Funding items and graduate assistantships

Funding items

Typically full-time domestic and international master’s students in research-based programs will receive $7,500/year (to be disbursed in 3 equal term payments) for the defined length of the graduate program; full-time domestic and international doctoral students in research-based programs will receive $13,500/year (to be disbursed in 3 equal term payments) for the defined length of the graduate program.  Funding will be deposited to the student account at the beginning of each eligible term. Graduate fellowship funding will be adjusted if a student receives Tri-Council external scholarship funds or OGS, QEII-GSST. In lieu of a graduate fellowship, students will receive a DGS Excellence Scholarship (DGS Excellence Scholarship replaces Graduate Fellowships for scholarship recipients).

Excellence Scholarships of $5,000 are awarded to recipients of Tri-Council Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) registered in master’s programs; and $8,500 to recipients registered in funded doctoral programs. Excellence Scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to recipients of OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships) and QEII-GSST (Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology) registered in master’s programs; and $6,000 to recipients registered in doctoral programs. The Excellence Scholarships are awarded for each year that the external scholarship is held during the program’s defined funding period. (Deposited to the student account at the beginning of each eligible term). This scholarship is in lieu of the graduate fellowship.(DGS Excellence Scholarship replaces Graduate Fellowships for scholarship recipients).

Note: CGS Doctoral Scholarship ($35,000), Vanier Doctoral Scholarship ($50,000) and Ontario Trillium Scholarship ($40,000) recipients are not eligible to receive a Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarship.

Full-time international master’s and doctoral students in research-based programs will receive $6,500/year (to be disbursed in 3 equal term payments) for the defined length of the graduate program. This is in addition to the Graduate Fellowship.

Research fellowship funds may range up to $10,000 per year. Research fellowship amounts vary and are specified by the graduate supervisor. Research fellowship funds are research training stipends and as such are not counted as employment. Prospective graduate students should contact their potential graduate supervisor and Graduate Program Director to inquire whether they are eligible to receive a research fellowship. (Deposited to the student account in terms specified by the supervisor).

DGS Entrance Scholarship: An award of $2,000 for domestic and international doctoral admits with an admission average of 80% or higher at the time of admission, disbursed in two equal payments of $1000 in terms 1 and 2.  An award of $1,000 for all domestic and international master’s admits with an admission average of 82% or higher at the time of admission, disbursed in term 1. All programs, except International Student Programs (ISP). This funding may not be combined with the DGS Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship or the DGS Refugee Entrance Scholarship. No application is required.

DGS Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship:  A $1,000 Entrance Scholarship opportunity for new Aboriginal master’s and doctoral admits (to be paid in one lump sum in term 1). This funding may not be combined with the DGS Entrance Scholarship. No application is required.

DGS Refugee Entrance Scholarship:  A $1,000 Entrance Scholarship opportunity for new refugee master’s and doctoral admits (to be paid in one lump sum in term 1). This funding may not be combined with the DGS Entrance Scholarship. No application is required.

Application through the completion and upload of the “Graduate Studies Internal Entrance Scholarship/Award Application” is required to be considered at the point of admission. (Deposited to the student account in terms 1 and 2).

Graduate assistantships

The majority of our graduate students are employed as Teaching Assistantships for 240 hrs/year, earning an average of $7,536/year. The Graduate Student Teaching/Research Assistantship is arranged by the graduate students Graduate Program Director and can include Teaching Assistant, Marker-Grader, Course Coordinator and/or Lab Demonstrator duties. The Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship is employment and is therefore processed through the Human Resource contract system in accordance with the CUPE 4207 Collective Agreement. See brocku.ca/hr-ehs for details. Students are paid bi-weekly via direct bank deposit for the duration specified in the contract. Graduate Student Teaching Assistantships are considered an integral component of graduate student training and experience for the majority of our graduate programs. This funding component is coordinated and determined by the graduate program.
For a listing of available positions, please refer to the Teaching & Teaching Support section of the Careers website.

A Research Assistantship is arranged through a contract of employment for a specified hourly wage, number of hours, period of time, and for specific work. The work outlined in the Research Assistantship contract is most often outside the scope of the graduate student’s own research. A Research Assistantship is employment and is therefore processed through the Human Resource contract system. Graduate students can undertake a contract research assistantship with their own supervisor or with another faculty member. A research assistantship could be undertaken in addition to the receipt of a research fellowship. Students are paid bi-weekly via direct bank deposit for the duration specified in the contract. The typical amount of a Research Assistant contract varies and is determined by the faculty researcher.

Full-time graduate students must monitor their hours of commitment from any employment work on campus so as to not to exceed an average of 10 hours per week over the course of the academic term. On-campus employment contracts are the responsibility of the graduate program and the Human Resources department of the University.

Graduate students who wish to accept contracts for on campus work (e.g. TA or RA hours) that are above 160 hours per term must first seek and obtain the approval of their Supervisor (if applicable) and their Graduate Program Director. The completed Request for Approval of Extra On-Campus Employment Hours form is then submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the Dean of Graduate Studies approval.