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Fees & Funding

Fees & Funding Policy

The University of Toronto requires that all new and continuing doctoral stream students receive an annual student stipend.  A “stipend” refers to the funds a student receives during the program funding commitment period.  Doctoral stream students include IMS MSc and PhD students.  It does not include IMS students register in a professional degree program.

The annual stipend for all new and continuing students in the MSc program is $18,635 living allowance plus tuition fees annually, guaranteed for the first 2 years of the MSc program.

The annual stipend for all new and continuing students in the PhD program is $20,706 living allowance plus tuition fees annually, guaranteed for the first 5 years of their program and 6 years for the PhD Direct Entry program.

Please consult the STUDENT FUNDING POLICY 2018-2019 for further details.

PROGRAM TUITION LIVING
ALLOWANCE
 STIPEND
AMOUNT
TOP-UP
(+4000)
MSc $8,489.52 $18,635.00 $27,124.52 $31,124.52
PhD $8,489.52 $20,706.00 $29,195.52 $33,195.52

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The minimum annual stipend for new INTERNATIONAL students in the MSc program is $18,635 living allowance plus tuition fees. The minimum annual stipend for new international students in the PhD program is $20,706 living allowance plus tuition fees.
Applicants may be eligible for an entrance award in their first year – some conditions apply.

PROGRAM TUITION  for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS LIVING ALLOWANCE STIPEND AMOUNT TOP-UP
(+4000)
MSc $24,853.52 $18,635.00 $43,488.52 $47,488.52
PhD $9,113.52 $20,706.00 $29,819.52 $33,819.52

AWARD TOP-UP AND YOUR STIPEND

The stipend for students who receive  an award of $15,000 or more, is set at $4,000 above the regular stipend level. In such cases, the student will be paid the amount of the award plus the difference between the award and the base stipend plus $4,000.  If the student award is value from $2,001 to $15,000, the student is eligible for a $2,000 top-up.  Awards less than $2,000 can be kept by the student and is not counted towards the base stipend. However, if the value of an award is greater than the value of the base stipend plus $4,000, the student then becomes ineligible for the top-up.  It is the responsibility of the supervisor to provide the student with the top-up.

Applicants are expected to apply for external awards as soon as possible. Your application for admission will be enhanced if you have peer-reviewed external funding (i.e. CIHR Doctoral Award, NSERC Studentship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship) at the outset of your degree program. Most funding agency deadlines are at least 9 months before the start date of the award, and applications require original transcripts and letters of recommendation.  Most available Canadian sources of funding give preference to persons with Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

The IMS regularly informs registered students of funding opportunities as they arise.  Visit the Awards Section on our website to view current award competitions.