Fees, Stipends & Awards


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 2017-2018 are:

Domestic: $8,480.14
International (visa): $23,692.14 (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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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 2017-2018 is (exceptions may exist, e.g. students with fee exemptions or on program extensions): MSc - $18,270 plus tuition and fees; PhD - $20,300 plus tuition and fees.

The annual stipends are as follows:


Base Stipend

Bonus Stipend

Current Academic Year (Sep 1/17-Aug 31/18)             *amended Aug 3, 2017

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



**For reference only: Previous Academic Year (Sep 1/16-Aug 31/17)

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



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 totaling $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). This is in recognition of receiving an external award. 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, and Canadian Cancer Society. 
  • 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.  

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

Starting in 2015-16, students who receive $15,000 in OGS award funding are eligible for a $2,000 stipend top-up.

University or Departmental awards (e.g. U of T Fellowships, QEII-GSST) are not eligible for the bonus stipend.
Internal awards from hospitals/research institutions (e.g. Restracomp, VSRP, BBDC) are not eligible for the bonus stipend.

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

Starting in 2015-16, OSOTF awards are no longer eligible for the $2,000 supplement.

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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. Students are expected to complete and defend their thesis within the normal program length.

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 four 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 four 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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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: