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Financial Support and Scholarships

Stipends and scholarships for physics graduate studies.

While pursuing your graduate studies in physics, you will be provided with a yearly stipend and with an opportunity for well paid teaching work. This stipend is not a "salary" in the traditional sense, because the most valuable parts of your graduate studies are the training and experience you are receiving, not the financial income. Instead, the intent of a stipend is to allow you to focus on your research without the distraction of additional employment to pay for housing, tuition, etc. The stipend amount increases yearly; the amounts listed on this page apply for the current academic year only.

The estimated support levels for physics graduate students in their first five years is summarized on this page. The university-wide paradigm of graduate-student funding is described at this Faculty of Arts & Science page, although support levels vary from department to department. The bottom line is that after paying tuition, you are guaranteed a basic amount for five years of graduate studies. One month before the term begins, each registered graduate student in this guaranteed-funding cohort will receive a personalized email outlining the sources of their financial package.

* OGS can be awarded to students outside of the funded cohort (i.e., beyond 5 years)
Scholarships Eligibility Duration Internal deadline
NSERC Doctoral Domestic funded cohort (usually first
1-3 years)
2-3 years Mid September
NSERC Vanier Domestic and international funded
3 years Early September
NSERC CGSM Domestic MSc or DE1 1 year Early December
OGS – International Visa student* 1 year Early March
OGS – Domestic Domestic* 1 year Early May