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Awards | Funding

At Ryerson, there are a number of funding opportunities – internal and external – available to graduate students. You may be eligible for financial support in the form of scholarships, awards, prizes, bursaries, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. See Graduate Studies: Financing Your Studies.

Below we have listed some of the many opportunities available to ComCult students.

Dr. Liss Jeffrey Graduate Award

Dr. Liss Jeffrey (1954-2009) was a media scholar and director of the McLuhan Global Research Network at the University of Toronto, where she taught graduate seminars in “Understanding McLuhan and Media,” “Communications, History, Theory and Technology” and “New Media and Policy.” In 1997, Dr. Jeffrey directed a new media and policy think tank called the byDesign eLab. It provided a public space network used to advance civic participation, community development and cultural content creation. This work was done through the national not-for-profit group Electronic Commons/Agora électronique.

When Dr. Jeffrey passed away, her family donated the collection of materials she had assembled on media studies and on Marshall McLuhan. They also donated a sum of money to establish the Dr. Liss Jeffrey Graduate Award in her memory. The purpose of the award is to provide financial support and recognize the academic achievement of a current Ryerson-registered doctoral student enrolled in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture whose research is in study of new media and/or the making of new media works.

The value of the award is $18,000. The tenure of the award is one year (12 months), non-renewable. An applicaton is required.

Dr. Liss Jeffrey
Dr. Liss Jeffrey (1951-2008)
Year Recipient Project 
2018 Christopher Hugelmann Digital games and affordances for identity formation and community.
2017 Kirsten Schaefer Innovation adoption in the apparel industry: new media & emerging technology in the fashion designer's toolkit
2016 Alison Hedley Popular materials: late-Victorian illustrated magazines and the technological imagination
2015 Margaret Reid Investing in yourself: entrepreneurial journalism in the digital age
2014 Daniel Joseph Distributing productive play: a materialist analysis of Steam
2013 Joey Jakob Abu Ghraib and the commemorative violence of war trophy photography
2012 Steven May The end(s) of analogue: access to CBC/Radio-Canada Television Programming in an era of digital delivery
2011 Stephen Broomer Codes of the North: difficulty in the origins of the Canadian avant-garde film
2010 Bronwen Emma Doran “Feeling” in modern dance print media: Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Maud Allan

Communication and Culture Doctoral Dissertation Prize

To recognize outstanding acheivement in a Communication and Culture dissertation from among the Ryerson PhD graduates in Spring and Fall convocations that year. The prize is to be awarded in October annually.

This award was generously established in 2018 by Dr. Paul Moore, former Communication and Culture Program Director and Sociology professor.

The value of this award is $2500. Consideration is automatic; no application required.

Dr. Paul Moore
This award was generously established in 2018 by Dr. Paul Moore, former Communication and Culture Program Director and Sociology professor.
Year Recipient Dissertation Title
2018 Emilia Zboralska
Telling Our Stories on the Web: Canadian English-Language Web Series and the Production of Culture Online

Edward S. Rogers Sr. Graduate Student Fellowships

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Graduate School Fellowship, first awarded in 2001, was established by Ted and Loretta Rogers to honour the contributions of Edward S. Rogers Sr. (1900-1939) to the Canadian communications industry. His alternating-current radio tube, perfected in 1925, revolutionized the home radio-receiver industry throughout the world. 

The fellowships are available annually to recognize the accomplishments of Ryerson-based doctoral students in the Communication & Culture program who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishments in the communications field.

The value of this award is $20,000. The tenure of the award is one year (12 months). For students who have won an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Rogers endowment fund may provide the matching institutional funds. Consideration is automatic; no application required

Edward S. Rogers Sr.
Edward S. Rogers Sr. (1900-1939)
Year Recent Recipients
2018 Andrew Bateman, Harnoor Bhangu, Alexander Carter, Erika Chung, Myriam Couturier, Lauren Cullen, Melody Devries, Emma Dunn, Lauren Dwyer, Craig Fahner, Susan Flavelle, Donna Gall, Samantha Hogg, Emilie-Andree Jabouin, Jaclyn Marcus, Mina Momeni, Ryan Phillips, Tanya Pobuda, Cyrus Sundar Singh, Peter Zakrzewski
2017 Andrew Bateman, Myriam Couturier, Melody Devries, Susan Flavelle, Donna Gall, Stephanie Hill, Safiyya Hossein, Chris Hugelmann, Nataleah Hunter Young, Emilie Jabouin, Riley Kucheran, Irina Lyubchenko, Mark O'Connell, Ryan Phillips, Peter Zakrzewski
2016 Nathaniel Brunt, Myriam Elyse Couturier, Lauren Cullen, Susan Flavelle, Donna Gall, Samantha Hogg, Safiyya Hosein, Nataleah Hunter-Young, Emilie-Andree Jabouin, Alanna McKnight, Mina Momeni, Andrew Monti, Mark O'Connell, Ryan Phillips, Daniel Sacco, Kirsten Schaefer, Emma Smith, Peter Zakrzewski
2015 Gabriele Aroni, Lauren Cullen, Donna Gall, Samantha Hogg, Safiyya Hosein, Daniel Joseph, Lauren Kirshner, Walter Lai, Alanna McKnight, Andrew Monti, Alevtina Naumova, Ryan Phillips, Amanda Piche, Daniel Sacco, Kirsten Schaefer, Emma Smith
2014 Joey Jakob, Chelsea Jones, Geoff Manchester, Erin McCurdy, Alanna McKnight, Andrew Monti, Ana Morais, Alevtina Naumova, Amanda Piche, Margaret Reid, Daniel Sacco, Kirsten Schaefer, Emilia Zboralska

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) CGS scholarships are named for Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907-1964), a French-Canadian inventor and businessman, and founder of Bombardier. His most famous invention was the snowmobile.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (SSHRC CGS-M)

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The value of this award is $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable.  An applicaton is required.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (SSHRC CGS-D)

The SSHRC CGS-D award supports research that leads to the completion of a dissertation, major scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that, as a requirement for completion of the program, is merit reviewed at the institutional level.

The value of this award is $35,000 per year for 36 months, up to a total of $105,000. An applicaton is required.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier
Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907-1964)

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships provide support for individuals undertaking doctoral studies at Canadian or foreign universities. The fellowships support students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.

The value of this award is $20,000 per year for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months. An application is required.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, external link is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister. The Foundation encourages research, reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world, and people and their natural environment. The Foundation works through four programs: it grants doctoral scholarships, it awards fellowships to distinguished academics, it appoints mentors and it holds public conferences.

The value of this award is $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses and $20,000 per year for three years, as a research and travel allowance; and includes leadership training from Mentors and Fellows;

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program
Year Recipient Project 
2019 Nataleah Hunter-Young The Cultural Impact of Public Executions: e-Lynching and Artistic Interventions
2019 Riley Kucheran Decolonizing Fashion and Mobilizing Indigenous Resurgence
2018 Nathaniel Brunt
The Country Without a Post Office: a ‘metaphotographic’ history of Kashmir’s insurgency

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Students in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels can apply for a merit-based scholarship through the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of the award while Ryerson University provides one-third.

The value of this award is $15,000 per year.  Each OGS is tenable for a maximum of one year (three terms) and a minimum of two consecutive terms. An application is required.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

Ryerson Graduate Fellowships, Ryerson Graduate Development Awards (RGF, RGDA)

All domestic applicants who apply before the Priority of Consideration deadline are automatically considered for Ryerson Graduate Fellowships (RGF) and Ryerson Graduate Development Awards (RGDA).  Returning students students who perform at the level required will also be eligible for consideration for an RGF after their first year in a Ryerson graduate program. These awards will be dependent on availability of funding.

The value of the award varies (merit based - academic excellence) and is detailed in your Offer of Admission. Consideration is automatic - no application required.

Ryerson Graduate Fellowships and Awards
Ryerson Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Doctoral Completion Award

The Doctoral Completion Award is available to Ryerson-based doctoral students who complete all of their program requirements, including a successful dissertation defence, before the end of their 4th year.

The value of the award is determined on a year-to-year basis and is a one-time-only award. An application is required.

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Doctoral Completion Award