Research Assistants Defence Fund (R.A.D.F.)

The Research Assistants Defence Fund (R.A.D.F.) compensates members in divisions 1 and 2 (Humanities and Social Sciences) who are forced to undertake T4 taxable R.A. work in order to receive the minimum guaranteed funding package.

Who is eligible to apply to the fund?

For the May 2019 round of the R.A.D.F., anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply: (a) You have secured at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. (b) You were both registered as a student and a member of the funded cohort in at least one semester of the application year (in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Spring 2019). (c) The combined value of T.A. and R.A. work included in your funding package must be greater than $8,200 (i.e., the maximum amount of T.A. work the Employer can count towards the minimum funding commitment).

What counts as R.A. work for the purposes of the R.A.D.F.?

For R.A. work to count for the purposes of this fund, it must be both: 1) T4 taxable R.A. work, and 2) included in the funding package (as noted in the funding letter). PLEASE NOTE: members in divisions 3 and 4 (in Engineering and the Physical Sciences or Life Sciences departments) are ineligible for this fund, because R.A.ships in those departments are not T4 taxable income.

How do I know if my R.A. work is taxable?

You can find your paystubs here:  If a payment has taxes deducted from it, it is T4.  If you have multiple R.A.ships, please contact an admin person in your department to confirm that the one in your funding package is T4.

How much money will I get?

The R.A.D.F. has been allocated $40,000 per year. The fund compensates members in divisions 1 and 2 (Humanities and Social Sciences) in full for any T4 taxable R.A. work included in their funding package (if the combined value of T.A. and R.A. work included in their funding package is greater than $8,200). If there are monies left over after the fund has reimbursed all eligible claims, the remainder of the monies will be reallocated to the U.S.A.F. for that year.

When will I get my money?

Applications for this fund will be open between May 1 and May 31, 2019. Disbursements will follow in the Summer semester.

How do I apply?

When the application opens on May 1, 2019, the form will be available online and accessible through the Union’s website. To find the application, login to the Member Portal (found by scrolling up to the top right of this page).

A complete application for the R.A.D.F. will include: (a) a membership card, (b) the 2018-19 R.A.D.F. Application Form, and (c) supporting documentation—your funding letter for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic year and your paystubs from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019.

You will receive an immediate confirmation email for each application you submit. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not receive a confirmation email you did not successfully submit the application.


If you do not have (a) a membership card (i.e., you do not have a CUPE No., found on the left-hand side of the Portal home page), you will be directed to fill out a Membership Application Form (also found on the ‘Forms’ tab). When your membership application is processed, the 2018-19 R.A.D.F. Application Form will be accessible through the portal. PLEASE NOTE: processing membership applications can take up to four (4) business days. Failure to fill out a membership application in a timely way (i.e., less than five days before the deadline) is not grounds for submitting a late application.


Applications will be accepted between 1 – 31 May 2019.