Funding Awards and Financial Support

Queen’s Minimum Funding Guarantees

Queen’s University has a minimum guarantee of funding for full-time doctoral students of $18,000 per year for each of the first four years of full-time study. Queen’s does not mandate a minimum funding package for master’s students. 

The Department of Psychology offers highly competitive funding packages for all full-time master’s students in years MSc1 and MSc2 and full-time doctoral students in years PhD1, PhD2, PhD3, and PhD4 in good standing.  Each eligible student is allocated a minimum combined funding package of $18,000 annually. In recent years, Psychology has been able to exceed this minimum to approximately $23,000 per eligible student per year.

The sources of these funding packages may include:

International Student Funding

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) policies state that all international PhD students must be funded to a minimum of $18,000 for each of their first four years of full-time study.

Also, please see our International Student Funding and Scholarships quick reference page.

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees for domestic and international students are available via the Office of the Registrar Graduate Tuition Fees. Click on the Graduate and Professional Programs Fee Schedule. Tuition is listed by year, by term.

SGS Definition of Full-Time Funding Eligible Student

The School of Graduate Studies defines full-time student status as follows:

Full-time students should not hold paid employment of more than 10 hours a week unrelated to their research.

Full time students may be eligible for a wide range of internal and external scholarship and bursary awards including Queen's Graduate Awards (QGA), International Tuition Awards (for international students only), and NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). Many external awards are restricted to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have held this status at least one year. Some Queen's internal awards have similar restrictions.

Teaching Assistantships

Eligible PSYC graduate students are assigned a minimum of 208 TA hours in each academic session of their eligible years which include MSc1 and MSc2, PhD1 thru PhD4.  These salaried hours form part of the student’s guaranteed funding package as noted in the student’s letter of offer from the Department.  Students are eligible for and may accept additional TA hours beyond the minimum allocation to meet departmental needs as offered by the department as required.  Students in years MSc3 and PhD5 and beyond are occasionally offered TA hours to meet the needs of the department in specific years. The hourly rate for Teaching Assistants effective 01 May 2020 is $42.73 including vacation and benefits.  Teaching Assistant Stipend rates are outlined in Schedule “A” of the Collective Agreement.

More information about Teaching Assistantships available here.

Research Assistantships

Research Fellowships and/or Research Assistantships may be assigned to PSYC graduate students at the discretion of the faculty member.  Details on Research Assistantships and Research Fellowships are available at Queen’s Human Resources

Conference Travel Award

Students can claim a maximum of $700 between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023. Please complete the Conference Travel Award Form (PDF, 392 KB)


Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Psychology, 62 Arch Street
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: 613-533-6034