Funding your studies

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)

International students

In addition to the funding from the unit, international students may receive others awards. Please refer to the GSPA International Student Funding page for more information.

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

Department/school funding

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

Additional opportunties

Mehta-Jenner Climate Change Mitigation Graduate Scholarship

The Mehta-Jenner Climate Change Mitigation Graduate Scholarship is awarded to two full-time, domestic or international (preferred) women graduate students registered in a research-based master’s program in the Faculty of Mathematics. Selection is based on a demonstrated passion for the environment and climate change.

Congratulations to the two students awarded this scholarship for the first time:

  • Taylor Hanson – Applied Mathematics (Hydrodynamics on the inland lakes of Yucatan Peninsula)
  • Meixi Chen – Statistics & Actuarial Science (Spatial modelling on wind speeds)

Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship

Female student smilingThe Faculty of Mathematics is pleased to offer the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship. As co-creators with the Faculty of Engineering, we are committed to increasing the diversity of the Canadian workforce by enhancing the Faculty’s efforts to support and prepare tomorrow’s diverse leaders.

Two IBET Momentum Fellowships are available to Faculty of Mathematics doctoral students registered full-time in Spring 2021 or later. Each Fellowship is valued at $25,000 per year with an additional $5,000 per year in the form of a Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) for a maximum of 4 years/12 terms. This will allow recipients to pursue advanced degrees and undertake both traditional and/or non-traditional areas of research without incurring financial hardship.

Visit the IBET Momentum Fellowship website for more information on eligibility and the application process.

Scholarship resources

A virtual workshop on writing research proposals for NSERC applications was held on October 2, 2020. Professors and scholarship recipients shared their experience and tips on writing NSERC proposals. View the presentation and recording below:

Please visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs' (GSPA) website for more resources on scholarship competitions.