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Join the Boyd group!

Why study with us?

  • Focus on experimental research
  • Benefit from a well-funded research program
  • Access to our new state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Perform research into fundamental questions in physics
  • Learn as part of and supported by an award-winning team
  • Generous financial support for Canadian and International Students
  • Students frequently published as lead author on their research projects

How to apply

Our group reviews applications internally on a continuous basis – you can apply directly with us anytime by sending the following information to our administrator, Gloria Kaneza at

  • Cover letter explaining why you want to join our group and the research you wish to pursue
  • CV outlining your research accomplishments
  • Post-secondary education transcripts
  • Official results for the following standarised test:
    • GRE General (mandatory for all international students)
    • TOEFL or IELTS (mandatory for international students whose langauge of instruction was not english
    • GRE Physics (optional for all applicants)

Learn more about uOttawa’s application process here: Graduate Admissions

Quantum NLO Graduate Fellowship

The purpose of the Quantum NLO Graduate Fellowship is to allow our students to focus completely on their academic development and research activities. We thus make a commitment of financial support to all of our students to ensure that they will make at least $26,000 CAD per year for their living expenses. To do so, we take into account the different expenses each student may be required to pay as part of their academic studies. Below we provide a general breakdown of the financial support we offer.

Please note that students are responsible for paying tuition to the university out of this financial support. For more information on these fees please consult uOttawa’s university fees calculator.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Masters: $32,500 per year

  • $7,500 admission scholarship
  • $11,000 from two full teaching assistantships (260 hours)
  • $15,000 from your supervisor

Doctoral: $35,000 per year

  • $9,000 admission scholarship
  • $11,000 from two full teaching assistantships (260 hours)
  • $15,000 research assistantship from our group

International Students

Masters & Doctoral: up to $52,000 per year

  • $11,000 from two full teaching assistantships (260 hours)
  • $15,000 research assitantship from our group
  • Up to $26,000 in tuition relief

Admission requirements

As a world-class reasearch group, we ask all potential applicants to demonstrate their academic excellence. Thus, we have admission standards that go above the University of Ottawa’s regular requirements.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

  • Acceptance into either the Physics or Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate programs
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 80% (to be calculated by the graduate admissions office)

International Students

  • GRE scores in the range of
    • 80th percentile for the Quantitative section
    • 60th percentile for the Verbal and Analytical sections
    • This requirement somewhat is flexible
  • Students with a degree from a non-English speaking university must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • TOEFL: at least 105
    • IELTS: at least 7.5
    • The University of Ottawa has slightly lower requirements