Faculty who are engaged on extensive research programs and who are holders of major research grants usually require, as assistants, several graduate students who are working in a field of study related to that of the research program.
Time spent on such research will normally be accepted as part of the academic requirements for the student's degree program. Support received through such an arrangement is taxable under federal and provincial taxation laws.
Holders of major merit awards may not receive further assistance from a research grant that is from the same granting agency as the award.
Financial support that is provided through a research contract may contain terms and conditions that will obligate the student, as a participant, to act in accordance with the research agreement signed with the sponsor. If students have concerns about this kind of financial support, they should contact the department/program graduate coordinator.
Students involved in sponsored research projects have an obligation to complete the Participant Agreement form which can be obtained from the ORS, the supervising researcher, or the departmental office.