Doctoral remissions introduced this fall

karen herland

As of next September, Concordia will offer tuition remissions to the best and brightest PhD applicants.

“This is an incentive to bring in high-calibre graduate students,” said Danielle Morin, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs). The announcement was made through the Provost’s office at the April 12 Board of Governors meeting.

Starting in the 2006-07 academic year, 100 PhD candidates will receive a full tuition remission over 12 terms.

The remissions will be allocated by the faculties based on the proportion of PhD candidates they currently have.

As a result, Morin said, Engineering and Computer Science and Arts and Science would receive a greater proportion of the remissions. Ten remissions will be held back for a university-wide evaluation through the School of Graduate Studies.

Each faculty will develop internal criteria to determine which applicants are the strongest candidates academically.

With savings to each student of approximately $5,000, this represents an investment of $.5M over four years to help attract the best doctoral students.

Morin added that students were free to pursue other funding sources to alleviate the cost of living.