Graduate student assistantships and awards

You may be eligible for a variety of graduate assistantships or awards.

The details of individual awards and assistantships can vary by program, so it is best to contact your program or research supervisor regarding these opportunities.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship (GSTA)

  • Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.
  • GSTA positions are allocated directly by the GAU from their own budget.
  • Employment is in support of the teaching activities of the program.

Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA)

  • Both full-time and part-time students are eligible
  • Funds come from research grants or contracts awarded to faculty members.
  • GSRA positions employ students to assist in research activities.

Graduate Research Award(GRA)

  • Only full-time students are eligible.
  • GRA awards are made directly by the GAU from their own budget. 
  • Awards support students in their program of study.  

Graduate Academic Award(GAA)

  • Normally limited to full-time students.
  • Funds derive from a variety of sources, including external agencies (e.g., NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) as well as research grants and contracts to faculty members. 
  • Awards support students in their program of study.