There are many funding opportunities for graduate students, including:
- Departmental teaching and research assistantships
- Concordia University awards and fellowships
- Opportunities Through Research Centers/Networks
- Federal and Provincial funding through the SSHRC and FQRSC programs, respectively. For specific application requirements, please visit the graduate funding section of the Concordia website.
- Graduate Fellowships Starting in 2021-22
- Montefiore Graduate Fellowship (Israel Studies) (MA or PhD level)
- MA fellowship: Ethnic Diversity and Immigration in the Canadian Provinces
Financial Aid programs are also available to graduate students. Learn more.
Departmental Teaching Assistantships: Open semester competitions
All current graduate students and new applicants are encouraged to apply for teaching assistantships. PhD receive teaching assistantships for the first three years of their program as part of their funding packages. MPPPA students will be funded as far as possible, but typically are not considered beyond the second year of study in the program.
The department offers two levels of teaching assistantship.
GRADE 1 – Tutorial Leader
Grade 1 Teaching Assistants are required to perform a 130 hours of marking during the term and may be called upon to grade final examinations. In addition to 130 hours of marking. Grade 1 Teaching Assistants are required to attend lectures, lead seminars and to hold regular office hours during the term.
GRADE 2: Tutorial Leader
Grade 2 Teaching Assistants are required to perform 130 hours of marking during the term and may be called upon to grade final examinations. In addition to 130 hours of marking, Grade 2 Teaching Assistants are required to attend lectures and to hold regular office hours during the term.
Departmental Research Assistantships: Open competitions
See the tab below Graduate Fellowships Starting in 2018-19 for a list of the various research opportunities in the department. Students apply for all research assistantships directly to the faculty members administering the grant.
Department Travel Funding
All students currently registered in a Political Science BA, MA, MPPPA, or PhD program in good academic standing are eligible for travel funding to present at a conference or attend a specialized training program at least once in their academic career (total number of grants depends on type of program and funding availability). Completed applications for funding must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the start date of the conference or training program. For full details to be found in the application form, click here.
The following list only highlights some of the available funding for graduate students at Concordia. For a more comprehensive list of funding opportunities, including deadlines for application, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Awards Directory.
Special Entrance Awards and Awards of Excellence
Offered to students who accept their offer of admission to Concordia and have received a fellowship/scholarship offer from one of the designated provincial or federal agencies (SSHRC or FQRSC). At the doctoral level, students receive a Special Entrance Award valued at $10,000 in the first year of tenure of their external award. At the master’s level, students receive a Special Entrance Award valued at $6,000 in the first year of tenure of their external award.
Faculty of Arts and Science Fellowships
The Faculty of Arts and Science offers, on a competitive basis, recruitment fellowships to incoming students valued at up to $7000 for one year in MA programs and $12,000 per year for three years at the PhD level. In addition, graduate students are eligible to hold teaching assistantships through their departments and to work as research assistants with faculty members and research centers in the Faculty.
Concordia University International Tuition Fee Remission Awards
This award exempts students from paying tuition fees at the international student rates, however candidates will be expected to pay tuition fees at the regular (Quebec) rate, as well as foreign insurance. These awards are valued at 11.25 credits per term.
Concordia University Open-Competition
There is an Open Competition for select awards for which all students are eligible. These awards range in value from $2,500 to $20,000 per year, and are granted based on the applicant’s ranking in the competition.
Supplemental Funds for Conferences
Funds are available to registered graduate students for presentations at major scholarly conferences, or artistic exhibitions in a peer-reviewed or juried context. Download the Department of Political Science Travel Support Form here. Deadlines are announced during the academic year. Learn more about conference funding & download forms.
Antoine Bilodeau and Mebs Kanji are members of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, a FRQSC regroupement stratégique , that brings together a group of scholars from five Québec universities, who work on research related to democratic citizenship. The purpose of the Centre is to develop interdisciplinary and multiple methodological perspectives in the study of challenges that democracies face in a rapidly changing world.
The Centre’s main goals are to promote scientific research on fundamental questions relating to democratic citizenship, to contribute to policy debates on strengthening democracy both in Canada and abroad, to take a leadership role in the development of large-scale cross-national research projects, and to provide an enriched training environment for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Graduate students working under the supervision of Professor Bilodeau or Professor Kanji can become student members of the CSDC and hence be eligible for various sources of funding, including travel grant, training grants, and research grants,
For more information about these funding opportunities please contact Professor Bilodeau or Professor Kanji or visit the CSDC website: http://csdc-cecd.ca/resources/csdc-student-funding/
All applications and recommendation letters MUST be submitted electronically to FQRSC and applicants must submit a cover page, the official transcripts, copy of medicare card, as well as the copy of IMM1000 (for Permanent residents only), to the Graduate Awards Office (M-205) in mid-October. Please check the FQRSC website for this years deadline. At the time of application, a candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have been a resident of Quebec for at least one year. Both master’s and doctoral students are eligible.
Note: The MA competition requires a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA.
M.A. (B-1 competition) $15,000
Duration: Two years after initial registration in the graduate program.
Ph.D. (B-2 competition) $20,000
Duration: To a maximum of three years.
Applications to SSHRC must be submitted to the Department if the student is currently registered at Concordia. Those submitted through the University are first ranked at the Departmental level, and then sent to a University Committee where a set number of applications are chosen to send on to national competition. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
For the MA fellowship, GPA must be 3.7 or over for the last two years of full-time study.
M.A. Scholarship Value: $17,500
Deadline for Submission to the Department: mid-October. Confirm specific date with Graduate Program Assistant.
Doctoral Fellowship Value: $20,000 - $35,000. (The top-ranked winners are awarded “Canada Graduate Scholarships,” worth $35,000 per year, for three years; the regular doctoral fellowships are worth $20,000 per year, for up to four years).
Deadline for Submission to the Department: mid-October. Confirm specific date with Graduate Program Assistant.
Harvey Shulman Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Political Theory
The Department of Political Science at Concordia University (Montreal) invites applications for up to two Harvey Shulman Memorial Graduate Scholarships in Political Theory. Each scholarship is valued at $5000.00. The scholarship is not renewable.
The Harvey Shulman Memorial Graduate Scholarship was established by Celia Shulman, wife of the late Harvey Shulman. Professor Shulman was Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science as well as co-founder of the Liberal Arts College. He researched and taught American politics, Jewish political thought, political philosophy and American political theory.
Eligible candidates include all full-time students admitted to pursue an MA or a PhD in Political Science at Concordia University for the academic year 2022-2023 who intend to focus their research in the field of political theory. Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students are all eligible. Applicants should state in their statement of purpose that they wish to be considered for the scholarship. No further application is required.
Deadline for application is February 1st, 2022 (together with the graduate application).
2021 Immigration and Politics Entrance Scholarships
The Centre for the Study of Politics and Immigration (CSPI) at Concordia is offering two (2) excellence scholarships for incoming students to MA or PhD programs in political science at Concordia. Each award is valued at $5,000 CAD.
This scholarship aims at supporting students interested in conducting research, under the direction of one or several of CPSI-affiliated faculty, on topics such as: immigration policies, immigrant political integration, nationalism and immigration and other topics at the intersection of politics and immigration. This opportunity is limited for students intending to commence their studies in the fall of 2021. CPSI-affiliated faculty that can direct students are : Antoine Bilodeau, Mireille Paquet, Chedly Belkhodja and Daniel Salée.
To apply, interested students should:
· Clearly indicate their interest to be considered for the scholarship in their statement of purpose;
· Indicate the name of the CPSI-affiliated faculty they would like to be supervised by in their statement of purpose.
Please contact Dr. Antoine Bilodeau (email@example.com) for further information.
· Applicants to the graduate program in Public Policy and Public Administration (MPPPA) will not be considered for this scholarship. It is only available to applicants to the MA and PhD programs in political science;
· The scholarship is open to international students, permanent residents and Canadian citizens;
· The language of instruction at Concordia is in English but students can write their work in French, members of the CPSI all speak and conduct reseach in French.
Bourses d’études 2021 sur la politique et l’immigration
Le Centre pour l’étude de la politique et de l’immigration (CÉPI) de l’Université Concordia offre deux (2) bourses d'excellence destinées aux étudiants entrants aux programmes de maîtrise ou de doctorat en science politique à l’Université Concordia. Chaque bourse est d’une valeur de 5 000 $ CAN.
Cette bourse vise à soutenir les étudiants intéressés travailler sous la direction des professeurs affiliés au CÉPI sur des sujets tels que : les politiques d’immigration, la politisation de l’immigration, l’intégration politique des immigrants, le nationalisme et l’immigration ainsi que tout autre sujet à l’intersection de la politique et de l’immigration. Les professeurs affiliés au CÉPI qui peuvent diriger des étudiants sont: Antoine Bilodeau, Mireille Paquet, Chedly Belkhodja et Daniel Salée.
Cette bourse est offerte aux étudiantes et étudiants qui entameront leurs études au département de science politique de Concordia à l’automne 2021.
Pour postuler, les étudiants intéressés doivent:
· Soumettre une candidature au programme de maîtrise ou de doctorat en science politique de l'Université Concordia (date limite le 1er février 2021);
· Indiquer clairement leur intérêt pour la bourse dans leur demande d’admission (le mentionner dans le « statement of purpose »);
· Préciser le nom du professeur affilié au CÉPI par qui ils souhaitent être supervisés dans leur demande d’admission (le mentionner dans le « statement of purpose »).
Contactez Antoine Bilodeau (firstname.lastname@example.org) pour plus d’information sur ce programme de bourses.
Cette bourse est seulement offerte aux candidats à l’admission du programme de maîtrise en science politique et du programme de doctorat en science politique. Les candidats au programme d'études supérieures en politiques publiques et administration publique (MPPPA) ne sont pas admissibles à cette bourse;
La bourse est ouverte aux étudiants internationaux, aux résidents permanents et aux citoyens canadiens;
La langue d’enseignement du département de science politique de l’Université Concordia est l’anglais. Les étudiants peuvent toutefois rédiger en français et les professeurs affiliés au CÉPI parlent couramment le français.
Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies' Montefiore Graduate Fellowship
- The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is pleased to offer Montefiore Graduate Fellowships annually in the amount of $7,000 each. Our competition cycle for the 2021-22 academic year is now open!
- In order to apply, students must submit a completed application form, a curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation from the thesis or dissertation supervisor and one additional letter of recommendation from a Concordia University full time faculty member. Applicants must also submit a 500-word essay that explains how their current or proposed thesis or dissertation is related to Israel Studies.
- In order to be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must be registered in a graduate program at any Department at Concordia University. Students are not eligible to receive this fellowship in two consecutive academic years. Decisions about the applications are made by the Awards Committee of the Institute, which is chaired by the Director.
Deadline to apply is September 10, 2021
The contemporary politics of First Peoples/Settlers relations
Dr. Daniel Salée
This research program aims at documenting and analyzing the political and societal processes shaping the relationship between Indigenous peoples, the state and settler society in Canada.