Graduate student stipends will be provided following the current practices
in the existing graduate programs of the Faculty of Engineering and Health
Sciences. Stipends will consist of some combination of (1) research supervisor
grant funds (2) allocations of scholarship funds from the School of Graduate
Studies based on enrollment in the programs (3) TA placements based on
availability of resources and need. The TA work will be performed where
the students’ undergraduate and graduate backgrounds can be utilized.
Students are encouraged to apply for relevant external scholarships
including NSERC, CIHR, OGS, and OGSST.
For students without external scholarship, typical stipends in the School of Biomedical Engineering are in the $19,500 to $20,500 range. Ph.D. students at McMaster are guaranteed a total support package of at least $20,500 per year for four years. Students with external scholarships
typically are eligible to receive TA support and a School of Graduate
Studies Scholarship allocation. They may also receive additional
support from research grants at the discretion of the supervisor.
Visa students normally receive a tuition bursary which covers the visa
student/Canadian student fee differential.
McMaster University puts time limits on funding that are normally 24
months for Masters’ students and 4 years for Ph.D. students. Funding
beyond these limits is normally from research grants at the discretion
of the supervisor.