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Ph.D. Program Funding

Teaching Assistantships & Scholarships

All incoming Ph.D. students (both Canadian residents and all international students including those from the United States) are guaranteed funding for a full four years, which is the expected time of completion for the Ph.D. degree. This funding is subject to satisfactory progress in the program. Funding normally consists of a combination of three sources:

  1. All incoming students receive a McMaster Graduate Scholarship from the School of Graduate Studies, unless they have received external funding. This funding is, subject to sufficient progress in the program, automatically renewed for up to four years. Students who have received scholarship funding from other sources are ineligible for the MGS.
  2. Students are eligible to work as Teaching Assistants for courses in the Philosophy Department or occasionally a partner program.
  3. All graduate students are required to apply each year for scholarship funding from other sources in the form of both Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and Doctoral Fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Students applying to begin doctoral studies in Philosophy at McMaster are encouraged to apply for both OGS and SSHRC awards through their present university. McMaster Ph.D. students have had an excellent track record for receiving these awards as well as other sources of external funding.

The John E. Thomas Bursary

Funds from the Dr. John Thomas Memorial Bursary are used to assist graduate or undergraduate students who are enrolled in a philosophy program and demonstrate financial need. To be eligible, graduate students must be working on a research thesis which, in the view of the Department of Philosophy, is making, or promises to make a useful contribution to the field of applied ethics. Usually two bursaries are awarded annually, one in Philosophy and one in Health Sciences, in the amount of approximately $2,500 each.

External Awards

We require candidates to apply for all external awards for which they are eligible. The Department of Philosophy will ensure that graduate students are made aware of all external awards, the application procedure, and will help students through the application process.

Academic Travel Subsidies

Scholarly conferences provide an excellent opportunity to present the results of your research to the relevant philosophical community. Doctoral students should consider writing up their best work for submission to appropriate conferences. This is especially important for you if you hope eventually to get a university appointment. NOTE: The following entitlement is subject to the availability of funds.

Each graduate student who has a paper accepted at a peer-reviewed philosophy conference is eligible for funding up to $500, once a year. Please complete the Department of Philosophy Travel Funds application, which gives us a rough estimate of your anticipated expenses.

Graduate students wishing to attend (but not to present at) conferences considered by their supervisor to be central to their research activity should consult the Chair about the possibility of modest support.

In addition to the above, limited funds for conference purposes may also be available from the Graduate Students Association and the School of Graduate Studies Yates Scholarship Fund.