Equity and Diversity Social Science Doctoral Fellowship (EDSSDF)

April 12, 2022


The Faculty of Social Science is committed to increasing representation of racialized and other historically marginalized groups. It is a Faculty priority to recruit and support students who are Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), LGBTQ2s+, and students with a disability. Successful applicants will demonstrate outstanding research potential and dedication to scholarly activity, which come in many forms. We annually offer up to two $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years) to support successful applicants to any of our PhD programs. Indigenous scholars may also apply to our Indigenous Social Science Doctoral Fellowship (ISSDF).


  • Two awards with a total value of $20,000 ($5,000/year for four years)
  • These awards are on top of Departmental funding and not subject to any downward adjustments

Effective Date

  • Feb, 2022


  • Applicants must self-identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized minority, LGBTQ2s+, or having a disability
  • Applicants must be admitted to a Faculty of Social Science PhD program at Western to take up the award
  • Those who earn awards can self-declare whether they want to be named in any announcements about the award

2022 EDSSDF Recipients

Jason Chung, 2022 EDSSDF Recipient

Jason Chung

Desmond Olkikah, 2022 EDSSDF Recipient

Desmond Ofori Oklikah
Geography & Environment


Carmen Salloum, 2022 EDSSDF Recipient

Carmen Salloum
Political Science

Award timeline


September to February (in 2022, February to March)

  • Each PhD applicant will be contacted at least twice by the department and encouraged to apply. First, when they submit their complete application. Second, when they are officially accepted into one of the Faculty’s PhD programs
  • The fellowship application is separate from the application to the program
  • The application consists of:
    • Statement (1000 words max) that includes:
      • Personal journey/path to the PhD
      • Your suitability for this award
    • Summary of the proposed thesis research (600 words max)
    • CV
    • Two letters of reference (ask your Referees to send the letters directly to the Dean’s Office by the due date)
  • Applications are due 3rd Fri in Feb (in 2022, 3rd Fri in March (Extended!)) to the Dean’s office ann.seabrook@uwo.ca
  • The information provided for this scholarship will only be viewed by those involved in the adjudication process and kept strictly confidential


Adjudication is at the Faculty level. The core selection criteria are research potential and dedication to scholarly activity. The Faculty EDSSDF Adjudication Committee is chaired by the Associate Dean Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and will consist of faculty-member representation across the Faculty’s departments and the equity-deserving groups intended for this award.

(In 2022, the year the award was approved, regular timelines are shifted approximately two weeks)

Fourth week in February to first week March (in 2022, third week of March)

  • The EDSSDF Adjudication Committee members are asked to score each applicant

Second week in March (in 2022, last week of March)

  • The Chair of the EDSSDF Adjudication Committee sends the members the overall scoring for the cohort of applicants in a ranked list. A meeting is held, if necessary, to identify the awardee

Third week in March (in 2022, first week of April)

  • Program notifies awardee

Last week in March (in 2022, second week of April)

  • Awardee notifies program about acceptance of award

First week in April (in 2022, second week of April)

  • Awardee posted to scholarship page with permission

General questions, please contact the Associate Dean Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: jamie.baxter@uwo.ca