The Funding Commitment
The University of Toronto, through the Women and Gender Studies Institute, provides a graduate funding commitment for four years for all full-time PhD students admitted to the program. In 2013-2014, the graduate funding commitment financial support for students in the PhD Program is $15,000 per year plus tuition and fees. The 2013-2014 financial package is worth a total of $23,461 for domestic students and $34,715 for international students. The funding commitment may consist of a combination of external scholarships, University of Toronto Fellowships (UTF), teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships, with the value attached to each of these decided by the university.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external awards. For more information on the Faculty of Arts and Science funding policy, please see the School of Graduate Studies’ Financing Your Graduate Education page.
A typical funding package at WGSI consists of two components:
- a financial stipend drawn from University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) funds, payable in two installments (September and January).
- a Teaching Assistantship, at the rate of pay determined by the current Collective Agreement between the University of Toronto and CUPE Local 3902; see: www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/current-staff/unionized/cupe-local-3902-unit-1.htm.
A student who declines a Teaching Assistantship will not receive the portion of the graduate funding commitment allotted to that source. Teaching Assistantships not only provide valuable professional experience, they serve as an important source of funding and form a component of a typical Uof T graduate funding commitment.
Conditions of work and rates of remuneration are governed by a collective agreement negotiated between the university and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Teaching assistants provide a variety of services to undergraduate courses including marking assignments and running tutorials. Teaching assistantships are not only an important source of funding, they also provide valuable professional experience, allowing students to consolidate and share knowledge gained in other contexts, and gain invaluable skills in teaching and classroom management.
The proportions of funding allotted to a Teaching Assistantship and to a University of Toronto Fellowship may vary among students in the funded cohort.
A student who holds a major external award or a major internal award will receive a TAship or fellowship that tops them up to the graduate funding commitment, if the award is less than this amount. Students with OGS, SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR awards also receive a modest additional financial award (a “top-up”) above and beyond the funding commitment. Recipients of external scholarships, such as the OGS or SSHRC, are often exempted from working as a Teaching Assistant.
Students occasionally earn more than the graduate funding commitment by taking on additional TA or RA (research assistant) work. The graduate funding commitment is predicated upon making satisfactory and timely progress in your studies.