Financial Support

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A separate application for financial assistance is not required, as all applicants are automatically considered for financial support within the Department. All graduate students are supported by stipends from a combinations of external scholarships, departmental scholarships, research grants, training grants, and teaching assistantships. The minimum stipend for 2017-2018 is $21,284. Hamilton is very affordable for students and thus the stipend affords a comfortable lifestyle.

  • Psychology graduate students without external scholarship support receive a departmental scholarship; in 2017-2018 this is $12,364 for both M.Sc. students and Ph.D. students.
  • In recent years, foreign students have been put on a similar financial footing with Canadian students, by virtue of their receiving either a supplementary departmental scholarship or a tuition differential waiver.
  • In the course of their graduate training, students assist in the Department teaching activities. The nature of each student's contribution depends upon his or her other interests and the needs of the Department. Teaching assistantships pay $8,920 per year (2017-18) and are available to all graduate students in our Department. The sum of department scholarship ($12,364) plus teaching assistantship ($8,920) provides the minimum stipend $21,284.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply to external granting agencies in the autumn before they intend to apply to the Department. Financial support from these agencies is substantially greater than can be offered by the Department. Canadian citizens or landed immigrants may apply to the Federal agencies: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Sciences (CIHR), or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Ontario residents may also apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program. Details of these and other assistance programs are available from your own University Graduate Office or from the McMaster University School of Graduate Studies scholarship page.

Graduate students are also eligible to receive financial support to attend scientific conferences. Please refer to PNB Graduate Travel for more details.

To view details about Tuition and Fees at McMaster, please visit SGS Tuition and Fees.