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 2022-23 A&S Base Funding Package is $27,055 for the Humanities & Social Sciences, $27,555 for the Sciences. The base package includes tuition and fees and will increase by $500 in 2023-24. 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 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24
Anthropology 1 4 5 27,055 27,555
Art 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 4 5 35,304 35,804
Cell and Systems Biology 2 4 5 28,555 29,055
Chemistry 1 4 5 34,455 34,955
Cinema Studies 1 4 0 28,055 28,055
Classics 1 4 5 32,055 32,555
Comparative Literature 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
Computer Science [2] 1.33 3.67 5 31,284 31,284
Criminology and Sociolegal Studies 0 5 0 27,055 27,555
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies 0.5 4.5 5 27,055 27,555
Earth Sciences [3] 1 4 5 33,555 34,055
East Asian Studies 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1 4 5 29,555 30,055
Economics 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
English 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
French Language and Literature 0.5 4.5 5 27,055 27,555
Geography and Planning 1 4 5 27,055 27,555
Germanic Languages and Literatures 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
History 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
History & Philosophy of Science & Technology 1 4 5 27,055 27,555
Industrial Relations and Human Resources 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
Italian Studies 0.5 4.5 5 27,055 27,555
Linguistics 1 4 5 27,055 27,555
Mathematics 1 4 5 29,555 30,055
Medieval Studies 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
Philosophy [4] 1 4 5 28,055 28,555
Physics 1 4 5 34,255 34,255
Political Science 0 5 5 27,055 27,555
Psychology 1 4 5 27,555 28,055
Religion 0 5 0 27,055 27,555
Slavic Languages and Literatures 1 4 0 27,055 27,555
Sociology 1 4 5 27,055 27,555
Spanish 1 4 0 27,055 27,555
Statistical Sciences 0 5 5 32,000 32,000
Women and Gender Studies 1 4 5 27,055 27,555

 

  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 Computer Science base amount shown above is for the MSc program only. The PhD base is $33,284 for 2022-23.
  3. The Earth Sciences base amount shown above is for the MSc program only. The PhD base is $36,555 for 2022-23.
  4. The Philosophy base amount shown above is for the MA program only. The PhD base is $33,055 for 2022-23.