2021-22 Faculty of Medicine Harmonized Base Funding Agreement
1. Total Base Funding
The student living allowance is increased by 5.0% in 2021-2022.
2021-2022 Student Base Funding for Doctoral-stream Masters and PhD
|7,979.99||7,979.99||2020-21 Tuition Fees||27,979.99||7,979.99|
|30,579.59||33,091.20||Total (Base Funding)||51,335.59||33,847.20|
- Effective Fall 2018, International PhD students are subject to the same tuition fees as domestic PhD students.
- Tuition Fees include: Mandatory and Selectable Incidental, System Access & Ancillary Fees, and UHIP for international tuition are included.
- For the 2021-22 Agreement, it was agreed to provide a 10% increase in living allowance stipend to support MSc and PhD students. The increase exceeds the request by the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Representation Committee (GRC) of 7.62% to bring all stipends to the cost of living in Toronto.
- The 2018 Canada's Low-Income Measure, After Tax: LIM-AT or the "proverty line" is $24,183.
- A single person monthly costs in Toronto is $1,239.98 without rent as at September 2020.
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. 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 $9,999
|Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding.|
|Between $10,000 to $15,000 (cumulative awards)||Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $3,000 top-up over their base funding.|
|Over $15,000 (cumulative awards $15,001 and up)||Award goes towards the base funding and student receives a $4,000 top-up over their base funding.|
- Within an academic year (or 12 months period), the total cumulative top-up maximum is $4,000. That is, if a student holds an award of $5,000 and another award of $17,500, their total top-up is $4,000.
- The top-up is only provided in increments of $2,000, $3,000 or $4,000 per year (does not exceed 12 months) and is added above the base funding amount.
- A student, who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and maximum top-up of $4,000, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for these award(s).
- 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.
- Top-up eligibility excludes University of Toronto Fellowship (e.g. UTF Open), Doctoral Completion Awards, travel awards, and bursaries.
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.