Funding, Scholarships and Awards

Funding and Financial Support

Minimum Financial Support

In accordance with the UTIAS financial support policy, students who maintain good academic standing will receive financial support for twenty (20) months of MASc studies and four (4) years of the PhD program. External scholarships and fellowships will be considered to be part of this support. The minimum financial support for the academic year 2020 - 21 is: $17,500 plus tuition and fees for PhD students per 12-month-year, and $16,000 plus tuition and fees for MASc students per 12-month-year. It is not necessary to be a teaching assistant to qualify for this support. Any income earned from teaching assistantships is in addition to the minimum financial support.

Domestic students who have major external scholarships (at a minimum amount of $15,000 per year), such as NSERC, OGS, QEII-GSST, etc., will receive $14,000/year supplements to the scholarships. Domestic students who have other external scholarships (less than $15,000 per year), will receive the minimum level of support plus up to 50% of the scholarship value inclusive of the scholarship, to a maximum total amount of support as that received by students with external scholarships valued at $15,000 (for 2020-21, the cap is $29,000). UTIAS supplements are only available to students within the funding period. Because excellent UTIAS students win many external awards, the average income for UTIAS graduate students is more than the minimum funding package. Please explore the PhD Funding Data page for more info.

International students who have major external scholarships, such as their own government’s scholarship programs, may also receive supplemental financial support at the discretion of the institute. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships/fellowships. All external awards, major or otherwise, must be disclosed to the UTIAS Graduate Office at the time of receipt of notification of the award.

Students in years of study not covered by the financial support policy may receive financial assistance from their supervisors’ research grants/contracts.


Quick Funding FAQs

How will I be notified of my funding package?

At the outset of every academic year, students in the guaranteed funding period will receive a letter from the Graduate Office explaining the timing and amounts of funding for the upcoming year.

When can I expect to receive my funding, and how is it disbursed?

Stipend payments, which include both tuition support and a stipend to cover the cost of living, are disbursed in September, January and May. The September and January payments include one third of the annual stipend and half the tuition support. The May payment consists of one third of the annual stipend. Funding will be disbursed using ROSI. Provided students maintain bank account information, an email address and both sessional and permanent mailing addresses, any surplus over tuition and fees will be deposited directly to the student’s bank account.

For how long will I be guaranteed funding?

MASc students are guaranteed funding for twenty months (five sessions). PhD students who enter directly are guaranteed funding for four years (twelve sessions). PhD students who transfer directly from the MASc program after one year are guaranteed funding for five years (fifteen sessions), which includes the year spent in the MASc program. Following the guaranteed funding period, funding arrangements are to be determined in consultation with the supervisor.

Do I need to be a teaching assistant to receive my funding?

No. Any income earned from teaching assistantships is supplementary to the base funding package.


Scholarships and Awards

At UTIAS, the Graduate Office will widely distribute information on some scholarships. These include national (NSERC) and provincial (OGS) scholarships, as well as a limited number of other scholarships.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships/ fellowships for which they are eligible. Not only will the external awards trigger the $14,000 supplement, they will also enhance the applicant’s curriculum vitae. Major Canadian scholarships include: NSERC, OGS and QEIIGSST.

NSERC and QEIIGSST are restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but the OGS is available to visa students. Visa students are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships in their own countries for studies abroad.

The School of graduate studies maintains a more detailed list of a variety of scholarships. The list contains only the most important awards and those directly administered by the University of Toronto. The list is NOT comprehensive. There are many other scholarships, awards and bursaries available to students.

Scholarships and Awards2020 - 2021 Deadlines
NSERC Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (PGSD)October 17
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (CGSD)October 17
NSERC Graduate Scholarships Master's (CGSM)December 1
Vanier CGSNovember 3
OGS (domestic)March 31
OGS (visa)February 26
Queen Elizabeth II GSSTMarch 31



Please consult the Appendices to Funding (PDF) document for research-stream students. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Funding Terms and Conditions, policies and information provided in the appendices.

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