Funding Graduate Studies in Economics at the University of Calgary

In this fifth article of the series, we will look at the various funding opportunities for graduate studies in economics at the University of Calgary. In the previous four articles, we have seen how you can pursue graduate studies in economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Florida, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Calgary.

These graduate degrees have included the MA in economics, the PhD in economics and whatever else the university calls the graduate degrees in economics on their campus. As promised in the last article, in this one we will look at how you can fund your graduate studies (both MA and PhD programs) at the University of Calgary. Read on for more information.

The options for funding are indeed many. There are scholarships, Teaching Assistant ships (TA ships), Research Assistant ships (RA ships) etc. There are various factors on which the availability and the quantity (extent) of funding depend. These are the program in which the student is enrolled, the academic record of the student and the quality of his/her overall application and the ability of the student to seek out funding opportunities.

The good news is that all full time graduate students in the department of economics are considered for financial assistance in the form of TA ships. However, not all get it, and that is the bad news. Students are given TA ships on the basis of their academic achievements.

A student who is provided Teaching Assistant ship has to work for at least 12 hours in a week. Half TA ships (which require 6 hours of working pr week on part of the student) are alo provided to students as required and available. The present valuation of Teaching Assistant ship awards stands at $7,356 per semester.

The University of Calgary also provides Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) to deserving students working on their theses. The present valuation of GRS grants stands at $1,050 per month for 4 months.

Research Assistant ships (RA ships) are also provided to the students as available and these RA ships help the student to get a head start in not only deciding on the topic of their thesis, but also on working on the actual thesis itself.

Some other annual scholarships include the following:

  • Department of Economics Alumni Graduate Scholarship
  • Economics Society of Calgary Graduate Scholarship
  • Frank Mink Economics Graduate Scholarship
  • John M. Dalgarno Memorial Scholarship
  • Stephen G. Peitchinis Memorial Graduate Recruitment Scholarship

Funding is not difficult to obtain as there are a lot of options available. However, students need to be on the look out for the various funding opportunities.


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