Trent provides a minimum level of funding for the first four years of our doctoral students' programs comprised of Research Awards and Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Further financial support may be available in the fifth year of the program. Additional internal scholarship support in recognition of outstanding academic performance is also available. We encourage all applicants to apply for external scholarships provided through granting agencies such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program, SSHRC and the Trudeau Foundation. In addition, Trent has a variety of means of supporting graduate students including the provision of teaching assistantships, research assistantships scholarships and bursaries.

Program Specific Awards

The Ph.D. in Canadian Studies is grateful to have the support of donors who have made available the scholarships listed below. These funds are granted at the time of admission and are assessed automatically.

Eugene Forsey Scholarship
Named in honour of Senator Eugene Forsey, activist and constitutional expert, former Chancellor of the University and member of the Board of Governors. Awarded to deserving students entering the MA Program in
Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies to pursue their work on questions of importance to the country Eugene Forsey loved so much.

Ian and Margo Nelson Graduate Scholarship in Canadian Studies

Named in memory of Ian and Margo Nelson by their parents Gayle and John Nelson. Awarded to a PhD student in Canadian Studies with a special interest in the history and development of Ontario.

Mary Northway Graduate Award in Canadian Studies
Established in honour of Mary Northway (1909-1987). Based on the recommendation of the Programme, these funds will be distributed to graduate students in Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies. Priority will be given to qualified incoming PhD students, but MA
students are also eligible for lower amounts of funding. Any one individual award in any one year will not normally exceed $5,000. OSOTF guidelines apply.

Quaker Oats Company of Canada Limited Graduate Scholarship Program in Canadian Studies

These scholarships were established by the Quaker Oats Company of Canada Ltd. Awarded to a deserving student entering the first year of the Canadian Studies PhD program.

John Henry Wadland – Canadian Studies Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Established to honour the work of Professor John Wadland and recognize his leadership and commitment to the field of Canadian Studies. The recipient is in the first year of the Canadian Studies PhD program and may continue the scholarship in their second year subject to academic performance. It may be awarded for OGS matching funds for a Trent scholar.

Alan Wilson Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship
Established in 2009, in honour of Dr. Alan Wilson, founding chair of both the History and Canadian Studies programs. Awarded to Trent graduate students in the Canadian Studies PhD, History MA, and Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies MA graduate programs. These scholarships will be offered to students with outstanding academic records.

Shelagh Grant Endowment for Northern and Arctic Research

To celebrate the opening of The School for the Study of Canada at Trent University, we are pleased to announce a new graduate travel and translation fund for an exceptional incoming doctoral student who wishes to undertake research in northern or Arctic contexts (i.e. any regions in Canada north of 50 degrees latitude). In addition to Trent’s generous regular funding package, the School will provide a guaranteed research travel and translation allowance of up to $20,000 to be used over the course of our four-year PhD program (offered jointly with Carleton University), made possible by the Shelagh Grant Endowment. Preference will be given to a candidate whose research shall focus on one of the following thematic areas in Canadian northern or arctic contexts: history; archaeology, anthropology and cultural heritage; human ecology/climate change; borders and security; or aging, health and well-being. This funding opportunity is open for applicants to the 2017-18 academic year. For further information please contact Professor Joan Sangster, Director of the Frost Centre at


PhD students in Canadian Studies at Trent have an enviable success rate in winning scholarships. Our students have been awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Canadian Graduate Scholarships, Trudeau Scholarships, and several other major discipline-specific awards and fellowships.

For more information about funding and financial support visit

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies M.A. students GTAs typically help with undergraduate course instruction in the Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies departments. GTAs may lead seminar groups in courses in Canadian Studies, Indigenous Studies, and other associated departments and programs, or do marking. GTA work commitments are limited to a maximum of 10 hours per week.

Graduate students find these GTA assignments useful in several respects: for those interested in pursuing further graduate studies, TAing provides exposure to the stimulation and challenges of university teaching. TAing also broadens contact with the larger Trent community, offering opportunities to meet faculty, staff, and students, and to become engaged with the larger project of university research and teaching.

Research Work

Prospective students can explore opportunities to enhance their funding and gain work experience in the summer months with research assistantships. Consult the following list of professors, with their research areas, and if you are interested, contact the professor directly to ask about future opportunities.

May Chazan email - Canada Research Chair in Gender and Feminist Studies. opportunities for student research through internships, research assistantships, training opportunities, and forms of collaboration. Areas of interest: activism, community mobilization, and social change; community-based and feminist methodologies; oral history; digital storytelling; activist archiving; intergenerational alliances; solidarities across difference (including Indigenous-settler alliances); politics of (grand)motherhood; and aging.  her research website:

Joan Sangster email - women's and social movements, feminism, work and society, social policy

Mark Skinner email - Rural aging; Rural health care; Rural community sustainability; Voluntarism and the voluntary sector; Community-based research; Trent Centre for Aging & Society