Research and teaching assistantships

The University of Ottawa admission scholarship includes an amount of $9,000 per year for PhD students and $7,500 per year for Masters students (for the length of the admission scholarship) for research and teaching assistantships guaranteed by the Faculty of Education.  This document’s purpose is to clarify the nature and conditions linked to this amount.

This amount includes the following types of financial assistance: research and teaching assistantships as well as any project led within the Faculty of Education, or other Faculties and Research Institutes of the University, and from any other contract obtained outside the Campus.

To be eligible for this amount, you must apply for the research and teaching assistantship positions offered regularly throughout the year, and applications for Research and Teaching assistantships must be submitted to the office of the Vice-Dean. You must be willing and available to work 10 hours per week and demonstrate that you have applied for posted positions (212 hours for PhD and 179 hours for MA).  Note that your admission scholarship is calculated on an academic year based on your entrance admission date (fall, winter, spring/summer). You are thus provided with 12 months to complete your assistantship hours for any given year. Should you have difficulty in obtaining a research/teaching assistantship position, please contact your thesis supervisor or the Vice-Dean Research’s Office by e-mail ( to set up a meeting to discuss your situation and receive the assistance needed to secure a position.

The research and teaching assistantships posted on the Faculty’s website are regulated by a collective agreement. You are invited to consult the CUPE website at .

The amount for the research and teaching assistantships must be earned during the one year following admission.  For example, if you commence your graduate studies program in September 2015, the amount must be earned between September 2015 and August 31, 2016.  However, your contract start date could begin after the month of September 2015.

The amounts are not cumulative from year to year. The balance of one year cannot be carried over to the next year. Should you not attain the maximum amount of assistantship by the end of the year, please make an appointment by e-mail ( with the Vice-Dean Research to discuss your situation.  You have one month after the end of each year to complete this meeting (i.e. for a September 2015 admission, should you need a meeting it must be completed with the Vice-Dean Research by September 30, 2016).

Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please contact the Vice-Dean, Research’s office at or at 613-562-5800 ext. 4892.

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