Internal Financial Support
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Internal Financial Support
Funding Support Packages
Full-time master’s students in funded graduate programs will receive graduate fellowship funding in accordance with the funded period length of the graduate program. Funded periods for a master’s program varies from 3 – 6 terms, depending on the program (consult the program regulations for details).
Full-time doctoral students in funded graduate programs will receive graduate fellowship funding in accordance with the funded period length of the graduate program. Funded period for a doctoral program is up to 4 years (12 terms), depending on the program (consult the program regulations for details).
Funding packages are posted to the student’s financial account (my.brocku.ca) The funding items marked with an asterisked* are posted to the student’s account at the beginning of each term (September, January, May). The other items are one time lump sum payments posted to the student’s financial account (my.brocku.ca) at the beginning of the relevant term (typically the entering term). The Graduate Teaching Assistantship, is employment income, and is paid bi-weekly to the student’s personal bank account. Tuition and ancillary fees are posted to the student’s financial account (my.brocku.ca) at the beginning of each term (September, January, May) and deducted from the total graduate funding amount for the term. The balance is issued to the graduate student in the form of a cheque. Graduate students are notified via email by Financial and Administrative Services when cheques are ready for pick-up.
Please note that students on an approved Leave of Absence or Inactive term are not eligible to receive University financial support. Eligible funding terms may commence again following an approved Leave of Absence or Inactive term.
Typical graduate fellowships are $7,000/year for those entering a funded master’s program (as of 2012/13). Graduate fellowships for full-time doctoral students are typically $12,000/year. Graduate fellowship funding will be adjusted if a student receives OGS or Tri-Council external scholarship funds. In lieu of a graduate fellowship, you will receive a DGS Excellence Scholarship.
The typical international tuition fellowship is $4500/year. International tuition fellowships are awarded to full-time international students in funded programs, for the funded period length of the graduate program. This fellowship will assist in discounting the international tuition fees.
Research fellowship funds may range up to $10,000 per year. Research fellowship amounts vary and are specified by the graduate supervisor. Research fellowship funds are research training stipends and as such are not counted as employment. Prospective graduate students should contact their potential graduate supervisor and Graduate Program Director to inquire whether they are eligible to receive a research fellowship.
Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Fellowship
A Research Fellowship provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies as a match to a committed faculty Research Fellowship.
Teaching / Research Assistantships
Graduate students who wish to accept contracts for on campus work (e.g. TA or RA hours) that are above 120 hours per term must first seek and obtain the approval of their Supervisor (if applicable) and their Graduate Program Director. The completed Request for Approval of Extra On-Campus Employment Hoursform is then submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for Dean of Graduate Studies approval.
The majority of our graduate student's are employed as Teaching Assistantships for 240 hrs/year, earning an average of $7190/year. The Graduate Student Teaching/Research Assistantship is arranged by the graduate student’s Graduate Program Director and can include Teaching Assistant, Marker-Grader, Course Coordinator and/or Lab Demonstrator duties. The Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship is employment and is therefore processed through the Human Resource contract system in accordance with the CUPE 4207 Collective Agreement. See www.brocku.ca/hr/labour/ for details. Students are paid bi-weekly via direct bank deposit for the duration specified in the contract. Graduate Student Teaching Assistantships are considered an integral component of graduate student training and experience for the majority of our graduate programs. This funding component is coordinated and determined by the graduate program.
A Research Assistantship is arranged through a contract of employment for a specified hourly wage, number of hours, period of time, and for specific work. The work outlined in the Research Assistantship contract is most often outside the scope of the graduate student’s own research. A Research Assistantship is employment and is therefore processed through the Human Resource contract system. Graduate students can undertake a contract research assistantship with their own supervisor or with another faculty member. A research assistantship could be undertaken in addition to the receipt of a research fellowship. Students are paid bi- weekly via direct bank deposit for the duration specified in the contract. The typical amount of a Research Assistant contract varies and is determined by the faculty researcher.
Full-time graduate students must monitor their hours of commitment from any employment work on campus so as to not to exceed an average of 10 hours per week over the course of the academic term. On-campus employment contracts are the responsibility of the graduate program and the Human Resources department of the University.
Other Employment Opportunities
Full-time graduate students must monitor their hours of commitment from any employment work on campus so as to not exceed an average of 10 hours per week over the course of the academic term.
On-campus employment contracts are the responsibility of the graduate program and the Human Resources department of the University.
Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarships
Excellence Scholarships of $5500 are awarded to recipients of Tri-Council Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) registered in funded programs. Excellence Scholarships of $3000 are awarded to recipients of OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships) registered in funded programs. The Excellence Scholarships are awarded for each year that the external scholarship is held during the program’s defined funding period.
Note: CGS Doctoral Scholarship ($35,000) and Vanier Doctoral Scholarship ($50,000) recipients are not eligible to receive a Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarship.
Dean of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarship
Graduate Entrance Scholarships are offered by the Dean of Graduate Studies to qualified full-time incoming domestic master’s students. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will automatically assess the student file for entrance scholarship eligibility. Application by the student is not required. The entrance scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
International Entrance Bursary
The International Entrance bursary ($3000) is awarded to a limited number of full-time international master’s students who have accepted offers of admission to a funded graduate program. The students who are eligible to apply are notified of their eligibility via their offer of admission letter. The application deadline date for international master’s graduate students entering their program in the Spring (May) term must submit their application by April 1st; students entering in the Fall (September) term must submit their application by August 1st. Upon approval of your bursary, the funding support will be posted to your student financial account ($1500 in term 1 and $750 in each of terms 2 and 3). Please note, there is a limited amount of bursaries available per year.
OTHER INTERNAL FUNDING ITEMS
Spirit of Brock Medal
Applications are now being accepted for the Graduate Student Spirit of Brock medal to be awarded at Brock's Fall Convocation ceremony on October 16. The medal, presented by Brock's Board of Trustees, recognizes the academic excellence, leadership and community service of a graduating student from a master's or doctoral program. We invite faculty members to encourage students, who they feel best exemplify these qualities, to apply for the award through the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid. Applications close on September 3.
Click here for more details about the award and a copy of the application form.
Graduate Studies Bursary
Graduate Studies bursary funds are intended to assist full-time graduate students with unanticipated or non-typical financial needs. To be considered for a Graduate Studies Bursary students must complete a “Graduate Studies Bursary Application”. Students must outline the reasons for the specific bursary request and must have their graduate program director (or equivalent) complete Section V of the application prior to submission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students may apply for a Graduate Studies Bursary at anytime during the academic year (Fall, Winter or Spring).
Students applying for a Graduate Studies Bursary are required to fully explain the nature of their unanticipated need for funds. They should also provide official supporting documentation (in addition to the application form) to support their particular bursary request. Such supporting documentation will be determined by the nature of the bursary request.
For Graduate Studies Bursary applications, decisions will be made at the next scheduled meeting of the Graduate Studies Bursary Review Committee and bursaries are processed through the graduate student’s financial account as soon as possible following the committee meeting. If the bursary request is an emergency in nature, the committee will endeavour to review the application as soon as possible.
All completed Graduate Studies Bursary applications must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies two full working days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
The Bursary Review Committee is scheduled to meet monthly to review bursary applications.
Meeting dates for 2011-2012 are:
September 22, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 24, February 14, March 13, April 24, May 23, June 18, July 16 and August 13.
To apply for a Graduate Studies Bursary click here.
Friends and specific graduate programs of Brock University have donated funds over the years that are designated for students with financial need.
Click here for specific information regarding bursaries available and application requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I learn of the decision?
The applicant is notified by e-mail of the application decision. You may also check the status of payment processing by accessing your student financial account via Student Self Service at: my.brocku.ca.
How do I receive the money?
Bursary awards are processed through your student financial account and the Finance Office will notify you by email when your cheque is available to be picked up on the 12th floor of the tower. You must present a valid Brock Student ID Card to pick up your cheque.
Do I have to pay taxes on my bursary?
Normally, a student’s exemptions are sufficiently high so that you do not have to pay taxes. However, it is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with Income Tax rules and regulations. See: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-e.html for additional/specific information. In late February, you can access your T4A form through your Brock portal and this document will cover all monetary awards authorized. Please note that these documents will be for the tax year in which we authorized the bursary. This is a condition of accepting the bursary.
Internal Donor Scholarships and Bursaries
Graduate students are encouraged to apply for any of the awards and scholarships for which they are eligible. To be eligible to apply for internal awards, scholarships and bursaries, graduate students must be registered as a full-time student. The donor scholarships and awards are listed in the Graduate Calendar at http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/current/graduate/fell.html
Applications for Internal Graduate Scholarships/Bursaries/Awards are available at http://www.brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/student-forms
Travel Expense Reimbursement
Graduate student travel funds are available to full time registered Master’s students and full time or part time registered Doctoral students who travel in connection with their graduate program. The total amount of travel funds will be a combination of funds available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Students’ Association and the student’s program/supervisor. The student must be presenting at a conference and the program/supervisor must confirm the attendance at the conference and that attending is of direct benefit to the student’s program and research. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will normally pay expenses up to a maximum of $300 providing appropriate documentation and receipts are submitted and other sources of funding are available.
Click here for Application for Travel and Expense Funds
The GSA has a list of awards and bursaries available exclusively to graduate students. Also, the GSA provides financial assistance to conference presenters. To view these forms, click on one of the following links.
After presenting at a conference, part-time and full-time graduate students may be eligible to apply to the President's Enhancement Fund to obtain financial support up to $500. Funding is available to a student once per fiscal year and only after the student receives approved funding from their Faculty and/or the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Graduate students must fill out an application form and submit original receipts, as well as a travel expense claims form as part of the application package.
Kelly Veld (email@example.com) is the contact person for this fund. Graduate students should drop off their complete paperwork to her in the Student Services Office in Schmon Tower 401 for funding consideration after they have obtained the required sources of approval (eg Faculty of Graduate Studies).
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