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 2018-2019 are:

Domestic: $8,489.52
International (PhD): $9,113.52 (includes UHIP fees)
International (MSc): $24,853.52 (includes UHIP fees)

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 2018-2019 is (exceptions may exist, e.g. students with fee exemptions or on program extensions): MSc - $18,635 plus tuition and fees; PhD - $20,706 plus tuition and fees.  To view the Faculty of Medicine's Harmonized Base Funding Agreement for full details on stipends, click here.

The annual stipends are as follows:


Base Stipend

Stipend level 1
e.g. OGS

Stipend level 2 
Award over 15k

Current Academic Year (Sep 1, 2018 - Aug 31, 2019)       *amended Jul 27 2018


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




**For reference only: Previous Academic Year (Sep 1, 2017-Aug 31, 2018)


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

All awards that require student applications are eligible for top-up as follows:

Awards up to $2,000: Students receiving awards less than $2,000 may keep up to $2,000 combined as a bonus above their base funding amount.
Cumulative Awards between $2,001 to $15,000 (inclusive): Award(s) goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding.
For example: $15,000 OGS;  $15,000 QEII-GSST;  $10,000 OSOTF
Cumulative awards over $15,000: Award(s) goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $4,000 top-up over their base funding.
For example: $17,500 CGS M;  $30,000 CGS D


Students who receive award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and top-up, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for these award(s).  For example, awards not be eligible for a top-up:

  • $50,000 Vanier
  • $35,000 NSERC CGS D

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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: