Financial support for new MSc students in Physics and Geophysics

The total annual support package for students holding assistantships in the Department of Physics varies depending on the program and whether or not the student holds a major scholarship. At this time, the funding for a full-time MSc student in Physics is approximately $25,800 for students who request and receive funding from graduate teaching and/or research assistantships.(PDF 40.8k)

If requested, basic financial support from the Department and from students' research supervisors includes:

  • a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (TA) and/or Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship, usually granted over 4 terms each year: September-December, January-April, May-June, July-August

Please note that students are responsible for paying their tuition and other fees.

Typical Funding, 2016-2017

Typical funding for full-time MSc students is below and is determined by whether or not a student has a scholarship. Not all major scholarships are listed; please contact us about top-ups if your scholarship is not listed below.

 If a Student comes with-->

No scholarship1 QE II2 NSERC CGSM3
teaching assistantship (TA) and/or graduate research assistant fellowship (GRAF)
25,800 16,836 4,483
10,800 17,500
Walter H Johns fellowship

other top-up to scholarship


first-year stipend

25,800 27,636 29,683

In their first year, international students will be reimbursed by their supervisors for the international student Differential Fee.

 If a Student comes with-->

Alberta Innovates3 AI + CGSM  
teaching assistantship (TA) 4,483

scholarship - NSERC
scholarship - Alberta Innovates 26,500
AI top-up to NSERC
Walter H Johns fellowship

first-year stipend

30,983 35,200  

1Students will receive a 12 hr/wk TA in fall and winter semesters
2Students are offered a 6 hr/wk TA in fall and winter semesters
3Students are offered a 3 hr/wk TA in fall and winter semesters

The commitment for financial support from the Department is for a student's first year of residence. Students can, however, expect support through teaching and/or research assistantships to be extended through the normal duration of their programs as long as they are making satisfactory progress toward their degree and in their tasks as a graduate assistant. For an MSc student, the maximum period of guaranteed financial support is 2 years.

We encourage students to apply for all scholarships and fellowships for which they are eligible.

  • Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada apply for NSERC scholarships in the fall, through their home departments.
  • International and Canadian students doing research in nanoscale physics, biophysics, or energy can apply for Alberta Innovates graduate student scholarships before being admitted to University of Alberta. The application deadline is in January.
  • Students applying to our graduate programs will be automatically considered for a Queen Elizabeth II (QE II) graduate scholarship; this scholarship is open only to citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Information on this page is subject to change without notice.