How Graduate Funding Works in A&S

The Faculty of Arts & Science provides funding to graduate units to support students and sets broad policies for graduate funding, including the establishment of base funding levels.

For 2019-20, base funding is is $25,351 for most units and $25,851 in Science units. The base package consists of a base amount, plus tuition and fees.

For 2019-20, the base amount is $17,500 for most units and $18,000 for the Sciences. These levels will increase by at least $500 annually for the next two years. Graduate units can distribute up to 5 years of doctoral-stream funding between Master’s and PhD programs.

In A&S, graduate students are expected to fund their graduate studies by applying for major internal scholarships and external scholarships and by seeking out Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant opportunities. If income from these sources is lower than the A&S base funding package, students receive additional funds in the form of University of Toronto Fellowships. The table illustrates this concept, by showing the composition of funding packages for students with various high value awards, compared to a funding package for a student without an award, in 2019-20:
 

A colourful bar chart explaining the different levels of funding, please contact your graduate coordinator for more information.

 

Components of the Base Funding Package

While the A&S base funding package consists of a base amount and tuition and fees, how that base amount is achieved varies by department and by student.

The following are the main components of funding packages:

  • External Awards: e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, OGS, CONNACyT, Vector
  • TA-ship: $8,200 is the maximum TA income included
  • RA-ship: may take the form of stipendiary or hourly RA-ships
  • Other Paid Experience: training opportunities related to the program of study
  • University of Toronto Fellowships: stipend or tuition award
  • Other Awards: e.g. A&S restricted awards, departmental awards
  • University of Toronto Fellowship Top-ups: provided above the base package, usually for students with high-value scholarships or award applicants

All students receive the Faculty of Arts & Science Base Funding Package. However, the package total may vary depending on the sector and may the exceed the A&S base funding level depending upon the following factors:

  • which department the student is in – the base amount is higher in the Sciences
  • the availability of TA opportunities in the department
  • research funding held by faculty which can be used for RA-ships
  • the availability of awards and endowments
  • competitive offer type awards made by departments
  • other departmental top-ups or enhancements

The Funded Cohort

Students are generally eligible for financial support for up to five years of doctoral stream study. This typically covers up to one year of Master's study and four to five years of doctoral study. 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.

 

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      
Cell and Systems Biology 2 4 5      
Chemistry 1 to 2  4 5 32,751 33,251  
Cinema Studies 1 4 0 25,351 25,851  
Classics 1 4 5      
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 25,851 26,351 PhD base 32,801 in 2019-20 & 33,301 in 2020-21
East Asian Studies 0 5 5 25,351 25,851  
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1.33 4 5 27,450 27,950  
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