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Financial Support

Financial Support for Domestic Graduate Students

Effective September 1, 2012, the Department of Biology guarantees a minimum annual stipend of $20,000 per year to all domestic graduate students for their normal program duration (two years for Master’s students, four years for Doctoral students, five years for students who transfer to the Doctoral program from the Master’s program). This annual stipend is normally comprised of three components (1) Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) from September 1st through April 30th, (2) Western Graduate Research Scholarship, and (3) a summer stipend from the supervisor (GRA). Funding for major scholarship holders differs and is noted below.

The funding below applies to students paid through Western Accounts.  Students funded by their supervisor through affiliate institutions from non-Western accounts may have some of their funding (excluding GTA and the Western Graduate Research Scholarship) administered on a different pay schedule as subject to different pay mechanisms at the affiliate institutions.

First, the GTA rate for 2013/14 is $9,464 based on a full GTA of 10 hours/week over two terms. All GTAs are expected to be on campus and available to GTA from September 1 through April 30. Students assigned a full GTA in both the fall and winter terms receive $1,183 on the second last banking day for the months of September through April. This money is deposited directly into the student’s personal bank account provided automatic deposits are set up. Second, students who are admitted with and maintain a cumulative average of 70% receive a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS) of $4,536 per year. At the beginning of each eligible term (i.e. January, May, September), $1,512 is applied to their UWO tuition account offsetting the tuition balance.  The student is responsible for paying the remaining tuition and fees balance. Third, the student’s supervisor provides a summer stipend of $6,000, with $1,500 being paid out on the second last banking day of May through August. Summer stipends are deposited directly into the student’s personal bank account provided automatic deposits are set up.

In addition to this minimum annual stipend of $20,000, in each term that a GTA is appointed, a one-time payment will be provided at a pay rate prescribed by the GTA collective agreement.  For the 2013/14 academic year, contracts for 140 hours per term will receive $1,345.  For those working less than 140 hours per term the one-time payment will be prorated accordingly.

For information on compensation, employment deductions, as well as federal and provincial income tax, please see the following website.

http://grad.uwo.ca/faculty_staff/financial_support/compensation.html

Financial Support for International Graduate Students

Effective September 1, 2013, the Department of Biology guarantees a minimum annual stipend of $27,973 per year to all international graduate students for their normal program duration (two years for Master’s students, four years for Doctoral students, five years for students who transfer to the Doctoral program from the Master’s program). This $27,973 annual stipend is normally comprised of four components (1) Teaching Assistantship (GTA) from September 1 through April 30, (2) Western Graduate Research Scholarship, (3) a summer stipend from the supervisor (GRA), and (4) an International Stipend Differential (previously known as the Tuition Waiver) (GRA). Funding for major scholarship holders differs and is noted “Financial Support for Major Scholarship Holders” below. 

The funding below applies to students paid through Western Accounts.  Students funded by their supervisor through affiliate institutions from non-Western accounts may have some of their funding (excluding GTA and WGRS) administered on a different pay schedule as subject to different pay mechanisms at the affiliate institutions.

First, the GTA rate for 2013/14 is $9,464 based on a full GTA of 10 hours/week over two terms. All students are expected to be on campus and available to GTA from September 1 through April 30. Students assigned a full GTA in both the fall and winter terms receive $1,183 on the second last banking day for the months of September through April. This money is deposited directly into the student’s personal bank account provided automatic deposits are set up. Second, students who are admitted with and maintain a cumulative average of 70% receive a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS) of $10,450 per year. At the beginning of each eligible term (i.e. January, May, September), $3,483.33 is applied to their UWO tuition account offsetting the tuition balance.  The student is responsible for paying the remaining tuition and fees balance.   Third, the student’s supervisor provides a summer stipend of $5,386, with $1,346.50 being paid out on the second last banking day of May through August. Summer stipends are deposited directly into the student’s personal bank account provided automatic deposits are set up. Fourth, international students receive an annual International Stipend Differential (previously known as the Tuition Waiver) of $2,673. This waiver is paid at a rate of $891.00 on the second last working day of the first month of each term (i.e. January, May, September). As with the GTA and summer stipend, the Waiver is deposited directly into the student’s bank account.

In addition to this minimum annual stipend of $27,973, in each term that a GTA is appointed, a one-time payment will be provided at a pay rate prescribed by the GTA collective agreement.  For the 2013/14 academic year, contracts for 140 hours per term will receive $1,345.  For those working less than 140 hours per term the one-time payment will be prorated accordingly

For information on compensation, employment deductions, as well as federal and provincial income tax, please see the following website.

http://grad.uwo.ca/faculty_staff/financial_support/compensation.html

Financial Support for Major Scholarship Holders

Major scholarship holders, comprising students receiving an NSERC, OGS, QEII or equivalent, receive an additional WGRS of $1,333.33 per term during the tenure of their scholarship. This WGRS top-up is applied directly to the tuition for the appropriate terms. Major scholarship holders do not typically receive any summer stipend from their supervisor, as the scholarship covers the department’s minimum stipend obligation, and they are guaranteed a half rather than a full GTA position each year (see below).

A Note on Teaching Assistantships

Teaching experience is an essential component of graduate education. Thus, all students admitted to our graduate program must complete at least one half GTA-ship (i.e. 70 hours total) as part of their degree requirements. Students not holding a major scholarship are guaranteed a full GTA (10 hours per week for two terms, or 280 hours total) each year to contribute to their minimum stipend during their normal program duration. These students are expected to hold their GTA from September 1 through April 30. If a student cannot be on campus during the fall and winter terms to meet their GTA obligation, they must seek approval from their supervisor, who must cover the missed GTA portion of their minimum stipend. Major scholarship holders are guaranteed a half GTA (5 hours per week for two terms, or 140 hours total). These students may elect not to hold a GTA in any given term, but must complete at least one half GTA-ship (70 hours total) during their program in order to graduate.