Graduate Programs

Research Assistantships Regulations

Fall/Winter Research Assistantship Funding

The first priority for assigning duties from Faculty funds is to teach laboratory, seminar, physical activity and theory courses in the Undergraduate Program. If a student has any unassigned hours, the student may be assigned to a professor to provide research assistance.

Students who receive research assistantship (RA) funding will be assigned their research duties by their academic supervisor. An RA provided by Faculty operating funds during Fall and Winter terms is in support of supervisor research, not student research. Course based students are ineligible to receive Faculty operation RA funding; however, students may receive funding from their supervisor or another Faculty member.

Spring/Summer Research Assistantship Funding

The Faculty is committed to providing some funding for graduate research assistantships during the Spring (May-June) and Summer (July-Aug) terms. The primary purpose of these assistantships is to support qualified students in developing and completing their research. This type of funding is designed to allow students to concentrate on their own research while remaining on campus. As funds vary from year to year research assistantships may not always be attainable.

Priorities for allocation of funds from the Graduate Program Office are to support students who have provided satisfactory service to the Faculty through previous GA assignments (e.g., teaching) and/or are at “critical” points in their programs (e.g., doctoral students preparing for candidacy).  Course based students are ineligible to receive Faculty operation RA funding; however, students may receive funding from their supervisor or another Faculty member.

Eligibility

  • Canadian/Permanent Resident Students (thesis based): 2 months during the May - August period.
  • International/Study Permit Students (thesis based): 3 months during the May - August period.
  • Cannot be combined with intersession (Spring/Summer) Teaching Assistantship funding.
  • If you receive 12 hours/week support from your supervisor (trust funded), you are not eligible for additional support from the Faculty. 
  • If you are partially funded by your supervisor, you may receive Faculty support, but not in excess of 2 or 3 months as stated above.

Requirements

  • A proposal for period where financial assistance is being requested. Clearly outline the specifics of the work to be completed and how that work relates to your thesis.
  • The proposal must be completed in conjunction with your supervisor.
  • Your supervisor must confirm support for the proposed work and willingness to actively supervise you during the specified time period.
  • Students must apply for intersession RA funding and submit the Report of Completed Activities 30 days after the last month of the RA assignment. 
  • Applications will not be considered if the Report of Completed Activities was not submitted the previous year. 
  • Applications are assessed by the Associate Dean (Graduate).