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.

InformationWhen 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:

(Effective september 1st, 2020)

Please note, for current MSc students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, transfer to the research project option will not affect your stipend and/or scholarships (including the admission scholarship).

Program MSc (Research project) MSc (Thesis) PhD
Biochemistry N/A $19 000/year $21 000/year
Cellular & Molecular Medicine N/A $19 000/year $21 000/year
Epidemiology N/A N/A $9 000/year
Microbiology & Immunology N/A $19 000/year $21 000/year
Neuroscience N/A $19 000/year $21 000/year
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