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Graduate funding

Students may receive funding in many forms, as fellowships, teaching assistantships, grants and scholarships.

MA in Film Studies

The Program is committed to providing scholarships–awarded on a competitive basis–to incoming students. We offer a series of bursars, tuition-waivers, and Teaching Assistanships which, beyond the monetary compensation, also provide young scholars with a unique opportunity to actively participate in undergraduate teaching.  Moreover, many of our faculty members holds research funds which allow them to hire ad hoc Research Assistants for specific projects such as bibliographical research, translations, editing, web-development, etc.

The program is able to offer fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 per year, as well as Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to incoming students on competitive basis.

Canadian applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out doctoral fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanties Research Counsel of Canada (SSHRC). 

Québec residents can also seek doctoral fellowships from Fonds de recherche sur la societe et la culture Quebec (FQRSC).

Note: Students must apply for these external funds in the Fall months preceding their application to the MA program.

MFA in Studio Arts - Film Production

Financial support is available to qualified candidates in the form of University Fellowships and Scholarships. These awards are competitive and based on recommendations by the faculty. Students who have not received significant funding from fellowships or awards are eligible for paid Teaching or Lab Assistantships, Production and Research Grants. 

Bolstered by one of the largest undergraduate film programs in Canada, MHSoC offers ample opportunity for teaching experience. Teaching Assistantships provide graduate students with training in teaching a wide variety of courses and studio practices. In addition, the School reserves a limited number of courses to be taught, or co-taught, by graduate students. These are generally given to students in their third year of study on a competitive basis. Graduate students who receive teaching assignments are paid in accordance with the University Part-Time Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

For more information about fellowships and awards consult the Studio Arts website.

The Susan Pigott Fellowship was established for the purpose of encouraging and rewarding an Undergraduate or Graduate student enrolled in Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. This award is for Indigenous candidates who are also residents of Canada.

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies

The PhD program offers merit-based fellowships and provides many opportunities for teaching in the undergraduate BFA program in Film Studies. Many students are also offered opportunities to collaborate with faculty members as research assistants. The PhD program has a very high success rate in obtaining doctoral scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQR-SC).

Inquiries about other funding opportunities may be directed to Concordia’s School of Graduate Studies.

Students who are planning to apply to the PhD program are advised to consider external funding opportunities prior to program’s application deadlines:

Incoming students who receive major external awards (SSHRC or FQR-SC) will be offered top-up funding valued at $10,000 from the School of Graduate Studies.

For international students

Additional information on financial support and awards may be found in the brochure “Awards for Study in Canada” produced by the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

Additional external financial support is available through the MELS program of the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture.

Other funding

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