15.1 Graduate Funding
The University of Toronto gives high priority to graduate financial support. For doctoral students in the funded cohort, graduate units provide base funding at the beginning of each year. Students in professional-stream graduate programs typically self-fund their education. Students may be eligible for a limited number of graduate awards available through their graduate units and various external agencies. For more information about funding available from specific programs, visit the Financing Your Graduate Education section of the SGS website.
Students are encouraged to contact their graduate unit or the SGS Graduate Awards Office for information about financial assistance.
15.2 Internal Awards
SGS offers a number of internal awards to meritorious graduate students. During the admissions process, students may automatically be considered and nominated by their home graduate unit for some awards while other awards require an application. For more information on internal awards, visit the Internal Awards section of the SGS website.
15.3 External and Government-Funded Awards
SGS administers many awards from sources external to the University of Toronto (e.g., federal, provincial, external agencies). Some competitions require that the student’s application be submitted to the graduate unit or to SGS for consideration, while other applications must be sent directly to the awarding institution.
15.4 Awards for International Students
In addition to any internal departmental funding that may be available to international students, there are a number of external funding sources listed on the SGS website. International students are encouraged to investigate and apply for all possible funding opportunities provided by their home country. For more information on these awards and other funding opportunities, visit the International Student Awards section of the SGS website.
15.5 Government Student Assistance Program and Financial Aid
The federal and provincial governments provide financial support to qualified students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The loan amount depends on your calculated financial need. Ontario residents may apply online. Visit the Enrolment Services website for information regarding provincial loans. Student who are eligible for government loans may also qualify for the University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS) grant.
15.6 Teaching and Research Assistantships
Some graduate units provide teaching and/or research assistantship opportunities.
Teaching assistants may spend up to 10 hours per week on such teaching tasks as conducting tutorials, grading undergraduate essays and exams, and acting as a resource for undergraduate students.
Research assistants normally work with a faculty member, assisting with research projects.
For more information, write to the chair of your graduate unit, giving full particulars of your academic training and experience.
15.7 SGS Financial Aid and Advising Programs
Financial advising is available through SGS to assist students with managing educational expenses, budgeting, and planning. The financial advisor can provide information and direction on various financial aid programs such as student loans, grants, and other resources available. Graduate students facing sudden and unanticipated financial need may be eligible for SGS emergency financial assistance programs. Financial advising is confidential, free of charge, and available in person, by email, or phone. Visit the Financial Aid and Advising section of the SGS website.
Emergency Grant Program
The Emergency Grant Program assists currently registered, full-time graduate students beyond their first year of study who generally are not part of the funded cohort and who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency. This is not considered to be a source of routine or long-term funding.
Emergency Loan Program
The Emergency Loan Program alleviates temporary cash flow problems for registered graduate students who are expecting to receive a payment in the near future. The average loan is approximately $1,000 to $1,500, but may be approved for a larger amount. Loans are interest free until the mutually agreed upon repayment date.
Accessibility Grant Program
The Accessibility Grant Program assists currently registered, full-time graduate students with accommodations necessary to meet unexpected needs arising from the particular demands of their graduate program. Though students are expected to plan for long-term assistance, the grant can assist with short-term essential educational expenses that are not normally covered by the student, the graduate unit, provincial or federal agencies. Students must apply for this grant through Accessibility Services.
Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies
University of Toronto
63 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z9