Funding and awards
All MSc students will be eligible for various forms of funding; a minimum of $16,000 per year is available to qualified students who are accepted into the programs. Financial support can be obtained from the following sources:
Canadian students are strongly encouraged to apply to provincial and federal granting agencies for graduate scholarships, and foreign students will be encouraged to apply to granting agencies in their own country.
- Federal granting agency: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and
- Ontario granting agency: Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Subject to the availability of funds, each student will be eligible for Graduate Assistantships that consist of a Teaching Assistantship and a Research Assistantship. Priority for Graduate Assistantships will be given to students in the first 20 months (5 semesters) of the program. The granting of a Graduate Assistantship to a student after this time will be treated on a case-by-case basis, and will be subject to the availability of funds and the merit of the candidate. Students will be automatically considered for a Graduate Assistantship upon submission of their application to the program.
The funds from the Graduate Assistantships will be distributed in the following manner. The Teaching Assistantship will have a maximum of 10 hours per week, with the duties consisting of conducting tutorial sections and performing marking duties for undergraduate courses. A maximum of 120 hours per semester will be available, carrying a stipend of $8,400 per year ($4,200 per semester for 2 semesters) at the 2006 level. The Teaching Assistantships will predominantly be available in the fall and winter semesters, with some being available in the spring and summer semesters.
The Research Assistantship, which is provided from the research grants of the student's supervisor, will fund the student at an expected level of $7,600 per year. The duties of the student will principally be to conduct scholarly activities related to their thesis or research project, but may also include assisting their supervisor on related research projects.
UOIT Graduate Awards
We will offer a limited number of Graduate Awards to students who have strong research potential. The financial support of the students receiving the award may be supplemented by research and teaching assistantships. A competition based on academic excellence will determine the recipients and the value of the Graduate Research Awards in any given year.