Every full-time graduate student admitted to one of our programs is guaranteed financial assistance for the prescribed duration of the program. This support fully covers tuition, fees, and health insurance, as well as funds for living expenses. Domestic and international admitted students have equal access to the full funding package. Students are also eligible for up to $1,600 per year in travel funding to present their research at conferences and workshops.

Need more details? Visit the Faculty of Arts & Science Graduate Funding Facts page.

Breakdown of Financial Support

MA students are guaranteed funding for the one-year duration of their program, while PhD students have a guarantee of five or four years’ support, depending on whether they were admitted to the four- or five-year program.

At the moment, the University guarantees a minimum funding level equal to

  • the full cost of tuition
  • all incidental and health-care fees
  • plus at least $18,500
  • MA students receive a minimum of $18,500, while PhD students receive a minimum of $23,000

Beyond this guaranteed minimum, the Department of Philosophy offers the possibility of additional support that pushes average funding close to $26,000 through competitive scholarship awards and other supplemental funding. Readily available teaching assistantships and summer instructorships allow for further income.

Philosophy Department Funding Practices Policy

The Philosophy Department Funding Practice starts with the A&S Base Funding Package. Details are available here, and here,

Currently students without reduced expectations regarding the amount of TA income that contributes towards the funding package are expected to contribute $8,043. This amount will be reduced in both 2022–2023 and 2023–2024.

There are reduced expectations for TA income to count towards the funding package in the following situations.

  1. Year 1 PhD students are not expected to work as TAs as part of their funding package.
  2. Students with domestic external awards with an annualized level of $15,000 or above are not expected to contribute TA income towards their A&S base funding packages during the terms that they are award holders. These include domestic students with CGSMs, CGSDs, SSHRC Ds, Vanier and OGS awards.
  3. Students with a FAST award are not expected to contribute TA income towards their funding packages during the terms that they are award holders.
  4. International students who receive Vanier awards are not expected to contribute TA income towards their funding package during the terms that they are award holders.
  5. International students who receive an OGS award are not expected to contribute TA income towards their funding packages during the terms that they are award holders.
  6. International students who receive a University of Toronto Beatty scholarship have reduced expectations regarding TA work that contributes towards their funding package during the terms that they are award holders. They are expected to contribute one half of the current year’s maximum TA contribution towards their funding package. For the 2021–22 year, this will be $4,021.50.

Note: Students who receive Connaught or Robinson Awards are expected to contribute the maximum amount of TA income towards their funding packages.

Internal Awards

Thanks to the generosity of friends, donors, alumni, current and retired faculty, the Department of Philosophy has a number of internal awards to support students, including:

  • the Sidney P. H. Robinson Graduate Scholarship in Ancient Philosophy
  • the Gordon Cheesbrough Graduate Fellowship
  • the Donald Ainslie Graduate Fellowship
  • the Julia Ching Memorial Fellowship in Chinese Thought and Culture
  • the David Gauthier Graduate Scholarship in Moral Philosophy
  • the Philosophy and Law Alumni Award
  • the Michael J. Herman Graduate Fellowship in Philosophy
  • the Ian Hacking Graduate Travel Award
  • the Richard W. Yee Fellowships in Medieval Philosophy

No special application is needed for these awards, which are allocated annually.

Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Philosophy considers the holding of a teaching assistantship to be an integral part of the professional training it provides in its graduate programs. In the PhD program, the level of responsibilities associated with these appointments progresses with increasing seniority. Typically, the student begins as a grader of tests and essays in undergraduate semester courses, then serves as a tutorial leader in a large year-length introductory course, and finally becomes responsible for teaching a course. Specific assignments are made by the TA Coordinator. Rates of pay and conditions of appointment for teaching assis­tants are determined by a collective agreement between the University and the graduate students’ chapter of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Students who do not complete their degree during the period of guaranteed funding remain eligible for TA assignments, but with lower priority.

External Awards

Because the Faculty of Arts and Science provides guaranteed funding in the form of University of Toronto Fellowships, each student is required to apply for funding from sources outside the University of Toronto.  Where an application for external funding is successful, the University of Toronto component is reduced accordingly. The two principal external funding sources are the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the provincial government of Ontario.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships

SSHRC offers two doctoral awards, valued respectively at $20,000 per year for one to four years, and $35,000 for three years. Only Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible. (Students applying for the MA program are not eligible for this award). Details are available in the Graduate Office in early October or on the SSHRC website.

Domestic and international students in our program are eligible for the Vanier Award, valued at $50,000 per year for three years; details are available on the Vanier CGS website. Toronto Philosophy has a strong record of winning these awards: we’ve had a winner every year for the past three years.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

The OGS is valued at $15,000 for one year; domestic and international students are eligible. Last year 11 Toronto graduate students won OGS awards.

School of Graduate Studies Fellowships

As part of its admissions process, the Department nominates annually a ranked list of PhD applicants for a variety of fellowships managed by the School of Graduate Studies. Major awards for international students include the Connaught and Trillium Fellowships; the department nominates candidates for these awards as part of the admissions process, and no special action on the part of applicants is required. For information about the SGS fellowships, see the relevant SGS website.

School of Graduate Studies Emergency Grant

The School of Graduate Studies has established an Emergency Grant to help currently registered students meet financial emergencies. The Emergency Grant was previous known as the SGS Bursary. Details of eligibility, application process and application forms are available from the SGS website.

Travel Subsidy for Graduate Students

The Department funds graduate student travel to conferences for the following purposes:

  • to present or comment on a paper, at a refereed conference, in the student’s primary area of research
  • to attend a meeting of the American Philosophical Association for a scheduled interview for a job or a post-doc in philosophy (or a cognate discipline)

Only students registered as graduate students in the Department, and who are in good standing, are eligible to apply for travel funding. Students may be reimbursed for a maximum of 2 conferences per year (September 1 – August 31), with a maximum of $800 per conference from the general departmental fund. Students wishing to apply for these funds must do so in writing, using the Travel Funds Request Form.