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 2020-21 A&S Base Funding Package is $25,859 for the Humanities & Social Sciences, $26,359 for the Sciences. The base package includes tuition and fees and will increase by $500 in 2021-22. Some graduate units provide enhanced packages that exceed the A&S Base Funding Package. These amounts do not include Program Level Fellowship funds.

Graduate Unit Years of Funding Funding Package
  Master's PhD PhD Direct Entry Actual 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22
Anthropology 1 4 5 25,859 26,500
Art 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 4 5 33,609 34,250
Cell and Systems Biology 2 4 5 27,359 28,000
Chemistry 1 to 2  4 5 33,259 33,900
Cinema Studies 1 4 0 27,859 28,000
Classics 1 4 5 31,859 32,000
Comparative Literature 0.5 4.5 5 25,859 26,500
Computer Science 1.33 3.67 5 26,359 27,000
Criminology and Sociolegal Studies 0 5 0 25,859 26,500
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies 0.5 4.5 5 25,859 26,500
Earth Sciences 1 4 5 27,859 28,500
East Asian Studies 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1 4 5 28,459 29,500
Economics 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
English 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
French Language and Literature 0.5 4.5 5 25,859 26,500
Geography and Planning 1 4 5 25,859 26,500
Germanic Languages and Literatures 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
History 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
History & Philosophy of Science & Technology 1 4 5 25,859 26,500
Industrial Relations and Human Resources 0 4 5 25,859 26,500
Italian Studies 0.5 4.5 5 25,859 26,500
Linguistics 1 4 5 25,859 26,500
Mathematics 1 4 5 28,359 29,000
Medieval Studies 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
Philosophy 1 4 5 30,859 31,000
Physics 1 4 5 32,491 33,000
Political Science 0 5 5 25,859 26,500
Psychology 1 4 5 28,859 30,000
Religion 0 5 0 25,859 26,500
Slavic Languages and Literatures 1 4 0 25,859 26,500
Sociology 1 4 5 25,859 26,500
Spanish 1 4 0 25,859 26,500
Statistical Sciences 0 5 5 28,500 30,000
Women and Gender Studies 1 4 5 25,859 26,500

 

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.
2The Earth Sciences base is for the MSc program only. The PhD base is $32,000.