Graduate Student Funding

Several kinds of financial aid are available for full-time MA and PhD students. Students who wish to apply for financial aid should request information when submitting the application for admission to the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. Acceptance to the program is not equivalent to a guarantee of financial assistance.

UMGF - University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

An award currently valued at $18,000 per calendar year for study leading to the PhD degree, and $14,000 per calendar year for the MA degree, provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in a university-wide competition. Provided that the student has maintained high grades and made satisfactory progress in a full-time graduate program, and budget permitting, University Fellowships may be renewed annually through the second year of study in the MA program and through the fourth year of study in the PhD program. (PhD students must have made appropriate applications to the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Program.) Students beyond the second year in the Master's program or beyond the fourth year in the PhD program are not eligible to apply for or hold a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. New applicants to either the MA or the PhD programs will be considered for this award automatically. No separate award application is necessary. Competition for this award is rigorous.

Current students must contact the department to obtain a UMGF application.  Departmental deadline is mid-January with exact date to be announced.

More information on the UMGF may be found on the FGS website here.

Teaching Assistantships

Full-time students registered in the PhD program may apply for positions as Lecturers or Seminar Leaders in first-year literature courses. Teaching appointments may be renewable—subject to course availability, progress in program, academic standing, teaching evaluation, and contract regulations. Because all graduate teaching assistants are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, terms of appointment, salaries, and dates of appointment are governed by the union contract.

To view current postings and obtain an application form, visit the Human Resources employment opportunities website.

SSHRC - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada is eligible to apply for a SSHRC Doctoral or Master's CGS Fellowship. At the present time, the award is $ 20,000 per annum for the Doctoral competition and $17,000 per annum for the Master's CGS competition. Applications generally must be made through the Department of English in October for awards for the following year.  May not be held with UMGF. Application forms and information is available from the SSHRC website,

Department Scholarships

Aaron Jenkins Perry Memorial Scholarship: Awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in the MA program, preferably one specializing in Old and Middle English.

Caroline Berbrayer Graduate Fellowship: to a graduate student showing outstanding promise.

Cheryl Lamoureux Memorial Prize: for the most outstanding thesis proposal submitted by a Master's student in the Department of English

Dane Nordheim Memorial Award: Awarded annually to a full-time student in Faculty of Graduate Studies in the first year of the M.A. in English program, who has successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English at the University of Manitoba, with good academic standing and demonstrated interest in creative writing.

Dr. John Rempel Memorial Scholarship: to a full-time outstanding graduate student in the MA or PhD program who has achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 based on the last 60 credit hours of study. Preference will be given to a student with a special interest in Shakespeare, satire, or humour.

Dr. Vernon B. Rhodenizer Scholarship: Awarded annually by the English Department to an outstanding graduate student.

John Meredith Robinson Memorial Scholarship: for a full-time student enrolled in the first year of the Master of Arts degree program in English with good academic standing and pursuing graduate research in British Modernism, the novel or any period of British Literature prior to 1900

Lyla May Guest Hugill Scholarship in English: to an outstanding student beginning full-time study toward an MA in English.

Margaret H. Tyler Award in English: to a student entering the first year of study in the PhD program in English who achieved the highest standing on admission criteria to the PhD program in English.

Nancy Moncrieff Scholarship in English: for a full-time student in the first year of study in the Master of Arts program in the Department of English who achieved high academic standing as an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Arts degree program at The University of Manitoba

Professor Sidney Warhaft Memorial Award: for the best scholarly thesis submitted by a student graduating with an MA in English.

Robert Kroetsch Award:  Awarded for the best creative thesis submitted by a student graduating with an MA in English.

The Drummond Fellowship: Awarded every other year to an outstanding PhD student who is pursuing Canadian Studies.

Weil Fellowship: Awarded to a PhD student in English who shows great promise for teaching and research, demonstrates ability in at least two distinct areas of literature and whose scholarship shows commitment to flexibility and openness.

Departmental bursaries

Financial need is the primary consideration for bursary awards (as opposed to scholarships which are primarily based upon merit). N.B. In order to be eligible for bursaries, students must have filed a University of Manitoba General Bursary application by October 1st through their Aurora Student account. For more information on bursaries or other financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Awards, 422 University Centre, or visit their website:

Dr. Doris B. Saunders Graduate Bursary: Awarded to full-time MA or PhD students in any year of study with good academic standing and demonstrated financial need.

Marjorie Hoole Bursary: Awarded to students enrolled in an undergraduate or Pre-Master's program in English.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

These awards are available from several sources to recipients of a recent doctoral degree in literature.  Further information is available from:

Office of Research Services
244 Engineering Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg , Manitoba , R3T 5V6
Phone (204)474-8418

More Awards Information

Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards web site for more information regarding the above awards and the following:

  • loans offered by Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments (Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only)
  • other awards available to students
  • awards available for international students

Now available: a university-wide searchable awards database.