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Graduate Contact Information

For general inquiries with respect to the Graduate Program, please contact Ines Kubicek, Graduate Program Administrator. For specific admission inquiries, please contact Dr. Liza McCoy, Graduate Program Director.

Ines Kubicek
Telephone: (403) 220-6501
Fax: (403) 282-9298

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Liza McCoy
Telephone: (403) 220-6856
Fax: (403) 282-9298

Our mailing address is:

Department of Sociology
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary , Alberta
T2N 1N4

We are located in the Social Sciences Building on the east side of the University of Calgary campus.

The Department of Sociology encourages graduate students to apply for both internal and external scholarships. Our graduate students have been particularly successful in both the internal and external scholarship competitions, especially in terms of acquiring SSHRCC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and CIHR (Canadian Institute for Health Research) funding. 

For Supervisors:

Tips for Scholarship Applications, including Writing Reference Letters

External Scholarships

External scholarships are external to the University of Calgary, and are offered by government, industry and other sources.  In the Department of Sociology, the most common source of external scholarship funding is the Canadian Institudes of Health Research.  Details about CIHR funding are available online at Information about other awards is available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Students considering these awards should verify program deadlines and requirements by contacting the funding/granting agency.

Internal Scholarships

The University, the Faculty of Graduate Studies lists a variety of scholarships internal to the University that sociology students may be eligible for, as well as scholarships that are area-, versus discipline-specific.  A list of these scholarships may be found in the Graduate Scholarship Database.

There are three different routes by which an internal award may be adjudicated:

1.  Via the Graduate Award Competition, where students apply using the online scholarship application.  The deadline for these applications is January 15 of each year.

2.  Via recommendation by program - some awards are based on recommendation by departments to the Dean of Graduate Studies. As the Faculty of Graduate Studies suggests, students are encouraged to make their eligibility for awards known to their supervisors and to the Graduate Coordinator.

3.   Via a Special Awards Committee of the Graduate Scholarship Committee.  These awards require applying to the Chair of the Graduate Scholarship Committee.

Please note that the Faculty of Graduate Studies website clearly indicates through which particular route awards will be adjudicated.

Departmental Scholarships and Awards

Donald L. Mills Graduate Scholarship

The Department awards the Donald L. Mills Scholarship in the amount of $1,600 annually to an outstanding Sociology graduate student.  This scholarship is given to an M.A. or Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology for exemplary participation in scholarly activity or meritorious participation in activity that supports or advances the discipline.  It assumes high quality course performance but is not based on GPA.  The scholarship recognizes excellence in one of the following ways:

a.   an unusually outstanding research paper presented in a course
b.   the presentation of a significant paper (or papers) at scholarly meetings
c.    the publication of scholarly work
d.   documented leadership in organizational activity associated with the discipline or the Department
e.   outstanding performance in contributing to a research project
f.    exemplary participation in professional sociological activities.

Under normal circumstances, no person will receive the award more than once within a degree program.  Eligible students must be registered and paying fees for a continuing Fall term. 

James Frideres Award in Quantitative Sociology

This award is presented to the most outstanding graduate student in the area of quantitative sociology.  Consideration will be given to academic merit, preparation of a paper, involvement in research or other forms of scholarship, which the committee recognizes as outstanding achievement in the area of quantitative sociology.  Members of the Department of Sociology will nominate candidates for this award.  The nomination will be forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee for approval.  The value of this annual award is $200.  Eligible students must be registered and paying fees for a continuing Fall term.

Graduate Teaching Award

A special award is given every April to honour outstanding performance as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  Recognizing that all graduate students with teaching responsibilities must carry out their tasks with care and diligence, the Graduate Teaching Award is meant to recognize exceptional contributions to the teaching functions of the Department.

This award is in the amount of $100, with half of the funding provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and half by the Department.  No person will receive the award more than once within a degree program.

For International Students:

Drs. George and Susannah Kurian Doctoral Scholarship in Sociology

Dr. George Kurian, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, is founding editor of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies, and a noted scholar in family sociology. Dr. Susannah Kurian is a Calgary physician. This award is made possible through their generosity and commitment to the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Calgary.  Further information regarding this award can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship database.

International Student Fee Differential Scholarship

The Alberta Government requires that international students pay a Fee Differential. When possible, the Department of Sociology may offer a Fee Differential Scholarship to international students admitted to our program. The Scholarship may pay for a portion of the Fee Differential for students during the first two years, for MA students, and during the first four years, for Doctoral students.