The Faculty of Medicine has a minimum stipend policy for graduate students in the basic sciences programs.
The stipend is not a salary but is intended to help graduate students pay for their basic living expenses allowing them to focus on studying and working on their research.
Thesis supervisors are responsible for providing graduates students under their supervision with the minimum stipend, as per program regulations. The amount may be adjusted if students receive an external scholarship.
Funding must be available for students to be allowed to join the thesis supervisor’s lab. Stipend payments begin concurrently with the first enrolment in the program and continue for the duration of your studies or for a minimum of two years for an MSc and a minimum of four years for a PhD.
Stipends may come in the form of teaching or research assistantships or can be provided through your thesis supervisor’s research grants. A contract or B-Form and Soft-funded bursary form must be completed and signed by both the student and thesis supervisor prior to the first day in the lab and renewed yearly.
Stipend payment is mandatory. Should a supervisor run out of funding and become unable to provide the minimum stipend, the Program Director must be informed without delay.
When a student receives an external scholarship, thesis supervisors are expected to provide the necessary adjustment equivalent to the program set minimum stipend.
Minimum guaranteed stipend for the Faculty of Medicine graduate students:
Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
The admission scholarship applies to individuals (Canadian students and permanent residents) who will enrol full time in a Master's or PhD program (with the exception of the MSc in Epidemiology, who are instead considered for a Graduate Studies Scholarship). International candidates must refer to International Scholarships section below.
All admission files are automatically evaluated to determine each applicant’s eligibility for the admission scholarship.
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents who are accepted into their program with an admission average of at least A- (80%) will be recommended to receive an admission scholarship.
For the MSc, students will be provided with at least $50 000 over two years
$7 500 per year, paid by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
$17 500 per year, minimum stipend provided by the Faculty of Medicine (through teaching or research assistantships, or through your thesis supervisor’s research grants)
For the PhD, students will be provided with at least $112 000 over four years
$9 000 per year, paid by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
$19 000 per year, minimum stipend provided by the Faculty of Medicine (through teaching or research assistantships, or through your thesis supervisor’s research grants)
Note: The portion of the Admission scholarships paid by Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies covers tuition fees for the duration of the MSc (two-year) or PhD (four-year) program.
Graduate Studies Scholarships
For Master of Science in Epidemiology candidates only.
All admission files for the Masters of Science in Epidemiology are automatically evaluated to determine each applicant’s eligibility for the Graduate Studies Scholarship.
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents who are admitted to the program with an admission average of at least A- (80%) will be recommended to receive the Graduate Studies Scholarship.
$2 000 per term for the duration of the scholarship.
All admission files are automatically evaluated to determine each applicant’s eligibility for the international scholarship.
International candidates admitted to the program with an admission average of at least 8.0 / 10 will be recommended to receive the international scholarship.
International scholarships are awarded in accordance with the faculty’s priorities until the funds are depleted.
Excellence scholarships equivalent to the University of Ottawa tuition fees, up to $10 000 per year, are awarded to recipients of major external awards (e.g., CIHR, FRQ, NSERC, OGS, SSHRC). They are awarded for each year that the external award is held.
Students who received a major external scholarship will be awarded the Excellence Scholarship in replacement of the Admission Scholarship, the Graduate Scholarship or the International Scholarship.
Financial Support from the University of Ottawa
Conference travel grants
Graduate students at the Faculty of Medicine have traveled the world to present at conferences and attend meetings.
If you are planning on presenting a publication directly related to your thesis at a conference, you may be eligible for a conference travel grant to cover travel and other expenses.
Research travel grants
Master's and PhD students are eligible for a research travel grant for travel outside the city when circumstances require it in the pursuit of research for their theses.
Our graduate students are eligible for a long list of scholarships, including external awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec (for students living in Québec), the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), and the Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards, among others.