Stipend Policies

General Information on GRAs (stipends)

According to the Graduate Calendar, Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are stipends paid to graduate students in support of their scholarly activity or research, and in the preparation of their thesis or major paper.

"Funds to pay the GRA may be from research grants or contracts received by faculty members from external agencies or governments. In these cases, the student's research would contribute to the research of the faculty member under whose direction it is conducted and the dollar value of GRA stipends may depend on the external granting agencies' guidelines on support of graduate students through research operating grants. Alternatively, funding for the GRA may be from the University. Regardless, in either situation the GRAs must be approved by the department chair or school director on the recommendation of the advisor."
 

Graduate Student Stipends Policy Update (last updated June 2015)

The below was summarized by Dr. Georgia Mason, our Graduate Coordinator.


  • The minimum Ph.D stipend will be $21,500 per year (for a max. of nine full-time semesters), effective September 2016, and increasing each year thereafter by 2%, to track inflation.
  • The minimum M.Sc (thesis) stipend will be $18,000 per year (for a max. of six full-time semesters), effective September 2016, and increasing each year thereafter by 2%.
  • Minor scholarships ($5000 or under a year) and TA-ships will not be counted as part of the stipend: in other words, students winning these can add them onto their baseline minimum stipends (thus equivalent values will not be subtracted from the GRA).
  • Major scholarships (>$5000 a year) in contrast can be counted as part of the stipend: in other words, students winning these may have equivalent values subtracted from their GRA, at their advisor’s discretion (so students applying for major awards, like OGS or NSERC, should first negotiate with their advisor so that both parties are clear what will happen to the GRA if the student is successful).
  • Self-funded, domestic thesis students will no longer be accepted (as of Sept. 2016), unless they are either enrolled part-time (to give them time to work to fund themselves), or can prove financial support (e.g. a parental RESP). However, domestic students wishing to self-fund a full-time MSc may appeal to the Grad. Coordinator and Chair for special consideration. 

 

Minimum stipends for thesis students across OAC, ranked by value of minimum PhD stipend (CAD $); also CBS & OVC.
Department M.Sc Ph.D
FARE* (Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics) 22,000 30,000
SES (School of Environmental Sciences) 16,500 20,500 + guaranteed 1/2 GTA**
Plant Science 17,000 17,500
ABSc (Animal Biosciences) 18,000 21,500
Landscape Architecture None 17,500
Food Science None 17,500
     
OVC* (Ontario Veterinary College) 28,000 30,000
CBS (College of Biological Sciences) 19,100 21,500

* Values high because competing with professional salaries.

** GTA = Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

 

Minimum stipends for Animal Science thesis students across Canada (ranked by value of minimum PhD stipend)
Animal Science Dept. M.Sc Minimum Stipend Ph.D Minimum Stipend
UBC 21,000 21,000
Alberta 19,000 21,000
Dalhousie None 21,000
Manitoba 17,000 19,000
Guelph 18,000 21,500
Laval None None
McGill None None