Incoming Student Funding

Incoming MA student funding

Incoming master students are generally offered a minimum guarantee funding of about $20,000.00 (or more) for the first year and $13,000.00 (or more) for the second year. This may be comprised of the following sources:

  • Internal scholarships: 
    • Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship (GDES) valued at $21,000/year for up to four years, providing the student remains in good academic standing.
    • Incoming students with a CGPA of 3.5 or above typically receive a Graduate Fellowship (currently valued at $7,000) in the summer of their first year.
    • Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship (SGES) valued at either $2,500.00 or $5,000.00.
  • Students also hold priority when applying for TA appointments, provided that the student is able to apply for and accept a contract, during the first few terms in their program (current values MA - $6,240 per term).
  • The amounts listed above are our minimum funding commitment and will be higher if you are awarded an external Tri-Agency award (i.e., CGS-M SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC)
  • Often, students receive RAships with individual faculty members (valued between $2,000.00 - $10,000.00).

Other sources of funding are available and can be explored individually by students (please review here).

Incoming PhD student funding

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.

Starting in September 2024, new students in the PhD program will receive a guaranteed minimum funding of at least $28,000.00 for 12 academic terms. 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:

Tuition and Fees

Students can view tuition and fees here. Students can also view estimated costs for domestic and international students. Please note that tuition is the same for domestic and international students, and students from our graduate programs are considered full-time and pay a per term fee.