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Scholar's Electives Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Scholar’s Electives Program, the application is now closed for students planning to enter Western in Fall 2019. All those who submitted an application for the program will be notified of our decisions by early April, please monitor your Western Email account for updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate contacting Rebecca Smith, the Coordinator of Scholars' Programs directly at

The Scholar’s Electives Program is designed to offer a unique educational experience for high-achieving students. The program is ideal for individuals interested in academic enrichment though an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate learning and those who have the intention of pursuing higher education at the post-graduate/professional level.   

Those selected for this opportunity will comprise a small group (no larger than 50-60 students per year across all eligible faculites) who will, in addition to their Honors degree courses, enrol in the Scholar’s Electives module of 3.0 courses. The module includes a first-year interdisciplinary course, a number of upper-year research courses (instructed by individual faculty mentors), and a Capstone Seminar: Civic Engagment, Professional Development & Communications in fourth year.

Additional program benefits:

Conduct guided undergraduate research with a faculty mentor beginning in second year of university

Study with other Scholar’s Electives students from across campus in interdisciplinary seminar courses taught by award winning faculty members

Participate in enriching leadership opportunities that include the production of a scholarly magazine, mentoring other students, and volunteering in the London community

Receive personal attention and support through specialized programming

Tailor your personal academic goals by creating a themed degree such as multiculturalism, globalization or bioethics that perfectly suits your interests

Increase your competitiveness for major awards, national fellowships and scholarships, graduate and professional studies and employment opportunities

Apply for one of 15 scholarships valued at $1000 in second, third and fourth years (some exclusions apply)

Live in Elgin Hall Residence on the Scholar’s Electives floor with other like-minded students (availability is based on the residence lottery system)

Application Eligibility Requirements: