Graduate fees and funding
Learn about your funding options before you start your graduate program. Make sure you understand your tuition and general fees.
PhD students and thesis-based MA students are typically admitted with a funding guarantee. Financial support comes in the form of teaching assistantships and research scholarships; advanced PhD students may also be hired to teach their own courses. In order to be considered for departmental support, students must meet the admission application deadline and apply for all major awards for which they are eligible. Funding is contingent on satisfactory progress in the program.
- Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GATs): Teaching and instructional service to an instructor in an undergraduate course. Stipends in 2020-21 amount to $8,894.41 per term (four months), funded and awarded by the Department of Philosophy. No more than an average of 12 hours per week of service (including preparation) may be required of teaching assistants.
- Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Scholarships (FGSs): Awarded for research tasks directly related to the student's own research. Stipends range from $100 to $10,000 per term (four months), funded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and awarded by the Department of Philosophy. No teaching or service duties are required of research assistants.
GATs and FGSs are normally tenable at the University of Calgary. The terms are September-December, January-April, and May-August. New applicants interested in GATs and FGSs should ensure that all application materials (references, samples of philosophical writings) reach the Department by January 15. There is no separate application form for GATs or FGSs.
MA students who are fully funded will receive financial aid for four semesters and one summer. PhD students who are fully funded will receive financial aid for eight semesters and four summers. The department can make offers of admission to MA students without a funding guarantee. This applies in particular to students who want to pursue part-time MA degrees or those that have their own funding. Course-based MA students are not funded.
Each student who is admitted into our PhD program will receive not less than $22,000 for each of four years, subject to availability of funding and satisfactory progress. Special consideration will be given to those who enter the PhD program without an MA. The average amount of financial support to a PhD student has been significantly more than the minimum that is guaranteed.
The Department has no funding commitments to any student readmitted into any one of its graduate programs or with deferred admission.
For more details and the most accurate information about graduate tuition and fees, go to the Academic Calendar.
Philosophy Graduate Student Travel Award
Philosophy Graduate Student Travel Awards are offered to continuing graduate students enrolled in a graduate program in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. The awards are given for the purpose of travel assistance to present at a conference.
Awards are limited to a maximum per applicant of $500 during the period April 1 - March 31. The department will accept applications on two deadlines:
March 15 -- for travel between April 1 and September 30
September 1 -- for travel between October 1 and March 31.
You should apply before travel occurs. If your paper/presentation has not been accepted yet, please apply by the preceding deadline. Funding will be contingent on acceptance. Unanticipated travel opportunities may arise between the two application dates. In this case an out of cycle application may be made, however please be aware that in these cases the opportunity must genuinely be the sort of thing you could not expect.
Application information will be shared with in program students prior to the deadline.
In addition to departmental funding, the Faculty of Graduate Studies offers awards for conference travel, and the Graduate Student Association offers Professional Development Grants which also cover conference travel.
Graduate program contacts
Contact us with any questions you may have.