Financial Support

Fees
The School of Graduate Studies publishes an annual schedule of fees in June. Please consult this page for the up-to-date schedule.

 


Financial Assistance

 

The Faculty of Arts and Science has instituted a funding guarantee that covers MA students in their one year program, and PhD students for four or five years (depending on whether the student enters directly from a BA, or completes an MA before entering the program). This multi-year PhD funding is intended to cover the period in which the student is engaged in fulfilling the major requirements of the program: course work, area research, thesis research and writing. The guarantee is equal to tuition + $15,000. The guarantee is met by a balance of three components: I) the U of T Fellowship, ii) Teaching Assistantships (TA), and iii) Research Assistanship (RA). Ph.D. students who do not complete their degree in the time guaranteed are eligible for TA assignments, with reduced priority. Each student is also required to apply for funding from sources outside the University of Toronto, and if successful, the U of T Fellowship component is eliminated.

For a more complete list of scholarships and awards, please visit the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website at www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support.htm.

For a list of scholarships and awards specific to the Department of Sociology, please visit the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) website at www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/graduate/schps/scholarships-by-department/graduate-scholarships-sociology.


FEDERAL & PROVINCIAL AWARDS

The funding package is provided for four years of the PhD program (five years for students admitted directly from bachelor's degrees), with the provisions that the student makes satisfactory progress through the program and that those without external funding apply for CIHR, NSERC, OGS, or SSHRC. Failure to apply for external scholarships normally results in reduction or interruption of the UTF portion of funding.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) M.A. Fellowships

The Canadian Graduate Scholarship’s Program – Master’s Scholarship is available for students applying to or registering in an M.A. program in the social sciences and humanities at Canadian universities. Students must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant to apply. The scholarship is worth $17,500 for a 12 month period. The scholarship is not renewable. If students are planning on applying to the M.A. program, they must apply in the Spring prior to entering the M.A. program. (For more information about this scholarship, visit www.sshrc.ca)

Applications due December 1, 2013. Please apply online and then submit a copy of your application and all supporting documents to the Graduate Office, Dept. of Sociology, 725 Spadina, Room 278.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships

These awards (value of $20,000) are open only to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who are either already in, or about to enter, the PhD program. (Students applying for the MA program are not eligible for this award.) There is in addition a Canada Graduate Scholarship for PhD students worth $35,000 a year for three years. For students already enrolled in the Department’s PhD program, details are available in the Graduate Office in early October.

The Sociology Department requires that all non-visa students who are already enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Toronto apply for a SSHRC Fellowship (provided they are eligible to do so), in order to be considered for a University of Toronto Fellowship. (For further information about this award, visit www.sshrc.ca.)

Applications due October 21, 2013. Please submit applications and all supporting documents to the Graduate Office, Dept. of Sociology, 725 Spadina, Room 278.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

The OGS program is undergoing changes for the 2013/2014 academic year. Beginning with this year’s application process, U of T will become responsible for awarding the scholarships. The University of Toronto will have a centralized application form available to students via the School of Graduate Studies website.

Prospective students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable from one university to another.

Visa students are eligible to apply following the same application process and internal deadlines set by their current or proposed graduate unit. Graduates units will select and forward a limited number of applications to the School of Graduate Studies to compete in a centralized adjudication.

The value of the OGS is $5000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms.

Applications due April 1, 2014, for Domestic Students and March 5, 2014, for Visa Students. Applicants must apply online through the SGS website. All supporting documents are to be submitted online. 

For general information please visit the OGS page on the SGS website.

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) - Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters Award (CGSMA)

CIHR offers Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) that provide financial support to outstanding graduate students pursuing their first graduate degree (i.e., Master's or PhD for direct entry students) in a health-related field in Canada. These awards have a maximum term of one (1) year and are valued at $17,500 per annum. Students must complete the electronic application on ResearchNet and print off a hard copy to submit to the Sociology Graduate Office.

Detailed Information regarding the program is available on the ResearchNet website.

The application process and eligibility requirements are available here.

Applications due December 1, 2013. Please apply online and then submit a copy of your application and all supporting documents to the Graduate Office, Dept. of Sociology, 725 Spadina, Room 278.


UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AWARDS

School of Graduate Studies Fellowships

The Department nominates annually a ranked list of international PhD applicants for a competition managed by the School of Graduate Studies. The principal award is for the Connaught Fellowship. Existing holders of this award in the Doctoral program can be renominated, provided there is evidence of good academic progress towards the degree.

Sociology Doctoral Teaching Fellowship

The Sociology Department offers the opportunity for advanced PhD students to develop and teach their own course. We developed this program to enhance the competitiveness of our students on the job market, because in this era, our PhD students are competing against students from other universities who have extensive teaching experience. Many of our competitor institutions in the U.S. regularly use PhD students to teach undergraduates. We also developed the program to ensure high-quality teaching and to enhance the training opportunities for our students. To be considered for a Sociology Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, the student must be in good academic standing and have completed their comprehensive exams and defended their dissertation proposal. Students also must submit two letters of reference. Applications are submitted in the spring of each year to the Sociology Department Graduate Office.

Bursaries

The School of Graduate Studies has established a Bursary Fund to help students meet financial emergencies. (Application forms are available from the School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street.)

Doctoral Completion Award (DCA)

Value:The value of the award will depend on number of applicants and financial need.

Eligibility: Students outside of the funded cohort, but within time-limit for the degree. Please refer to the DCA Information Sheet for a complete list of criteria.

Application Method: Submit a hard copy of the DCA Application Form, ROSI transcript printout, and OSOTF Form to the Sociology Graduate Office.

Deadline: May 31, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.

Daniel G. Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology

Value: The amount of the award varies from year to year, depending on the performance of the fellowship fund. The value of this year's award is $2,000.

Application Method: Please submit a copy of your article as an electronic attachment to the Sociology Graduate Assistant, Michelle Bailey, at socgrad.assist@utoronto.ca by 5pm, August 30, 2013.

The prize is restricted to those sociology graduate students who are current residents of Ontario and who also resided in Ontario for at least 12 months prior to the start of their current degree program. This restriction comes from the Government of Ontario.

The prize is given for the best published paper among those who are eligible to apply. The article should have been published in a refereed journal between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013. Articles published online in advance of publication during that time period are eligible as well. 

The article must be written by a currently enrolled graduate student or a recent Ph. D. graduate (convocated between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013) of the Department of Sociology. Co-authored articles are eligible, but, all co-authors must be graduate students of the Department of Sociology. Papers co-authored with people (students or faculty) outside of the department or faculty within our department are not eligible. Eligible papers may be on any topic in sociology, may be theoretical or empirical in their approach, and may use any analytical method. Students must submit a copy of their article electronically to Michelle Bailey by August 30th, 2013. This is a firm deadline.

 


RESEARCH TRAVEL FUNDS

To apply for any of the awards below, please complete the Research/Conference Travel Award Application, and submit the form and any required documents to the Sociology Graduate Office.

1) The Norman Bell Research Award (Departmental Award)

Deadline: May 31, 2013 by 5pm
Application Method: Submit hard copy of application materials to the Sociology Graduate Office
Eligibility: Sociology PhD students; further details below

The Sociology Department offers Norman Bell Research Awards on an annual basis. The award is to be applied toward travel expenses incurred in carrying out research for a doctoral dissertation. The value of the award depends on the number of applications submitted. These awards are named in honour of Norman Bell, a member of our faculty for over thirty years, who did much to encourage student research. Awards must be spent between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.

To compete for one of these awards, present a budget, a summary of your dissertation proposal (max. 250 words), and the names of your supervisor and the other dissertation committee members. Funds are provided as reimbursements for expenses incurred. Original receipts and travel documents must be provided after the travel has occurred.

2) SGS Research Travel Grant (SGS Grant)

Submit application to: travelgrant@sgs.utoronto.ca
Further details: www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/travelling.htm

3) Muriel D. Bissell Award (Departmental Award)

Deadline: May 31, 2013 by 5pm
Application Method: Email the Associate Chair, Graduate, a copy of the paper.

Graduate students who are strongly committed to research on the problems of development in developing countries are invited to apply for this award. The recipient will ordinarily, but not necessarily, be from a developing country. Funds will be used to pay costs of research such as travel and subsistence for data collection, special training (off-campus), and/or the costs of professional development, such as travel to conferences where the recipient is presenting a paper.


For a more complete list of research travel grants and awards, please visit the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website at www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/travelling.htm.

 


CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS

To apply for any of the awards below, please complete the Research/Conference Travel Award Application, and submit the form and any required documents to the Sociology Graduate Office.

1) The S.D. Clark  Scholarly Presentation Award (Departmental Award)

Deadline: May 31, 2013 by 5pm
Application Method: Submit hard copy of application materials to the Sociology Graduate Office
Eligibility: Sociology PhD students; further details below

The Sociology Department offers S.D. Clark Scholarly Presentation Awards on an annual basis. This award is to be used to pay for expenses that a graduate student will incur by giving a paper at a professional conference (e.g., meetings of the CSAA, ASA, or ISA). The amount of the award depends on the number of applications submitted. These awards are named in honour of S.D. Clark, who founded the Department of Sociology in 1963 and served as its first Chair. Awards must be spent between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.

To compete for one of these awards, provide a copy of a written invitation or session organizer's acceptance of your paper, a budget, and the abstract of the paper to be presented. Funds are provided as reimbursements for expenses incurred. Original receipts and travel documents must be provided after the travel has occurred.

2) Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant

Deadline: May 31, 2013 by 5pm
Application Method: Submit hard copy of application materials to the Sociology Graduate Office
Eligibility: Sociology MA and PhD students; further details below

This fund provides awards with similar parameters to the S.D. Clark Scholarly Presentation Award, with the exception that MA students are also eligible to apply. To compete for one of these awards, provide a copy of a written invitation or session organizer's acceptance of your paper, a budget, and the abstract of the paper to be presented. Students may apply for both the S.D. Clark Scholarly Presentation Award and the Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant. However, funding decisions will prioritize maximizing the number of students who benefit from these travel funds. Grants must be spent between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013. Funds are provided as reimbursements for expenses incurred. Original receipts and travel documents must be provided after the travel has occurred.

3) SGS Conference Grant
Deadline: October 11, 2013
Submit application to SGS via the new online submission tool
SGS Conference Grant Application Page

Further Details: SGS Conference Grant General Info

4) Muriel D. Bissell Award (Departmental Award)

Deadline: May 31, 2013 by 5pm
Application Method: Email the Associate Chair, Graduate, a copy of the paper.

Graduate students who are strongly committed to research on the problems of development in developing countries are invited to apply for this award. The recipient will ordinarily, but not necessarily, be from a developing country. Funds will be used to pay costs of research such as travel and subsistence for data collection, special training (off-campus), and/or the costs of professional development, such as travel to conferences where the recipient is presenting a paper.

For a more complete list of conference travel grants and awards, please visit the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website at http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Travel-Conference-Awards.aspx.

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