Guidelines for the awarding of financial support to graduate students
- Allocation of funds to Academic Units from the School of
- Funds from the budget of the School of Graduate Studies will be
allocated to academic units on an annual basis for the support of
their graduate students.
- Recommendations for the awarding of these funds must be
forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies for approval and
disbursement according to the following procedures.
- Procedures for the allocation of SGS funds to students
- Only full-time students are eligible for any type of financial
award. A full time graduate student cannot commit more than
twenty-four hours per week to employment. Any changes in a
student's registration status will normally be made for a minimum
of one semester. Normally, only one such change in status will be
permitted in any one semester.
- Funds allocated by the School are to be awarded on the basis of
academic merit. In the case of students holding degrees from North
American universities, eligibility will normally be restricted to
those with an overall average of 75% in all courses attempted
(excluding those in the first year of an undergraduate programme).
An equivalent level of performance will be required for students
holding degrees from other universities.
- All financial awards will normally be offered to the student at
the time of admission. Awards will normally be made for a one year
period, and may be renewed for one additional year in the case of a
Master's candidate, and two additional years in the case of a
- Master's students funded by the School of Graduate Studies, who
transfer to a Doctoral program, in accordance with General
Regulation A.2.a), shall receive the standard baseline differential
support awarded to Master's vs. Doctoral students currently in
place in the student's home department or program, backdated to the
commencement date of his/her Master's program. The cost will be
attributed to the relevant School of Graduate Studies baseline
- When special individual circumstances warrant, a one-time lump
sum payment may be made to a student at any time.
- Funds from the School's allocation to an academic unit may not
be used to extend the period of financial support beyond the
periods outlined above for any student who was the recipient of a
major scholarship or award, except as outlined in II(vii)
- In exceptional cases requests for funding not in accordance
with items ii)-v) may be considered. A period of supplementary
funding beyond that specified in item iii) will not normally exceed
one semester. A request may also be made for a one-semester period
of support from the School of Graduate Studies funds for students
previously supported by a major scholarship or award.
- An academic unit may request the re-allocation of funds
originally set aside for a student who fails to begin their
programme, but the recommendation for such a re-allocation must be
received by the School on or before the 1st of October, February,
or June, as appropriate. Such re-allocation shall be governed by
2.ii and, normally, shall only take effect at the beginning of next
- Students who have been awarded an external scholarship valued
at more than $10,000 normally may not receive more than $3,000 in
additional support drawn from the allocation made by the School of
Graduate Studies to the academic unit.
- Administration of graduate student support (regardless of
- Recommendations for adjustments to the level or source(s) of
bi-weekly funding received by any student must be submitted to the
School of Graduate Studies prior to the beginning of the semester
in which these changes will take effect.
- When special individual circumstances warrant, lump sum
payments from sources other than the SGS allocation may be made at
- When funding for a student is renewed for the second year of a
Master's programme, or the second or third year of a Doctoral
programme, the level of funding will normally be at least equal to
that received from the University and administered by the School in
the initial year of the programme.
- Graduate Assistantships
- Graduate assistantships are an integral part of
graduate student funding. The remuneration for GA duties forms a
portion of the student's financial support, and is awarded and paid
on a semester basis. The duties to be performed by a student
holding an appointment as a GA will be assigned by the academic
unit. Students holding GA appointments are expected to perform 56
hours of work per unit (i.e. an average of four hours per week over
a 14 week semester), and the remuneration for each unit will be
$750. No student may be awarded more than 8 GA units in any given
year from the School of Graduate Studies allocation.. Required
duties may include assisting in research and/or teaching, including
marking of assignments, invigilation of examinations, or laboratory