At Brock University, we realize the importance of financial support for our graduate students. Therefore, financial assistance opportunities are available to our students in several forms including grants, scholarships, funding packages etc.
What is a Funding Package?
A funding package is financial support for our grad students and includes a fellowship that is automatically applied to the student’s account and an assistantship position that is paid bi-weekly to a student’s personal bank account.
Amounts vary depending on the student’s pathway:
Brock guarantees our full-time, research-based graduate students a fellowship for the defined length of their graduate program (unless the student receives external scholarship or funding). If a student receives an external scholarship or funding, they will receive a Dean of Graduate Studies (DGS) Excellence Scholarship instead. Payment details of the fellowship are below.
The paid assistantship can include a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA) position. Most programs reserve this paid position for their graduate students. The student’s program is responsible for hiring and coordinating hours for students while the rate of pay is governed by the CUPE collective agreement.
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Other Opportunities for incoming/new students:
- DGS (Dean of Graduate Studies) Excellence Scholarship – awarded to recipients of external scholarships of OGS, QEII, NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC (Vanier award recipients are ineligible to receive this scholarship). Anything over $50,000/year is ineligible.
- Horizon Scholarship – awarded to underrepresented student leaders from various fields to enhance building a diverse and inclusive university community.
- International Master’s Merit Entrance Award – This renewable award is given to high-calibre international students with a minimum entrance of 87% average.
- Brock Indigenous Graduate Award – Open to all self-identified Indigenous grad students, in any program.
- Professional Program Merit Entrance Award –Awarded to support academic excellence with students holding an 87% entrance average. This excludes ISP and diploma programs.
- Research Fellowship – These are program and supervisor-dependent and are considered ‘top-ups’.
- Graduate Program Entrance Scholarship – These scholarships differ per program and are used as part of their recruitment process.
- Donor (funded) Scholarships – These entrance awards and scholarships are part of the application process. Students fill out a form during their application and are automatically considered for over 150 opportunities.
Specific funding amounts are reviewed each year and subject to budgetary approval.
Opportunities for current students:
Current Graduate students may also apply for Internal Donor Awards, Travel Expense Reimbursement and Bursaries throughout their studies.
Government-funded/external scholarships and awards – External scholarships and awards are also available to those who qualify.
Payment of your Funding Package
Funding packages are divided equally amongst the three terms (Fall, Winter and Spring) and posted to your student financial account (my.brocku.ca) at the beginning of each term. Any other awards or scholarships are one-time lump sum payments posted to your financial account at the beginning of the relevant term. The fellowship is not available for part-time students.
The Graduate Assistantship is employment income, and is paid bi-weekly to your personal bank account.
Tuition and ancillary fees are posted to the student’s financial account at the beginning of each term (September, January, May) and deducted from the total graduate funding amount for the term. If your funding exceeds your tuition fee assessment you will be eligible for payment to your personal bank account via INTERAC electronic funds transfer through your Brock e-mail account.
No transfers will be made if changes are pending.
Graduate students may view their tuition fee assessments through their Brock Portal under “Finance History” and not in their Fee Calculator. Fee Calculator is only for undergraduate students, not graduate students.
Please note that students on an approved leave of absence or inactive term are not eligible to receive University financial support. Eligible funding terms may commence again following an approved Leave of Absence or Inactive term.
Although financial support cannot be guaranteed to all graduate students in all programs, we encourage you to inquire about financial assistance with your Graduate Program Director in your program of study. You may also contact the Graduate Funding Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies to learn more about your graduate funding options.
Funding tables were last updated 2022.