It is the policy of the Department of Mathematics that all graduate students should have financial support either from scholarships, teaching appointments, professors' research grants, or some combination thereof. The Department of Mathematics guarantees funding to all incoming graduate students on the following basis:
- MSc students a minimum of $18,000 per year for first two years
- PhD students a minimum of $20,000 per year for first four years
More detailed information can be found in the Department's official "Graduate Student Funding Policy".
The Provost's Prize of Distinction (PPD) top-up will be awarded to outstanding domestic students (Canadian and permanent residents) who are initiating their graduate program at SFU and have received a major national scholarship from one of the tri-councils (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC). Together with departmental support, this amounts to an annual $10,000 top-up for the duration of the scholarship while enrolled as full-time graduate student at SFU Department of Mathematics.
- NSERC CGS-M award holders do not receive the PPD top-up.
- NSERC Doctoral award holders are offered the PPD top-up.
Applicants with other external scholarships or with support from their home country are usually eligible for a top-up from SFU, via either a Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship or a Provost International Fellowship.
Typically, a student who is not the holder of a major scholarship will hold a teaching assistantship (TA) for two semesters in an academic year, and be supported by a graduate research fellowship (GF) or research assistantship (RA) in the third semester.
Funding is subject to satisfactory progress in the program of study and subject to satisfactory performance of TA duties. The acceptance letter sets out the details for each student.
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