Policy for Funding of Graduate Students

Rationale

The Department feels strongly that, whenever possible, all graduate students should receive funding to allow them to concentrate on their courses and research. In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that we distribute available funds as equitably as possible. To this end, we will use funds at the disposal of the department to supplement the funds that students are able to obtain through other sources.

Funding Policy

As long as financial resources permit, all full-time students will be funded as follows: MA students for 20 months (from September of MA1 through April of MA2); PhD students for five years (PhD1 through PhD5 for students entering without prior M.A. degree, or PhD2 through PhD6 for students who enter with a prior M.A. degree).[1][2] The funding package is contingent on maintaining a CGPA of 3.5 or higher in graduate (500-to-700-level) Linguistics courses. Qualifying year (QY) students are not eligible for funding. Amounts awarded are based on standards set by SSHRC:

PhDs (per year)

$20,000, in addition to tuition and fees. The amount to cover tuition and fees will depend on a student’s residency status (Quebec resident/non-Quebec Canadian/International; Full-time/Additional session). Rates are available at http://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/tuition-charges/fallwinter-term-tuition-and-fees/graduate-fees).

MAs[3]

$17,500 for 12 months in MA1; $11,667 for 8 months in MA2. Tuition and fees for both years are also covered. The amount to cover tuition and fees will depend on a student’s residency status (Quebec resident/non-Quebec Canadian/International; Full-time/Non-thesis extension). Rates are available at http://www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/tuition-charges/fallwinter-term-tuition-and-fees/graduate-fees).

Funding Sources

Funding comes from a variety of internal and external sources, including:

  • External funds obtained by the student
  • Faculty of Arts Fellowships
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Fellowships
  • Department of Linguistics Cremona Fellowship
  • TAships
  • Research funds

Application for External Funds

Students are expected to apply for any external fellowships for which they are eligible (SSHRC, FQRSC, Rotary Fellowships, Commonwealth Fellowships, etc.). External funding will count towards the student’s total funding package. Students must inform the department IN WRITING about any external funding that they have obtained. Failure to apply for external funding (if eligible) or to inform us of any funding obtained can result in deductions to subsequent funding from the department.

Funding from TAships and Teaching

As part of their overall funding package, PhD students are expected to TA for 480 hours (normally a total of four courses, one course per term) and MA students for 240 hours (normally a total of two courses, one course per term), typically starting in their second year.[4] In other words, the money earned as a TA is included in the funding package and students who fail to apply for TAships or who refuse TAships will have their funding reduced accordingly. The eligibility requirement for a TA position is a minimum CGPA of 3.5 in graduate Linguistics courses. Students who TA while fully funded on an external fellowships (or equivalent) will receive their TA salary in addition to their funding package.[5] All allocations of TAships are subject to the requirements set down by AGSEM (go to http://tas.agsem-aeedem.ca/ for further information).

Under exceptional circumstances (for example if there is a shortage of TA candidates) a student might be able to TA for an additional course (after having already TA-ed their 480 hours) and receive the funding on top of their funding package. But generally, additional TA-ships will only be topped up to bring student to their basic funding level, and will not lead to higher overall funding.

Students who teach linguistics courses as Course Lecturers will receive these salaries in addition to their funding package, if the required TA hours described above have been completed. 

Funding from Research Grants

Students who receive research funds will join research teams associated with professors within the department. 

 


[1] Determination of funding will normally be made before the beginning of each academic year.

[2] PhD students who switch to the MA after two or more years in the PhD will not be funded in the MA.

[3] Students who are funded for 20 months in the MA and then go on to the PhD are only eligible for 3 years and 4 months of funding at the PhD level.

[4] In some cases, students will be asked to serve as graders instead. Grading for two courses (60 hours x 2) is equivalent to one TAship (120 hours).

[5] A student who has served as a TA while fully funded on an external fellowship (or equivalent) will still ‘owe’ the department up to 4 TAships if they require departmental funding once the fellowship has expired. In other words, money earned as a TA after the end of a fellowship will count towards the funding package and students who choose not to TA at that time may have their funding reduced accordingly.