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Sources of Funding

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Funding to help pay for your tuition and living costs may come from a variety of sources listed below. Be sure to check with your Graduate Program Administrator to find out more about sources of funding specific to your program of study.

Awards Scholarships

There are numerous internal and external awards available to University of Calgary graduate students. Check the Graduate Awards Database for awards you might be eligible for.
Also check with your Graduate Program Administrator for program-specific awards.
All scholarships are not subject to tax.

Graduate Assistantships (Teaching/Non-teaching)

Each year most teaching departments have varying numbers of graduate assistantships available which are awarded at their discretion. Contact your department or program for information about eligibility, application deadlines and procedures. The number of opportunities available are subject to change without notice. There are two categories of appointment: 
  • Graduate Assistantships (Teaching) assist with the instructional responsibilities of departments.
  • Graduate Assistantships (Non-Teaching) assist departments and/or professors with non-teaching responsibilities (e.g., research for a faculty member, paid out of operating funds).
No more than the equivalent of twelve hours of work per week may be required of Graduate Assistants. Regulations governing terms of employment for Graduate Assistantships (Teaching, Non-Teaching) are covered by the Agreement Between the Governors of the University of Calgary and the Graduate Students' Association (PDF).
If you are employed for one of the above categories of work, you will be provided with a completed Assignment of Assistantship Duties as outlined below:
International students given a Graduate Assistantship (Teaching, or Non-Teaching) must submit a copy of a valid Study Permit giving the student permission to work on campus before the start of the job.
Payments are made through direct deposit. If the University of Calgary does not already have your banking information, you need to provide it. You must set up Direct Deposit through your myUofC account.
Earnings from Graduate Assistantships (teaching/non-teaching) are two-thirds taxable income, and one-third not subject to tax.

Graduate Student, Fixed Term (formerly Trust appointments)

Graduate Students, Fixed Term are paid to students performing research that is unrelated to his/her field of study and are paid from the research accounts held by University faculty. These pay rates vary. This type of appointment must be arranged directly between the graduate student and faculty member. Fixed Term appointments are covered by the Agreement Between the Governors of the University of Calgary and the Graduate Students' Association (PDF).
If you are employed for this category of work, you will be provided with a completed Assignment of Duties as outlined below:
International students given a fixed term appointment must submit a copy of a valid Study Permit giving the student permission to work on campus before the start of the job.
Payments are made through direct deposit. If the University of Calgary does not already have your banking information, you need to provide it. You must set up Direct Deposit through your myUofC account.
Earnings are treated as employment income and thus subject to tax.

Sessional Lectureship

A graduate student may be appointed as a Sessional Instructor for teaching as the Instructor of Record.
Regulations governing sessional lectureships are covered by the Collective Agreement Between the Governors of the University of Calgary and the University of Calgary  Faculty Association. Please contact your department for further information.
Payments are made through direct deposit. If the University of Calgary does not already have your banking information, you need to provide it. You must set up Direct Deposit through your myUofC account.
Sessional lectureships are considered income and thus, subject to tax.

Receiving Payment (HR links)

If you have been awarded some scholarships or employment position from the University of Calgary, you need to set up direct deposit and understand how your income fits into the tax perspective.
See the Human Resources website for clarification and guidance.

International Students Study Work Permits

To get information on obtaining Study Work Permits, please contact the International Student Specialist, at international.advice@ucalgary.ca.