MASc and PhD students are provided financial support for a standard period of time (see table below). MEng students do not receive financial support from the Department. All students are encouraged to review SGS’s Financing your Graduate Education.
MASc and PhD students receive enough funding to cover tuition and incidental fees plus at least $15,000 per year for living expenses. For domestic students, the minimum funding/year is $23,500 (MASc) and $25,500 (PhD) in total per year. International students pay higher tuition fees, thus their financial support is typically about $13,000 more than that of domestic students. Financial support for MASc and PhD students is usually a combination of:
- Research Assistantship/Research Stipend (RA)
- ChemE Fellowship (CEF)
- Funds to cover the difference between international and domestic fees (if applicable)
All MASc and PhD students are guaranteed 50 hours of Teaching Assistantship (TA), which has a value of approximately $2,000. Teaching Assistantship income is supplementary to the financial support listed above.
The table below shows the standard funding periods for each program.
|Program||Standard funding period|
|PhD (student holds a Master’s degree)||4 yrs|
|Direct-entry PhD (student does not hold a Master’s degree and was admitted directly into the PhD program)||5 yrs|
|Fast-track PhD (student was originally admitted into MASc program, then bypassed/transferred into the PhD program)||5 yrs from the start of the MASc program|
|Flex-time PhD||Not normally funded|
Any financial support after the standard funding period is at the discretion of the supervisor, and students are encouraged to discuss this with their supervisor prior to the end of their standard funding period.
Note for Applicants
All MASc and PhD applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships in order to make their application more competitive. Please see the Scholarships & Awards information on the SGS website. For applicants, the awards under Government-Funded Awards and International Student Awards will be of particular interest.