Funding and Tuition | PhD

The tuition rate for international students in the graduate programs are the same as domestic students. The cost of tuition drops for master’s students after six semesters. See current rates.

Tuition varies based on the student's workload and is subject to change.

SFU Financial Support

SFU offers the funding for PhD students in several forms:

Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship

The Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship is based on nominations only and are valued up to $21,000 Canadian per annum. Students do not need to apply to this scholarship.

Private Entrance Scholarships and Awards

Private scholarships and awards are not regulated by SFU, please see the website for full details for application process.


From SFU School of Communication:

  • Teaching Assistantships* (each $5200 – $6200 per semester)
  • Tutor Markerships* through the Department of Distance Education (each $5200 – $6200 per semester)
  • Research Assistantships (varies)
  • Graduate Fellowship* ($6250 per semester)
  • Sessional teaching appointments (following completion of their comprehensive examinations)
  • Private Scholarships

*The funding is available for a minimum of six of their first nine semesters.

Other Financial Support

Graduate Awards
Private Awards

Tri-Council Masters and Doctoral Scholarships
International students may also want to consult the SFU International Students web site for further information about funding and other issues of importance.

Jason Congdon

Graduate Program Coordinator
(MA and PhD)

T: 778-782-3595
Room: K9661