Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (RA)

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions are held by a qualified student to assist a faculty member with instructional responsibilities. TA positions are arranged by your academic department and paid through Human Resources. The rates below are recommended by the Graduate Student Support Advisory Committee. 1 2

Effective date Per term Per month Per hour
May 1, 2020 $5,422.40 $1,355.60 $33.89
May 1, 2019 $5,305 $1,326.25 $33.16

1 Rates do not include 4% vacation pay.
2 Rates assume 10 hours per week for 16 weeks during a term.  

For further detail regarding Teaching Assistantship positions at Waterloo, please review Policy 30 - Employment of Graduate Student Teaching Assistants

Graduate Research Assistantships (RA)

Graduate Research Assistantship (RA) positions are held by a qualified student who performs a designated list of research duties under the supervision of one or more faculty members. The student is expected to complete tasks on a fixed schedule and reports progress to the supervisor(s) on an agreed schedule. Duties and assigned tasks may be routine or advanced but normally fall outside the scope of the student’s research. The relationship between supervisor(s) and student is similar to that of employer and employee. RA positions are arranged by your academic department and paid through Human Resources. The rates below are recommended by the Graduate Student Support Advisory Committee.1 2

Effective date Position Per term Per month Per hour
May 1, 2020 RA - Master's $6,739.20 $1,684.80 $42.12
RA - Doctoral $8,019.20 $2,004.80 $50.12
May 1, 2019 RA - Master's $6,595 $1,648.70 $41.22
RA - Doctoral $7,846 $1,961.50 $49.04

1 Rates do not include 4% vacation pay.
2 Rates assume 10 hours per week for 16 weeks during a term.  

Visit our funding payment information web page for information on how TAs and RAs are paid.