University of Toronto & IHPME support.

Graduate Student Funding Options

The University of Toronto has recommended that all graduate units “work towards providing a guaranteed minimum level of financial support to all its full time doctoral stream students equivalent to $15,000 per year (indexed according to cost of living) plus tuition (domestic or visa) for the first 5 years of study, including, where necessary, 1 year at the master’s level”. “Doctoral students” refers to students in doctoral stream graduate studies, i.e. MSc and PhD students.

When constituting the funding, the policy suggests “units should ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, individual students are funded through a mixture of different sources of funding, including internal/external awards, TA-ships and research grants. Student loans, such as OSAP, should not be part of these guaranteed funding packages. It is also important that there is consistency in the allocation of TA assignments across a department’s student population, to ensure that students are not overburdened by the demands of their TA responsibilities. In departments in which faculty hold research grants, it is expected that graduate supervisors will provide some level of funding from their grants to help support graduate students”.

The policy also recommends that “units should establish a policy for funding that is well advertised, transparent, and which is monitored” and that “students should be made aware of these policies prior to their admission”.

IHPME’s MSc and PhD Funding Policy

  • Students who receive income of $15,000 plus tuition per annum or more are not considered part of the funded cohort.
  • Students who hold fellowships or scholarships with a value over $23,000 are not considered part of the funded cohort.
  • Licensed MDs who are involved in a clinical training program or clinical duties are not considered part of the funded cohort.
  • The minimum stipend for all new and continuing full-time graduate students, who are part of the IHPME funded cohort, is $15,000 plus tuition per annum, effective September 1, 2009.
  • Students in the funded cohort who receive an external award (or multiple awards) valued at less than $15,000/annum will be provided with “top up” funds to meet the minimum guaranteed stipend.
  • Students in the funded cohort who receive an external, competitively reviewed award (or multiple awards) valued at $15,000 to $23,000/annum will be provided with “top up” funds to meet the minimum guaranteed stipend and awarded a bonus of $3,000 per year.
  • Students in the funded cohort who receive an external, competitively reviewed award (or multiple awards) valued at $24,000 to $29,000/annum are not eligible for the minimum stipend, but will be awarded a bonus of $3,000 per year.
  • Students in the funded cohort who receive an external, competitively reviewed award (or multiple awards) valued at or over $30,000/annum are not eligible for the minimum stipend and bonus.
  • Full funding will be guaranteed for the first year of study for full-time MSc students.
  • Full funding will be guaranteed for the first 4 years for full-time PhD students. For full-time MSc/PhD transfer program students, full funding will be guaranteed for 1 year of Masters study and 3 years of PhD study.

Funding Sources

Doctoral student funding packages will be derived from multiple sources. The principal source will be major external competitive studentship awards including, but not limited to, CIHR, SSHRC, OGSST, OGS and independent foundations. Other sources of support will include University of Toronto Fellowships, OSOTF awards, and student stipends from operating grants.

Funding is preferred in the following order: external, peer reviewed fellowships, operating grant stipends and internal awards. University of Toronto Fellowships should be considered as the last source of financial support. Both student and supervisor are expected to make every reasonable effort to obtain funding for the student from external, peer reviewed award sources

Determination of Award

A funding package for each full-time student in Year 1 of the masters program and Years 1 through 4 of the doctoral program (or Years 2 through 4 of the MSc/PhD transfer program) will be set annually in accordance with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation’s Funding Policy as outlined above. This package will be established with the student, in consultation with his/her supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator or Program Director.

University of Toronto Fellowships – IHPME

1.0 University of Toronto Eligibility Requirements
1.1 There is no eligibility restriction for the University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) based on citizenship or status in Canada.
1.2 Students registered in a master’s program beyond the second year are not eligible to hold a UTF. Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to hold the fellowship beyond year six. Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a master’s degree are not eligible to hold a UTF beyond year five. Students may hold a UTF for a maximum of six years.
1.3 New students must have at least a B+ average grade in the final year of study in the degree program that is the basis of their admission to their graduate program at the University of Toronto.
1.4 Current graduate students must maintain good standing in their program (i.e., must complete the various requirements for their degree program in a satisfactory and timely manner including, for doctoral students, successfully completing comprehensive examinations by the end of year two and achieving candidacy by the end of year three) as determined by the graduate unit’s time line for completion of the degree.
1.5 Students in the third year or higher of their doctoral program must have met with their PhD Supervisory Committee within the last 12 months or sooner if required to do so by the graduate unit.
1.6 The report of the Supervisory Committee must indicate that the student is making satisfactory progress towards the degree.
2.0 Terms of University of Toronto Fellowship Awards
2.1 Students must be registered as full time degree students in order to hold a University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship. They must be in full time attendance for a minimum of 14 weeks in any session during which they hold awards. Except for absences necessary for research purposes, as approved by their graduate unit, they must reside in such geographical proximity as to be able to participate fully in their graduate unit’s activities during that session. Student who are not in full time attendance (except for approved absences for research purposes) for at least 14 weeks will be required to repay the award.
2.2 Where programs exist that can be pursued on a part time or full time basis, graduate students with a disability that prevents them from enrolling on a full time basis may, under certain circumstances, be considered for a University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship on the basis of academic merit. For this purpose, disability is defined under the Human Rights Code, Chapter 53, Section 9(1)(b). To be eligible, a student must provide his or her graduate unit with a letter from the University’s Director of Special Services to Persons with a Disability confirming that part time study is, in effect, full time study for that student.
2.3 Students dually registered in the third year of a master’s program and first year of a PhD must complete the requirements of the master’s program before the end of the session of dual registration in order to retain their doctoral fellowships; if they fail to complete the master’s program by the deadline they will be required to repay the award.
2.4 In accordance with Section 56 of the Canadian Income Tax Act, these awards are considered taxable income.