Teaching Assistantship (TA)

A Teaching Assistantship (TA) is a position 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 $5,421.71 $1,355.43 $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 Assistantship (RA)

A Graduate Research Assistantship (RA) is a position 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 $6,740.09 $1,684.97 $42.12
RA - Doctoral $8,018.61 $2,004.65 $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.  

Graduate Research Studentship (GRS)

A Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) directly supports students in research based graduate programs. The academic supervisor(s) provide advice to the student and guide their progress towards the requirements of their degree on a schedule that best suits the interests of the student’s advancement. The student consults with the supervisor(s) regularly on research matters, and assumes tasks and duties commensurate with the standards of practice within their discipline.

Results of the student’s research efforts are expected to comprise the student's research thesis or paper, but may also in parallel lead to joint publications with his/her supervisor(s). Students must be registered in a graduate program to receive GRS funding. GRS funds are arranged by your academic department and paid through Quest.

Visit our funding payment information web page for more information on how awards and are paid to students.

For assistance distinguishing between Graduate Research Studentships (GRS) from Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) please view the Human Resources website.