Financial Package

M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. students who are in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree receive a financial package for a specified duration of their course of studies. The package consists of two components: (I) student fellowship, and (II) research fellowship. Students should consult the relevant link at the bottom of this page for the exact amount and duration of support.

Please note: Students are responsible for paying their own fees (tuition and incidentals) and monitoring the balance of their fees account. Students must watch their “cash flow” and make contributions from their student fellowship and research fellowship to their fees account throughout the year to ensure that fees are paid in full by the required date.

(I) Student Fellowship

The student fellowship component of the package may be provided by funds internal to the Department, such as the ECE Fellowship or Rogers Scholarship. However, the student fellowship component may also be provided by sources external to the Department or the University, such as the NSERC Postgraduate or Canada Scholarship (NSERC PGS or CGS), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), or the QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST). Other external sources, such as the Commonwealth Scholarship, CONACYT, or foreign government awards, may provide the student fellowship component of the package, as well.

“Internal” student fellowship is paid over the year in two equal instalments: in September for the Fall Session and January for the Winter Session. “External” student fellowship is typically paid over the year in three equal instalments: in September for the Fall Session, January for the Winter Session, and May for the Summer Session. For example, Rogers Scholarship (internal) with an annual value of $10,396.00, tenable over Academic Year 2019-20, will be payable in two instalments of $5,198.00 in September 2019 and January 2020. An NSERC CGS-M (external) with an annual value of $17,500, tenable over Academic Year 2019-20, will be payable in three instalments of $5,833.33 in September 2019, January 2020, and May 2020. Student fellowship is paid through ACORN.

The student will receive payment by direct deposit (where banking information has been entered on ACORN) or cheque for the full amount of the September instalment of student fellowship. However, in the event the student has unpaid fees, those fees will be automatically deducted from subsequent instalments of the student fellowship in January and May, even where a “Register Without Payment/Fee Deferral” arrangement exists. For example, OGS with an annual value of $15,000, tenable over Academic Year 2019-20, will be payable in three instalments of $5,000 in September 2019, January 2020, and May 2020. The first instalment will be refunded directly to the student in September 2019. Should the student owe fees of $7,000 in January 2020, the January instalment will be applied directly and entirely toward fees. Should the student still owe fees of $,2000 in May 2020, $2,000 of the May instalment will be applied directly toward fees and $3,000 of the May instalment will be refunded to the student.

(II) Research Fellowship

Research fellowship is the component of the financial package payable by the supervisor directly to the student. Research fellowship is typically paid over the year in equal monthly instalments through HRIS (the Human Resources and Payroll system). Research fellowship is generally paid on the 28th day of the month.

Graduate students must submit a voided personal cheque or deposit slip to their supervisor (or supervisor’s administrator) in advance of receiving research fellowship. The cheque must be submitted by the middle of the month to ensure that research fellowship is processed for the current month (for example, by September 15 to receive research fellowship on September 28).

Financial Package Amount & Duration