The Centre has set a minimum recommended stipend of $21,000 per annum for each full-time MSc student and $23,000 per annum for each PhD students. The CNS does not guarantee additional funding in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TA’s).
Financial assistance for individual full-time graduate students will be available from the following sources:
The Centre for Neuroscience Studies offers an Entrance Award to the top ranked student (Masters or Doctoral) entering the Neuroscience Graduate Program in each academic year.
The Education and Training Committee of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies will select the recipient of this award based on academic excellence and/or achievements in research.
To be eligible for this award, application to the program must be received by April 1.
This one-time award is offered over and above the minimum guaranteed stipend and any other awards the student may receive.
Currently, the value of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies Entrance Award is $1,000.
The Centre for Neuroscience Studies offers two awards (one each for students registered in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, respectively) to recognize outstanding achievement by students registered in the Neuroscience Graduate Program in a given academic year.
To be eligible for this award, the student must have completed at least three full terms of graduate study.
The recipients of these awards will be selected by the Education and Training Committee of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies.
The criteria upon which these awards will be adjudicated include, but are not limited to:
These one-time awards are offered over and above the minimum guaranteed stipend and any other awards the student may receive.
Currently, the value of the Centre for Neuroscience Award for Outstanding Achievement is$1,000.
The Centre for Neuroscience Studies will provide up to $300for graduate students registered in the Neuroscience Graduate Program to attend national or international conferences.
Graduate students may only receive this award once in each academic year.
The student must be first (presenting) author for an abstract submitted for presentation at the conference. Students should submit a copy of the abstract and conference information to Lucy Russo-Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>, in the CNS Graduate Office, for approval prior to attending the conference.
To claim the award students must notify the CNS Graduate office upon their return from the conference no later than 10 days.
The Centre for Neuroscience Studies acknowledges outstanding achievement by graduate students enrolled in the neuroscience program. In recognition of students who win external awards**, the CNS will provide a supplement to the minimum guaranteed stipend.
Beginning September, 2007, all incoming new students holding Tri-Council awards (CIHR, NSERC, SHRRC) will receive an automatic top-up payment of $5,000directly from the School of Graduate Studies and Research for the first year of graduate studies. These students will not receive the CNS top-up in the first year. However, the CNS will provide top-up awards as outlined above for all subsequent years that external fellowships/scholarships are held by the student.
** Definition of external award: An external award is defined as any competitive award granted by an agency external to Queen’s University that is equal to or greater than $15,000. External agencies include, but are not limited to: CIHR, NSERC, OGS, Heart & Stroke, Ontario Mental Health, and OGSST.