Work-Study Program

What is the Work-Study Program (WSP)?

The Work-Study Program is a great way to combine work and a university education: you work part time during the school year and full time over the summer. Since you work on campus, you minimize travel time to and from class and benefit from a flexible schedule that allows you to really prioritize your studies.

The Work-Study Program also gives you a chance to discover new aspects of uOttawa, and provides practical job experience that can be very attractive to future employers. This employment will help foster your sense of initiative and hone your planning, teamwork, problem-solving, organizational and communication skills.

Application periods

To work during:

  • Spring/Summer term: March 12 to June 14, 2018
  • Fall term: August 7 to October 4, 2018
  • Winter term: December 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019

Why work on campus?

More than 1,700 positions are available in faculties and services. With our variety of jobs, you can usually find a position related to your field of study. Work-study supervisors know your course schedule and are able to work around it. Plus, you're on campus, so you're never too far from your classes.
Some jobs available on campus:

  • Student ambassador
  • Student mentor
  • Marketing assistant
  • Research assistant
  • Customer service officer
  • Assistant editor
  • Assistant project officer
  • Laboratory assistant or technician
  • Junior information officer
  • Assistant computer technician
  • Assistant fundraising officer
  • Theatre costume assistant

Eligibility

You must meet these general criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the University of Ottawa’s financial questionnaire through the Work-Study Navigator
  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing
  • Pay your tuition fees to the University of Ottawa

You must also meet these specific criteria:

For Fall or Winter term (part-time position):

  • Be enrolled in at least nine units of courses as an undergraduate student or be enrolled full time as a graduate student, at the University of Ottawa, for the term.
  • For students living with a disability: be enrolled in at least six units (undergraduates) or part time (graduates) for the term. 

For Spring-Summer term (full-time position):

  • Have been enrolled for at least nine units of courses as an undergraduate student or have been enrolled full time as a graduate student, at the University of Ottawa, for the preceding Winter term, and be returning to the University of Ottawa for the following Fall term.
  • For students living with a disability: be enrolled for at least six units (undergraduates) or part time (graduates) for the preceding Winter term.

CO-OP program students

  • You can work part time during your study terms through the Work-Study Program, if you meet the eligibility criteria above.
  • You can apply for a full-time summer CO-OP position through both the CO-OP Navigator and the Work-Study Navigator. However, if you select a Work-Study position, you must check with the CO-OP Office to ensure that this position meets the requirements of a CO-OP work term.

Application process

Applying for the Work-Study Program and searching for Work-Study positions is quick and simple using the Work-Study Navigator.

To apply for the WSP you must:

  • Log into the Work-Study Navigator (through uoZone).
  • Complete the financial questionnaire.
  • Click Admission.

You can usually view your application status in the Work-Study Navigator within 72 hours. Once your application is approved, you can use the Work-Study Navigator to:

  • Create your resumé
  • Search and apply for Work-Study postings
  • Sign the employment contract with your new employer

All contracts whose job duties include research tasks as defined in Article 4.3.5 of the CUPE 2626 collective agreement are subject to that collective agreement.

Employers

For more information on the Work-Study Program, please select the Work Study Navigator application available in VirtuO.

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