Financial support

Many scholarships and grants are available to students. Options and conditions are outlined below. For many scholarships, the Department screens candidates. You will be informed through your address@umontreal.ca if you have been awarded financial assistance.

The majority of scholarships are listed in one place, but the ones most interesting for political science students are described below.

Graduate

Complete financial assistance

The Department of Political Science guarantees financial support for its graduate students, who are also eligible for many other scholarships.

Complete financial assistance

Master’s level $6,000

Description

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Guaranteed financial support of $6,000 for one year

  • Offered to the top 15 applicants
  • In the form of research or teaching contracts*

Note

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* Under the collective agreement between the Université de Montréal and the Syndicat des étudiants et étudiantes employé(e)s de l'Université de Montréal (SÉÉEUM), eligible students must apply for research and teaching assistant positions posted by the Department of Political Science.

Complete financial assistance

PhD level $20,000

Description

 :

Guaranteed financial support of $20,000 for 4 years

  • For all students enrolled
  • $10,000 in the form of a scholarship
  • $10,000 in the form of research or teaching contracts*

 

Note

 :

* Under the collective agreement between the Université de Montréal and the Syndicat des étudiants et étudiantes employé(e)s de l'Université de Montréal (SÉÉEUM), eligible students must apply for research and teaching assistant positions posted by the Department of Political Science.

Faculty of Arts and Science scholarships

Alma mater scholarships

Master’s and PhD levels $5,000

Description

 :

$5,000 scholarships for students with exceptional academic records and who accept an offer of admission to a Université de Montréal Faculty of Arts and Science graduate program.

Students do not need to apply. The departments and schools select candidates to be submitted for approval to the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Édouard Montpetit–Standard Life

Master's and PhD levels $5,000 / $10,000

Sector

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Social sciences and psychology

Description

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This fund was created in 2003 by Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada as a tribute to Édouard Montpetit, a lawyer and economist who held a variety of positions at the Université de Montréal, including Secretary General and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The Édouard Montpetit-Standard Life scholarship is a merit scholarship intended to salute the academic achievements of Master's or PhD students in the Social sciences and psychology sector of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Arts and Science.

Eligibility criteria

 :

Master's level

  • Enrolled full-time in the Master's program in fall 2014
  • At least two terms in the program completed at the time of application, following the specified path
  • A GPA of at least 3.8
  • Enrolled in one of the following units: Anthropology, Library and Information Sciences, Communication, Criminology, Demographics, Psychoeducation, Psychology, Industrial Relations, Political Science, Economics, Social Work, Sociology or the Master's in International Studies

 

PhD level

  • Enrolled full-time in the PhD program in fall 2014
  • At least two and at most nine terms completed in a PhD program at the time of application, following the specified path
  • A GPA of at least 3.8
  • Enrolled in one of the following units: Anthropology, Library and Information Sciences, Communication, Criminology, Demographics, Psychoeducation, Psychology, Industrial Relations, Political Science, Economics, Social Work, Sociology or the PhD in Applied Humanities

Deadline

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May 29, 2014

Application

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 The application (1 original and 4 copies) must include:

  1. A covering letter in which you describe your achievements relating to your field of scientific education or career development and explain why you believe you deserve the scholarship (maximum 500 words)

    In the letter you must state where you are in your Master's-level studies (number of terms of coursework and thesis preparation, steps completed) and your planned work schedule. You must mention your achievements showing your aptitudes and competencies relating to your proposed research and career aspirations. In addition to experiences related directly to your field of study and research, you may mention significant accomplishments in other fields (sports, arts, community, etc.) and explain how they contribute to making you a better candidate for the scholarship.

  2. A description of your research project or career development project (maximum 500 words)

  3. A letter of recommendation from your thesis supervisor or the professor responsible for your career development project, preferably in French (maximum 500 words)

  4. A letter of reference from the Department Director (maximum 500 words)

  5. Your undergraduate and Master's (and PhD, if applicable) transcripts. You must submit originals, with the exception of those for diplomas from the Université de Montréal. The Department will add the transcript for the winter term.

Other sources of income

If you are a master's or doctoral student, you may finance your studies by taking on a position as a teaching or research assistant or a lecturer.

Under the collective agreement between the Université de Montréal and the Syndicat des étudiant(e)s salarié(e)s de l'UdeM (SESUM), eligible students must apply for positions posted by the Department (in French).


Teaching assistantship

A teaching assistant (TA) is a Université de Montréal student, full time at the undergraduate level or generally full time at the graduate level, who assists a professor or lecturer in supporting and supervising students.

TAs invigilate exams, correct assignments and exams, provide help with documentation, monitor students, perform demonstrations, assist or supervise interns, supervise assignments, and lead seminars.

 

Research assistantship

A research assistant is a Université de Montréal student, full time at the undergraduate level or generally full time at the graduate level, hired to assist professors, researchers and units with research work.


Lecturer

A person hired part-time by the University to deliver class lectures. Duties include preparing and teaching courses according to different pedagogical methods and formulas, updating course content, preparing teaching materials according to the pedagogical methods and formulas used, evaluating students' performance, including, if applicable, revising student evaluations and preparing and correcting deferred examinations, and availability or supervision relating to course preparation and delivery.


Working and studying

Students also have access to an employment assistance service (in French). Find out more about specialized job offers in your field of study, potential employers and the tools you need to search for a job that meets your needs.