This section contains general guidelines for the financial assistance of graduate students at the University of Lethbridge. It is not intended to provide prescriptions for every situation, but is a framework within which the faculties and schools can operate. Specific interpretation and implementation of these guidelines rests with the supervisor and the Dean (or designate) of the appropriate Faculty or School.
The Faculty of Education provides three main forms of assistance for graduate students in the M.Ed. program: Graduate Assistantships, Faculty Associates, the Graduate Student Travel Fund, and the Graduate Students Association (GSA).
Financial assistance for eligible graduate students may consist of one or more of the following: fellowships, scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, Research Assistantships, external research support, and other sources. The financial assistance package for graduate students is based on the following principles:
is offered to all eligible graduate students
is provided by those who engage graduate students in university teaching and research programs
reflects the importance of the services graduate students provide
Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)
Graduate Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students in the M.Ed. program (i.e., those registered in at least three courses).
Graduate Assistants perform research or teaching support functions. They provide up to eight hours of service per week in the term for which they receive an assistantship.
Graduate Assistants receive $2,000 in the term in which they hold an assistantship. Students may receive more than one assistantship during their program.
Note: The criteria and descriptions for Graduate Assistantships in the Faculty of Education are under review.
Faculty Associates must be enrolled in a program of studies leading to a Master of Education degree in the Faculty of Education.
Faculty Associates are contracted to teach four courses in the undergraduate program in the Faculty of Education. Courses may be assigned in the Fall or Spring Semesters, or Summer Session I.
A Faculty Associate is paid $22,000 for a 10-month contract. Each year, the Faculty of Education hires one to four Faculty Associates, depending on Faculty budget and instructional needs.
Profiling Alberta’s Graduate Students Award
Valued at $3,000, these 33 graduate awards are intended to showcase the high quality research being done by full-time Canadian/Permanent Resident, Alberta, graduate students who present their research at nationally and internationally recognized academic conferences. To be considered for the award, students must have been registered at the time of the conference in a full-time graduate program at any point in second year of study. Normally, students will be eligible for the award once during their program of study.
Graduate Student Travel Fund
Financial assistance is provided to M.Ed. students to support travel associated with attending conferences or other academic gatherings.
Normally, awards of up to $500 are available to individual students. Each year, the Faculty of Education allocates $4,000 to support graduate student travel.
Graduate Students Association (GSA)
Contact the Graduate Students Association for financial support information provided by the GSA (www.gsaulethbridge.ca).