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The Department of Health, Aging & Society offers competitive funding to our graduate students


Internal Scholarships

Competitive scholarship funding is offered to graduate students in the Department of Health, Aging & Society.  Internal scholarships, which include Graduate Scholarships, are intended to help students devote their time and energy to the successful completion of their studies.

External Scholarships

Many of our current and incoming students receive notable scholarships from external funding agencies such as OGS, SSHRC, etc.  Each year, our department offers workshops to help students prepare and refine their scholarship applications.  In the 2017-18 academic year, one third of our current graduate students were funded by external agencies, including the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for doctoral students.

Teaching Assistant (TA)/Research Assistant (RA) in lieu TA Positions

Each PhD student and many Master’s students are offered a TA or RA in lieu of TA valued at approximately $11,605 for a full year and $5,802 for a half year for 10 hours per week.  TA/RA in lieu TA positions are consistently rated by our graduate alumni as a very important aspect of their graduate student experience, providing hands-on opportunities for career and professional development. 

Awards Competitions

The Department of Health, Aging & Society, in partnership with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, administers two award competitions for current, in-course graduate students.  The successful recipients are recommended to the School of Graduate Studies, who officially awards the winners.  In the past, each award has been valued between $1,000 to $2,000.

 The Ronald Bayne Gerontology Award

The Ronald Bayne Gerontology Award was established in 1999 by Barbara Bayne to honor Dr. Ronald Bayne's valuable contribution to the study of Gerontology at McMaster University.  This scholarship is to be awarded to any graduate student in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences conducting research in the field of aging.  View past recipients of the Ronald Bayne Gerontology Award

The E.B. Ryan Scholarship

The E.B. Ryan Scholarship was established in 1997 using funds raised by a performance of the play "Letter from Wingfield Farm".  This scholarship is to be awarded to in-course graduate students from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Health Sciences conducting research on aging.  View past recipients of the E.B. Ryan Scholarship

Travel Grants

Travel Grants assist with the costs of graduate student travel expenses for the purpose of research or professional development.  The Department of Health, Aging & Society provides our graduate students (PhD and Master’s) with funding towards travel expenses to offset the costs of presenting at or attending a conference, meeting, or workshop related to their graduate education and/or program of study.  While the value of the travel grant depends on the yearly budget, the standard amount is typically $250 per student, with some years increasing up to $500.

School of Graduate Studies - Awards & Funding