Research and teaching assistantships

The University of Ottawa's admission scholarship is composed of two separate amounts. The first component of the University of Ottawa’s admission scholarship is paid directly to you in the form of a scholarship, which is credited to your student account in three installments per academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer). 

The second component of the University of Ottawa's admission scholarship includes a matching amount of $9,000 per year for PhD students and $7,500 for Masters students (for each year in which you are entitled to the admission scholarship) for research and teaching assistantships guaranteed by the Faculty of Education. The nature and conditions of this second amount are outlined below. 

This second matching amount includes the following types of financial assistance: research and teaching assistantships as well as assistance with a project led within the Faculty of Education, or other Faculties and Research Institutes of the University. 

To be eligible for this matching component, you must apply online for the research and teaching assistantship positions offered regularly throughout the year at the university. Please click on the following link to access all research and teaching assistantship positions offered by the Faculty of Education: Job Opportunities. You must be willing and available to work to a maximum of 10 hours per week and apply for posted positions (total of 200 hours for Ph.D. and 167 hours for M.A. per year). Please note that should you have difficulty in obtaining a research/teaching assistantship position, please contact your thesis supervisor first or the Vice-Dean Research’s office by e-mail ( to set up a meeting to discuss your situation. 

The research and teaching assistantships posted on Job Opportunities are regulated by a collective agreement. You are invited to visit the CUPE website at: CUPE2626

The amount for the research and teaching assistantships must be earned during the year following admission. For example, if you begin your graduate studies program in September 2021, the amount must be earned between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. However, your contract start date could begin after the month of September 2021. 

The scholarship 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 hours by the end of the year, please speak to your supervisor and 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 hold this meeting (i.e. for a September 2020 admission, should you need a meeting it must be completed with the Vice-Dean Research by September 30, 2022). 

Please be aware that all additional sources of funding revenues, such as outside work, assistantships in other faculties, or other scholarships must be reported and will be deducted from the matching component of your admissions scholarship. It is your responsibility to notify the Graduate Studies Office and the Vice-Dean’s office of other sources of revenue. It is important to notify the Office of the Vice-Dean, Research of any change to your admission scholarship situation or registration status. You can also find information at: Research/Teaching Assistantships

Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please contact the Vice-Dean, Research office at or at 613-562-5800 ext. 4011. 

Dr. Isabelle Bourgeois 
Vice-Dean, Research 
Faculty of Education

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