Fees, stipends and 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 2021-22 are: 

  • Domestic: $7,979.99
  • International (PhD): $8,735.99 (includes University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) fees) 
  • International (MSc): $28,735.99 (includes UHIP fees) 

See the Student Accounts website for more information on student fees and refund schedules.

Stipends

Funding for graduate students is 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 you enter our program (either September 1 or January 1). 

Base funding 

It is a requirement for you to have a confirmed supervisor and be conducting thesis-related research in order to receive a stipend.

The Base Stipend calculation for 2021-22 is (exceptions may exist, e.g. students with fee exemptions or on program extensions):

  • MSc - $22,599.60 plus tuition and fees
  • PhD - $25,111.21 plus tuition and fees.

See Graduate Student Financial Support on the Temerty Faculty of Medicine website for details on the Harmonized Base Funding Agreement which currently governs the stipend amount for students.

Funding levels for current academic year (Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2022)

These figures may change slightly, when tuition fees for the 2020-21 session are announced.

  Base Funding

Funding Level 1

award(s) 2k-10k 

e.g. r.o. tORRANCE

FUNDING LEVEL 2 

Award(s) 10K-15K

e.g. ogs

funding level 3

award(S) over 15k

e.G. cgs-m

MSc Student - Domestic $30,579.59 $32,579.59 $33,579.59 $34,579.59
PhD Student - Domestic $33,091.20 $35,091.20 $36,091.20 $37,091.20
MSc Student - Visa $51,335.59 $53,335.59 $54,335.59 $55,335.59
PhD Student - Visa $33,847.20 $35,847.20 $36,847.20 $37,847.20

Previous academic year (Sep 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021): for reference only 

  Base funding

funding level 1

award 2k - 15k

funding level 2

award over 15k

MSc Student - Domestic $28,403.74   $32,403.74
PhD Student - Domestic $30,687.02   $34,687.02
MSc Student - Visa $47,873.74   $51,873.74
PhD Student - Visa $31,407.02   $35,407.02

    Merit bonuses

    Top-up practices 

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

    Award amount details
    Up to $2,000 Students may keep up to $2,000 combined as a bonus above their base funding amount
    $2,001 to $9,999 (cumulative) Award(s) goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding
    $10,000 to $15,000 (cumulative) Award(s) goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $3,000 top-up over their base funding
    Over $15,000 Award(s) goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $4,000 top-up over their base funding.

    Within an academic year, the total cumulative top-up maximum is $4,000. That is, if you hold an award between $2,001 to $15,000 and also an award over $15,000, your total top-up is $4,000. 

    Top-up eligibility excludes University of Toronto Fellowship (e.g, UTF Open), Doctoral Completion Awards, and bursaries. 

    Payment of top-ups will occur annually for the duration of the award. Thereafter, you will revert back to the appropriate base graduate student funding package amount. 

    If you receive award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and top-up, you 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 

    Duration of stipend and satisfactory performance

    The stipend is subject to a student's 'good standing', which includes:

    • satisfactory progress in coursework
    • satisfactory progress in thesis research.You are expected to complete and defend your thesis within the normal program length. 
    • 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, if you remain “in good standing”, you will be funded for the duration of your graduate program. 

    Completing a thesis and its defence

    Once the supervisory committee has agreed that you have completed all necessary laboratory experiments needed for writing your thesis, you will have time to prepare the thesis and schedule a defence:

    • MSc students: maximum of four months
    • PhD students: maximum of six months

    You will continue to be paid your stipend during this period.

    If you do not schedule your defense within the required time period, you 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. 

    Awards

    You are encourgaged to compete for awards from a variety of funding sources and agencies.

    Contact the LMP Graduate Office at lmp.grad@utoronto.ca for departmental application deadlines.

    Information on award types: