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Graduate Student Funding

Please refer to The Faculty of Arts & Science for information about base funding and planned increases.

Base Funding

The Department of Linguistics provides base funding packages of at least $17,000 CAD plus tuition and fees to all students in the funded cohort: MA students receive 1 year of funding, and PhD students are funded in years 1-4.

Funding comes from a variety of sources, including but not limited to:

All students in the funded cohort receive an individual funding letter at the beginning of the academic year that outlines the funding package they will receive, including base funding and any known additional funding (e.g. extra TA hours). There are many factors that can influence the total funding a student receives, including top-up awards for major award recipients, extra TA hours, admission awards, and additional funding from other sources.


Sample funding calculation for a Domestic MA student:

University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) - Stipend Award $9,930
Research Assistantship$600
Teaching Assistantships (140 hours)$6,470.46
Base Funding Total$17,000.46
UTF - Tuition Award$8,481
Total Funding$25,481.16

Sample funding calculation for an International MA student:

University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) - Stipend Award $9,930
Research Assistantship$600
Teaching Assistantships (140 hours)$6,470.46
Base Funding Total$17,000.46
UTF - Tuition Award$23,693
Total Funding$40,693.46

Sample funding calculation for a Domestic PhD student:

University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) - Stipend Award $8,544
Research Assistantship$600
Teaching Assistantships (170 hours)$7,856.99
Base Funding Total$17,000.99
UTF - Tuition Award$8,481
Total Funding$25,481.99

Sample funding calculation for an International PhD student:
Starting 2018-19, international PhD students will pay the same tuition rates as domestic PhD students.

University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) - Stipend Award $8,544
Research Assistantship$600
Teaching Assistantships (170 hours)$7,856.99
Base Funding Total$17,000.99
UTF - Tuition Award$8,481
University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)$612
Total Funding$26,093.99

Scholarships and Awards

Graduate students are expected to apply for external funding, such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships, and Canada Graduate Scholarhips (CGS, for both MA and PhD students). These external awards become part of the award winner's funding package. The University of Toronto also awards a number of scholarships to both domestic and international students. For more information, including eligibility requirements, please refer to the Scholarships and Awards page of the School of Graduate Studies website.