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Master of Arts (MA) Funding

Graduate Assistantship Teaching (GAT)

MA students will normally receive one Graduate Assistantship Teaching in each of the first two years of the MA program. Continued funding is dependent on satisfactory progress in the program. Currently the stipend for one GAT is $8,894.41. Students will be expected to work approximately 12 hours per week during the term of their GAT (either Fall or Winter). Students who take longer than two years to complete the program are not normally eligible for funding after the first two years.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Funding

PhD students can expect to receive funding of at least $18,000 per year (plus $1,000 per year in travel funds) for the first four years of their program. This funding will be provided from a combination of the following sources:

Graduate Assistantship Teaching (GAT)
PhD Students will receive one Graduate Assistantship in each year of their program. Currently, the stipend for one GAT is $8,894.41. Students will be expected to work no more than 12 hours per week during the term of their GAT (either Fall or Winter) or if their GAT is awarded for a course that runs in both Fall and Winter, no more than 6 hours per week over both terms.

Instructor of Record
Once students have completed their candidacy exams (at latest by December 31 of their third year in program, 28 months after the start of their program), they may be eligible to teach a course in Fall or Winter term as the Instructor of Record instead of a GAT. The stipend for this is $6,232, with an additional stipend of $3,000 provided by the Department. The additional stipend is normally available for only one course per year. PhD students should visit the Sessional Instructor Opportunities page to apply for these positions. 

Additional Funding Possibilities for MA and PhD Students

Graduate Assistantship Research (GAR)

Additional funding may be available in the form of Graduate Assistantship Research. These are funded by individual professors and typically involve working for that professor as part of his or her research team. These are handled through the graduate office.

Graduate Assistantship non-teaching (GANT)

Individual professors may also hire graduate students in the spring and summer terms to work as research assistants. These appointments are handled by the professors rather than through the graduate office.


Some additional MA funding is available in the form of scholarships awarded on the basis of merit, usually to students with a high GPA standing. These include Queen Elizabeth ll Scholarships and Alberta Graduate Student Scholarships (awarded in winter term to eligible second year MA students). The Department also awards Program Recommended Scholarships:

1 - Cogeco Inc. Graduate Scholarship ($7,800)
1 - Lynda R. Hodges-Zwerman Memorial Scholarship ($4,300)
1 - Cooper H. Langford Graduate Scholarship ($900; rotates each year between 4 departments)

Please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards page for more detailed information on these awards.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The program expects all eligible students at both the MA and PhD level to apply for SSHRC funding. A workshop is held in September of each year to assist students with their applications, which are usually due in mid to late October. If students are successful in gaining external funding, the department may reduce or withdraw its funding, but will ensure that students are better off financially than they would be with departmental support alone.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies also administers a variety of awards and scholarships for graduate students and applicants applying for admission into a graduate program.

Speak to our graduate program administrator to learn more about receiving graduate funding.

* Please note: Students are expected to apply for all awards for which they are eligible. 

Graduate student funding, awards and research