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 2022 consultation process will result in either the confirmation or reform of each unit’s Program Level Fellowship plans for 2023-24. 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

Program Level Fellowship Plans for 2022-23 and 2023-24, by department:

2022-23
Program Level Fellowship funds will be distributed equally to all registered students in the funded cohort in both the Master’s and PhD programs.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2020-21
To be confirmed.

2021-22
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Provide $1,000 to all MSc and PhD students in the Faculty of Arts and Science funded cohort.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23

  1. Increase in base funding for all students in the funded cohort
  2. Some funds will be allocated towards financial assistance for any students and particularly to those with families and students ineligible for OSOTF awards.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
The Cinema Studies Institute will provide $500 to each MA student, and the remaining funds will be distributed equally among PhD students in the funded cohort.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Comparative Literature will continue its practice of dividing the PLF funds equally between all students who are in the last year of the funded cohort. 

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
PLF Funds will be distributed in the following manner: 50% of allocated funds to MA and PhD students’ base funding for 2022-23 ($250 per MA student and Year 5 PhD students, $500 per PhD students Years 1-4) and the other 50% to Black, Indigenous and other racialized MA and PhD students.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Students in the third year of study will receive an award funded by the Program Level Fellowships in the semester during which they complete their Comprehensive Exam. Depending on the students’ progress and with their supervisors’ approval the award may be considered for as early as the second semester of the second year of study. The goal is to aid the students to complete their comprehensive exams by reducing the time spent on paid employment so that they can meet the program deadline, November of the 3rd year. The award will be disbursed in two instalments: at the beginning of the semester in which the students indicate, with the supervisor’s approval, the intention to take the Comprehensive Exam and at the end of the semester in which the students have successfully completed the Exam. Any leftover funds will be allotted to student research travel awards.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Graduate students in the funded cohort who do not have a scholarship worth $35K or more will receive a Program Level Fellowship worth $1000.  The extra PLF money that is available will be provided to students with special financial needs.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
The fellowship is available by application to PhD Year 4 students (and PhD U Year 5 students) to support a concentrated focus on dissertation progress during May through August of that year. Creating a "Milestone" on the path towards degree completion, it provides a positive incentive to encourage timely completion of the doctoral dissertation. Applicants must be in good standing and have already completed at least one thesis chapter.

Students must have achieved candidacy in Year 3 (PhD U Year 4), be in good standing, and compliant with the FAS Terms and Agreement for fellowship support. By the time of application, students must have completed a thesis chapter (minimum 30 ds pp, or 9,000 words, attested by the thesis committee to be a competent draft chapter).

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Graduate students who hold major awards ($35,000) or greater will not be eligible for a PLF. All other members of the funded cohort in good academic standing will receive $1000. Funds that remain will be distributed to students in the funded cohort in good academic standing with a net funding package of less than $20,000 (after paying tuition and fees) with the aim of bringing all students in the funded cohort up to this threshold.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
The Program Level Fellowship pool for Geography and Planning shall be granted as lump-sum payments in summer to first-year Geography MA or MSc students and fourth-year Geography or Planning PhD students who have not secured major award /scholarship amounts which exceed the A&S base funding level.

Using historical data on tuition fees and access to fee reduction supports and scholarships/awards, average time to completion, and living costs over said time to completion as guides, the value of these PLFs shall be scaled between program streams (Masters versus PhD) and enrolment statuses (domestic versus international students) to reflect and alleviate real differences in expenses incurred when students leave the funded cohort.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Students who received or were in receipt of major scholarships (e.g., CGS-D, Vanier, Trillium, of $35,000 or more) would not receive the PLF. These funds will be retained and then distributed to graduate students in the funded cohort who fall below $20,000 once their tuition fees are subtracted from their package (TA hours over and above the minimum number of hours that are included in the package will not be factored into this calculation).

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23

  • 1K per new international student
  • 1 TA relief award of 5K 
  • 2 need based awards of 5K (via applications or nominations)
  • Equal distribution of remaining funds among 4th year students going into 5th year

Students will be required to submit an application and complete the SGS Online Financial Need Assessment form for TA relief and need based awards.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Domestic Vanier winners will receive no supplement. The remaining students will be divided into three groups according to their funding level, with the groups, from highest funded to lowest, receiving $250, $1000, and $1750 respectively. Group divisions will be determined by total PLF available and by the requirement that order in funding is preserved (so that no student who is funded at a higher level than a student who is funded at a lower level will, after the PLF distribution, receive lower total funding).

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
The Program Level Fellowship money will continue to be used to provide doctoral students in the final year of the funded cohort with financial support equivalent to what they would earn from their TA-assignment. Ultimately, this will give them the option to elect not to take a TA assignment, without foregoing the income, in the last year of the funded cohort. It is expected that this will give students the freedom to complete their research and/or finish writing their dissertation. We believe this is a critical phase in our PhD program and this alternative financial support will help students finish their degrees in a timely fashion. In principle, students can only request this support once in their graduate program. Receipt of this support does not prevent students from taking on additional TA hours in their final year.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Payment of $1000 to all funded cohort students except those with very large scholarships (i.e. CGSD and Vanier) and then to distribute the balance of the pool of funds to eligible students in year 5.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
The Department will distribute half the funds equally across those in the funded cohort. The other half will be used toward summer fellowship.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
Every student in the funded cohort will receive an equal share of $1,000 of the PLF.

2023-24
To be confirmed.

2022-23
To be confirmed.

2023-24
To be confirmed.