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Graduate student finance

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Graduate financial support

All students accepted into the biology graduate program are guaranteed a minimum annual stipend of $18,000/year for two years for MSc an and $18,000/year for three years for PhD. The stipend is comprised of a combination of scholarship, fellowship, teaching assistantship, and support payments from individual research grants. Funding is still available in additional years of the program but the minimum is no longer enforced.For this reason, students are accepted into individual laboratories as well as by the department.

National Awards: available to those with a first-class grade point average (minimum 7.0 but in practice much higher) in the last two years of undergraduate studies. Eligibility criteria vary with agency. Currently national fellowship holders receive an additional award from the university.

University Fellowships: a limited number of University of Victoria Graduate Fellowships are available to applicants with a GPA over 7.0 (A).

Biology Scholarships: There are a limited number of awards specifically for Biology graduate students outlined in the awards section of the Calendar. Application and/or nomination for the University of Victoria awards and fellowships may only be done once the student has been admitted to the department.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships: Students can also obtain financial support for their studies as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. These appointments are made by the department of Biology for qualified students to work up to 2/5 time as a laboratory instructor.

Faculty Support: Normally students are also appointed as a research assistant by their faculty supervisor to meet the minimum level of support guaranteed by the department.

Tuition Fees

For current tuition fees, see the Tuition fees schedule on the Accounting Services website. Canadian citizens and permanent residents pay the tuition rate identified as Domestic while individuals studying on a student visa pay the rate identified as International. Degree students Tuition is assessed as a total degree program fee, not as a per course fee. Payment of the program fee is broken down into "full fee installments". Full-time students pay one full installment each term.

Fees are assessed in September, January and May. If students have not completed their degree by the time the program fee has been paid, they will be assessed a re-registration fee for each term, until the degree completion time limit is reached. In addition to tuition, students are required to pay Ancillary Fees and international students must arrange for appropriate medical insurance.

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