Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Psychology is pleased to provide students with information regarding various internal and external funding opportunities, such as those offered through provincial and national government groups and agencies.

Internal Donor Awards

Donor awards are an especially meaningful source of student support. Established through the generosity of alumni, faculty and friends of Psychology, these awards represent far more than a dollar value. They recognize academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, a love of science and the potential that unfolds when financial burdens are alleviated, as demonstrated by previous award recipients.

Award criteria, values, application procedures and deadlines are provided below.

Douglas N. Jackson Memorial Award

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student entering the graduate program in Psychology, specializing in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and research potential.

The Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee will select the recipient. At least one member of this committee will hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

This award is made possible by donations made in memory of Dr. Douglas N. Jackson.

Value: 1 at $500

How to Apply: MSc1 or PhD1 students are selected from the pool of applicants who have been accepted to the Psychology Graduate Program. Selections will be made by April 30th.

Past Recipients:
2018   Trevor Coppins
2018   Noelle Baird
2017   Natasha Ouslis
2015   Mogollon Espinoza
2012   Joseph Chun Shui Choi
2010   Justin Feeney
2009   Sheerin Thussu
2008   Leah Sheppard

Dr. Sam Paunonen Award in Psychology

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in a Masters or Doctoral program in Psychology, with academic achievement and research merit, whose research is based in the social sciences and humanities.

The Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee will select the recipient. At least one representative of the Committee must hold current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

This scholarship was established by the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Paunonen (PhD’82, Psychology, BA‘77) to honour and celebrate his life, and to recognize a student who shares Dr. Paunonen’s qualities, values and interests. The hope is that future students will receive the assistance they require to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

Dr. Paunonen was a long-time Faculty member in the Psychology Department at Western University and specialized in Personality and Measurement research. He died in 2015 at age 63.

Value: 1 at $1,000

How to Apply: Faculty members submit nominations in support of MSc or PhD students online by Monday, April 23, 2018. 

Past Recipients:
2018 Rachel Plouffe
2017 Erica Sutherland

G. Keith Humphrey Memorial Award

Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a graduate program in Psychology or Neuroscience based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and who best exemplifies the philosophy and spirit of Professor G. Keith Humphrey and his research.

The recipient will be selected by the Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee. At least one representative of the Committee must hold current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Professor Humphrey was a brilliant young scholar who admired true intellectual curiosity and possessed a love of visual science.

This award was established by gifts from family, friends and colleagues in memory of Professor G. Keith Humphrey.

Value: 1 at $650

How to Apply: Faculty members submit nominations in support of MSc or PhD students online by Monday, April 23, 2018.

Past Recipients:
2017 Carmen Wong
2016 Caroline Strang
2015 Tara Farrell
2014 Krista Macpherson
2013 Stephan Vogel
2012 Kazunaga Matsuki
2011 Jeffrey Malins
2010 Andres Carrasco
2009 Craig Chapman
2008 Kenneth Valyear
2007 Matthew Brown
2006 Jonathan Cant

Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), London & District Chapter Graduate Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in a Masters or Doctoral program in Psychology. Preference will be given to a student who has completed research which has helped to advance the evidence-based practice of human resources in the area of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

The Pyschology Graduate Affairs Committee will select the recipient. At least one member of this committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

This scholarship was established by a generous gift from the Human Resources Research Institute on behalf of the Human Resources Professionals Association, London & District Chapter.

Value: 1 at $2,500 for May 2017 to April 2018 only

How to Apply: MSc or PhD students submit a one-page statement online by Monday, April 23, 2018, outlining their involvement in individual or collaborative research that has contributed to evidence-based practice.

Special Note: The recipient will be asked to present an overview of his or her research at future HRPA Chapter events.

Leola E. Neal Award

Awarded in the Fall for the most outstanding MA thesis in any of the following subject areas in the Graduate Psychology Program: clinical, developmental, educational, industrial/organizational, measurement, personality or social psychology.

The Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee will select the recipient.

Students who are graduating in the Fall or who graduated in the Spring of the same calendar year are eligible. After graduation the recipient must be immediately continuing as a full-time PhD student in Psychology at any university.

Value: 1 at $700

How to Apply: Faculty members submit nominations in support of MSc or PhD students online by Monday, April 23, 2018.

Past Recipients:
2017 Bryan Grant
2016 Celia Goffin
2015 Martin Smith
2014 Emily Nichols
2013 Anna Matejko
2012 Sarah Stanton
2011 Claire Salisbury
2010 Jennifer Tapscott
2008 Paula Brochu
2007 Rhys Lewis
2006 Christopher Wilbur
2004 Elspeth Evans
2003 Corinne Haigh
2002 Henryk Krajewski
2001 Kristine Boksman
2000 Lynne Herscovitch
1999 David Stanley

Marilyn (Pack) McClelland Award in Psychology

Awarded to a full-time graduate student who is conducting research in Developmental or Clinical Psychology relating to children. Selection will be based on academic achievement (min 78% average), research productivity and quality of research publications.

The Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee, with at least one participant holding current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will select the recipient.

This award was established by a gift from Dr. W.J. McClelland.

Value: 1 at $750

How to Apply: Faculty members submit nominations in support of MSc or PhD students online by Monday, April 23, 2018.

Past Recipients:
2017 Helen Sokolowski
2016 Anna Matejko
2015 Niki Hosseini-Kamkar
2014 Yuliya Kotelnikova
2013 Kyleigh Schraeder
2012 Stephanie Bugden
2011 Katie Kryski  
2010 Ian Holloway

Ralph S. Devereux Award in Psychology

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in the Masters of Psychology Program, with preference given to students specializing in topics relating to education or children, based on academic achievement and financial need.

The Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee will select the recipient. At least one member of this committee will hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

This award was established by Frances R. Devereux (MA'58, Psychology) and the late Ralph S. Devereux (MA'48, Philosophy & Psychology, LLD'85) through Foundation Western.

Ralph Spence Devereux was born in 1915 on a pioneer farm in Kent County. He attended London Normal School in 1932-33 during the Great Depression and started his teaching career in Windsor.

During World War II he enlisted and served as a Radar Instructor Airborne in the RCAF in Great Britain and Canada. He received his BA in 1946 and his MA in Philosophy and Psychology in 1948 from The University of Western Ontario.

Ralph became Master at London Teachers’ College from 1951 to 1962 where he established the Educational and Child Psychology programs. In 1962, Ralph was appointed founding Principal of the newly established Windsor Teachers’ College. Having organized its integration with the University of Windsor in 1972, he retired as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education in 1975.

After his retirement, Ralph founded the Senior Alumni Program at The University of Western Ontario in 1977. Western honoured him with an LLD in 1985 and the Alumni Award of Merit in 1986. Ralph died in 2004 at age 88.

Value: 1 at $1,600

How to Apply: MSc students can apply online by Monday, April 23, 2018.

Past Recipients:

2017 Andrew Daoust
2016 Carolina Patryluk
2015 Jeremy Viczko
2014 Sarah Ouellette
2013 Aaron Gibbings
2012 Tram Nguyen
2011 Hayden Woodley
2010 Eugene Ji
2009 Megan Hancock
2007 Stefania Bucciarelli

Reva Gerstein Fellowship for Masters Study in Psychology

This fellowship was created to honour Dr. Reva Gerstein, Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario from 1992-1996. Available annually to a student at the Year 1 Masters level in the Graduate Program in Psychology who demonstrates financial need. Recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for funding of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (78% = B+).

Selection to be made by the Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee. Recipient must meet OSOTF eligibility requirements.

Value: 1 at $2800

How to Apply: First-year MSc students can apply online before Monday, April 23, 2018.

Past Recipients:

2017 Deanne Tak On Wah
2016 Clara Stafford
2015 Valentina Sergeeva
2014 Kabir Daljeet
2013 Steven Matson
2012 Tram Nguyen
2011 Candace Kawiuk
2010 Eugene Ji
2009 Sheerin Thussu
2008 Eric Stinchcombe
2007 Krista Macpherson
2006 Priscilla Burnham
2005 Mariam Naqshbandi
2004 Sandra Lackenbauer
2003 Karen Hussey
2003 Amy Desroches
2003 Agnes Massak

Richard A. Harshman Scholarship

The Richard A. Harshman Scholarship is awarded to a PhD student (part-time or full-time) based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average). To be eligible, a student must be in Year 2 or higher of a PhD program and be undertaking research in Statistical Methods or the Philosophy of Science.

The Psychology Graduate Affairs Committee, with representation from the Department of Psychology or the Department of Philosophy, and at least one member who is a current member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will select the recipient.

Award recipients are eligible to receive this scholarship once during their academic career at Western. This award will alternate between the Departments of Psychology (odd years) and Philosophy (even years).

This award was established through Foundation Western.

Value: 1 at $1,400

How to Apply: PhD students at level 2, or higher, may apply by submitting their CV and a one-page statement describing their research and relevant achievements, including publications online by Monday, April 23, 2018.

Past Recipients:

2016 Tram Nguyen
2015 Molly Kao
2014 Livia Veselka
2013 Andrew Peterson
2012 Matthew Shanahan
2011 Lee-Anna Sangster

External Awards and Scholarships

To find out more about external awards and scholarships available to graduate students, please visit Funding Opportunities at http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/funding_opportunities.html

Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards (DDA)

Every year SGPS seeks nominations of recent Ph.D. graduates for Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards (DDA). 

The Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. Two (2) awards are available and presented annually – one for engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences, and one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences.

The awards are granted by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) and are sponsored by Proquest-UMI (University Microfilms International). Visit the SGPS Funding Opportunities page for the DDA Nomination and Submission process details.