Fees, Stipends & Awards

Fees

The tuition fee is the same for both the MSc and PhD program covering a full academic year (September 1 to August 31) and includes both the academic fees plus incidental/ancillary fees. The one year full-time fees for 2014-2015 are:

Domestic: $8,425.96
International (visa): $20,578.96 (includes UHIP fee)

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

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Stipends

It is a requirement for students to have a confirmed supervisor and be conducting thesis-related research in order to receive a stipend. The Base Stipend calculation for 2014-2015 is (exceptions may exist, e.g. students with fee exemptions or on program extensions): MSc - $17,340 plus tuition and fees; PhD - $19,380 plus tuition and fees.

The Minimum Annual Stipends based on current and previous years' fees are:

 

Base Stipend

Bonus Stipend

Current Academic Year (Sep 1/14-Aug 31/15)

MSc Student - Domestic
PhD Student - Domestic
MSc Student - Visa
PhD Student - Visa

$25,800.28
$27,840.28
$37,918.96
$39,958.96

$29,800.28
$31,840.28
$41,918.96
$43,958.96

Previous Academic Year (Sep 1/13-Aug 31/14)

MSc Student - Domestic
PhD Student - Domestic
MSc Student - Visa
PhD Student - Visa

$25,800.28
$27,840.28
$37,054.28
$39,094.28

$29,800.28
$31,840.28
$41,054.28
$43,094.28

Stipends for graduate students are obtained through one or more of the following:

  1. The supervisor's research grants
  2. Competitive fellowship programs internal or external to the University
  3. Departmental cohort funds (U of T Fellowships)

Stipends are paid as T4A income and begin the date the student enters our program (either September 1 or January 1).

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Merit Bonuses

Students who receive a major competitive external award of $15,000 or more per annum will have their annual base stipends increased by $4,000 for the duration of their award (see bonus stipend amounts above). PhD students who have held merit-eligible awards for four consecutive years are guaranteed one additional year at the Bonus Stipend rate. Merit-eligible awards may include: CIHR, NSERC, OGS, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Diabetes Foundation. This is in recognition of receiving an external award. 

Students who receive external awards that exceed the Bonus Stipend (e.g., Vanier CGS, NSERC CGS-D) will be entitled to keep the additional funds. 

Recipients of the CIHR Doctoral award which is divided into a stipend portion (less than the current bonus stipend amount) and a research allowance portion are entitled to an additonal top up on their stipends up to $31,401.52. 

Note: University or Departmental awards (e.g. U of T Fellowships) are not eligible for the bonus stipend.

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Supplements and Bursaries

Students receiving University-based OSOTFs and OGSSTs (e.g. Scace Graduate Fellowship in Alzheimer's Research, Scace Graduate Fellowship in Prostate Cancer Research, Lorne F. Lambier, Q. C. Scholarship, Mary Gertrude I’Anson Scholarship, etc.) are eligible to retain these awards as a supplement to their stipend - up to but not exceeding a value of $2,000. Beyond $2,000, the award is part of the base stipend.

OSOTFs and OGSSTs that are restricted to specific institutes (e.g. Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute Fellowship, PMH/OCI Fellowships, etc.) or departments (e.g. Malcolm & Meredith Silver OSOTF Scholarship in Cardiovascular Studies, Graduate Award in LMP OSOTF, etc.) would become part of the base stipend. No portion of these awards are to be used as a supplement to the stipend.

Bursaries, such as the SGS Bursary Program, which assist students with sudden and unexpected financial need, are not part of the funding package outlined above. A student is, therefore, eligible to retain the entire amount of such an award.

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Duration of Stipend & Satisfactory Performance

The stipend is subject to the student's 'good standing', which includes satisfactory progress in coursework and thesis research, and participation in other academic activities of the graduate program. The supervisor should notify the Graduate Coordinator immediately of any issues related to poor performance in the program. The Graduate Coordinator will investigate and can suspend the stipend if the issues are not quickly resolved. The stipend will be reinstated or ended dependent on the final resolution. In general, students who remain “in good standing” will be funded for the duration of their graduate program. An MSc student is expected to complete and defend their thesis within two to three years, and a PhD student in four to six years.

Once the supervisory committee has agreed that the student has completed all necessary laboratory experiments needed for writing their thesis, an MSc student will have a maximum of three months and a PhD student a maximum of six months in which to prepare the thesis and schedule a defense. The stipend will continue to be paid to the student during this period. If the defense is not scheduled within the three or six month period, respectively, the student must apply to the Graduate Coordinator and/or Department Chair for an extension. The continuation of stipend payments is not guaranteed, but is at the discretion of the supervisor and Department.

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Awards

Graduate students are encourgaged to compete for awards from a variety of funding sources and agencies. Please contact the LMP Graduate Office for departmental application deadlines. Click on the following award types for further information: