Fees & Funding
Funding at the U of A isn’t just competitive—it’s among the best in Canada.
Both master’s and doctoral students benefit from healthy funding packages determined at the department level.
Couple this with our modest tuition rates, and U of A graduate students have a clear economic advantage.
How funding works
Departments formulate a funding package after you have applied for admission. Sources can include:
Visit department/program websites to find out how students are funded.
What can you do?
- Apply early
Most departments make funding decisions from December-April for applicants starting in September.
*Mainly for Canadian/Permanent Residents however some awards, including the prestigious Vanier doctoral scholarships, are open to international students.
- Explore other External Funding
Many agencies and orgnaizations offer graduate awards; try these tips:
- Contact the U of A—the department offering your program may know of discipline-specific external awards
- Contact your home country’s ministry of education—government ministries of education may have resources for funding education abroad
- Contact the Canadian Embassy in your home country—a great resource for study abroad funding
- Explore graduate scholarship websites such as www.scholarshipscanada.com and www.studycanada.ca
Third highest average doctoral student funding in Canada at nearly $26,600 CAD a year.
84% of doctoral students received more than $20,000 CAD a year during their first four years of study.
Highest average funding in Canada for thesis-based master’s students at nearly $20,600 CAD a year.
Generous top-up funding for students holding prestigous awards from Canada’s three research agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.
Students holding a prestigious federal scholarship over $20,000 CAD received total average funding of more than $39,000 CAD a year.
Graduate assistant stipend rates rank among the top 5 in Canada, with more than $46 million in assistantships offered each year.
Competitive graduate tuition rates compared to other Canadian institutions; approximately $6,000 for Canadian students, $9,500 for international students
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Based on most recent funding figures (2008/09) and 2011/12 tuition approximation.