Funding Options and Opportunities

There are two main sources of funding – external and internal. Some funding may be awarded to you upon entry to the program, some is based on recommendations from the Department. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for some types of funding, either through Carleton University or to an external funding agency.

To learn about the funding options available to you:

External Funding

There are a number of prestigious external awards available from national and provincial agencies (i.e. OGS, Tri-Council). For information on applying for external awards from these agencies, visit FGPA’s External Awards site.

Students must apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) at the institution where they plan to be registered in a Masters or Doctoral program in 2015-16. Note that each institution will have it’s own forms and deadlines. Our application instructions and forms can be found here. For additional information, refer to our OGS Application FAQ.

OGS applications must be submitted by December 1, 2016 in hard copy to:
Etelle Bourassa
Graduate Administrator
Department of Psychology
B557 Loeb Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6


Submission Deadlines M.A. Ph.D.
SSHRC December 1, 2016 October 14, 2016
NSERC December 1, 2016 September 30, 2016
CIHR December 1, 2016 October 1, 2016 due directly to the agency

Masters Competition use the Research Portal*

Important information for Master’s students: The Canadian Institute of Health Reseach (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) implemented a harmonized Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Master’s Award. Please refer to the Tri-Agency website for comprehensive information on the harmonized application and complete eligibility criteria.

Internal Funding

Type Eligibility Selection
Teaching Assistanceship (TAship) Graduate student in psychology Incoming students with GPAs over 10.0 may be offered a paid TA position.
*Note that this is taxable income.
Research Assistanceship (RAship) Graduate student in psychology Supervisors may offer their students a Research Assistant position at any time during their program based on funds available and need.
Entrance Scholarship Incoming graduate student in psychology Offers to incoming students with GPAs in the top percentile may include an entrance scholarship.
Departmental Scholarship Incoming graduate student in psychology Offers to incoming students with GPAs in the top percentile may include
a departmental scholarship.
Graduate Student Travel/Research Bursary Graduate students in financial need who require assistance to conduct or disseminate their research Students must apply for the bursary through the department. Applications
are available online via Carleton Central. Go to Student Services > Awards and Financial Assistance > Graduate Online Application Forms.