Applying to TA and TF Positions: Guide to Preference Groups

If you are applying to be TA or TF, you fall into one of 4 Preference Groups outlined in the 901 Collective Agreement.  Generally, the Preference Group you fall into depends on the Letter of Offer you received when you applied to attend graduate school at Queen’s, and whether you are applying to TA or TF within your Department and/or Discipline.

Teaching Assistants

If you are applying to be a TA and you are a graduate student at Queen’s, the Preference Group you fall into is determined by the following criteria:

Preference Group A*

  • You were given a funding commitment that included TAship(s) in your Letter of Offer to attend graduate school at Queen’s, and that commitment has not expired (usually within years 1-2 for Master’s students, and years 1-4 for Doctoral students).
  • The TAship(s) is in your home department, or affiliate departments if you’re in an interdisciplinary program.

Preference Group B*

  • The duration of the funding commitment made to you by Queen’s in your Letter of Offer has expired (i.e. you are outside of your funding-eligible years), or no TA commitment was made at the time of offer (e.g. you are an international student with funding from a country/institution outside of Queen’s or Canada).
  • The TAship(s) is in your home department, or affiliate departments if you’re in an interdisciplinary program.

Preference Group C*

  • The duration of the funding commitment made to you by Queen’s in your Letter of Offer may, or may not have, expired.
  • You are applying to a department other than your own (e.g. if you are an English grad student and are applying to TA in the History Department, or if you are outside of funding-eligible years).
  • You have previously held a TAship.

Preference Group D*

  • Any graduate students who do not meet criteria outlined in pools A, B, or C.

* Individuals in each of these Preference Groups, A through D, may or may not hold external awards (such as SSHRC or NSERC).

Teaching Fellows

If you are applying to be a TF and you are a graduate student at Queen’s, the Preference Group you fall into is determined by the following criteria:

Preference Group A*

  • You were given a funding/training commitment that included TFship(s) in your Letter of Offer to attend graduate school at Queen’s, and that commitment has not expired (usually within years 1-2 for Master’s students, and years 1-4 for Doctoral students).
  • The TFship(s) is in your home department, or affiliate departments if you’re in an interdisciplinary program.

Preference Group B*

  • The duration of the funding commitment made to you by Queen’s in your Letter of Offer may, or may not have, expired.
  • No TA commitment was made at the time of offer (e.g. you are an international student with funding from a country/institution outside of Queen’s or Canada).
  • The TAship(s) is in your home department, or affiliate departments if you’re in an interdisciplinary program.

Preference Group C*

  • The duration of the funding commitment made to you by Queen’s in your Letter of Offer may, or may not have, expired.
  • You are applying to your home department, or home discipline, or affiliated departments or disciplines if you’re in an interdisciplinary program.
  • You have previously held a TFship.

Preference Group D*

  • You are applying to your home department, or home discipline, or affiliated departments or disciplines if you’re in an interdisciplinary program.
  • You who don’t meet the criteria outlined in pools A, B, and C.

* Individuals in each of these Preference Groups, A through D, may or may not hold external awards (such as SSHRC or NSERC),.

We hope this helps.  If you still have questions, we encourage you to see the Appointments Article in the 901 Collective Agreement (also known as the Memorandum of Settlement) or contact your department.  Alternatively, you can send us an email at info@psac901.org.

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