Pharmacology and Toxicology

Graduate Funding

The annual stipend for all thesis-based students includes a “living allowance” plus tuition and incidental fees. 

2018-2019 Student Base Funding for doctoral-stream Masters and PhD


$18,635.00 $20,706.00 Living Allowance $18,635.00 $20,706.00
$8,489.52 $8,489.52 2018-19 Tuition Fees** $24,229.52 $8,489.52*
n/a n/a UHIP (Health Insurance) $624.00 $624.00
$27,124.52 $29,195.52 TOTAL BASE FUNDING $43,488.52 $29,819.52

*Effective Fall 2018, International PhD students are subject to the same tuition fees as domestic PhD students.
**It's the student's responsibility to ensure that tuition fees are paid by the fee payment deadline. The Department does not become involved in the payment of student tuitions. 

Top-Up Practices

All awards that require student applications are eligible for top-up from their supervisor or graduate unit.

award amount top-up*
$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
$2,001 to $15,000
(cumulative awards)
Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding.
Over $15,000
(cumulative awards)
Award goes towards the base funding and student receives a $4,000 top-up over their base funding.


  • Within an academic year, the total cumulative top-up maximum is $4,000.
  • Top-up eligibility excludes University of Toronto Fellowships, Doctoral Completion Awards, travel awards, and bursaries.
  • 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.
  • A student who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and top-up will not be eligible to receive a top-up for these award(s).

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.

Funding Terms

Provided that they remain "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".