Employment of Graduate Students

There are several employment opportunities for graduate students at the University of Windsor. Some of these are listed below along with important applicable policies.

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Total number of hours

The allowable number of hours of paid University-related employment for fulltime graduate students will be 240 hours total per academic term as follows:

  • Fall term: September 1 to December 31
  • Winter term: January 1 to April 30
  • Summer term: May 1 to August 31.

The 240-hour limit per term includes income from all employment sources within the University: GA, RA-employment income (not including RA-scholarship), Sessional instructor appointment, Work Study, Food Services, IT Services, Library, Residence Services, etc. and any other University-related employment.


Graduate and teaching assistantships are allocated by the student's academic department, to assist with teaching-related duties.

Full-time doctoral and Master's students in eligible programs may be offered a Graduate Assistantship (GA) for up to 140 hours per term. Under the current GA/TA collective agreement, a Master’s students who is offered a GA position will receive GA support for a total of three terms, and a doctoral student - for seven terms. One additional GA term may be provided depending on availability. The value of a full 140-hour Master's GA is $5,356.40 per term and a doctoral GA - $5,969.40 per term (rates as of Sept. 2018).


GA Hourly Rates

M II – $38.26
PhD – $42.64

All rates include 4% vacation pay.
Rates effective as of September 2018.


Some departments may also offer teaching assistantships (TAs) for undergraduate students.

TA I (Years 1 and 2) – $19.80
TA II (Years 2 and 3) – $21.33
TA III – $28.01
M I – $28.01

All rates include 4% vacation pay. 


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Annual orientation workshop

The workshop is held each Fall for new graduate and teaching assistants in all faculties and departments.

The 2018 workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 3p.m. until 4:30p.m. in room 202, Toldo building.

Review the workshop agenda

Get a copy of the latest workshop materials held in September 2017 (PDF Format)

RAs are normally funded by a professor's research grant. Payment for RAs can be in one of two forms:  

  • salary 
  • scholarship  

If paid as a salary, an RA is considered employment.

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Sessional appointments are governed by the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) Collective Agreement. If a student is employed as a sessional instructor the total time spent by the student in connection with the appointment includes time spent on preparation, reading, setting assignments, marking examinations, etc. Therefore, graduate students holding a sessional instructor appointment cannot be employed as Graduate Assistants (GAs) in the same term.


International students

International students must hold a valid Study Permit and must maintain full-time registration in order to be employed on campus. For more information, review the information posted on the websites of the International Student Centre and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.