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Our Funding Commitment

All students will be provided with a five-year funding package totalling $164,000 with a minimum of $33,000 per year for the first four years in the PhD Program. Funding is conditional upon meeting the progression requirements and may come from a variety of sources, including internal and external scholarships, funding from research grants, and, in years two through five, Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA),  Graduate Student Assistantships (GSA) or teaching.

We also offer our students $8,000 over the course of their PhD career to present their research or serve as discussants at eligible conferences, and an additional $3,000 to help defray expenses related to their thesis research.

There are various other funds linked to our Centres and Institutes that may also be available, and many students successfully apply for other scholarships such as Ontario Graduate Scholarships and SSHRC Fellowships. In addition, individual donors, businesses, and organizations have generously committed to further investing in our students through a variety of scholarships:

  • Brock Scholarships
  • C.B. (Bud) Johnston Ontario Graduate Scholarships
  • Chisholm Doctoral Scholarship
  • Dr. Alivin J. Silk Doctoral Scholarship
  • G. Mark Curry Doctoral Scholarship
  • George E. Connell Graduate Scholarship
  • John F. Rankin Doctoral Scholarship
  • Professor Al Mikalachki PhD Research Fund
  • S. Chum Torno PhD Scholarship
  • The Berdie & Irvin Cohen Fund for Doctoral Business Scholarship

A variety of other scholarships and loan options exist, such as:

Tuition and Fees

All PhD students must register and pay tuition and fees three times during the academic year (September, January and May). Tuition is set by Western University and is subject to change each year.

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Average Cost of Living

Below is a summary on the costs associated with living in London and in other Canadian cities.
















Affordability Calculator

The Graduate Student Affordability Calculator is a tool intended to provide an accurate estimate of how much money is needed to pay for tuition, fees, housing, food, and many other necessities for a 12-month (three term) academic year.

Funding Partners

Ivey has also partnered with the BMO Bank of Montreal and TD Canada Trust to create loan packages for Ivey PhD students. Each institution has designated one London branch to handle all Ivey PhD loans. Not all students are eligible, so more information should be obtained as below:




Bank of Montreal

Laura Van
(519) 667-6308

Other Resources for International Student Financing

There are many additional sources that international candidates should explore for external financing options. Helpful resources include:

  • Government of Canada – International Student Scholarships
  • Indian Association for Canadian Studies
  • scholars4dev - Scholarships 4 Students From Developing Countries
  • Canadian Embassies sometimes administer scholarships to international students (i.e. Commonwealth Scholarships) that resulted out of an agreement between Canada and another country
  • US students may apply to programs through the Federal Student Aid.

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