Student Stipend Information

**Current graduate students who remained enrolled full-time during the S20 COVID shutdown may be eligible for an additional semester of support.  Please click the link for more information about an additional semester of support.**


Graduate students in CBS who undertake a research-based thesis are guaranteed a minimum salary or stipend. Currently, the minimum stipend (effective Winter 2021)  is  $21,318 per year for a full-time MSc student, and $25,318 per year for a full-time PhD student (see “Current Funding Level” memos for exact amounts).  This stipend will include one Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) appointment per year, with the balance of funds provided through a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which comes from your supervisor’s research funds.

The University of Guelph has a Paid Parental Leave Fund to support full-time doctoral students whose guaranteed stipend is suspended while on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) from their graduate program for the birth or adoption of a child.

Students may also apply for and receive graduate scholarships. Students who hold a major scholarship (e.g., Ontario Graduate Scholarship or a Tri-Council Canada Graduate Scholarship) may have their stipends reduced accordingly; however, at minimum, scholarship holders receive at least $2,000 more per year than the minimum stipend. 
For more information about internal and external scholarships, see the Graduate Scholarships page.
Important: Stipends and scholarships do not include tuition. Students are responsible for all tuition and associated fees, which must be paid in full at the start of each semester or via payroll deduction. See Student Financial Services for current tuition rates and instructions on payment.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)
Students appointed as graduate teaching assistants will be asked to perform teaching-related duties. These may include preparing and conducting tutorials, laboratories and seminars; grading assignments, reports and examinations, and performing other related duties. Students may hold a GTA in a department in which they are not registered. For more information see the Graduate Calendar.   The value of the GTA is regularly negotiated by CUPE; increases to the GTA will be reflected in an overall increase to the minimum stipend amount.
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)
Graduate students may be supported through research grants received by faculty members from external agencies or governments. The student's research must contribute to the research of the faculty member under whose direction it is conducted, and be used in the preparation of the student's thesis. For more information see the Graduate Calendar.