Financial assistance is available from several sources, and students should work with their supervisors to create a funding package that will support them throughout their programs. Funding is not guaranteed by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. The following are common sources of financial support for PhD students:
Graduate Research Assistantships
A limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are available to support doctoral students. These funds are designed to provide temporary financial support until students receive scholarships and awards to fund their PhD programs.
Scholarships and Awards
PhD students are expected to apply, with the help of their supervisors, for provincial and national funding with agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), and Alberta Innovates. Students and supervisors are encouraged to read the information about these and numerous other awards in the University of Alberta Calendar, on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) website under “Awards and Funding” and in the FGSR Graduate Program Manual.
Some supervisors provide funding to their PhD students through research grants. Students are encouraged to explore such options with their supervisors upon admission and throughout their programs.