Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program. The Joint PhD program is offered jointly through Lakehead University, the University of Windsor, and Brock University. The online application process for the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program is supported by Lakehead University. In your application, you will be asked which University, Lakehead, Windsor or Brock you would like to apply to.  Your application will have the Lakehead University logo and contact information on it regardless of which university you apply to.  All applications to the Joint PhD Program will automatically be forwarded to the Office of the Secretariat of the Joint PhD Program for assessment.  Please review all information below carefully prior to proceeding with your application.

REMINDER: The application deadline is November 15, 2018.  

PLEASE NOTE: You must use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers to access the online application.

Step 1: Complete the online application including the following sections:

  • Program Selection
  • Biographical Information 
  • Personal Contact Information
  • Citizenship Declaration
  • Academic History
  • Academic Reference Form

Submit the application fee:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $105.00 in Canadian funds is required.  This fee is payable to Lakehead University by American Express, Cheque, Direcy Deposit, Mastercard, Money Order/Draft and Visa.
  • Applications will not be processed without the application fee

You will be contacted by email (within one week) when we have received your paid application informing you of the required application materials you must submit.  This email will also provide you with your username/Lakehead student number, temporary password, and instructions on how to login to the Lakehead MyInfo portal where you can monitor the status of your application and documents.

Step 2: Academic References

  • As part of your application, you must submit two Referee Assessment Reports and supporting reference letters.  You can download the reference report here: Referee Assessment Report
  • References should be from qualified academic scholars attesting to, and documenting an applicant's potential for graduate level study and research.
  • It is your responsibility to provide your referees with the Reference Report, instructions for submitting their reference, as well as deadlines for submission.
    • Referees need to complete the Referee Assessment Report as well as write a Support Letter on the asociated letterhead on your behalf.
  • Referees can submit via email (jointphd@lakeheadu.ca) or by mail to Office of the Secretariat:
    Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program
    Lakehead, Faculty of Education
    955 Oliver Road 
    Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
  • References are confidential and may be verified for authenticity

Step 3: Transcripts

  • Two official, original copies, of your academic transcripts and/or degree certificates from each post-secondary institution you have attended must be forwarded to the Office of the Secretariat:
    Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program
    Lakehead, Faculty of Education
    955 Oliver Road 
    Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
  • If the transcripts/degree certificates are not in English, a notarized translation must also be included with the original documents
  • Transcripts must show all courses, marks, grading scales and awarding of degree(s) (if applicable)
  • Transcripts will be verified for authenticity – misrepresentation, fraudulent or falsified documents are considered serious offences and will be dealt to the fullest extent possible.

Step 4: Supporting Documents

In order to complete your application, you must upload your other supporting documents (listed below). Once you have received your Lakehead username/ID# and password you will be able to activate your Lakehead University MyInfo Portal where you can upload your documents including:

1) Research Plan 

  • Your Research Plan should be a brief (1000 words maximum) description of your proposed area of research.  It should discuss the topic that is of most interest to you in the context of the field of study and the literature and refer to relevant research methodologies.
  • Please reiterate your intended field of study, potential supervisor, and the home universities you would like to consider your application.

2) Academic CV

3) Proof of Research Competency

  • Evidence of research competence usually demonstrated by a Master’s thesis, those who have not completed a thesis must submit evidence of equivalent research capability.

4) Proof of English Language Proficiency

English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants from other countries who have not completed a degree at a university where the primary language of instruction is English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission. This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

• A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual sub-category score less than 6.5.
• A minimum score of 100 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including a minimum score of 27 in the Written component and a minimum score of 27 in the Reading component.
• A minimum score of 60 (Brock & Lakehead University) and 70 (University of Windsor) on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) examination.

In some cases, home university regulations require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students with degrees from overseas universities, even where the language of instruction is English. Please check the home university websites for specific requirements. Please consult the Office of the Secretariat to submit an equivalent demonstration of proficiency.

Please note that transcripts and materials submitted in support of application to the Joint PhD in Educational Studies become the property of the Secretariat of the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program and will not be returned.