Funding your education

Minimum Funding

Students in our research-based programs are funded via a combination of Teaching Assistantships, scholarships/awards, and supervisor support such as Graduate Research Assistantships/Studentships. Part time students and students in coursework or professional programs, such as the MActSc and MQF, do not receive funding.

Full-time MMath students in good academic standing are normally funded for one year (3 academic terms). This is usually comprised of two TA units per term totaling 10 hours of work per week. 

Full-time PhD students in good academic standing are normally for four years (12 academic terms). This is usually comprised of two TA units per term for the first six terms, and some combination of TA units/supervisor support thereafter.

Your offer letter will contain specific details of the funding you will receive. We recommend you use the student budget calculator to better understand the costs associated with your program. 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TA)

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions are held by a qualified student to assist a faculty member with instructional responsibilities. A separate application is not required  to be a TA. Your offer letter will indicate how may TA positions you are guaranteed throughout your program (research-based programs only). 

Graduate Research Assistantship

Graduate Research Assistantship (RA) positions are held by a qualified student who performs specific research duties under the supervision of one or more faculty members. The student completes tasks on a fixed schedule and reports progress to the supervisor(s). Duties and assigned tasks may be routine or advanced but normally fall outside the scope of the student’s research.

Graduate Research Studentship

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.

Additional funding opportunities

In addition to the minimum funding there are awards and scholarships that require a separate application. Review the links below for more information.