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PhD - The minimum guaranteed funding is $19,000 per year for 48 months.

MES - The minimum guaranteed funding for 2013-14 is $16,150/year to students who are accepted into our program. This stipend is our Basic level of funding and is pro-rated based on the duration of study: 20 months (5 semesters) for a course-based MES, and 24 months (6 semesters) for a research-based MES. 


Funding is made up of a combination of Queen's Graduate Awards (QGA), School support through Growth Awards, Supervisor/Advisor (MES course-based) support, external scholarships and Queen's internal fellowships and bursaries, teaching assistantships (TA) and research assistantships (RA).

For this level of funding the assumption is made that students will TA in ENSC undergraduate courses in both years for MES and 4 years for PhD. 

TA assignments will be made according to the four level preference system outlined in the Collective Agreement for PSAC Local 901 which covers Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows.  ENSC courses offered and details about the number of TA positions available in each course will be posted on the Careers Tab on the School website.

Select Job Postings.

The TA position information will be found under Graduate Positions.  Follow the instructions for the position title: Teaching Assistantships (TA) available in the School of Environmental Studies to apply.

The Graduate Assistant is your best resource for funding information.  A funding spreadsheet for each MES student is prepared at the start of the academic year.


PhD funding policy Minimum funding for 2013-17 is $19,000.
MES funding policy Minimum funding for 2013-14 is $16,150.
Link to Graduate School Funding
A comprehensive view of funding available for Graduate Students at Queen's.
External Scholarships: Students are strongly encouraged to apply for major national (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)  in the year prior to applying to our program (scholarship applications are typically due in the early fall). Current students must apply if eligible to be considered for the internal fellowships and bursaries competition in the Spring of each year.  Please consult the Graduate Office in your current department for specifics. 
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Explanation of Terms

Queen's Graduate Award (QGA): Full-time graduate students are eligible to receive Queen's Graduate Awards as part of their funding packages in years 1 and 2 of their program. This funding is administered by the School of Graduate Studies based on departmental recommendations through the Graduate Assistant. QGA allocations are made to departments based on the number of funding eligible graduate students each year.
Growth Awards: Growth funding available to the University through the Reaching Higher initiative is administered by the School of Graduate Studies, based on recommendations from individual departments through the Graduate Assistant. Allocations are made to departments based on a formula each year.  This program ends in 2013-14.
Teaching Assistantships (TA):

Our department engages MES graduate students to work as Teaching Assistants, helping with ENSC undergraduate teaching and tutorial work. Students will be assigned 2 TAships (130 hours) per academic year except for major external scholarship holders who will be assigned 1 TA.  No student will be required to do more than 2 TA ships in an academic year but students may request additional TA work if the hours worked do not exceed 10 hrs/week/term.

The Graduate Assistant works in consultation with MES students and course instructors to assign TAships according to need and interest. 


Since 2011-12 -  TA assignments are made according to the four level preference system outlined in the Collective Agreement for PSAC Local 901 which covers Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows.


A Teaching Assistant Form (TAF) is completed at the beginning of each term to outline the duties and responsibilities of the graduate student and course instructor.


Students who decide to opt out of TA duties, must make their request in writing to the Graduate Chair and discuss options with their supervisor/advisor and the Graduate Chair for alternate funding arrangements. 

Research Assistantships (RA):

Supervisors and advisors will be required to contribute $2000 to the stipend of Basic funded students to meet the minimum stipend of $16K. this will be paid to the students as an RA. Supervisors and advisors will be asked to consider raising the minimum stipend of their students above the guaranteed amounts by RA support from their research grants.


From time to time, financial support from the School of Environmental Studies is provided through an RA contract where needed.

Queen's Internal Fellowships and Bursaries and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS):

Fellowships are established by university benefactors to lend additional financial support to our graduate students. Most fellowship nominations are adjudicated by the Fellowship Committee of the School of Graduate Studies through annual competitions. Fellowships are based on academic merit and do not require an application from a graduate students.  Applications to the MES program received on or before March 1 and meet the academic requirements of the awards are considered for this funding.  Current students must show application for external funding if they qualify to be considered for the internal competitions.  


Fellowship awards range in value from several hundred dollars to $15,000 for one or two years. In all cases, students with high academic qualifications receive preferential consideration.


Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are now administered through the Universities.  Information will be posted when it becomes available from SGS.

International Student Tuition Bursary (ITA): Each academic year  International graduate student will receive $5,000 by deposit into their tuition account with the University. This is in addition to the guaranteed minimum funding.  There is no need to apply.
Graduate Entrance Tuition Award (GETA)
Our department is allocated one GETA per academic year.  The value of the award is equal to domestic tuition fees for one year and is administered to an incoming MES student by the School of Graduate Studies based on a recommendation from the department through the Graduate Assistant.  The recipient must have achieved an average of at least 80% in the last two years of study.  As this award is not used to offset higher tuition fees paid by International students, it acts as a bonus amount to the recipient's stipend for the year.

Check individual agencies for information about the various funding opportunities.

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