Minimum funding and other support

Minimum Funding

All full-time students in the MASc and PhD programs are guaranteed a minimum level of funding while they are within their program time limits and in good academic standing. You will use this to pay your tuition and then the rest, if applicable, will be deposited into your bank account. 

Part-time MASc and PhD students are not eligible for minimum funding. 

Plan Duration Amount (Per year)
PhD (from a complete Master’s) 12 terms (4 years) $30,000*
PhD (directly from a Bachelor's) 15 terms (5 years) $30,000*
MASc 6 terms (2 years) $18,000*
MEng/ MMSc/ MBET/ MARch   No guaranteed funding
*If you are assessed with international tuition, visit international student funding.

Minimum funding for doctoral students is reviewed annually by the Graduate Student Support Advisory Committee. Explore the annual review process.

Additional to the minimum funding

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TA) & Graduate Research Assistanships (RA)

TA’s and RA’s are paid monthly and the salaries are on top of the minimum funding. Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (RA) are available to selected students and are paid on top of any awards and scholarships they are already receiving.


  • Graduate teaching assistantships (TA) are positions held by qualified students to assist a faculty member with instructional responsibilities. TA’s perform various tasks such as teaching a class, marking papers, or holding drop-in sessions to support students in their learning. 
  • Graduate research assistantships (RA) are positions held by qualified students who are responsible for helping a faculty member with their research. The research duties of an RA are outside the scope of a student's research.  
    • If a student receives a TA or RA salary and a scholarship, the scholarship will be paid once during that term, but their salary is paid monthly at the end of each month.  RA/TA salaries are taxed.
    • If a student declines a TA or RA opportunity, it will not get replaced with a scholarship. 

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