Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships

Graduate Studies

Graduate students are paid while they work toward their graduate degree through scholarships, stipends and/or teaching assistantships.

Our department offers a minimum stipend of $21,000/year for non-scholarship holders, and significantly more for those students who hold NSERC or Ontario Graduate scholarships.

Even if you don’t hold external scholarships such as those from NSERC, our department offers all full time graduate students with an admission average of 8.0/10 (A-) or higher with a tuition scholarship of $6,229/year (2 years for M.Sc. students 4 years for Ph.D. students). 

Sources of financial aid for Chemistry students:

Below are the financial details for a list of the most common situations, depending on the scholarships that students hold.  Please note that these reflect current numbers and that they are adjusted slightly every year.   The financial details for international students differ from those of Canadian students. If you are an international student, please refer to the information specific to you.

Non-Scholarship Students

Once accepted into our M.Sc. or Ph.D. program, we guarantee a minimum total stipend of $21,000 per year, for at least 2 years for a M.Sc., and at least 4 years for a Ph.D. To receive this stipend, you will act as a teaching assistant (TA), with duties that may include supervision of undergraduate labs, running tutorials, and/or marking. TA duties amount to about 10 hours of work per week during the fall (Sept. to Dec.) and winter (Jan. to Apr.) semesters. You are responsible for paying your tuition and associated fees from your stipend. Details are given below:

Items Amounts
Total stipend per year $21,000
Tuition and fees -$8,0391
Net Income per year $12,961

1 One can opt out of paying the extended health and dental benefits, valued at $458.65 with proof of similar coverage (e.g. from your parents or spouse).

Please note that your tuition and fees can be paid through payroll deduction such that an equal amount is deducted from your monthly salary.

If you are admitted to our program with an admissions average of 8.0/10.0 or higher, and you do not hold an external scholarship such as an NSERC or OGS, you will automatically receive an Admission scholarship.  The Admission scholarship is valued at $7500/year for two years at the M.Sc. level and $9000/year for up to 4 years at the Ph.D. level.

Items Amounts
Total stipend per year $21,000
Admission scholarship1 $7,500
Tuition and fees2 -$8,039
Net Income per year $20,461

1 For Ph.D. students, the admission scholarship is valued at $9000/year.
2 One can opt out of paying the extended health and dental benefits, valued at $458.65 with proof of similar coverage (e.g. from your parents or spouse).

There are also other awards and benefits that are commonly awarded to graduate students.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Holders 

Many of our students are awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) or Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST).  OGS and OGSST students have less TA duties (~5 hours/week for Fall and Winter semesters) and are paid more than non-scholarship students.  Financial details are given below.

Items Amounts
OGS or OGSST (scholarship) $15,000
TA stipend $4,918
Excellence scholarship $6,478
Tuition and other fees1 -$8,039
Net Income per year $18,357

1 One can opt out of paying the extended health and dental benefits, valued at $458.65 with proof of similar coverage (e.g. from your parents or spouse).

There are also other awards and benefits that are commonly awarded to our graduate students.

Please note that you need not be a resident of Ontario to receive an OGS or OGSST. Thus, if you are applying from out of province, you may want to consider applying for these scholarships before you start your graduate program.  The application deadlines are typically in the beginning of October for scholarships that begin in May or September of the following year. Contact Professor Woofor further details on how to apply.

NSERC PGS-M or CGS-M Scholarship Holders 

If you are awarded an NSERC PGS-M or CGS-M scholarship, you will receive additional ‘tuition’ scholarships from the University of Ottawa.  Financial details are given below for PGS-M holders (The CGS-M numbers are the same except that the NSERC CGS-M award is worth $200 more).

Items Amounts
NSERC PGS-M scholarship $17,300
Excellence scholarship $6,478
TA stipend1 $4,918
Tuition and fees2 -$8,039
Net Income per year $20,657

1 Our NSERC scholarship holders often wish to TA during the year for teaching experience and extra income.  Thus, most of our NSERC students are assigned a ‘half’ TA, which amounts to about 5 hours/week and an additional $4,918 per year in salary.
2 One can opt out of paying the extended health and dental benefits, valued at $458.65 with proof of similar coverage (e.g. from your parents or spouse).

There are also other awards and benefits that are commonly awarded to our graduate students.

NSERC PGS-D Scholarship Holders 

If you are awarded an NSERC PGS-D scholarship, you will receive additional ‘tuition’ scholarships from the University of Ottawa. The financial details are given below.

Items Amounts
NSERC PGS-D scholarship $21,000
Excellence scholarship $6,478
TA stipend1 $4,918
Tuition and fees2 -$8,039
Net Income per year $24,357

1 Our NSERC scholarship holders often wish to TA during the year for teaching experience and extra income.  Thus, most of our NSERC students are assigned a ‘half’ TA, which amounts to about 5 hours/week and an additional $4,918 per year in salary.
2 One can opt out of paying the extended health and dental benefits, valued at $458.65 with proof of similar coverage (e.g. from your parents or spouse).

There are also other awards and benefits that are commonly awarded to our graduate students.

NSERC CGS-D Scholarship Holders 

If you are awarded an NSERC CGS-D scholarship, you will receive additional ‘tuition’ scholarships from the University of Ottawa. The financial details are given below.

Items Amounts
NSERC CGS-D scholarship $35 000
Excellence scholarship $6,478
TA stipend1 $4,918
Tuition and fees2 -$8,039
Net Income per year $38,357

1 Our NSERC scholarship holders often wish to TA during the year for teaching experience and extra income.  Thus, most of our NSERC students are assigned a ‘half’ TA, which amounts to about 5 hours/week and an additional $4,918 per year in salary.
2 One can opt out of paying the extended health and dental benefits, valued at $458.65 with proof of similar coverage (e.g. from your parents or spouse).

There are also other awards and benefits that are commonly awarded to our graduate students.

International Students

If you are not a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada, then you are classified as an ‘International student’ even if you obtained your B.Sc. in Canada. 

International students must pay double the regular tuition fees that Canadian students do.  As a result, the regular stipends that we pay our graduate students are not enough to cover one’s cost of living. Thus, we normally only accept international students who are able to obtain an “international fee scholarship” from the University’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

The international fee scholarships are very competitive. If you are accepted into our graduate program you will receive a net salary, after tuition is paid for, that is roughly equivalent to what Canadian non-scholarship students receive (~$12,961). This is enough to pay for all (modest) living expenses in Ottawa.  To receive this salary, you will have to perform teaching assistantship (TA) duties while working toward your degree. TA duties include running tutorials, supervising undergraduate labs and/or marking and they amount to about 10 hours of work per week during the fall (Sept. to Dec.) and winter (Jan. to Apr.) semesters. There are no TA duties during summer. The net income after tuition and other fees are paid for is roughly the same as our Canadian non-scholarship students. 

There are also other awards and benefits that are commonly awarded to our graduate students.

Other Common Scholarships and Benefits

Dean’s Scholarship

All Canadian graduate students in our department who complete their M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in a timely fashion will receive the Dean’s scholarship:

M.Sc.
Time to complete degree Lump sum award
2 years or less
$1500
2 years and 4 months
$1000
2 years and 8 months
$500
Ph.D.
Time to complete degree Lump sum award
4 years or less
$4000
4 years and 4 months
$3500
4 years and 8 months
$3000
5 years
$2500

Conference Travel Awards

All graduate students (Canadian and international) are eligible to receive travel grants to present their research at scientific conferences. 

  • M.Sc. students:  1 travel grant up to $550 in value.  (depends on location)
  • Ph.D. students:  up to 3 travel grants up to $800 in value.  (depends on location)
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