Financial Support

The following kinds of financial supports are available to fully-qualified graduate students:

  • NSERC Scholarship

    The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) invests in people, discovery and innovation through master's and doctoral scholarships and fellowships in the natural sciences and engineering on the basis of national competitions. NSERC Scholarships are available to top students who have graduated from Canadian universities.
    NSERC scholarships are open to students studying science or engineering who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. Value of Funding (2010): Master's Students - up to $17,500 for one year Doctoral Students - up to $35,000 per year for three years New online application process - Form 201 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGS will be offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master??s and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students to apply. For further information and eligibility requirements:
    http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/BellandPostgrad-BelletSuperieures_eng.asp

  • Teaching Fellowship (Sessional Instructor)

    A Teaching Fellowship may be provided by either the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research or the Faculty of Science. The student is selected by the head of the department and is required to teach a regular undergraduate course. The tenure is 4 months. Current students with teaching experience and good spoken English should apply. It is challenging but good experience. For additional information and application form, please see the FGSR Funding/Special Awards information on the Scholarships & Awards section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

  • Graduate Studies Scholarship (also called Graduate Scholarship)

    Graduate Studies Scholarships (also called Graduate Scholarships) are also provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and distributed by the departmental graduate committee. The criteria are the overall course marks, publications if any, and the supervisor's evaluation of the student's progress. The tenure of a scholarship is 4 months and only full-time students are eligible. For additional information and application form, please see the FGSR Funding/Special Awards information on the Scholarships & Awards section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship

    Graduate Teaching Assistantships are also provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and distributed by the departmental graduate committee. The criteria are the overall course marks, publications if any, and the supervisor's evaluation of the student's progress. The student is required to do some TA jobs such as teaching a lab, marking assignments, giving tutorials, etc. The tenure of a TA is 4 months only and only full-time students are eligible. For additional information and application form, please see the FGSR Funding/Special Awards information on the Scholarships & Awards section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

  • Graduate Research Award

    Graduate Research Award are also provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and distributed by the departmental graduate committee. The criteria are the overall course marks, publications if any, and the supervisor's evaluation of the student's progress. The tenure is 4 months and only full-time students are eligible. For additional information and application form, please see the FGSR Funding/Special Awards information on the Scholarships & Awards section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

  • Departmental Teaching Assistantship

    A Departmental Teaching Assistantship may be provided to some full-time graduate students studying in the department. The student is required to do about 6-15 hours of marking per week for 10 to 12 weeks in the Fall or Winter semester depending on the course(s) assigned. Some Spring and Summer marking is also available. Masters students in their first two years and Ph.D students in their first three years are encouraged to apply. Salary is per CUPE 2419 agreement. For further information, please see the Student Assistants portion of the website.

  • Research Awards

    A research award is support offered by a faculty member and funded from a research grant. The exact nature of the work required will vary with the needs of the particular research project. It can range from computer programming to research and can be an individual or group project. It is not guaranteed that your supervisor will offer you this type of financial support or that such support will necessarily continue. It is important that you reach a clear understanding with your supervisor of what you can expect. Do not be shy about asking your supervisor if he or she is able to provide financial support in the coming semesters. Typically, this type of support is only offered to students who do not have other financial support.

  • Travel Scholarships

    The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research provides small travel awards for graduate students travelling to perform research or to present research results. Application must be made well in advance of the planned travel. For details, see the Student Conference Travel Awards section of the Grad Studies website.

    The Department of Computer Science supports some Graduate Travel Awards applications submitted to FGSR each year. Each eligible student is limited to one application per competition. Submit a completed application form to the Department Office for approval and signature.

    Deadlines for applications (subject to change without notice):
    • March 1 - for events scheduled from April 1 to July 31
    • July 1 - for events scheduled from August 1 to November 30
    • November 1 - for events scheduled from December 1 to March 31

  • Other Scholarships

    There are also numerous scholarships from various companies and organizations listed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research web site. The amounts vary from $500 to $20,000. The graduate studies scholarship committee handles the awards. Every student should check their eligibility and apply for them on their own. For additional information and application forms, please see the FGSR Funding/Special Awards information on the Scholarships & Awards section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.

  • Canadian Government Loans

    Canadian citizens and landed immigrants can get a loan from the Canadian Government to support their studies. There are many good reasons for getting a loan:

    • Students without loans can concentrate on their studies without doing anything not related to their studies and therefore can graduate earlier. Support other than scholarships usually requires some or even extensive work not related to the students' studies.
    • Students with a loan usually study much harder than students with support listed above, as every minute costs them money.
    • The students do not need to return all the money to the government because part of it is given to the students.



    The amount a student can get varies significantly among students of different professors and even among students of the same supervisor. Some students have no support at all and rely on savings or loans. Some students get more than enough money for their studies from marking, scholarships, fellowships, or their supervisor. The criteria are mainly the student's research progress and the amount of the grants/contracts the supervisor has.

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