Years of Funding, the A&S Base Funding Package and Graduate Unit Enhancements

Students in the funded cohort are eligible for financial support for up to five years of funding at a level which is equal to or exceeds the A&S base funding package. Graduate units determine which years and which programs to fund. They may fund one or more years of the Master’s program and may choose to fund a given year at 50%. If a program is funded, funding commences in the first session of registration in the program.[1]

Each graduate unit has a “funded cohort” that consists of:

  • The first year of a Master’s program or the first four years of a PhD program (the “1 and 4” option), or
  • A 50% funded one-year Master’s program and four fully funded years, plus one 50% funded year, of a PhD Program (the “0.5 and 4.5 option”), or
  • The first five years of a PhD program with an unfunded Master’s program (the “0 and 5” option)
  • If a Direct Entry option exists, the first five years of a Direct Entry PhD program

In some instances, Master’s students are funded up to 1.33 years, with the remainder of the funding applied to the PhD program. Funding always begins in the first session of registration in a funded program. The table below indicates each department’s funded cohort.

The 2021-22 A&S Base Funding Package is $26,480 for the Humanities & Social Sciences, $26,980 for the Sciences. The base package includes tuition and fees and will increase by $500 in 2022-23. As the table below shows, many graduate units provide enhanced packages that exceed the A&S Base Funding Package. These amounts do not include Program Level Fellowship funds.

Department Years of Funding Funding Package
Name Master's PhD PhD Direct Entry Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23
Anthropology 1 4 5 26,480 27,000
Art 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 4 5 34,730 35,250
Cell and Systems Biology 2 4 5 27,980 28,500
Chemistry 1 4 5 33,880 34,380
Cinema Studies 1 4 0 27,980 28,000
Classics 1 4 5 31,859 32,400
Comparative Literature 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
Computer Science 1.33 3.67 5 32,209 32,200
Criminology and Sociolegal Studies 0 5 0 26,480 27,000
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies 0.5 4.5 5 26,480 27,000
Earth Sciences [2] 1 4 5 30,804 31,400
East Asian Studies 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1 4 5 28,459 29,000
Economics 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
English 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
French Language and Literature 0.5 4.5 5 26,480 27,000
Geography and Planning 1 4 5 26,480 27,000
Germanic Languages and Literatures 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
History 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
History & Philosophy of Science & Technology 1 4 5 27,780 27,000
Industrial Relations and Human Resources 0 4 5 26,480 27,000
Italian Studies 0.5 4.5 5 26,480 27,000
Linguistics 1 4 5 26,480 27,000
Mathematics 1 4 5 28,980 29,500
Medieval Studies 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
Philosophy [3] 1 4 5 26,480 28,000
Physics 1 4 5 33,180 33,700
Political Science 0 5 5 26,480 27,000
Psychology 1 4 5 26,980 27,500
Religion 0 5 0 26,480 27,000
Slavic Languages and Literatures 1 4 0 26,480 27,000
Sociology 1 4 5 26,480 27,000
Spanish 1 4 0 26,480 27,000
Statistical Sciences 0 5 5 30,000 32,000
Women and Gender Studies 1 4 5 26,480 27,000

[1] 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.

[2] The Earth Sciences base shown above is for the MSc program only. The PhD base is $30,980 for 2021-22 and estimated to be $35,500.

[3] The Philosophy base package is for Master’s students only. The PhD base package for 2021-22 is $31,480. The estimated PhD package for 2022-23 is $32,000.