The A&S Base Funding Package

Graduate units in the Faculty of Arts & Science provide a base funding package to all graduate students in the funded cohort. For 2021-22, the A&S base funding package will be $18,500 ($19,000 in the Sciences) plus tuition and fees. 1 Funding begins in the first session of registration in the funded program.2

A&S ensures students will receive fellowship income to bridge the difference between external awards and/or income derived from paid experience (teaching and research assistantships) and the base package established by the Faculty.

In 2018, A&S announced a three-year increase that will see the funding package increase by $500 a year, as follows:

Humanities & Social Sciences

Academic Year Base Amount Tuition & Fees Total
2018-19 $17,000 $8,490 $25,490
2019-20 $17,500 $7,851 $25,351
2020-21 $18,000 $7,859 $25,859
2021-22 $18,500 $7,980 $26,480



Academic Year Base Amount Tuition & Fees Total
2018-19 $17,500 $8,490 $25,990
2019-20 $18,000 $7,851 $25,851
2020-21 $18,500 $7,859 $26,359
2021-22 $19,000 $7,980 $26,980


The foregoing base amounts apply to all students in the funded cohort. The final total will vary, depending on tuition and fees, which are based in part on domestic or international status and campus affiliation. International PhD students pay the same tuition and fees as domestic students, plus UHIP. International Master’s students pay higher tuition and fees. The A&S base funding package covers tuition and fees for all students in the funded cohort, regardless of their domestic or international status, the incidental fees charged by the campus with which they are affiliated at the start of the academic year 1and individual student decisions on optional incidental fees.

Individual graduate units are welcome to provide enhanced packages. Many graduate units offer packages that exceed the A&S base funding amount.

Student income often exceeds the base package, and may do so significantly in graduate units that have abundant TA opportunities or high-value RA-ships. For 2017-18, the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available, average gross income for PhD students in the funded cohort was as high $52,372 in one Humanities department, $48,962 in one Social Sciences department and $41,740 for one Science department. Many students have gross incomes that greatly exceed the average.

1. Campus affiliation fees are St. George Campus fees by default, unless the student has either (a) affiliated with UTM prior to the issuance of funding letters in September or (b) or formally switched campus affiliation and notified the Graduate Administrator by October 31st.

2. Funding commences in the first session of registration in the program, unless program design dictates otherwise. If program funding commences in year one, students cannot defer funding to a subsequent session or year.