Awards & grants

Decisions about financial support for students are made as soon as possible after the offer of admission is made. Separate applications are not necessary. We support full-time graduate students by departmental scholarships, by remuneration for working as a teaching assistant in undergraduate classes, and occasionally by working as a research assistant with a Classics faculty members. Our level of support is competitive with other Canadian Classics departments.

Students applying to Dalhousie's Department of Classics are expected to apply for any major external awards for which they are eligible – a list of some of these can be found below. We realize that most applicants will be considering offers from multiple universities, and we encourage applicants to stay in close contact with the graduate coordinator when considering any competing offers.

Awards, scholarships, and grants

Full-time graduate students in Dal's Department of Classics are supported by scholarships that rely on a number of funding sources, including the Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Fund, the Killam Trust Fund and the research grants of the supervisors.

There are several awards for which current graduate students in Dalhousie University’s Department of Classics are eligible:

  • Governor General's Gold Medal Award Competition
  • A.S. Mowat Prize – application deadline – April 1
  • Phi Kappa Pi Joe Ghiz Memorial Award – application deadline October 31

Graduate students registered in the Classics Department are eligible to apply for support from both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Department of Classics for conference travel. PhD students can also apply for support for research travel.

Institutional and national scholarships

Scholarship Availability Nomination/application deadline
SSHRC graduate scholarships National November
Desmond Conacher Scholarship (Classical Association of Canada) National Early April
Killam Scholarship Institutional February
Eliza Ritchie Doctoral Scholarship for Women Institutional February
James Robinson Johnston Graduate Entrance Scholarship for African Canadians Institutional May 15
Nova Scotia Black and First Nations Graduate Entrance Scholarships Institutional May 15


Further information

Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies funding opportunities section for a comprehensive list of your options for financial support while a Dalhousie graduate student.