Financial Support

Most Graduate Students in a research program within the Faculty of Mathematics receive funding during their studies. Your offer letter and letter of acceptance will contain information about the department/unit specific details of the minimum level of funding you will receive and the conditions under which the funding will be made available.

Students who are admitted with funding and are registered as full-time normally receive financial support until the end of their program time limit, as long as they fulfil the necessary academic requirements and program milestones. In addition, continued support in the form of awards and scholarships may require maintaining a higher average in coursework. Please refer to your offer letter and/or speak to your Graduate Coordinator for the minimum requirements for your unit. 

The student must also satisfactorily perform the duties required for the financial support. Performance is assessed by the supervisor for research assistants, and by the instructor, department chair or graduate officer for teaching assistants. As stated in university policy guidelines: “A student whose performance is judged to be unsatisfactory will normally receive written warning and suggestions for improvement. If the student's performance does not improve sufficiently within a reasonable period of time, financial support may be reduced or discontinued. Written warning and an opportunity need not be given in cases of serious misconduct or serious neglect of duties”. Please see the complete policy on the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) Guidelines on Graduate Student Support.

Full-time Graduate Students (domestic and international) without a major award are supported by three main sources of funding from their unit:

  • Graduate Research Studentship (GRS)
  • Teaching Assistantships (TA), and
  • Graduate Student Assistantship (GRA)

In addition to the funding from the unit, international students can also receive the following awards. Please refer to the GSPA International Student Funding page. 

  • The International Masters Student Award (IMSA) (for students admitted before Spring 2019) or
  • The International Doctoral Student Award (IDSA).

Please see the GSPA General Information and Regulations (Awards and financial aid section) for more information regarding Awards and Financial Aid.

For more detailed information relating to your department/school funding, please see the following:

New funding for domestic students

Additional funds are available for both domestic PhD and research Master’s students beginning their studies in fall 2018. Please see our Future Graduate Student page for more information.