Admissions Funding

Carleton offers generous funding packages to its graduate students. When you submit your application for admission to Carleton, you are automatically considered for funding and if you are eligible, you will be notified in your Offer of Admission and Funding. Admission funding may take the form of one or more of the following:

Domestic Entrance Scholarships

A one-year domestic entrance admission scholarship may be given to newly admitted domestic graduate students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, landed immigrants).To be considered for a domestic entrance scholarship, applicants need an admission GPA of 10.5 or higher and must register full-time at Carleton for the duration of the scholarship. Applicants will be assessed for eligibility at the time of admission and do not need to apply. This offer of scholarship will be made at the time of admission and will be payable over the first fall and winter terms of study.


  • New Master’s Students: $2,000
  • New PhD Students: $3,000

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

TAs assist faculty members with various duties which might include conducting labs or study groups, assisting with lecture preparation, marking assignments and tests, etc. A TA work assignment may take place outside the academic unit to which you are applying if your academic record shows strengths in other areas. Carleton offers TAs a wide range of training opportunities through a variety of offices and for which you will get paid.

TA’s work a maximum of 10 hours per week and are governed by a collective agreement with CUPE 4600, Unit 1.

Research Assistantships (RA)

RAs are hired by faculty members (normally your supervisor) to assist with a research project that will be directly related to your own research. RAs are paid for with funds from the faculty member’s external contracts or research grants. The employment consists of on-campus work where you may be asked to help with the research being conducted, such as scholarly review of journals, conducting experiments, recording data, conducting interviews, etc.

  • Value: maximum of $20,000 per year
  • Requirements: a minimum GPA of 10.0 or higher

RA’s are not governed by a collective agreement; the guidelines for your employment are normally determined by the agency, council or business providing the contract or grant to the faculty member.

Merit Scholarships

These scholarships are based on your academic grades of your previous degree and are available for top-quality students. Recommendations for these scholarships are made by your department during the application per year.

  • Value: $1,000 – $12,000 per year

Donor-Funded Awards

These awards are financial awards administered by Carleton and are awarded based on academic merit, financial need and/or specific research areas. You will need to contact the department offering the endowed award for more information. Search our search our Awards Database for more information.

  • Value: maximum of $20,000