and then apply to the specific program in which they plan to enroll.  Applicants who have been accepted into their program, have applied for all available funding, and have agreement to work with a professor or fellow in School should then apply to Irish Studies for funding.

All awards will be made at the discretion of the School of Irish Studies in consultation with the School of Graduate Studies and the relevant Graduate Program Director. 

Evaluation Criteria for Graduate Funding

Applicants may be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or international students.  They may apply for entrance or in-course scholarships at the MA or PhD levels, and it is expected that they will have received matching funding from the Concordia program to which they have applied.  Except in unusual circumstances, funding will be dependent on full time registration.  Ongoing funding will be dependent upon remaining in “good academic standing”. MA scholarships are normally intended for research-based degrees.

The School of Irish Studies Graduate Studies Graduate Scholarship Committee will evaluate applicants solely on academic merit, measured by:

  • past academic results, as demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
  • relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as demonstrated by conference presentations and scholarly publications, as listed on the applicant’s CV;
  • copies of the three letters of references submitted with the application to a specific department or program;
  • one sample of academic writing; and
  • the ranking of the department or the committee of the interdisciplinary program to which the applicant has been accepted.

Note:   These eligibility requirements re subject to review and modification from time to time, at the School’s sole discretion.  These awards are subject to cancellation at any time, at the School’s sole discretion.

Download the application form for Graduate Irish Studies Funding here.

Funding Opportunities at Concordia University and in Canada

Graduate students at Concordia can access several types of competitive funding: fellowships, awards and assistantships from the Faculty of Arts and Science, its departments, and the School of Graduate Studies. They also have opportunities to apply for a federal and/or provincial grant as well as other external awards and scholarships. Beyond these opportunities, Irish Studies graduate students are eligible for various scholarships and other sources of funding offered by the SCIS. All of these opportunities are discussed in more detail below.

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers, on a competitive basis, recruitment fellowships to new students ($7000 for one year in M.A. programs and $12,000 per year for three years at the Ph.D. level). In addition, graduate students are eligible for teaching assistantships through their departments and research assistantships with faculty members and research centres in the Faculty.

Incoming students who win external awards (e.g. SSHRC, FQRSC) are offered top-up funding from the School of Graduate Studies ($6,000 for M.A.s and $10,000 for Ph.D. students). Doctoral students are also eligible to receive $15,000 for one year following the expiry of their external award. The School of Graduate Studies also provides thesis completion awards to select doctoral students on a competitive basis.

For further information on the range of awards and funding opportunities offered through the School of Graduate Studies.

The Graduate School website also has a Graduate Awards Directory that can help you find additional funding opportunities. 

Students seeking funding from provincial or federal sources should visit the following sites and allow 4-6 months to prepare their applications and research dossiers:

Students applying to Concordia from elsewhere in Canada should be aware that tuition rates in Quebec are among the lowest in North America. In particular, at the Ph.D. level, all Canadian students and permanent residents pay Quebec fees regardless of their province of origin or domicile at the time of application.

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