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Graduate Program in French — Funding and Employment

The School is committed to providing adequate funding to national and international students admitted into its MA programs.

  1. The funding package is a mix of financing coming from three sources: 1) Grants, Scholarships and Awards; 2) Graduate Assistantships; 3) Sessional Teaching appointments:

    • The School grants research awards and scholarships such as FGSS (Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships) and EPE (Alberta Enrollment Planning Envelope Award for Language Learning Enhancement) to students on the basis of academic merit;

    • The School also offers Graduate Assistantships to provide services to the unit such as teaching labs and tutorials, assisting with research or special projects, assisting instructors with class work, marking, etc. Please be reminded that the GA’s are meant to help expand the students’ training in teaching and research and, as such, any proposal for Graduate Assistantship should clearly define these benefits. Graduate Assistantships (Fixed Term) may be offered by individual faculty members with research accounts;

    • A unique feature of our graduate programs is the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience with beginner and/or intermediate level language courses. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for all Sessional Teaching assignments.  If successful with a teaching application, a student’s potential for financial support will be maximized.  Sessional Teaching Assignments are considered by the School as part of the funding offered to students.

  2. All eligible students are expected to apply for the annual Graduate Award Competition (GAC), the annual Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC/CAGS) scholarship competition, the Entrance Competition and External Awards competitions offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

  3. Not only is it an honour to receive a national scholarship award but it will also benefit one’s future career. Students are highly encouraged to apply since such awards will not only enhance their academic profile but also offer them more substantial financial support. Acquisition of external awards strengthens the entire program, improving the program’s reputation. Should a student win an external scholarship valued at $6,000 or more (i.e., Open Scholarship, SSHRC/CGS, external awards), the School will normally adjust its initial offer of funding. In all cases, the student will be better off financially than s/he would have been without the external funding.

  4. The School may choose to provide financial support for MA students during the first 20 months of their program, provided they maintain good progress toward completion of their degree. Only in unique circumstances will a request be entertained for additional funding beyond these time periods. The School reserves the right to withdraw funding if a graduate student moves from a full-time, thesis-based program to a course-based degree program. Part-time students are not eligible for funding.

  5. MA students are assessed program fees for their first 12 months after registration, following which they are assessed continuing fees for the remainder of their program. 

  6. The School offers the following funding to the best MA students. The funding package takes into consideration program specific fees, but not general fees such as UPass, Insurance, Graduate Student Association Fees, etc.  

Status Canadian Citizens or Residents International Students 
MAs, first 12 months from $17,680 - $19,940 from $24,570 - $26,970 
MAs, continuing fees from 13,600 – $14,560 from 15,660 – 18,060 

The Schedule of Tuition fees for Graduate Students is posted to:

  1. International Fee Differential Policy

    The School follows the "Principles and Procedures Guiding Use of Graduate Student Visa Differential Revenue - April 2004" provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Specifically, in all cases where the student (or his/her supervisor on his/her behalf) is paying visa differential fees, 75% of the differential fee amount is returned to the said student, supervisor or unit. The differential fee will be returned to the student in the form of a special scholarship. The visa differential fees for a student whose fees have been paid by a foreign government, employer (other than their supervisor), or corporation, will be retained by the School for graduate student support. Both Canadian and international students will be eligible for this support.

Typical distribution of duties for graduate students (with Program Outline) 

Semester 1 No formal duties [Students to familiarize themselves with the School]Course work
Semester 2 Lab / Tutorial / ResearchCourse workChoose a supervisor
Semesters 3/4 Lab / Tutorial / ResearchThesis Proposal
Semester 5 Lab / Tutorial / ResearchThesis
Semester 6 No formal duties [Students to finish writing their thesis]Thesis + Defense

Download our guidelines for using SSHRC and External Funding for Graduate Students

Information for International Students

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