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Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Supporting you through your studies

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics requires full funding of all graduate students. In general, the full funding period is up to 2 years for MSc students and up to 4 years for PhD students.

Levels of support are determined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research guidelines. Each graduate supervisor appointed through the Department of Physiology and Biophysics must provide funding at a minimum or greater level, for this period.

Funding to achieve this minimum will generally come either from the grants to the supervisor, or from scholarships directly to the student—or from a combination of both. It is the policy of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics that income derived from teaching assistantships can not be counted towards or used to achieve the minimum required stipend.

Graduate students will not be accepted into any laboratory in the absence of this commitment to full funding. Tuition is paid directly from that support money. All students are encouraged to apply for traineeships/studentships offered by agencies such as the CIHR, NSERC and others.

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. The current fee can be obtained from the Registrar's Office. In addition to the regular tuition fees, foreign students also pay a differential fee. 

The President's Award

The award will cover tuition (but not international differential fees or other student fees) for students starting PhD programs who have a full doctoral scholarship from one of the specified agencies: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC or Killam.

Find out more about The President's Award.