Graduate Assistantship Information

By admin, August 18, 2011 1:49 pm

Graduate Assistantship (GA)


Graduate Assistantships are remuneration for graduate students who are engaged in research and/or field development oriented projects contributing to their academic and professional development.  The University is committed to principles of equity employment, and particularly encourages applications from women, aboriginal persons, racial minorities, and persons with disabilities.

  • GAs are unionized positions represented by CUPE 3907 (Rm 8-104).
  • At OISE there are 45 GA awards available during the September-April academic year to students outside of the Graduate Funded cohort.
  • Only some of these positions are open to new applicants in any given year.
  • A GA pays $11,526 for 2 terms (approximately 10 hours per week – 113-133 hours per term).
  • Each student also receives $250 ($550 for international students) per year in lieu of benefits. In addition, international students with dependents may obtain an additional $150 if they provide proof of dependents. Documented proof needs to be provided to Wendy Mauzeroll in the Dean’s Office. This lump sum payment is paid out annually with the first payment of the student’s GA and is awarded once only during the period May to April.
  • Masters students are eligible to hold a GA in the first 2 years of their program with the exception of the two 2-year MA programs (ICS MA and MT).  Students in the 2-year Masters program are eligible to hold a GA in the first 3 years of their program.
  • Doctoral students are eligible to hold a GA in the first 5 years of their program. A GA, once awarded, will be renewed automatically up to the 4th year. Students must apply for the 5th year.
  • Flex-time PHD candidates are eligible to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship once during their program providing they can provide required documentation as outlined in Article 14:00 of the CUPE3907 Collective Agreement.  This documentation must be provided with the submission of the GA application.  A Graduate Assistantship, Summer Graduate Assistantship, or R&D Graduate Assistantship are all part of the same union and the limit of one position encompasses all three types of GAs.

What is the Process?

  1. Submit application to be ranked for a GA
  2. You are offered and accept a GA
  3. You apply for a GA position when posted
  4. Complete the GA Position Contract

How and Where Do I Apply?

Applications and full instructions for the regular academic GAs are now available from the GA Application webpage. The deadline for applying for a 2012/2013 Graduate Assistantship is December 1, 2011. Applicants will be advised of results in March, 2012. Should you have any questions regarding your ranking within your department, please see CUPE 3907.

Now That I Have a GA – What Next??

Once you have accepted an offer of a Graduate Assistantship you need to apply for an actual GA position using the Graduate Job Postings website. You will not be able to log onto the site until the first day of job postings.  Information/instructions on using the system will be sent to you August.

Graduate Assistantship position descriptions for the Fall/Winter session are posted for 10 working days starting on the first Monday after Labour Day. For candidates starting in January, the positions will be posted for 10 working days as of the first day of classes in January.

Once the matching process has taken place you will need to complete the process by electronically signing a GA Postion Contract.  If you do not complete this step you will not be able to receive your GA payments.
Questions or concerns should be directed to:

CUPE 3907
OISE: Room 8-104 (8th floor)
(Office hours are posted on the door)
For further information, please feel free to email:

If you would like to be informed of deadlines and new financial information as it arrives please join the Graduate Financial Information listserv by sending an email message to In the body of the message replace “first name” “last name” with your first and last name respectively.

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