The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is working to ensure that existing and incoming graduate students, and applicants stay informed of the University’s response to the evolving global impact of COVID-19. The University is continuing to update our COVID-19 page with recent information, answers to FAQs and other resources.
Existing Students: see UPDATE FROM THE AVP GRADUATE STUDIES. For international students with questions relating to your study permit, please connect with your international student advisor; if you have gone abroad or intend to go abroad, and you have new immigration or travel concerns, please consult with your international student advisor.
Incoming Graduate Students: Students expecting to start summer'20 should have received an email outlining your options; if not, please email us. Students expecting to start fall'20 should count on doing so, at least until told otherwise. If you have questions or concerns about meeting the conditions on your offer letters, please email us.
Applicants: We continue to process applicants and issue of offers of admission.
The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to supporting our students. We will work with you to ensure minimized disruption for all current and incoming students.
Funding Graduate Studies
Making plans for financial support is very important as you plan for the next stage of your education as a graduate student. How do you handle your financial concerns? Financial planning for graduate students is a must. You will want to make sure that you know your income and your expenses. Income may be made up any or all of the following: scholarships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships or other employment. To assist you in your financial planning please consult these https://graduatestudies.uoguelph.ca/future/costs.
Funding & Employment
As a graduate student you will have received a funding package made up of a number of components. The options may be one or more of the following:
- Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
- Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
- Graduate Service Assistant (GSA)
- Scholarship (external and/or internal)
- or you may be self funded.
If you are to be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), or a Graduate Service Assistant (GSA), that employment is regulated by CUPE Local 3913 - Unit #1. A copy of this collective agreement will be supplied to you by the department in which you are employed.
Funds to pay the GRA may be from research grants or contracts received by faculty members from external agencies or governments. In these cases, the student's research would contribute to the research of the faculty member under whose direction it is conducted and the dollar value of GRA stipends may depend on the external granting agencies' guidelines on support of graduate students through research operating grants. Alternatively, funding for the GRA may be from the University. Regardless, in either situation the GRAs must be approved by the department chair or school director on the recommendation of the advisor.
Financial Aid and Counselling
Whether you need to apply for OSAP assistance, need assistance or require some assistance to figure out your financial situation, there are resources available to you.