Faculty of Science

Department of Computing Science

Financial Support & Awards

Financial Support

Each year, the Department of Computing Science provides financial support for a number of thesis-based students in the graduate program in the form of teaching and research assistantships (course-based students are self-funded). These assistantships are designed to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses in Edmonton, and are available to M.Sc. students for up to the first five terms and Ph.D. students for up to the first 10 terms subject to satisfactory academic performance and satisfactory performance of duties.

Basic financial support from the Department and from the students’ research supervisors includes:

  • a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (TA) from the Department, usually granted over 8 months each year, September to April
  • a Graduate Research Assistantship (RA) from the research supervisor, usually granted over 4 months each year, May to August*

* First year M.Sc. students are expected to find a research area and supervisor to work with by April in order to have guaranteed funding through the Spring/Summer term.

The total annual financial support for students holding teaching and research assistantships varies in the Department of Computing Science. At this time, funding for the first year is approximately $24,120 for a full-time M.Sc. student and $26,220 for a full-time Ph.D. student. 

As of Fall 2014, the Dean's Office also provides tuition remission in the fixed amount of $700 per term to all international students with a full time teaching assistantship that are within the allowable funding periods (5 terms for MSc students and 10 terms for PhD students). The Department will process this tuition remission at the beginning of each term for all eligible students.

Scholarships

There are variety of scholarships and awards available to both Canadian and international students. Canadian students with outstanding academic records are encouraged to apply for federal and provincial government awards. Foreign students are encouraged to apply for awards from their home countries that may be used for foreign study. Be sure to read all application instructions carefully and submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

Entrance scholarships & awards

Scholarship  Deadline  Value  Duration  Eligibility†
University of Alberta Master's Scholarship None* $17,000 per year plus tuition and fees 1 year Canadian & International
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship None* Varies depending on GPA and qualifications Varies Canadian & International
President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction None $10,000 (Year 1) and tuition and fees in subsequent years that the major doctoral award is held Up to 3 years Canadian [with NSERC PGS D or CGS D]
Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship None Tuition and fees while the major Master's award is held 1 year Canadian [with NSERC PGSM or CGSM]
Faculty of Science Graduate Scholarship None $2000 1 time award Canadian [with NSERC PGSD, CGSD, PGSM, or CGS M]
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships None* Master's: $10,800 (Sept. 1 start)

$5400 (Jan. 1 start)

Doctoral: $15,000 (Sept. 1 start)
$7500 (Jan. 1 start)

1 year Canadian
Dick Peter Graduate Scholarship None $800 1 time award Graduate of University of Alberta

 For eligibility, "Canadian"; refers to both Canadian citizens and permanent residents

* While there is no formal deadline, early application to the graduate program is encouraged as a limited number of these awards are available.

 

Scholarships & awards  for current students

Scholarship  Deadline  Value  Duration  Eligibility†
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Graduate Student Scholarships (new NSERC holders) Early Feb.  Masters: $26,500/year

Doctoral: $31,500/year

Up to 4 years (combined MSc/PhD) Canadian & International 
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Graduate Student Scholarships (current holders) Early Feb. CGSM, PGSD, CGSD, and Vanier $12,000 Up to 3years  Canadian 
Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship Late Feb. $35,000 per year plus differential fee for international students Up to 2 years Canadian & International
Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize Late Feb. $5000 1 time award Canadian & International
Dissertation Fellowship*        
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships Apr. 30 Master's: $10,800 (Sept. 1 start)

$5400 (Jan. 1 start)

Doctoral: $15,000 (Sept. 1 start)
$7500 (Jan. 1 start)

1 year Canadian 
FGSR Travel Awards none Master's: to a maximum of $1100

Doctoral: to a maximum of $1300

1 time award Canadian & International
Alberta Learning Graduate Scholarship none Master's: $3000 1 time award Canadian
GSA Professional Development and Travel Grants Apr. 30
July 31
Oct. 20
Jan.29
Master's: up to $500

Doctoral: up to $1000

1 time award Canadian & International

* The Dissertation Fellowship is not being offered at this time.

 For eligibility, "Canadian"; refers to both Canadian citizens and permanent residents

Note: There are a variety of others scholarships and awards for which qualifying students may be eligible. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website for further details.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

NSERC TOP-UPS

Top-ups are provided to students entering with an NSERC scholarship. In their first year, a student entering with an NSERC will receive:

  • Walter H. Johns Grad Fellowship from FGSR
    • An amount equivalent to tuition and fees for one year (as determined by the date of admission to the student's program) is paid directly to the student.
    • This top-up award is processed upon activation of the NSERC award and paid out in September. Thus, no action is required from the students other than the submission of their NSERC Payment Activation Form (to activate their NSERC award).
  • President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction from FGSR
    • $10 000 in the first year that the student holds the NSERC award.
    • An amount equivalent to tuition and fees for the Fall and Winter terms in subsequent years that the student holds the NSERC award.
    • This top-up award is processed upon activation of the NSERC award and paid out in September. Thus, no action is required from the students other than submission of their NSERC Payment Activation Form (to activate their NSERC award).

AITF TOP-UPS

  • NSERC, Vanier, China Scholarship Council and other external peer-reviewed award holders who win an AITF Graduate Student Scholarship will receive an automatic top-up for the duration of their eligibility ($12 000), and this top-up value may increase to the full scholarship value when the external funding ends, for the remainder of the AITF scholarship terms. 
  • In order to receive an AITF top-up, students need to apply to the full AITF Scholarship Competition. If they do not apply, they will not receive the AITF top-up even if they get an NSERC. The deadline for the AITF Competition is typically at the end of January.

EXTERNAL AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS

DEPARTMENT RESEARCH AWARDS

M.Sc. Early Achievement Award
Awarded to students showing superior academic performance and achieving strong research results no more than 3 teaching terms into the program.

M.Sc. Outstanding Thesis Award
To be given to a student with exemplary overall research achievements no later than 6 teaching terms after he/she started the program, and who has already have successfully defended his/her thesis.

Ph.D. Early Achievement Award
Awarded to students achieving strong contributions to research no more than 5 teaching terms into the program.

Ph.D. Outstanding Thesis Award
To be given to a student with exemplary achievements during the program that has already successfully defended his/her thesis.

See Department Research Award details >

OUTSTANDING STUDENTS FROM CHINA

The China Scholarship Council and the University of Alberta have signed a collaborative co-funding agreement for sponsoring up to 10 doctoral students to study at the University of Alberta. Please visit Funding Information for International Students on the FGSR webpage for more details.

Financial Assistance and Emergency Funding

Other forms of financial assistance including bursaries and emergency funding as well as student loans are also available. For help with various forms of financial aid, check out the Student Financial Aid Information Centre (SFAIC) located in the Students' Union Building.

Employment Opportunities

Check out our list of job opportunities for other CS related positions.