Financial Aid

 Financial Assistance | External Awards | Departmental Prizes | Travel Grants | Tuition Fees

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships for a twelve-month year in the Master’s program are currently just over $15,000 (2016-17). Students in the 20-month MA who are awarded assistantships upon entering the program will have their assistantship renewed for the final eight months of the program, provided progress is satisfactory.  Graduate assistantships in the PhD program are currently almost $19,000/year.  PhD awards are normally held for four years, providing academic progress is satisfactory. Top-ranked assistantship award holders may also receive additional top-up and merit awards, such as the Magee-Third Century Postgraduate Merit Awards. Holders of assistantships must pay university fees.

Graduate assistantships are awarded by the Faculty of Arts to full-time resident graduate students through competitions based primarily on academic standing. Funds are limited, but English students have traditionally done well in this competition. Students admitted to a Qualifying Period are not eligible for these assistantships.

Assistantship holders receive a scholarship and funding in the form of a teaching assistantship, for which certain light teaching or research duties are required. Teaching duties include leading tutorials and marking essays. Research duties may include helping to edit The Fiddlehead or Studies in Canadian Literature or assisting individual professors with their research projects. Duties will be assigned by the Graduate Committee and will involve the student in eight hours of work per week for the duration of the academic year (September-April, 13 weeks per term). These positions are governed by the Collective Agreement between UNB and the Union of Graduate Student Workers.  Holders of graduate assistantships are expected to work full-time on their research during the summer months.

Doctoral candidates who have completed their comprehensive examinations may be hired to undertake teaching duties as Contract Academic Instructors. These positions are governed by Collective Agreement for Contract Academic Employees between UNB and the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers.  The Teaching and Learning Centre, located in Marshall d’Avray Hall, is available to guide graduate students in planning and leading excellent tutorials and classes. Graduate students may also be hired as part-time research assistants by individual faculty members, using funds made available by such agencies as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

External Awards

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Canadian MA and PhD students in English are also eligible for scholarships offered by SSHRC.  Applicants to the graduate program are encouraged to apply for SSHRC funding in the fall before applying to graduate school, but students already in the graduate program will be offered every assistance in applying for awards for the second-year of the MA and for doctoral study. Students considering an application are very welcome to contact the Director of Graduate Studies or any other full-time member of the department for help with preparing an application. MA and PhD students have historically been very successful in winning these scholarships, with a very high percentage of eligible PhD candidates holding a SSHRC award. 

New Brunswick Innovation Fund

The Government of New Brunswick has announced thousands of dollars of new funding for graduate students at New Brunswick universities for 2016-17. Some of this funding is directed towards SSHRC award winners: SSHRC MA scholarship winners at UNB will receive a New Brunswick Graduate Scholarship worth $7000 and a $3000 supplement, while SSHRC doctoral award winners will receive an NBIF scholarship of $7000/year for up to three years (to a maximum of $21000). More details on these awards and others are available on the blog; the School of Graduate Studies and the New Brunswick Innovation Fund have the official details. 

For more information on internal and external awards for which English Graduate Studies Students are eligible, please consult the School of Graduate Studies' awards website.

Departmental Prizes for Graduate Students

As well as academic scholarships, the Department offers the following prizes for outstanding achievement.

The Desmond Pacey Memorial Prize is a bursary valued at $1000, awarded for proficiency in either Creative Writing or Canadian Studies. The prize may be split between two students.

The Tom Riesterer Prize, valued at $100, is awarded to the undergraduate or graduate student writing the best essay in any given year.

The David H. Walker Prize, valued at $1000, is awarded to the best piece of fiction.

The deadline for submissions for these prizes is mid-April.

The Babbitt-Davies Award, valued at up to $500, is to assist graduate students in English in defraying the costs of presenting at a conference or conducting research outside the province of New Brunswick.  The deadline for this award is in March.

Travel Grants

In addition to the Babbitt-Davies award, some further financial assistance for graduate students participating at conferences is available.

The English department awards travel funding through two competitions per year, in the Fall and Winter terms.

The English Graduate Student Society provides $100 travel grants for UNB English students presenting at conferences. These awards are limited to one per student, per year, and are limited by funding availability.

The School of Graduate Studies also provides some graduate student funding. An application form is required.

Tuition Fees

Once you are registered in a graduate program, you must maintain your registration and pay fees continuously until graduation. There are three terms in a year--Fall, Winter, and Summer.  More detailed information on tuition, fees, and other estimated costs for international and domestic students in research-based programs is available from the School of Graduate Studies.