Years of Funding and Base Funding Levels by Graduate Unit

Students are generally 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

In general, 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 following is a chart indicating each department’s funded cohort.

The 2019-20 A&S Base Package is $25,351 for Humanities & Social Science, $25,851 for the Sciences. The base package includes tuition and fees and will increase by $500 in 2020-21. Some graduate units provide packages that exceed the A&S base. These amounts do not include Program Level Fellowship funds.

Graduate Unit Years of Funding Funding Package Variations
  Master's PhD PhD Direct Entry Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21  
Anthropology 1 4 5 25,351 25,851  
Art 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 4 5 32,101 32,601  
Cell and Systems Biology 2 4 5 26,851 27,351  
Chemistry 1 to 2  4 5 32,751 33,251  
Cinema Studies 1 4 0 25,351 25,851  
Classics 1 4 5 31,851 32,351  
Comparative Literature 0.5 4.5 5 25,351 25,851  
Computer Science 1.33 3.67 5 25,851 26,351  
Criminology and Sociolegal Studies 0 5 0 25,351 25,851  
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies 0.5 4.5 5 25,351 25,851  
Earth Sciences 1 4 5 27,351 27,851 PhD base $32,851 in 2019-20 and 33,351 in 2020-21
East Asian Studies 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1 4 5 27,450 27,950 Additional session covered out of department resources for MSc and PhD.
Economics 0 5 5 25,351 25,851 Will offer Direct Entry PhD starting 2020-21
English 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
French Language and Literature 0.5 4.5 5 25,351 25,851  
Geography and Planning 1 4 5 25,351 25,851  
Germanic Languages and Literatures 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
History 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
History & Philosophy of Science & Technology 1 4 5 25,351 25,851  
Industrial Relations and Human Resources 0 4 5 25,351 25,851  
Italian Studies 0.5 4.5 5 25,351 25,851  
Linguistics 1 4 0 25,351 25,851  
Mathematics 1 4 5 27,851 28,351  
Medieval Studies 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
Philosophy 1 4 5 25,351 25,851 PhD base 30,351 in 2019-20 & 30,851 in 2020-21
Physics 1 4 5 31,851 32,351  
Political Science 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
Psychology 1 4 0 26,851 27,351  
Religion 0 5 0 25,351 25,851  
Slavic Languages and Literatures 1 4 0 25,351 25,851  
Sociology 1 4 5 25,351 25,851  
Spanish 1 4 0 25,351 25,851  
Statistical Sciences 1 4 5 25,851 26,351 In 2020, no Master’s funding, 5 years PhD
Women and Gender Studies 1 4 4 25,351 25,851  

1Funding 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.