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Financial support

There are many scholarships and grants available for students in the Department of Philosophy. The options and conditions are outlined below. For many of the scholarships, the Department screens candidates. You will be informed through your address if you have been awarded financial assistance.


Generally speaking, the Department provides integrated financial assistance to a maximum of $15,000 per year for as many PhD students as possible. This may include research or teaching assistant contracts.

Students in the Department can apply for the scholarships below, along with many others listed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FESP) website.

Please apply for master's-level scholarships 1 year ahead of time, normally in the 3rd year of your bachelor's program.

There are also meetings organized to inform and help scholarship applicants avoid certain methodological pitfalls in preparing their applications.

Department scolarships

Lemaire-Allaire scholarship
Master's level
Description :

Awarded to a student who has maintained a good GPA throughout his or her undergraduate studies and who has started a Master's degree in Philosophy. The recipient must also have made a written submission to the selection committee on a work by Paul Diel.

The Lemaire-Allaire Fund was created with a bequest from the family, to promote knowledge of the work of philosopher and psychotherapist Paul Diel (1893-1972).

François-Duchesneau scholarship
Master's and PhD levels
Description :

Awarded to a student in a graduate program in Philosophy who has an exemplary academic record and whose research topic is related to the philosophy of science or the history of philosophy.

The scholarship fund was created in 2015 thanks to a gift by François Duchesneau, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.

Ésope scholarship
Master's and PhD level
to be detemined
Description :

Awarded to a PhD student in Philosophy with an excellent academic record and whose dissertation may make a major contribution to advancing knowledge.

This scholarship is made possible by an exceptional anonymous gift of $1.5 million to the Department of Philosophy, used to launch the Ésope Chair, which awards this scholarship.

Faculty of Arts and Science scholarships

Angers-Poulin Merit Scholarship
Master's and PhD levels
Sector :

Literature and humanities

Description :

The Angers-Poulin Merit and Recruitment Scholarship is intended to encourage research into different aspects of European society and culture in the literature and the humanities sector (film studies, history, art history, French-language literatures, philosophy), from Antiquity to the present.

Alma Mater Scholarships
Master's and PhD levels
Description :

$5,000 scholarships for students with exceptional academic records and who accept an offer of admission to a Université de Montréal Faculty of Arts and Science graduate program.

Students do not need to apply. The departments and schools select candidates to be submitted for approval to the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Mgr Olivier-Maurault Scholarship
Master's and PhD levels
Sector :

Literature and humanities

Description :

A fund created in 1955-1956, thanks to a subscription, organized by the University, of friends of Mgr Olivier Maurault, former Rector of the University, and UdeM staff, to set up a fund in the bishop's memory.

The Mgr Olivier-Maurault Scholarship is intended to encourage research work and thesis writing by master's students in the literature and humanities sector of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Eligibility criteria :
  • You must be enrolled full-time in a master's-level research program.
  • You must have completed at least 2 terms of courses in the master's program at the time of application and plan to start writing your these no later than the fall term.
  • You must have a GPA of at least 4.
  • You must be enrolled in the master's program in classical studies or in one of the following departments: English Studies, History, Art History and Film Studies, Linguistics and Translation, Comparative Literature, French-Language Literatures, Literature and Modern Languages, or Philosophy.
Deadline :

May 29, 2015

Application :

The application (1 original and 4 copies) must include:

  • A covering letter in which you describe your achievements relating to your field of scientific study or career development and explain why you believe you deserve the scholarship (maximum 500 words).

In the letter you must state where you are in your master's-level studies (number of terms of coursework and thesis preparation, steps completed) and your planned timetable. You must mention your achievements showing your aptitudes and competencies relating to your proposed research and career aspirations. In addition to experiences related directly to your field of study and research, you may mention significant accomplishments in other fields (sports, arts, community, etc.) and explain how they contribute to making you a better candidate for the scholarship.

  • A description of your research proposal or career development proposal (maximum 500 words).
  • A letter of recommendation from your thesis supervisor or the professor responsible for your career development proposal, preferably in French (maximum 500 words).
  • A letter of reference from the Department Director (maximum 500 words).
  • Your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. You must submit originals, with the exception of those for diplomas from the Université de Montréal. The Department will add the transcript for the winter term.
Muséodoc Scholarship
Sector :

Literature and humanities, social sciences and psychology, sciences

Description :

The Muséodoc Scholarship is a research scholarship available to PhD students in one of the departments in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and whose research proposal or research-creation proposal is mainly in the field of museology.

The scholarship is intended to encourage the development and production of creative, innovative and promising research. Museology is both a research and practical field, covering a wide range of interdisciplinary studies including museum institutions, their development, their various possible forms around the world, their functions, the associated scientific, cultural and heritage fields, their audiences and their relations with society.

Eligibility criteria :
  • You must be enrolled in a PhD program in the Faculty of Arts and Science in the fall of 2015, and your thesis subject must be in the field of museum studies.
  • You must present a research proposal demonstrating creativity and innovation in its topic and/or research approaches.
  • You must contribute to the advancement of knowledge in museology or to improving practices.
  • You must have an excellent academic record and professional background.
  • You may apply several years in a row, but cannot be awarded the scholarship more than once.
Deadline :

September 25, 2015

Application :

The application (1 electronic copy) must include:

  1. A research proposal description (about 1500 words) explaining how your research will contribute to museology.
  2. A research assignment submitted at the undergraduate or graduate level or an existing creative work.
  3. Your CV .
  4. Your most recent transcript.

Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) Scholarships

Postdoctoral fellowships
Description :

Every year, the CRÉ offers several postdoctoral fellowships. The length of the fellowship depends on the circumstances and the nature of the research.

Eligibility criteria :

Applications are encouraged from researchers working in the main CRÉ fields of interest:

  • Meta-ethics
  • Ethics and politics
  • Ethics and health
  • Ethics and economics
  • Ethics and environment

Applications from students in other disciplines are also welcome, provided that the research subject is directly related to ethics issues.

The Université de Montréal is a francophone institution. Candidates must have sufficient knowledge of the French language to be able to participate in the Centre's activities.

Visiting Fellows Scholarship
Up to $25,000
Description :

The fellowship for visiting research fellows varies with the length of the fellowship, the circumstances and the nature of the research.

Eligibility criteria :

Visiting research fellows agree to:

  • Conduct their research proposal as submitted.
  • Participate in the academic activities of the Centre (conferences, workshops & seminars).
  • Present their work in progress during seminars or workshops at the Centre.

Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire sur la normativité (GRIN) Scholarships

MSc and PhD scholarships
Master's and PhD
Description :

The GRIN offers 10 graduate scholarships of $5,000.

Eligibility criteria :

You must:

  • Be enrolled full-time during the period covered by the scholarship.
  • Conduct research under the supervision of a permanent GRIN member.
  • Understand French and English.

Scholarships and financing from outside organizations

The application periods for the different scholarships are also posted on the bulletin board near the administrative office of the Department of Philosophy.

N.B.: The Department will forward applications for SSHRC scholarship programs.

Other forms of financial support

If you are a master's or doctoral student, you may finance your studies by taking on a position as a teaching or research assistant or a lecturer.

Under the collective agreement between the Université de Montréal and the Syndicat des étudiants et étudiantes employé(e)s de l'Université de Montréal (SÉÉEUM), eligible students must apply for positions posted by the Department (in French).

Teaching assistant

A teaching assistant (TA) is a Université de Montréal student, full time at the undergraduate level or generally full time at the graduate level, who assists a professor or lecturer in supporting and supervising students.

TAs invigilate exams, administer teaching evaluation questionnaires, correct assignments and exams, provide help with documentation, monitor students, perform demonstrations, help supervise internships, lead seminars, supervise assignments, act as language monitors, give advice on tests and supervise laboratories.

Research assistant

A research assistant is a Université de Montréal student, full time at the undergraduate level or generally full time at the graduate level, hired to assist professors and researchers with research work.


A person hired part-time by the University to deliver class lectures. Duties include preparing and teaching courses according to different pedagogical methods and formulas, updating course content, preparing teaching materials according to the pedagogical methods and formulas used, evaluating students' performance, including, if applicable, revising student evaluations and preparing and correcting deferred examinations, and availability or supervision relating to course preparation and delivery.

Working and studying

Students have access to an employment assistance service (in French). Find out more about job offers in your field of study, potential employers and the tools you need to search for a job that meets your needs.