Graduate Funding Opportunities

MSc & PhD Degree Program – Funding Information

Assured Funding Policy: Funding Terms and Stipend Levels

Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek external support if they wish to be admitted to this department. Usually this means that applications to funding agencies must be filed about a year before planned entry into graduate programs.

A “stipend” is the total amount that a student receives as financial support during their graduate program.  Stipends are paid as T4A income and are obtained through one or more of the following:

  • the supervisor’s research grant; and/or
  • competitive scholarship/fellowship programs, internal or external to the University; and/or
  • departmental cohort funds (U of T Fellowships)

Teaching Assistantships

Students accepted and registered in the Department are eligible to apply for a teaching assistantship. These are fee-for-service contracts and not student awards. Ten hours per week is the maximum number of hours a full-time student can work. Further details can be obtained by writing directly to the Chair of the Department, giving full particulars of your academic training and experience.

Visit Financing Your Graduate Education for further information on financial support.

Fellowships Awarded by Government Agencies

Financial support is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents from the following federal and provincial government programs. These awards are competitive and are based on academic standing and letters of recommendation. Application forms are available in early Fall preceding the year of admission.

  1. Canada Graduate Scholarship CGS M (NSERC/ SSHRC/CIHR) – $17,500
  2. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) – $15,000
  3. CGS Doctoral (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) Scholarship – 
    1. CGS D - $35,000 per year for 36 months
    2.  NSERC PGS D - $21,000 per year for 36 months
    3. SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship - $20,000 per year for 12 to 48 months
  4. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) – Awarded to outstanding PhD students.  The award is $50,000 per year for three years.

EXTERNAL AWARDS DEADLINES 2019

Fellowships Awarded by the University

Financial support is available to highly qualified graduate students, on the basis of academic excellence, from various sources at the University of Toronto. All complete applications for full-time studies received in the Department by January 15 are automatically considered for the following awards, for which there is a very small quota:

  • Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students – $10,000 top-up
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship – Awarded to International PhD students. The award is $40,000/annum.

Funding Information 2020-2021

Funding Information

1. Total Base Funding

     2020-2021 Student Base Funding for doctoral-stream Masters and PhD

    The student living allowance is increased by 5% in 2020-2021

      Domestic   International  
      MSc PhD MSc PhD
    living allowances 20,545.09 22,828.37 20,545.09 22,828.37
    2019-2020 Tuition fees 7,858.65 7,858.65 26,608.65 7,858.65
    UHIP N/A N/A 720.00 720.00
    Total (base funding) 28,403.74 30,687.02 47,873.74

    31,407.02

    • Effective Fall 2018, International PhD students are subject to the same tuition fees as domestic PhD students.
    • On January 17, 2019, the Ontario government announced a 10% cut to domestic tuition fees beginning in 2019-20, and a freeze at that level for 2020-21.
    • Tuition Fees include: Mandatory and Selectable Incidental, System Access & Ancillary Fees, and UHIP for international tuition are included.

    Note: For the 2020-21 Agreement, it was agreed to provide a 5% increase in living allowance stipend to support MSc and PhD students. The increase meets one of the requests by the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Representation Committee (GRC) for PhD students and it is more than double the Ontario CPI average rate of 2% over the first 8 months of 2019 to cover the increased cost of living in Toronto.

    2. Top-up Practices 

    All awards that require student applications are eligible for a top-up from their supervisor or graduate unit excluding.

    Award amount top-up
    $0.00 to $2,000 There will be no top-up but the student gets to keep award(s), up to a combined maximum of $2,000.00. The amount of the award will not be deducted from the base funding.
    Between $2,001 to $9,999 (cumulative awards) Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000.00 top-up over their base funding. 
    Between $10,000 to $15,000 (cumulative awards) Award goes towards the base funding and student receives a $3,000.00 top-up over their base funding. 
    over $15,000 (cumulative awards $15,001 and up) Award goes towards the base fnding and student receives a $4,000 top up over their base funding

    NOTE: 

    • Within an academic year (or 12 months period), the total cumulative top-up maximum is
      $4,000. That is, if a student holds an award of $5,000 and another award of $17,500, their
      total top-up is $4,000.
    • The top-up is only provided in increments of $2,000, $3,000 or $4,000 per year (does not
      exceed 12 months) and is added above the base funding amount.
    • A student, who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and
      maximum top-up of $4,000, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for these award(s).
    • Top-up eligibility excludes University of Toronto Fellowship (e.g., UTF Open), Doctoral Completion Awards, and bursaries.
    • Payment of top-ups will occur annually for the duration of the award. Thereafter, the student will revert back to the appropriate base graduate student funding package amount.
    • A student, who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and top-up, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for that award(s).

    3. Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF) Awards

    Students who receive funding from needs-based/merit awards, such as OSOTFs are required to consider such funds as part of their base funding. See above for top-up policy for such awards. 

    4. Bursaries

    Non-repayable grants, such as the UTAPS and SGS Emergency Grant, which assists students with sudden and/or unexpected financial need, are not part of the total stipend outlined above. A student under these circumstances is therefore eligible to retain the entire amount of such an award.

    5. Funding Terms

    In general, provided that he/she remain “in good standing”, a doctoral stream student will be funded for his/her thesis-based program.  There are four basic principles that guide these funding terms, as follows:

    1. MSc students are guaranteed funding for their first 2 years.   
    2. PhD students admitted with completed master's degree are guaranteed student stipend funding for a minimum of 4 years.
    3. Transfer students (i.e., transfer from MSc to PhD students), are guaranteed minimum funding for their first 5 years, which includes 1 year as an MSc student.
    4. Direct-entry PhD students admitted with a bachelor's degree are guaranteed student stipend funding for a minimum of 5 years.

    6. Annual Review 

    The chairs/directors agree to meet at least annually with the Vice Dean, Graduate and Academic Affairs, to discuss this funding Agreement and to make any adjustments necessary for implementation effective the following academic year.