Research and Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are intended to help properly qualified graduate students meet the cost of their studies at the University. Student appointments may involve part-time duties in teaching, research, or other academic activities. Both are co-ordinated and administered at the graduate program level. For more detailed information, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Policies and Procedures on Teaching or Research Assistantships.

Teaching Assistantships

Most graduate programs have a limited number of Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. For specific information on Teaching Assistantships, students should contact their graduate program. General information about Teaching Assistantships is available on our website.

Research Assistantships

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (RA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction.

The duties might constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. The stipend amounts vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded.

For specific information on Research Assistantships, students should contact their graduate program. General information about Research Assistantships is available on our website.

Awards and Other Sources of Funding

Most external funding agencies have clearly defined policies regarding additional funding for award recipients. Funding agencies might restrict the amount students are eligible to receive from other awards, number of hours they can spend on work unrelated to their research, the type of research grants used to pay any additional Research or Teaching Assistantships, etc. It is the award recipients' responsibility to comply with the rules and regulations of their award.

Students who hold awards totalling $17,500 or more per year are required to limit their number of hours of employment to an average of 12 hours per week. Requests for exceptions may be made to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.