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?

Anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply: (a) You have secured at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work since September 1, 2019; or you have a contract in hand for at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work in the 2019-20 academic year; (b) You were registered as a student and a member of the funded cohort in the 2019-20 academic year; (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 November 1 and January 17, 2020. Disbursements will follow in the Winter semester.

How do I apply?

When the application opens on November 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) the 2019-20 R.A.D.F. Application Form, and (b) supporting documentation—your funding letter and signed contracts/DDAH forms confirming your TA and RA work in the 2019-20 academic year.

If you don’t see the application form for the R.A.D.F. on the Member Portal (under ‘Forms’) during the application period, then you will need to fill out a Membership Application Form (also found on the ‘Forms’ tab). When your membership application is processed, the 2019-20 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. 


Applications will be accepted between 1 – 17 January 2020.