Paying taxes on grad's research grant/scholarship?

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Jan 21, 2014
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Paying taxes on grad's research grant/scholarship?

Any grad student out there, if you receive a research scholarship, will it be allocated with your PI and paid out as monthly income hence subjected to taxes or you receive the money directly as a whole and no taxes to pay at year end?
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Jul 17, 2008
8336 posts
I had to pay taxes on it as it's considered income. I believe only the first 500$ is not taxable.
Aug 26, 2011
257 posts
Depends if the entirety of the award is added on top of your stipend. Usually it is not and is supplemented and you get the same stipend, but your PI is paying less. Most of the time you only receive a top-up of 1-4K. That's not enough income to be taxed at all.
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Sep 10, 2017
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If you are enrolled as a full time student then scholarship income is not taxable "up to the total amount required to support you in the program". On your tax return it's line 130 for reporting scholarship income, and details can be found about the Scholarship Exemption on the CRA website.
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Dec 6, 2006
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Yeah scholarship should be no tax for full-time students.

Also, regardless of scholarship or any type of income, it does NOT matter whether you receive it monthly, bi-weekly or as a lump sump. A taxable (or non-taxable) income will always remain same taxable (or non-taxable) no matter how many or little chunks you receive it as. CRA only looks at your annual income in total.