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Graduate funding

External Sources of Funding

Canadian students are encouraged to apply for SSHRC fellowships (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council). Quebec students should also apply for FRQSC fellowships (Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture).  More information is available here

Students starting their degree program who at the same time receive full external fellowships/scholarships from one of these designated provincial and federal granting agencies are offered a prestigious Special Entrance Award during the first year of tenure of their External Award. 

International and Canadian PhD applicants are encouraged to apply for Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships, or for Vanier Scholarships. Competitive doctoral merit scholarships are also available from PBEEE for foreign nationals. Additional information on awards offered to international students may be obtained from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

Concordia Awards and Scholarships

Entrance Awards 

Students are automatically considered for entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required. 

The Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence exempts students from paying international tuition fees. However, they remain responsible for the payment of tuition fees at the regular Québec rate. This award is disbursed over the eight terms of tuition fees payments.

A limited number of Concordia University Doctoral Graduate Fellowship and Concordia Merit Scholarship are also offered.  Doctoral Graduate Fellowships pay an annual stipend for four years. Merit Scholarships are disbursed in the first year.

Get more information on entrance awards

Departmental In-Course Awards  

Departmental Donor Awards:

  • Allyson Kassie ($2,500 need-based) 
  • Balvir and Ranjna Singh ($1,500 merit-based) 
  • Prof. Jaleel Ahmad ($3,500 in International Economics) 

Assistantship Awards

The Department also offers Teaching Assistantships (TAs) to all full-time PhD students. The TA stipend varies; it is around $3,500 per term (Fall and Winter terms only). 

Qualified graduate students may also be hired to serve as tutors for selected core courses (e.g., introductory micro and macro, intermediate micro and macro, advanced micro, macro and econometrics). These carry a similar stipend to that of TAs in both terms.

Funding opportunities in the form of Research Assistantships (RAs) are also available to Doctoral students. The level of funding for research assistants varies. Once at the thesis writing stage, Ph.D. students are encouraged to discuss this option with their supervisors. 

Conference travel funding is available from various sources. Awards from different sources may be combined together. Eligibility for funding depends on the number of terms spent within a program; terms on leave do not count.

For all travel funding, you must have a paper accepted for presentation at the conference and apply well in advance of the conference. Travel funding is not available for student conferences.

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