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The majority of our graduate student's are employed as Teaching Assistantships for 240 hrs/year, earning an average of $7,536/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.
Extra TA/RA Hours
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 Hours form is then submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for Dean of Graduate Studies approval.