Graduate: Financial support

Stipendial Support

Students in the thesis-based M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology receive annual stipends during the normal graduate degree program duration, as outlined in the Graduate Unit's Funding Policy. 

Part-time students and students enrolled in the course-based (Applied Clinical Pharmacology) M.Sc. program are not guaranteed stipendial support.

The stipend may be achieved through a combination of awards from different sources (e.g., Supervisor's grant plus external awards, or internal awards, e.g., UTF (University of Toronto Fellowship). If the annual stipend is not derived completely from external and internal fellowships or awards, then it is expected that the supervisor will provide the balance of support. About 30% of students receive support from external scholarships or awards; the remainder are supported from grant funds awarded to the supervising faculty members..

Effective September 1, 2016, the annual stipend for all thesis-based students (domestic and international), will be calculated as follows: $18,000 “living allowance” plus tuition and incidental fees for M.Sc. students, and $20,000 “living allowance” plus tuition and incidental fees for Ph.D. students. The minimum (and maximum) stipends for the 2016-17 academic year are: $26,491 for M.Sc. students and $28,491 for Ph.D. students.  

Any student in the funded cohort who receives $15,000 or more, as a major, competitive, external award, will be provided with an additional $4,000 top-up in recognition of receiving an external award. In such cases, the student will be paid the amount of his/her award plus the difference between his/her award and the total stipend plus a $4,000 top-up. Students who receive an award of greater value than the total stipend mentioned above plus $4,000 will be entitled to keep the additional funds but will not be eligible for a further top-up.

The stipend may be achieved through a combination of awards from different sources (e.g., Supervisor's grant plus external awards, or internal awards, e.g., UTF (University of Toronto Fellowship).

All graduate students should keep in mind that ensuring that their fees are paid via the bank by the fee payment deadline is their responsibility. The Department does not become involved in the payment of students' tuition. 

Salary earned as a Teaching Assistant is not part of the Graduate Student stipend in the Faculty of Medicine.

Provided that he/she remains in “good standing”, students are guaranteed funding for the duration of the program. In Pharmacology, the expected time to completion of the MSc is 2 years and the PhD is 4 to 5 years. See "Financial Support During the Thesis Write-up Phase".

Many scholarships [e.g., Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS); the Natural Sciences & Engineering Scholarship (NSERC)/Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS); and internal awards of the University of Toronto, involve eligibility. Also, many awards are restricted to permanent Canadian residents. Deadlines are as early as October of the year preceding the start of the program. Most awards are restricted to full-time students. 

Application would normally be made through the University at which the applicant is currently studying or from which he/she is graduating. Applicants should consult the specific award guidelines before applying. See Financing Your Graduate Education on the SGS website.  

All eligible applicants current graduate students in the funded cohort are considered for the University of Toronto Open Fellowship. There is no paper application for the Fellowship; students are nominated by the Department for these awards throughout the year.  In Pharmacology, continuing students who wish to be considered for a U of T Fellowship, must have applied for any and all awards for which they may be eligible (e.g. OGS, NSERC, OSOTF, OGSST, etc.). The OSOTF and OGSST awards are very research-specific. Not all students will qualify. Information may be obtained from the Pharmacology Graduate Office.

Studentships suitable to support international students (i.e., individuals who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants in Canada), are very few in number and are available only to highly qualified candidates. 

For more information on any of the awards, see International Student Awards on the SGS website.  

Teaching Assistantships: Students may earn limited income from service as invigilators or markers of departmental undergraduate course examinations. There are a few teaching assistant positions in undergraduate pharmacology laboratories. Applications are available from the Pharmacology Graduate Office.  

Travel Awards: Pharmacology graduate students are eligible for travel awards from the Pharmacology Book Fund. The awards are for the purpose of permitting graduate students in this department to attend scientific meetings at which they will be presenting their work either as an oral presentation or as a poster.  The meetings for which these awards are intended are large national or international conferences at which the student will have the chance to meet researchers from other centres who work in the same or related fields, be exposed to questions or comments from people whom the student does not meet every day, and to become known to others working in the field.  The awards are limited in number; applications must be made at least a month in advance of the meeting, and there are specific conditions which apply.  

For more information, please see the Book Fund Travel Award (PDF iconBook Fund Travel Award.pdf (33.8 KB)) or contact Dr. Harold Kalant, Chairman of the Book Committee. 

Students should also consider the new SGS Travel & Conference Awards now available to graduate students via the School of Graduate Studies.

Other External Awards: You can also apply for other external awards on ULife.

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