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How does graduate funding work?

Graduate Funding in the Faculty of Arts & Science

The Faculty of Arts & Science (A&S) ensures that all graduate students in the funded cohort receive the A&S Base Funding Package.

What is the Base Funding Package?

Base Amount + Tuition & Fees = The Base Funding Package

The Base Funding Package 2017-18 *
Division Hum & SocSci Sciences
Base Amount $16,750 $17,250
Tuition & Fees $8,481 $8,481
Base Funding Package $25,231 $25,731

What are the components of the base funding package?

The composition of Base Funding Packages varies by division, by department and by student. Departments may use the following components to create a funding package for a student:

External Awards
(eg. SSHRC, OGS)
maximum 180 hours
may take the form of hourly or stipendiary RA-ships
Other Paid Experience
training opportunities related to the program of study
an A&S stipend and/or tuition award
Other Awards
e.g. A&S restricted awards, departmental awards, FAST

Does every student receive the same amount?

All students receive the Faculty of Arts & Science Base Funding Package. However, packages may exceed A&S base funding depending upon the following factors:

  • Which division the student is in – the base amount is higher in the Sciences.
  • The availability of TA opportunities in the department.
  • Research funding held by faculty which can be used for RA-ships.
  • The availability of awards and endowments.
  • Competitive offer type awards made by departments.
  • Decisions to on how to allocate top up funds.

What does a typical base funding package look like?

Typical Base Funding Packages *
Division Hum & SocSci   
TA-ship $7,950 $7,950
RA-ship $1,500 $8,000
UTF $15,781 $9,781
Total $25,231 $25,731

What else affects how much a student receives?

  • Major awards, which displace base funding.
  • The TA component of the funding package may change from year to year, though student funding never falls below the A&S base.
  • Decisions, based on consultations with graduate students, on how to allocate Program Level Fellowship funds.

Will graduate funding increase in future years?

In 2016, the Faculty of Arts & Science announced a $2,000 three year funding increase that saw the base amount increase by $1,500 in 2016-17 and by $250 each year in 2017-18 and 2018-19. An additional $500 was allocated for Program Level Fellowships in 2017-18. This amount will increase to $1,000 in 2018-19. This represents a total increase of $3,000 by 2018-19. Subject to the three year review of graduate funding scheduled for 2018-19, further annual increases are expected. The review will be undertaken by the Graduate Advisory Committee, which includes graduate student representation.

 * Reflects domestic base funding packages. International packages include international tuition and fees.