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Graduate funding

Graduate Student Funding Terms and Conditions


  • About Assistantships

    The primary sources of funding for graduate students at Ontario Tech University will be teaching assistantships, research assistantships and/or graduate research assistantships. These are available to both Canadian and international students. Normally, funding will not be provided to part-time students and/or students in professional programs (i.e. graduate diploma programs, MEd, MEng, MEngM, MITS etc.).

    These sources of funding are usually established in an offer of admission and are administered by the student's faculty office. General questions can be directed to Specific questions should be directed to the appropriate graduate program director.

     Please note:

    • If you are awarded additional fellowships, scholarships, bursaries and/or you secure outside employment, the financial commitment from the faculty and the university may be reconsidered.
    • The 10-hour rule policy applies to the TAship and RAship.
    • The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number used in the administration of various Canadian government programs. As an international student, you will need to obtain a SIN if you plan to accept a TAship, RAship or GRAship. The university has a legal obligation to request and record the SIN for those individuals who are paid through payroll. For information on how to apply for a SIN, please visit the International Student Services website.
    • The terms and conditions of employment for TAs and RAs at Ontario Tech University are governed by the collective agreement between the university and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).
  • Teaching assistantships

    Teaching assistantships (TAships) are assigned to qualified full-time graduate students. These positions give students valuable teaching experience and enable them to build rewarding relationships with students and professors. Teaching assistants (TAs) are assigned courses upon arrival to campus. The specific duties of the position will be outlined upon completion of the TA contract. Payment for being a TA is considered a salary.

  • Research assistantships

    Research assistantships (RAships) are employment opportunities that require students to conduct work on a professor's research project. Students are paid for this work from a professor's research grant. The difference between this form of funding and a graduate research assistantship (GRAship) is that students who work as research assistants (RAs) are not paid to conduct research for their own course work, projects or theses. Payment for being a RA is considered a salary.

  • Employment forms
  • Graduate research assistantships

    Graduate research assistantships (GRAships) are funds paid to graduate students from research grant funding that has been awarded to a professor. GRAships enable students to conduct scholarly activities directly related to their own course work or to the development of their theses or major projects. The dollar value of these awards will vary. If you change your program, research topic or supervisor, you may no longer receive a GRAship.

    Funding eligibility terms and conditions are described in the Graduate Student Funding Terms and Conditions publication.

  • 10-hour rule

    As a member university of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies, the university is committed to ensuring that full-time graduate students work no more than an average of 10 hours per week on campus. This 10-hour rule is in place to ensure that full-time students are in a position to devote their time and energy to the requirements of their program of studies and research.

    To be considered a full-time graduate student, a student must meet the following criteria (source: Graduate Academic Calendar):

    "If employed by the university, work no more than an average of 10 hours per week at diversionary employment while they are registered as a full-time student. Diversionary employment is work that takes a student's time away from his or her program of study and research. For example, teaching assistant positions are diversionary employment while most graduate research assistantships are not, if they directly support students in their programs of study and research. In calculating this diversionary work average it is recognized that employment opportunities for full-time students may fluctuate throughout the year. Students have a diversionary work allocation of 510 hours in any 12-month period and no more than 255 in any of each of three terms: fall (September to December), winter (January to April) and spring/summer (May to August)."

  • Payment of assistantships

    Teaching assistantships and research assistantships are coordinated through the faculty and are typically paid on a bi-weekly basis as outlined in the contract.

    Graduate research awards are coordinated through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. GRA payments are paid to student accounts in one lump sum each term.

  • Employment deductions for Personal Tax Credits Return (TD1 Form)

    The TD1 tax form is used to calculate the amount of income tax that will be deducted from your employment income. It is called a personal tax credit return because it takes those credits into consideration.

    Students with on-campus employment may wish to complete this form and submit it to

  • Minimum funding levels

    Ontario Tech University is committed to providing financial support to its graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral programs. Each program has a minimum funding threshold for full-time students. These minimum levels may be met or exceeded in a given year and are typically offered for the standard length of the program. The minimum funding may be met through various sources of funding (see below) and these sources are normally outlined in the offer of funding at the time of admission.

    Program Minimum funding
    MA, MHSc $9,000 per year
    MSc, MASc $16,000 per year
    PhD $18,000 per year

    Minimum funding may be achieved through any one or more of, but is not limited to, the following: graduate research assistantships, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships.

    Please note that these are minimums set by the university; individual programs may have higher minimum funding levels.

    In order to continue to receive the minimum funding, students must continue to meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Graduate Student Funding Terms and Conditions publication.

Indigenous Graduate Scholarship

  • Overview
    The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has developed the Indigenous Graduate Scholarship (IGS) to increase Indigenous graduate students’ access to thesis-based programs and to support their academic success.
  • Value, duration and number of awards

    Two IGS awards are available per academic year: one at the master’s level and one at the doctoral level. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 per year for the standard length of program, normally two years for a master’s student and four years for a doctoral student.

    These scholarships are over and above the university’s current levels of minimum funding. Minimum funding may vary from program to program.

    This scholarship may be combined with other scholarships and awards.

  • Eligibility and GPA requirements

    To be considered eligible for support, candidates must:

    • Be Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis or Inuit.
    • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
    • Be enrolled or plan to enrol in a full-time Ontario Tech University research-based program that leads to a graduate degree.
    • Have obtained an A- average (GPA: 3.7 on a 4.3 scale or 80 to 84 per cent) as calculated for admission. Consideration will be given to the full range of academic, personal, professional and cultural knowledge that applicants bring to scholarship.
  • Selection process