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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
July 1, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Research Grant Hiring



1. How to HireStudent Employees

2. Research Assistant Stipends And Calculation of Benefits:

(a) NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR no longer specify maximum or minimum stipends for the grant funding of students. TheTri-Agency Financial Administration Guideno longer stipulates the value of stipends that can be paid from grants.

In past years, rates have varied. These are our suggested rates:(Note: An additional14%ofstipend amountsmust be budgeted to cover mandatory taxes and benefits.)

  • $12,000-$17,000/year (full time master's student)
  • $17,000-$19,000/year (PhD student)
  • $32,000 minimum (postdoctoral fellow)

(b) Recommended Hourly Rates for Student Research Assistants.

Undergraduate Students $16-18 per hour
Master's Students $18-20 per hour
Doctoral Students $20-25 per hour
In addition to the above hourly rate,an additional14% must be budgetedto cover mandatory taxes and benefits (Canada Pension, Unemployment Insurance, Vacation Pay).Charges are calculated by Payroll and deducted from your account automatically.