2018-19 Faculty of Medicine Harmonized Base Funding Agreement
1. Total Base Funding
The student living allowance is increased by 2.0% in 2018-2019.
2018-2019 Student Base Funding for doctoral-stream Masters and PhD
|8,489.52||8,489.52||2018-19 Tuition Fees||24,229.52||8,489.52 *|
|27,124.52||29,195.52||Total (Base Funding)||43,488.52||29,819.52|
*Effective Fall 2018, international PhD students are subject to the same tuition fees as domestic PhD students.
2. Merit-based Entrance Scholarships (MES)
Merit-based Entrance Scholarships, valued at no more than $2,000 each, can be offered to up to 20% (based on previous year’s enrollment) of the most highly rated applicants as determined by the participating graduate units. A student who receives such an Entrance Scholarship, approved by the Graduate Unit offering admissions, will be eligible to retain the full amount over and above his/her base funding . No other “admissions” or “recruitment” incentive scholarships may be offered by individual graduate units. Doing so would be considered a violation of the Harmonized Base Funding Agreement.
3. Top-Up Practices
All awards that require student applications are eligible for a top-up from their supervisor or graduate unit excluding.
The top-up amounts are as follows:
|$0.00 to $2,000||There will be no top-up but the student gets to keep the award(s), up to a combined maximum of $2,000. The amount of the award will not be deducted from the base funding.|
Between $2,001 to $15,000 (cumulative awards)
Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding.
Over $15,000 (cumulative awards)
Award goes towards the base funding and 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 a student holds an award between $2,001 to $15,000 and also an award over $15,000, their 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, the student will revert back to the appropriate base graduate student funding package amount.
- A student, who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and top-up, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for that award(s).
4. Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF) Awards
Students who receive funding from needs-based and merit awards, such as OSOTFs, are required to consider such funds as part of their base funding. See above for top up policy for such awards
Non-repayable grants, such as the UTAPS and SGS Emergency Grant, which assists students with sudden and/or unexpected financial need, are not part of the base funding outlined above. A student under these circumstances is therefore eligible to retain the entire amount of such an award.
6. Funding Terms
In general, provided that he/she remain “in good standing”, a doctoral stream student will be funded for his/her thesis-based program. There are four basic principles that guide these funding terms, as follows:
- MSc students are guaranteed base funding for their first 2 years.
- PhD students admitted with completed master's degree are guaranteed base funding for a minimum of 4 years.
- Transfer students (i.e., transfer from MSc to PhD students), are guaranteed minimum base funding for their first 5 years, which includes 1 year as an MSc student.
- Direct-entry PhD students admitted with a bachelor's degree are guaranteed base funding for a minimum of 5 years.