Studying or doing research costs money. The department's awards, grants and other internal or external sources of funding provide support, allowing to create a realistic budget.

Prospective students

Tuition fees, housing, food... Before becoming a student, you need to know how much your program will cost. At uOttawa, you'll find several tools to evaluate your university fees and establish your financial plan. If you are an international student, the University Health Insurance Plan is compulsory. 

If you have any questions, take an appointment with the uOttawa asistance services

Prospective students

Undergraduate students

As an undegraduate student, depending on your situation, you can benefit from various sources of funding to support your academic goals. Scholarships are awarded for academic achievements, while bursaries are awarded based on financial need.

Undergraduate students

Government loans

If you’re a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person living in Ontario, you may be able to apply for financial assistance through the Ontario Student Assistance Program. If you live in Quebec, you qualify for aid through provincial government programs. If you live outside Ontario and Quebec, check the financial aid programs of your province or territory of residence.

As a First Nations or Inuit student, you may be eligible for financial support for Indigenous Canadians. 

If you’re an American resident, you may be able to apply for student loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.

If you're an international student, check with your government representatives to find out if there are any loans you can benefit from. 

uOttawa and Faculty of Arts scholarships 

Our scholarship program is one of the most generous in Canada. It rewards not only pre-university academic achievements, but also achievements at every term of full-time study at university. Scholarships are awarded in recognition for academic success while bursaries are awarded based on financial need. To apply, use the Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool.

If you have any question, please contact the uOttawa Admissions’ office by email ([email protected]) or by phone (613-562-5700).

Department of History scholarships

Our department offers a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries. To learn more about application criteria, see the link below each program. To apply, go to the Online Scholarships and Bursaries page.

If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact our Graduate Studies and Financial Aid Committee.

Graduate students

The University of Ottawa and the Department of History, together with the federal and Ontario governments and external agencies, award graduate students more than $41 million every year in scholarships and bursaries.

You'll find the main programs listed below. A full list is available through the uOttawa Scholarship online page. It’s worth it to apply for all the ones you are eligible for. You might be surprised by how much you can get.

Graduate students

Canadian citizens & permanent residents

The University of Ottawa offers a wide range of scholarships and financial support programs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. You can also apply for several external awards and financial support programs. If you intend to pursue your study at the graduate level, you should apply during the last year of your bachelor studies.

Internal scholarships

External awards and financial support

As an international student, you will be paying tuition fees equivalent to those paid by Canadian PhD candidates. You might consider applying for the Special Merit Scholarship. If you are enrolled in the second year of your PhD program and beyond, you can apply for the PhD Student International Research Scholarship to conduct research abroad for at least one term. If you're studying in French, you can apply for the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship. In any case, tuition fees to be paid will be reduced by the application to the International Doctoral Scholarship. Other sources of funding for international Graduate students might be available. If you have a question, contact theuOttawa International Office

Last but not least, you can also apply for several external programs, such as Ontario Graduate ScholarshipsMitacs Globalink Fellowship, or Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Faculty of Arts Scholarships 

There are hundreds of scholarships offered by the Faculty of Arts to reward academic achievements. Some scholarships are more specifically intended for history students: 

Department of History Scholarships 

The Department of History offers financial support to students participating in research activities related to their master or doctoral program through variety of grants: 

If you need any assistance with your application, please contact our Graduate Studies and Financial Aid Committee.

Post-Graduate students & Scholars

A wide variety of graduate scholarships and bursaries are available to postgraduate students and scholars. Various charities and government funding bodies provide financial support to study and do research, helping to cover tuition fees and living costs. Some of them are dedicated more specifically to history students and scholars.

Post-graduate students

Federal and Provincial Scholarships

uOttawa Scholarships 

The University of Ottawa offers internal funding programs for research, awarded on a competitive basis, which allows researchers to gain momentum, strengthen their proposals and be more competitive in external competitions.

Faculty of Arts Scholarships

As a graduate student, you can apply for several research funding programs. If you are planning to present a paper directly related to your thesis research at a conference, you may be eligible for a travel grant for a conference. If you are conducting research outsideof the National Capital Region, you can apply for a research travel grant. 

You'll find more information about these research funding opportunities here

Department of History Scholarships

The Department of History offers several research funding programs:

If you need some help with your application, please contact our Graduate Studies Committee.

Francophone and francophile students

Francophone and francophile students

In order to encourage students to pursue their postsecondary education in French and improve access to our programs, multiple internal and external scholarships and bursaries are available to Francophone and Francophile students.
Scholarships for Francophone and Francophile students

Scholarships and bursaries in Slovak Studies

If you study Slovak and/or Central and East European history, you may benefit from several scholarships and bursaries offered by the Chair in Slovak History and Culture.

For more information or assistance, contact the Chair in Slovak history and culture.

Scholarship and bursaries in Slovak Studies

External Funding

British Library: Visiting Fellowships (London, UK) : North America, Caribbean Indigenous studies, Book History and Art, Pacific Ocean Politics and Geopolitics, Migration in/from/through Canada, the Caribbean, and the US, LGTBQ+ cultures and histories in the Caribbean & US

Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grants (Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collections, Ithaca, NY, USA): Lesbian and gay rights, AIDS, Human Sexuality Collection

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ann Arbor MI, USA): US History, Ford presidency

Harvard Houghton Library (Cambridge, MA, USA): Europe, the Americas, Arabic and Indian manuscripts, History of Missions, Russian Revolution, Publishing History and more

Huntington Library (San Marino, CA, USA): British History, Pacific Rim, Western USA, USA, Medieval and more

John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI, USA): Colonial America, North and South, and more

Queen’s University Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Black Studies

The American Heritage Center: US Military History

Dr Edward H Bensley-Osler Library Research Grant (Montreal, McGIll University): History of Medicine

American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, USA): US History (Indigenous peoples and languages, Natural History, Naval History)

Work & study

The University of Ottawa offers several work & study programs.

Working while studying provides practical job experience helping to foster your sense of initiative and improving your planning, teamwork, problem-solving, organizational and communication skills. It can be very valuable to your future employers.

Work and study

Teaching or Research Assistant

You can become a Teaching or Research AssistantPriority for the attribution of these positions is given to uOttawa admission scholarship holders. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Arts to know if positions are available and learn how to apply:

Simard Hall
60 University Private, Room 416
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5439
Fax: 613-562-5340
[email protected]

The Work-Study Program

The Work-Study Program is a great way to combine work with university education. It gives you the opportunity to work part-time on campus during the academic year and full-time during the summer. Working on campus helps you minimize travel time between your work and class and benefit from a flexible schedule that allows you to prioritize your studies. It will also enhance skills that will be an asset for your career.


The CO-OP Program provides a great opportunity to grow professionally while gaining some valuable paid experience. It offers you a chance to apply concepts you learn in class through paid work terms. You will gain approximately 16 months of work experience in your field of study and build a network of valuable contacts.

If you have any questions, contact Kouky Fianu, who is in charge of the CO-OP program at our Department.

Contact us

Department of History

Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, 9th Floor
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5735
Fax: 613-562-5995
[email protected]

Office Hours

Monday to Friday
From 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closes at 3:30 p.m.)