Graduate Funding in Arts & Science

NEW: Graduate Student Emergency Bursary

The Faculty of Arts & Science has established a Graduate Student Emergency Bursary to help alleviate immediate financial stress that may result from the COVID-19 pandemic and related fallout.

All currently registered graduate students in a Master’s (professional or research-stream) or PhD program, enrolled in an Arts & Science administered (Tri-campus) program are eligible. This includes graduate students affiliated with any of the UTM, UTSC, and St. George campuses in an A&S administered program. Students are eligible, whether they are domestic or international, and whether they are in a funded cohort or not.

The Graduate Student Emergency Bursary is intended to provide immediate and short term financial relief based on need. While we understand that many graduate students are facing significant uncertainty and financial challenges, and that even more challenges loom in the future, we also recognize that no single program can address such a broad range of issues. Students in need of greater financial help may consider accessing the School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Grant and Emergency Loan programs or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit that will pay $2,000 a month to workers who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apply for the Faculty of Arts & Science, Graduate Student Emergency Bursary

How Graduate Funding Works in A&S

Graduate students in funded programs receive a base funding package while they are in the funded cohort. Funding packages are developed by each graduate unit, in accordance with Faculty of Arts & Science policy. Sources of funding include academic scholarships, internal awards, teaching assistantships (TA) and research assistantships (RA), which form the foundation of the funding package. If funding from these sources amounts to less than the A&S base funding package, University of Toronto Fellowships are provided to make up the difference.

Student income is often higher than the base package, and may significantly exceed the base level in graduate units that have abundant TA opportunities or high-value RA-ships. For more information, including a listing of which programs are funded in each department, visit How Graduate Funding Works.

The A&S Base Funding Package

Funding packages consist of a base amount, plus tuition and fees. In 2018, the Faculty of Arts & Science announced a $1,500 three-year funding increase, which will see the base amount increase to $18,500 in the Humanities and Social Sciences and $19,000 in the Sciences by 2021-22. Learn more about the A&S Base Funding Package.

Program Level Fellowships

In addition to the base funding package, A&S provides program level fellowship funds of $1,000 per student in the funded cohort, to be allocated as determined by each graduate unit in consultation with students. To learn more, including a list of Program Fellowship Plans by department, visit Program Level Fellowships.

Internal Scholarships 

Scholarships are awarded by various divisions of the University of Toronto and through the School of Graduate Studies, which holds an annual competition for University-wide awards. Most Arts & Science academic units also award scholarships. Consult your home department's website for details. Learn more about Faculty of Arts & Science awards and School of Graduate Studies awards.

External Scholarships

Major scholarships granted by agencies external to the University include NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) and OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships). Applications for these awards are usually submitted through your home department. Visit the School of Graduate Studies website to learn more about government-funded and other external awards.