Graduate Student Resources

Graduate studies are becoming increasingly important to meet the evolving demands of society. Graduate students are critical contributors to the world-class research conducted at Carleton University and in the field by our award-winning faculty members.


Our faculty aim to prepare you for an exciting future in a competitive and evolving world. They constantly search for ways to enhance your learning experience through innovative course, lab and field work. As part of your program at Carleton, we ensure that you have many opportunities to pursue research interests alongside award-winning teachers and leading scientific researchers.

Carleton graduate students benefit from numerous collaborations and partnerships between the university and government departments, research institutions, and industry partners.

Learn from Experts in the Field

You’ll learn from experts who are researchers and practitioners, and have access to research resources at two universities, federal research agencies and national institutions. You’ll get hands-on experience through co-op placements and internships in organizations that are headquartered in Ottawa.

Real-world opportunities

Field work is a vital component of numerous programs at Carleton, and depending on your area of study you may find yourself working in a variety of exotic locations. Graduate students are currently conducting field research in the Arctic, Caribbean and across Canada, to name a few locations.

A Collaborative Environment

The Faculty of Science offers master’s programs, doctoral programs and graduate diploma programs. Carleton graduate students benefit from numerous collaborations and partnerships between the university and federal government departments, national research institutions and international industry partners due to our location in the nation's capital.


Graduate Funding, Awards and Financial Aid



Post-graduate studies are a major investment in your future.  At Carleton University, we want to help you succeed in your university career. Once your application is received, program administrators will determine which applicants will receive funding from the department. Eligibility is based on a number of criteria including merit, area of study or research, or financial need.  In some cases, funding is provided on admission to your program; in others you must apply to Carleton or an external agency.


Funding on Admission

Typical funding offers for which you will automatically be considered upon admission may include:

  • a teaching assistanceship (TA),
  • a research assistanceship (RA), and
  • a merit scholarship based on your academic achievement.

Additionally, tuition scholarships may be offered to outstanding applicants, both domestic and international, at the time of admission.

For more information on Admissions funding on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs web site, click here

Internal and External Awards

Our generous internal and external graduate student awards are available to assist students financially with their studies.  External scholarships, provided by the Province of Ontario or national granting councils such as SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR are tenable at Carleton University and are administered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. 

For more information on internal and external awards on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs web site, click here

Government Assistance Programs 

Our awards office is responsible for providing money, encouragement and advice to students in need.  OSAP provides interest-free student loans to provide direct financial assistance for education and living expenses. The work-study program allow qualifying students the opportunity to work on campus, while gaining experience in an area of their interest.

 For more information on OSAP and other financial assistance programs, click here.


Ottawa-Carleton Joint Institutes

By studying in the nation’s capital, students will not only have access to the cutting-edge facilities and excellent faculty offered by each university, but also to various research centres found only in the Ottawa area. Graduate students in engineering, science and economics (PhD) programs at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa benefit from a unique partnership between the two universities. These programs are offered through Ottawa-Carleton Joint Institutes, allowing students to access a wide range of courses, expertise, research facilities and libraries. Through the combined resources provided by both universities, these institutes make our graduate programs some of the best and largest in Canada.