Funding Packages


Queen’s University recognizes the importance of providing financial support to its graduate students, offering many programs that assist with offsetting the cost of studies. Our graduate students have an outstanding track record, receiving considerable funding for their cutting-edge research. This page includes important information about internal and external funding opportunities for which you may be eligible.

Deadlines and other important details can be found in the Academic Calendar

    Your choice of program determines the source and amount of funding you will receive. Financial support differs from student to student and may consist of internal and external sources. Research-based programs often provide graduate students with funding packages that can be supplemented by external grants. PhD students receive a minimum package currently valued at $18,000 per year for those eligible. This amount is often substantially higher. Funding is guaranteed for 4 years providing students remain in good academic standing. Most Master’s students in research degree programs are also given substantial financial support.

    Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs) may be part of funding packages offered to graduate students.

    TAs and RAs (and Teaching Fellows) are unionized members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). Their collective agreement can be found on the Faculty Relations Office website. The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides programming, resources, and support for graduate students and postdocs in their roles as educators.

    Faculty engaging with extensive research programs and who hold major research grants usually require graduate student assistants who work in a closely related field of study. Faculty may provide stipends for graduate research fellowships (GRFs) or may employ a graduate student as a research assistant (GRA). GRFs enable students to pursue research directly linked to their graduate studies and are accepted as financial assistance toward completing the degree requirements through acquisition of research training.

    The Academic Calendar outlines more information about funding for your studies, including external awards, deadlines, and other considerations.