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Financial information for graduate students

Applications for full funding is done by the supervisor on the student behalf. A fully supported graduate student can expect to be funded by an amount of about $19,000 per calendar year (12 months), depending upon the funding sources. PhD students can expect a modestly higher amount.

Graduate students in computer science are often supported financially through a variety of funding sources. Some funding is available through the Faculty of Computer Science in the form of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), as well as from university-external sources in the form of Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA).

During the tenure of the GAA and GRA awards, graduate students are entitled to a vacation period which has to receive prior approval.

Internal funding for graduate students

Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are available to full-time graduate students for research work pursued under the guidance of a faculty member, usually the supervisor. These funds are available throughout the entire calendar year (12 months). Part-time graduate students are not eligible for a GRA.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are available to full-time and part-time graduate students for assisting instructors with tasks related to the teaching of courses, such as marking assignments, assisting in laboratories, holding tutorials. GTAs are normally not available during the summer term May through August. In order to be eligible for a GTA, a student must be available for duties on campus at UNB throughout the entire term.

Graduate Academic Assistantships

Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA) are available to graduate students for thesis related research that forms the basis of the student's thesis/dissertation, pursued under the guidance of a faculty member holding grants, contracts or other funding sources. These funds are available throughout the entire calendar year.

Scholarships and awards

A number of scholarships, fellowships, awards and prizes are available. Consult the School of Graduate Studies for more details. Both Canadian graduate students and international full-time graduate students are normally eligible for GRAs, GTAs and RAs and for many other types of financial assistance.

Funding availability

Financial aid to graduate students in the MCS program is initially for a period of 12 months, with an extension to 20 months given satisfactory performance. PhD students are initially funded for 12 months, with yearly extensions to up to a total of three years. The awarding of any financial assistance is contingent upon the availability of funds and is at the discretion of the graduate committee of computer science and/or the funding faculty member. Continued financial support is subject to the satisfactory performance of the students and availability of funds. Financial assistance to graduate students is administered by the Faculty of Computer Science. A letter of offer for financial support from Computer Science constitutes the sole offer of such financial assistance. Admission to a graduate study program does not imply an offer of financial aid.

How to apply for financial assistance

Applications for financial assistance will be considered by the graduate committee in computer science after admission of the applicant to a graduate study program. Applications for financial assistance is done by the supervisor on the student’s behalf.

Graduate assistantship funding is not guaranteed and is awarded competitively on the basis of student merit and supervisor financial commitment. Students interested in funding should contact their supervisor or potential supervisors when applying to the program.