Financial Support

Many graduate students at McMaster are eligible for financial support, such as teaching assistantships, research funds, University graduate scholarships, external scholarships, and bursaries.

Teaching Assistantships:

TA positions are provided to many graduate students who are offered admission to regular full-time programs. Depending on the program, duties can consist of conducting tutorials, lab demonstrations, or marking. A full teaching assistantship consists of 260 hours over two terms.

University Graduate Scholarships:

McMaster ensures that full-time graduate students in Ph.D. programs and in many Master’s programs receive scholarships (awarded annually). A Ph.D. student is normally funded for four years. Students in Master’s programs are usually funded for their first three to six terms depending on the department.

The Faculty of Engineering has adopted a policy of ensuring that all full-time Ph.D. students receive a funding package which is at least the value of their tuition fee plus $14,000 per year. Many programs have support levels in excess of this amount. Please contact the person in charge of graduate recruiting in your program of interest to find out more.

Dean's Excellence Engineering Doctoral Awards

Poster for Dean's Excellence Engineering Doctoral Awards

Offered to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

McMaster University's Engineering department is offering 12 awards to Engineering students entering a doctoral program in September 2016 at a minimum value of $127,500 each, over 4 years.

Students wishing to apply should contact the Engineering Graduate school they will be entering in September 2016. A list of Engineering Graduate schools can be found at

Early application deadline is January 30th, 2016 and the final application deadline (subject to scholarship availibility) is April 30th, 2016.

Endowed Scholarships and Bursaries:

A list of these awards is found in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. These awards have various amounts and conditions associated with them.

External Scholarships:

Many scholarships awarded by granting councils can be held at McMaster University. These include the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) doctoral fellowships, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postgraduate scholarships.

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