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Graduate students may be eligible for a number of different sources of funding. Prospective students should communicate with their potential supervisor(s) during the application process to learn which sources of funding that they may be eligible for.
Many M.Sc. and Ph.D. students receive funding from their supervisor(s) in the form of Graduate Research Assistantships. Assistantships range from $12,000 to $18,000 per year.
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scholarships
The department awards the following Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scholarships, annually, on a competitive basis to new and continuing students:
- M.Sc. Scholarships - $16,000 per year (max. duration of 24 months), and
- Ph.D. Scholarships - $19,000 per year (max. duration of 48 months).
Scholarship recipients may be assigned some teaching and marking duties as part of this funding. Students do not apply for these awards directly but are nominated by the student's current or proposed supervisor(s). The scholarship competition for new students is held in early April and the competition for continuing students is held in early May.
Graduate Research Fellowships
The Department of Mechanical Engineering receives an annual allocation
of Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). Students are nominated by their
supervisor(s) for these awards for the annual competition in May. A
full GRF is worth approximately $16,000 per year. There is no required teaching
or service component for these awards.
The Department nominates students
who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are
registering for the first time in a thesis-based graduate program for the
College of Graduate Studies and Research’s Dean’s Scholarships. Students must
have an entrance GPA of at least 85.0% (UofS equivalent). Four
monthly competitions are held between December and March. Two types of Dean’s
Scholarships are available:
- Dean’s M.Sc. Scholarships - $18,000 per year (max. duration of 24 months)
- Dean’s Ph.D. Scholarships - $20,000 per year (max. duration of 36 months).
Students do not apply for these awards directly but are nominated by their proposed supervisor(s).
Further information is available on the CGSR website on Dean’s Scholarships for Canadian and International students.
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships
Prospective students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residences may
be eligible to apply for Postgraduate Scholarships offered by the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The NSERC deadline for these awards is in
October, and students applying through a Canadian university may have to meet
an earlier internal deadline.
Students holding NSERC postgraduate scholarships (PGS
M, CGS M, PGS D, and CGS D awards) are awarded a $3000 Annual Top-up Scholarship
from the College of Graduate Studies and Research for the duration of their
NSERC award. NSERC scholarship holders may also receive additional
funding from their supervisor.
Other Scholarships and Bursaries
Mechanical Engineering graduate students may be eligible for a number of other graduate awards, which are awarded by the College of Engineering, the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and external organizations, including:
- University of Saskatchewan Education Equity Scholarships ($15,000)
- George Carter Scholarship ($5000)
- Fredeen Scholarship in Engineering ($500)
- Russell Haid Graduate Scholarships ($5000)
- Douglas Patton Hogg Memorial Award ($1500)
- George Ira Hanson Post-Graduate Award in Energy Research ($1000)
- Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards ($10,000 USD)
Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for these and other scholarships is forwarded to graduate students and their supervisors throughout the year by the College of Engineering and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Students should also consult the information that is available on the CGSR website on awards for Canadian and International graduate students, including a searchable awards database.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Engineering employ graduate students as Teaching Assistants. Duties may include marking assignments and reports, demonstrating labs, or assisting students in tutorial or problem-solving labs. Students must apply for these positions well in advance of the start of Term 1 (September) and Term 2 (January), and the selection process is competitive. Teaching Assistants are paid at a rate set annually by the University of Saskatchewan.
The department may also hire graduate students as Sessional Lecturers. Sessional Lecturer positions are posted on the Teaching Opportunities Section of the University of Saskatchewan website.
Graduate students interested in improving their teaching should consider the programs and resources offered by the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness. These programs include an annual teaching orientation in August and GSR 989, a graduate course in University teaching.
Graduate Teaching Fellowships
The Department of Mechanical Engineering receives an annual allocation of Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF). Students are nominated by their supervisor(s) for these awards. A full GTF is worth approximately $16,000 per year. The GTF must provide up to 12 hours/week of teaching service to the department during the September to April period. A 0.5 GTF is worth $8,000 per year and the GTF must provide up to 6 hours/week of teaching service to the department during the September to April period.
University of Saskatchewan Travel Awards can provide financial assistance to graduate students to enable them to participate in academic-related conferences, academic competitions and other formal academic activities. These awards are offered on a competitive basis, and students must apply in advance of their travel. More details, including the current value of these awards, deadlines, and applications forms are available on the University of Saskatchewan website