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 $29,030 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. No departmental financial support will be provided to part-time students.

Typical Funding, 2022-2023

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.

Funding for students holding various scholarships

If a Student comes with-->

No scholarship1 AGES2 Alberta Innovates3
fall teaching assistantship (TA) and/or graduate research assistant fellowship (GRAF) 9,670 0/9,670 4,835/0
winter TA/GRAF 9,670 9,670/0 0/4,835
summer GRAF 9,670 9,670 2,417
AGES 12,000
Alberta Innovates 26,000

first-year stipend

29,010 31,340 33,252

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

Funding for students holding various scholarships

If a Student comes with-->

U of A master's recruitment schp3,4 CONACYT
fall teaching assistantship (TA) and/or graduate research assistant fellowship (GRAF) 4,835/0 4,835/0 4,835
winter TA/TRAF 0/4,835 0/4,835 4,835
summer GRAF 2,417 2,417 4,835
NSERC CGSM 17,500 17,500
Walter H Johns fellowship 5,700 5,700
$2K scholarship; top-up to NSERC5 2,000 2,000
Alberta Innovates 12,000
CONACYT 17,000
U of A master's recruitment scholarship 17,500

first-year stipend

32,452 37,200 24,752 31,505

1Students will receive a 12 hr/wk TA in fall and winter semesters
2Students are offered a 12 hr/wk TA in the fall or winter semester 
3Students are offered a 6 hr/wk TA in fall or winter semester
4The master's recruitment scholarship also includes tuition and international differential fee, if applicable.
5Awarded to any new graduate student, entering a MSc program who has won a NSERC CGSM


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.

Information on this page is subject to change without notice.