The department provides individual funding packages for full-time students in the program, based upon the student's academic standing and on the sources of money available each year. These packages are funded through a combination of external awards, internal awards, internal departmental awards, and research assistantships. A minimum of $18,000 funding is guaranteed to students per year for four years. Based upon available departmental and external awards this amount is then supplemented to a higher rate (e.g. $25,000 in 2012-13)
Students are expected to apply for internal and external awards as part of these packages if they are eligible. Generally, minimum eligibility for awards is an 80% average over the past two years (or twenty courses) of study for major awards (CIHR fellowships, OGS, and Health & Stroke Foundation). Qualified first-class candidates (over 80% average) are automatically considered for nomination for internal Queen's Fellowship and Graduate Awards once they are accepted into the program. The Department coordinates these applications, as well as those for external awards and assists students in their preparation.
Students may also receive departmental funding from their supervisors in the form of research fellowships or assistantships. Supervisors may request a reasonable contribution of work from students whom they are supporting. The department may also request a reasonable contribution of work from any student who is receiving more than half of their funding from the central departmental awards. Research Assistantships not related to the student's thesis work are also available. These vary according to the availability of positions and are advertised through email to all current students. Full-time students are allowed to work an average of ten hours per week on non-thesis related projects.
A limited number of teaching assistantships are available to students. Announcements about these positions are sent to all students in the summer of first year and applications are reviewed based on academic standing and relevant experience.
For detailed and up to date information on available Awards and Scholarships visit the School of Graduate Studies website.