In all cases, continued funding is dependent on good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress. Academic standing will be assessed by the Graduate Committee on the basis of a number of factors, including: fulfilling degree requirements; grades; students' annual progress reports; supervisor's and instructors' comments; participation in conferences and scholarly publications; conscientious fulfillment of any teaching or research obligations. Ordinarily, an A- average (3.70 GPA) in course work and timely progress in completing courses and thesis or dissertation research will be indicators of good academic standing.
Students receiving funding from the University and/or from CMSS, and indeed all CMSS students, are expected and encouraged to apply for all external funding for which they are qualified. This is particularly the case for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council scholarships and Open Scholarship Competitions. The University and CMSS funding of successful applicants for external funding will be adjusted, but in all cases it will be advantageous for the student to obtain the external award.
The Faculty of Graduate Students website maintains a list of awards and bursaries. University Research Services should be contacted regarding travel funding. The Graduate Students Association may also provide some travel assistance.
CMSS will normally provide competitive funding for each PhD student admitted to the program who applies for funding. Support may come from a variety of sources. Students in the PhD program will normally be funded for four years; the maximum period for completion of the PhD program is six years.
The Centre will normally provide competitive funding for MSS students who apply for funding. MSS students will normally receive funding for two years; the maximum period for completion of the MSS program is four years.
To be eligible for any type of award offered through FGS, you must meet the following requirements throughout the full award tenure:
- be registered and assessed fees as a graduate student (including Cotutelle) at the University of Calgary
- meet the terms of reference of the award
- accept the terms and conditions of the award, as set out in these regulations and the Graduate Scholarship and Award Regulations
To be eligible for any type of award offered through FGS, you must not:
- be fully funded by a third party sponsor making you ineligible under the Graduate Scholarship and Award Regulations
- hold or commence full-time employment during the tenure of the award; full-time defined by Statistics Canada as 30 hours or more per week*
- hold or commence employment when registered as a full-time student involving 612 or more hours per year when the total value of the award (or combination of awards) is equal to or greater than $15,000 (unless otherwise specified by the external granting agency). This annual hourly employment limit includes Graduate Assistant Teaching (GAT) and Graduate Assistant Non-Teaching GA(N)T work hours.*
* Students registered in a program structured for full-time employees, such as the Haskayne evening program, are eligible to hold program recommended awards (not including Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships).