2015-16 Fees & Stipend

2015-16 Tuition for full-time MSc and PhD

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees



For more information on students fees and refund schedules, see the Student Accounts website: www.fees.utoronto.ca

2015-16 Total Stipend
Domestic MSc - $17,340 plus the 2013-14 amount for tuition and incidental fees
International MSc - $17,340 plus the 2015-16 amount for tuition and incidental fees
Domestic PhD - $19,380 plus the 2013-14 amount for tuition and incidental fees
International PhD - $19,380 plus the 2015-16 amount for tuition and incidental fees

A “stipend” is the total amount that a student receives. Stipends are paid as T4A income and are obtained through one or more of the following:
  • the supervisor’s research grants; and/or
  • competitive scholarship/fellowship programs, internal or external to the University; and/or
  • departmental cohort funds (U of T Fellowships)

 2015-16 Academic Year 
(Sept 1, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016)

Base Stipend

Base Stipend + Top-up

MSc Student – Domestic

PhD Student – Domestic

MSc Student – International
PhD Student - International











Top-up Practices
A student who receives $15,000 or more, as a major, competitive, external award, will be provided with an additional $4,000 top-up in recognition of receiving an external award. In such cases, the student will be paid the amount of his/her award plus the difference between his/her award and the total stipend plus a $4,000 top-up.

Payment of top-ups will occur for the duration of the award. Thereafter, payments to the student will revert to the graduate student funding package amount. A PhD student who has held such eligible competitive funding, for the full duration of their eligibility (i.e., for 4 consecutive years) will be eligible for the top-up for one year beyond the duration of the award.

Awards eligible for top-up, must be major, competitive, external and not restricted to a limited group of students, such as those at a hospital-based research institute. They may, however, be restricted by topic area. Eligible awards include: CIHR, NSERC, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association and other national and international funding agencies. Additional awards that meet these criteria may also be eligible for top up.

OGS is not considered an external award in the Faculty of Medicine.  Although it is valued at $15,000, only $10,000 is provided by the Ontario Government as a scholarship; therefore, it is no longer eligible for top-up, as of 2015-16.

Students who receive an award of greater value than the total stipend plus $4,000 (e.g., Doctoral or Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships) will be ineligible for a further top-up.

Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF) Awards
Students who receive funding from needs-based/merit awards, such as OSOTFs, are required to consider such funds as part of their total stipend.

Non-repayable grants, such as the SGS Emergency Grant, which assists students with sudden and unexpected financial need are not part of the total stipend outlined above. A student is, therefore, eligible to retain the entire amount of such an award.

Funding Term
In general, provided that he/she remains “in good standing”, a student will be funded for the duration of his/her thesis-based program. Funding is guaranteed for a minimum of 2 years for MSc students. For PhD students funding is guaranteed for a minimum of 5 years, which includes 1 year as a MSc student.

As appropriate, once the supervisory committee has agreed that the student has completed all necessary experiments needed for writing his/her thesis, an MSc student will have a maximum of 4 months and a PhD student a maximum of 6 months in which to prepare the thesis and schedule a defense. The student will continue to be paid the total stipend during this period. If the defense is not scheduled within the four or six months, respectively, as described above, the student must apply to the Chair and/or Graduate Coordinator for an extension.

If the thesis writing phase is very prolonged, the continuation of funding is not guaranteed, but is at the discretion of the supervisor and Department.

Updated: Jul-2015