Many graduate students at McMaster are eligible for financial
support, such as teaching assistantships, research funds, University graduate
scholarships, external scholarships, and bursaries.
TAs are provided to many graduate students who are offered admission
to regular full-time programs. Depending on the program, duties can consist
of conducting tutorials, lab demonstrations, or marking. A full teaching
assistantship consists of 260 hours over two terms.
University Graduate Scholarships:
McMaster ensures that full-time graduate students in Ph.D.
programs and in many Master’s programs receive scholarships
(awarded annually). A Ph.D. student is normally funded for four years.
Students in Master’s programs are usually funded for their
first three to six terms depending on the department.
McMaster University has adopted a policy of ensuring that all full-time
Ph.D. students receive at least $17,500 per year. Many programs
have support levels in excess of this amount. Please contact the
person in charge of graduate recruiting in your program of
interest to find out more.
Endowed Scholarships and Bursaries:
A list of these awards is found in the School of Graduate
Studies Calendar which is available online. These awards have various amounts
and conditions associated with them.
Many scholarships awarded by granting councils can be held at McMaster
University. These include the Ontario
Graduate Scholarships (OGS), the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) doctoral
fellowships, and the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postgraduate