Other Funding


The number of awards is determined by our graduate travel budget each year and the awards are approved on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, students are encouraged to submit requests as early as possible (at the planning stage of the trip) by submitting a travel reimbursement request form to the graduate program assistant.  

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) offers travel bursaries each term. Applications are reviewed by a SOGS panel at the end of each term to determine recipients. Application forms are available from the SOGS Office in room 260 UCC or on the SOGS Travel Subsidy link.


2020 Congress Student Reimbursement Information
For students accepted to present during Congress by the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) or another Congress-affiliated group.

1)      Information/Details:

Proof of acceptance to present required
Only one presenting graduate student author for each accepted paper is allowed
Only one presentation per graduate student is funded
If fees are covered by other funds (e.g. research grants to supervisors), student is not eligible to apply for this support
Students encouraged to register before the early bird registration deadline
Student is required to post presentation materials (slides, draft paper) on an open access platform, preferably scholarship@western, and participate in a post-conference event at Western in Fall 2020 that will promote and celebrate Western participation at Congress (details to follow)
Reimbursement will occur after student has presented (via travel claim/expense report)

2)      Example of covered costs to be paid upfront by student:

CSA 1 year student or postdoctoral fellow membership fee ($56.50)
CSA conference registration fee (student rate prior to March 31 = $75.00; rate as of April 1 = $95.00)
Or membership fee and conference registration fee for another Congress-affiliated association (e.g. CPS, etc.)

3)      Complete the following:

A “Grad Student 2020 Congress Travel Expense Reimbursement Request” form including:

o   Name and affiliation (program) required
o   Full citation details for the paper, including a link to open access publication of draft paper/slides or other material as appropriate

Print a copy of the form, attaching receipts, sign it, and obtain appropriate signatures
Also complete a Travel Expense claim (online) at the following link:  https://finance.uwo.ca/psp/fsprdweb/?cmd=login&languageCd=ENG&

Forward the signed form and receipts to Luan Chau
Luan will review the information and forward the claim to the Dean’s Office
If you require assistance with the travel expense claim process, please connect with Luan Chau, SSC 5307, extension 86050.

SOGS & GTA Union

Faculty of Social Science Graduate Research Awards Fund

The Faculty of Social Science Graduate Research Awards Fund (GRAF) is designed to support the costs of research undertaken by full-time graduate students enrolled in an approved graduate program leading to a research degree. Applicants must be engaged in doing research as part of their degree requirements to be eligible for a GRAF award. The Faculty of Social Science website provides details.

Department Graduating Student Award

Awarded annually to the outstanding graduate student in the Sociology program at Western, the Ellen Nilsen Award of Excellence honours the memory of one of our brightest and most beloved students.

Born in Montreal in 1963, Ellen was a graduate of London Central Secondary School and, in 1984, was awarded an Honours degree in Sociology at Western.  At the time of her tragic death in December 1990, Ellen was an A student in the Sociology graduate program and was working toward the completion of her Master's degree.

Students who complete the M.A. or Ph.D. in the year under consideration may be considered for that year's award. The award consists of a presentation plaque, the inscription of the student's name on the wall plaque in the Department, and a cheque in the amount of $350.

The student must have achieved a minimum overall 80% average during the program. The graduate program assistant will supply the selection committee with a copy of the student's transcript. Consideration will be given for participation in professional associations, departmental and university committees, volunteer work and other involvement in the community.

A complete application should include:

  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a short statement from the student outlining his or her extracurricular contributions
  • a recommendation from the student's thesis or research paper supervisor
  • up to two more (optional) recommendations solicited by the student or supervisor and sent to the graduate program assistant