Financial support provided to graduate students is generally from a combination of sources. All students in the same program receive the same minimum level of support regardless of the source of the funding, i.e. TA, RA, and scholarships. Our 2015-2016 minimum levels of support will be $21,000 for a M.Sc. student and $23,000 for a Ph.D. student.
Teaching Assistantship (TA):
The teaching assistantship duties are primarily in the undergraduate laboratories. Only those students who have accepted an offer and arrive by the date given in their offer letter (generally last week of August) are eligible for TA support for that year. Renewal of support depends on a student’s satisfactory academic and research progress, a positive assessment of teaching performance, and length of time in the graduate program.
Support as a TA is limited to 2 years for an M.Sc. student and 4.67 years for a Ph.D. student.
The Graduate Affairs Committee makes recommendations regarding the graduate scholarship, which forms a component of the stipend.
Research Assistantship (RA):
The research supervisor provides additional funding in the form of a research assistantship to bring the level of support to a value commensurate with graduate student stipends at other major Canadian universities. Renewal of support depends on a student’s satisfactory academic and research progress.
The department and university offer a number of scholarships, bursaries, and awards. Information may be found at http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/financial_aid/index.php. There is also a searchable database athttp://grad.usask.ca/awards/index.html.