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The process

Admissions applications must be submitted directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) before 15 January for programs to begin the following September (Programs in Linguistics must begin in September, although in extraordinary circumstances one term (January) or full year deferrals may be arranged).  The Department may be able to consider applications that are not entirely complete by those dates, but missing documentation may not result in a favorable decision. Admission is formally offered by FGS, which cannot act on any admissions decision unless and until all required documentation has been received and verified.  

Making your application for admission involves submitting a number of required documents, including the online application form, transcripts from previous institutions, and letters of recommendation, as noted below.  Once received, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will scan the documents, which are then made available to the department electronically. 

Appliations are reviewed by the department's Graduate Committee sometime after the 15 January deadline, depending on availability of documents and scheduling.  Departmental decisons are communicated to FGS, which will act on them as soon as all the documentation has been processed.  While formal admission can only be offered by FGS, the department's Graduate Chair will try to relay the decision of the committee to you by e-mail as soon as it is made. Admission is not granted until offered by FGS and accepted by the applicant.

Programs (coursework) are not decided until late August, so official registration cannot be made before then. Registration is entirely online.

Applications for University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (discussed below) should be uploaded to AY before 15 January.  All students are encouraged to apply for a UMGF, as access to other awards (from the Faculty of Arts) is contingent on applying for a UMGF.  See below.

The application

Application materials are sent by the applicant to the Facutly of Graduate studies. As they are received, they are optically scanned and shared in-house by FGS and the Department of Linguistics.

The complete application package must include:

  • A completed Application for Admission form (completed online preferred, although paper applications are available by contacting the Faculty of Graduate Studies)
  • A cover letter (statement of research interests), detailing your scholarly interests, outlining your plans for graduate study and indicating your preferred supervisor
  • Official transcripts of academic record in a sealed and endorsed envelopes from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions attended*
  • Two letters of reference (completed electronically) sent by scholars familiar with your work*
  • A reasonably substantial sample of your English written work (e.g. a course paper or thesis chapter)**
  • The application fee, $100CAD in the form of a cheque drawn on a Canadian bank or an international money order (made out to the University of Manitoba)
  • A curriculum vitae, including
    • a detailed summary of academic preparation (including courses and instructors in Linguistics and related areas, if the undergraduate degree is not in Linguistics)
    • a summary of any practical experience, such as languages studied, taught and used, etc.
  • A copy of birth certificate or passport proving identity and citizenship
  • Additional paperwork as required:
    • If any of your documents are under a different name, you must provide a notarized copy of marriage certificate or other official evidence indicating name change 
    • If your native language is not English (or you have not received a degree from an institution in an exempted country), you must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language (follow the link for more information regarding this requirement)

Neither the department nor FGS requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

*These may be sent by the applicant or directly from the issuing individuals/institutions, but must be in separately sealed and endorsed envelopes.

**The purpose of the written sample is to allow the admissions committee to evaluate your ability to write scholarly papers in English. If English original work is not available, translations must be provided.

The entire admissions application is completed online through Apply Yourself

Supporting documents should be sent to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies
University of Manitoba
500 University Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship

At present the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) is the only competition for university-internal graduate fellowships. An application for the UMGF constitutes an application for all University-level fellowships of this type, including the Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, and occasional fellowships made available through the Faculty of Arts. The UMGF application is separate from applications for all Tri-Council (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) graduate scholarship awards, awards made through the province or any international or private agency. It is also separate from the application for admission to the University.

A UMGF (masters level, $14,000 CAD per year) is tenable for up to two years, and only during the first two years of a Masters program. At the PhD level, the award ($18,000 CAD per year) may be held for up to four years, and only in the first four years of a doctoral program. No student may hold a UMGF for more than four years total (i.e. if you receive an award during your masters work and another award during your PhD, the total in both programs can only be four years), and UMGFs cannot be held with other public awards. For more information about these and other requirements, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies funding and awards page, and especially their information about the UMGF.

Every year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies indicates the amount available for UMGFs, takes into account awards that must be continued from year to year, and indicates to the Graduate Programs how many new UMGFs will be available, and how they will be distributed across the University.

The Faculty of Arts graduate programs are thus provided with a maximum number of awards to be made, and a maximum amount of money that can be disbursed in new awards. These are awarded in a two-stage process. In the first, some departments are awarded a single UMGF to be offered to their top applicant. In the second, any funds not awarded in the first pass are offered to applicants in the order they are ranked at the Faculty level.

Download the UMGF Application and Instructions - Linguistics PDF. The checklist and required documents (including the research plan/statement of research interests, transcripts, and one letter of recommendation) must be uploaded to AY before 15 January (for awards to begin the following September).

These are ranked according to academic merit, scholarly merit, GPA, and other criteria. Applications which cannot be ranked (for instance because the GPA falls below requirement indicated by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Graduate Studies for that year) are notified immediately. If and when the Department is notified that a UMGF is available to our top candidate, they are notified. All other ranked applications are forwarded to the Faculty of Arts, to be ranked with all applications from across the Faculty. Any second-pass awards are made via this Faculty-wide ranking.

Applicants for admission can upload the UMGF checklist as part of their application for admission online.  Returning students can apply in person and please forward your application materials to:

Graduate Chair (Attn: UMGF)
Department of Lingusitics
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Other funding opportunities may also be available. Applicants and students are encouraged to explore the resources listed with FGS (see the Funding and Awards area) for information on private, provincial and national competitions for scholarships/bursaries or research stipends. Internally, the University and the Faculty of Arts allow the student to apply for some travel reimbursements (for conferences, etc.), and small grant competitions (such as the Arts Endowment Fund). The Department usually has a limited number of marker-grader positions that are made available during the year. In addition, individual faculty may have opportunities for research assistants on individual or grant-supported projects. It is also possible to apply to teach sessional courses when they become available. None of these opportunites can be made available to studnets until they have been admitted and begun their programs; we cannot guarantee these kinds of opportunities before admission.