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Awards and Funding

The university has numerous opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students looking to secure funding for future academic studies. Funding is available through both academic achievement or financial need. Students who are interested in learning about these opportunities should review the information provided by the Student Awards Office, which oversees the administration of all financial opportunities on behalf of the university.

Additionally, the university offers a program designed to assist students with money management while at university: “Dollars and Sense” is designed to help decrease financial stress and increase financial wellness.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

You can search for specific awards on LORIS. However, there are a number of awards and bursaries that are specifically for senior students in Biology programs:

If you would like to apply for one or more of these awards, see Applying for Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries.

Instructional/Research Assistantships

Instructional Assistantships

We typically hire instructional assistants (IAs) to assist teaching assistants (TAs) in the labs and tutorials each term. These positions are determined by the lab coordinators. If you are interested, please fill out the Instructional Assistant Application. Please be patient and only send in one form as many are received.


  • Fall term: July 31
  • Winter term: Nov. 15
  • Spring/Summer: April 15

Research Assistantships

Research assistantship agreements are made between the faculty member and student and normally comes about as a result of students being in one or many of the faculty member’s courses. You may begin by volunteering in the faculty member’s lab, which can lead to a paid research position.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Graduate students should see Graduate Funding and Awards. You can also search for specific awards on LORIS.

Teaching Assistantships

The chair of Biology and the graduate officer will decide on the allocation of TA-ships to graduate students every academic year.

Once you have been assigned to TA a particular course, you should meet with the lab coordinator to discuss the duties you will be expected to fulfill. Each course will have a Teaching Assistant Job Responsibility form that you and the instructor must sign. The signed forms are to be submitted to the Biology office for the signature of the graduate program officer. The forms must be sent to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the end of the second week of classes for payroll to be processed.

All graduate students are required to attend TA training / graduate program orientation sessions put on by the Department of Biology at the start of the fall semester.

Travel Awards

Most graduate students will have an opportunity to travel during the course of their program. In most cases the purpose of the travel will be to present results at scientific conferences. Some students may also travel to conduct research or course work. There are a number of sources of funding available to students to help offset the cost of travel.

Laurier encourages students to engage in scholarly activity by providing financial support to students who make presentations at academic conferences related to their program of study. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers conference travel awards of up to $250 (for travel within Ontario) and $500 (for travel outside of Ontario and international) for students making poster or oral presentations at national or international meetings.

The Faculty of Science may have travel funds available over and above what is offered from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students need to apply for these funds prior to their travel. Inquiries about funding from the Faculty of Science should be directed to the senior administrative officer of the faculty.

In addition to the conference travel funds available from the university, students should discuss other sources of funds with their supervisors. Many scientific societies offer funding to students making presentations at society-sponsored meetings. Finally, the Laurier Graduate Students' Association has some funding available for students who have been unable to acquire conference travel funds from other sources. Applications for GSA funds should be made after attendance at the conference.