Western University offers generous financial assistance to qualified graduate students. Normally, graduate students in Spanish are offered a Teaching Assistantship (worth $9,464 for the 8-month academic year) and a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (presently $3,536 for MA students; $10,536 for international MA students to offset the higher international tuition fees) in each year of the two-year program. Students in the PhD program are guaranteed a minimum financial package (from all sources) of $12,000 plus tuition for four years. Teaching assistants work 10 hours per week or about 280 hours for the full academic year.
In addition, applicants with outstanding records will be nominated for special scholarships offered by the University's Faculty of Graduate Studies. These include the Graduate Tuition Scholarship, which pays the full cost of tuition. International students with an "A" average qualify for the International Graduate Student Scholarship, which pays the difference between tuition fees for Canadian and international students. Information about the range of scholarships and bursaries provided for graduate students at The University of Western Ontario can be found on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external awards such as Canada Graduate Scholarships (available to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents), Ontario Graduate Scholarships (available to any student studying at an Ontario university), Commonwealth Scholarships and Canadian Government External Aid Scholarships (available to Commonwealth citizens). All of these awards, subject to certain conditions, may be held in conjunction with Teaching Assistantships and some other awards offered by the University.