PhD Minimum Funding Policy

This program-level funding policy has been developed to accompany GGR 1.17.

The primary goal in the development of a minimum funding guarantee is equity, which the graduate program in Psychology defines as fairness and justice in the allotment of funding resources within a program with the goal of enabling impartial outcomes.

Students admitted to the program prior to September 2024 will receive at least $28,000.00 for 12 academic terms minus the number of terms that they have completed. Continued funding is contingent on maintaining a CGPA of 3.5 or higher, satisfactory progress in the program and meeting the supervisor’s reasonable expectations as detailed in the annual progress review (completed via the Graduate Program Report).

Minimum guaranteed funding will be provided from one or more of the following sources:

  • Internal scholarships adjudicated by Graduate Studies
  • TA appointments
  • Program-specific awards (e.g., Graduate Fellowship), including donor-funded awards
  • PhD Research Scholarship
  • Tri-Agency awards
  • External scholarships including, for example, those adjudicated by Graduate Studies
  • Mitacs
  • Scholarship payment from supervisor’s research grant
  • RA funding from supervisor’s or other research grant

For further information regarding SFU Psychology PhD Minimum Funding Policy, you can download and review the following PDF file: