As a graduate student, you have the opportunity to become a teaching assistant and/or a research assistant. At McGill, teaching and research assistants play a vital role in the educational process. Graduate assistantships are part of McGill funding and may be a part of your personalized funding package. Be aware that the elements of your funding package may change from year to year. One year, you may have a teaching assistantship and another, a research assistantship.
McGill graduate funding (Internal graduate funding) is handled by the academic unit (department, school or institute), and the funding amount and type varies with academic unit and program. For that reason, graduate funding varies by amount and type, and varies between academic units and programs. After or at the same time that you have been offered admission, the unit evaluates the funding resources available, and they decide what type, and amount, of funding to offer you.
The worldwide competition for attracting and retaining high-quality graduate students and postdoctoral researchers is fierce, as universities are increasingly focused on graduate education. McGill University is committed to provide financial support for graduate education. Through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and other academic units, McGill is strengthening its presence in this competition by increasing the numbers of student fellowships and scholarships, exploring new avenues for student support, and making it easier to disburse existing funds.