Program Level Fellowships

The Program Level Fellowships are dedicated pools of funds provided to each graduate unit by the Faculty. These pools are scaled to the number of funded cohort students in the unit, calculated at $1,000 per student.

The Program Level Fellowship funds must be spent:

  • on students in the funded cohort
  • in the year allocated
  • on fellowships (i.e. not employment or expense reimbursement)

The Program Level Fellowships program objectives are to:

  • increase funding for graduate students in the funded cohort
  • give students a voice on how funds are spent
  • improve transparency
  • demonstrate to graduate students that, as students and as scholars, their views are respected
  • provide an opportunity for dialogue on graduate student funding

Annual Consultations & Reporting

In the fall prior to each academic year, graduate units consult with students in the unit to determine how the Program Level Fellowship funds will be deployed.

The objectives are to:

  • inform students who are new to the graduate unit about the Program Level Fellowships
  • review the different models that other graduate units have adopted
  • review plans the unit has in place for the current academic year
  • determine if there is continued support for the plan or whether students wish to change it for the following year
  • give students an opportunity to discuss any broad issues related to graduate funding

The 2019 consultation process will result in either the confirmation or reform of each unit’s Program Level Fellowship plans for 2020-21. Graduate units must submit reports to the Vice-Dean, Graduate Education, on their consultations and any changes to existing plans.

Program Level Fellowship Plans

Some examples of Program Level Fellowship models include:

  • equal distribution of the per student allocation to all funded cohort students
  • distribution of funds to students with income below a certain threshold
  • TA buy-out for students in the final year of the funded cohort
  • awards for those who have met certain milestones – e.g. achieving candidacy
     
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