Graduate Financial Support

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.

The table below shows the 2022-2023 standard funding for each program.

ProgramGuaranteed FundingDuration
MASc - Domestic$27,000
(Approx. $8,000 towards tuition & fees + $19,000 stipend)
Year 1
MASc - International$47,756
(Approx. $28,756 towards tuition & fees + $19,000 stipend)
Year 1
PhD - Domestic$28,500
(Approx. $8,000 towards tuition & fees + $20,500 stipend)
Years 1-4
PhD - International$29,112
(Approx. $8,612 towards tuition & fees + $20,500 stipend)
Years 1-4
PhD (transfer)* -Domestic$28,500
(Approx. $8,000 towards tuition & fees + 20,500 stipend)
Yeas 1-4
PhD (transfer)* - International$29,112
(Approx. $8,612 towards tuition & fees + $20,500 stipend)
Years 2-5
PhD (direct-entry) – Domestic$28,500
(Approx. $8,000 towards tuition & fees + 20,500 stipend)
Years 1-5
PhD (direct-entry) – International$29,112
(Approx. $8,612 towards tuition & fees + $20,500 stipend)
Years 1-5
PhD (Flex-Time)Not normally funded

*student was originally admitted into MASc program, then transferred into the PhD program

Please see the Standard Funding Projections for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

Additionally, whenever possible, students will typically work up to 100 Teaching Assistantship hours (approximately $4,700). Students must apply to available positions to be eligible.

External awards are applied to the guaranteed funding. Students receiving these awards, however, can expect to receive a top-up to the guaranteed funding of $2,000-$5,000, depending on the award.

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.

Financial support for MASc and PhD students is usually a combination of:

  • Research Assistantship/Research Stipend (RA) – Paid to the student on a monthly basis on the 28th of each month from their supervisor’s grants.
  • ChemE Fellowship (CEF) – Students within the funded cohort (see table above) are considered for the DEF, no application is required.
  • Scholarships
  • Teaching Assistantship (TA)

The Funding Breakdown outlines how much students will be paid from each source of funding based on the awards/scholarships they are receiving. Mandatory top-up amounts are included in the breakdown.

Students will receive a detailed funding letter at the beginning of every academic year outlining their funding support.

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.

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