Financial Support Overview

Funding Packages at SKHS

The School of Kinesiology and Health Studies offers guaranteed funding commitments for all full-time, funding eligible graduate students. These commitments are confirmed when graduate students are offered admission into our program. 

Our graduate funding packages include funding from a number of sources, including: 

  • Internal Awards or Fellowships: The most common Queen’s-based award is the Queen’s Graduate Award. 
  • Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Teaching Fellowships (TFs): employment-based funding opportunities to apply and teach skills in undergraduate courses. 
  • Research Assistantships (RAs): Employment-based funding opportunities to assist with faculty research. 
  • Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFs): Funding, usually from a student’s supervisor, dedicated for students to complete research activities related to their own thesis or research project. 
  • External Awards or Fellowships: Students are expected to apply for the competitive merit-based awards: Tri-Council Graduate Scholarships and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 

Funding Eligibility

SKHS graduate students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a funding package: 

  1. Guaranteed minimums apply to full-time master’s students registered in years 1-2 of their degree OR to full-time doctoral students registered in years 1-4 of their degree. 
  2. Eligible graduate students must remain in good academic standing. 

External Award Competitions

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

All eligible SKHS graduate students are required to apply for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).  Applications are due March 1 of each year. Applications will be used to nominate students for internal Queen’s Awards and Fellowships.

Eligible applicants: 

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada*
  • Enrolled in an eligible post-secondary institution in Ontario in 2024-25
  • Enrolled full-time an eligible graduate program in 2024-25
  • Applicants entering first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application must have an A- average in each of the last two completed years of full-time study. 
  • Applicants entering the third year and beyond of graduate studies at the time of application must have an overall average of A- on all graduate courses completed. 

* Visa Students. Foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa – student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted visa student awards. There will be a separate competition for visa students.

Scholarship value: $15,000 for one academic year, paid out in 3 equal installments. 

Tri-council (CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC) Awards

The Tri-Council is comprised of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Detailed information about applying can be found on each agency’s website. 

These prestigious awards provide significant funding for student research at Queen’s.

The University recognizes the success of those who receive Tri-Council awards by offering Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Awards of $5,000 to incoming Master’s students and $10,000 to incoming PhD students (both one-time payments). The Awards and Financial Assistance section of the Academic Calendar provides further information.