PhD Funding Commitment

Funding opportunities are committed for up to five years for PhD students who are engaged in full-time studies, complete program requirements in a timely manner and remain in good standing.

Eligibility

  1. Students to be eligible for the funding commitment are required to be engaged in full-time studies for the academic year so that they can pursue their education within the necessary time requirement and commit fully to their education. Full-time is defined as being registered as a full-time student each academic session.
  1. Students are required to make satisfactory progress through the program as defined by the School of Graduate Studies (sgs.utoronto.ca). A PhD student by the end of August of the third year is expected to have completed all program requirements exclusive of the thesis (i.e., course work, comprehensive paper proposal, comprehensive paper and thesis proposal approved by their committee). The research, writing and oral examination of the thesis should be completed by the end of the fifth year of the program. Students on file with the University Accessibility Services follow a specific plan that is appropriate. Students who are on a leave of absence (health, parental, or other) in Years One through Five are not eligible for funding during the time absent. The time to completion clock will stop for students who are on approved leave until they return to full-time study.
  1. Annual Reports: students and their supervisors are expected to provide annual progress reports (end of May) to the PhD Program Director to be considered in good standing.

 

[Details pertaining to the funding package 2017-18 will be posted in summer 2017. Please check back later for the updated information.]

Composition of the PhD Funding Package 2016-2017

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work provides a minimum funding commitment of $15,000 for full-time students after students pay off their tuition and fees. The funding package includes a combination of awards received, research and teaching assistantships and other external sources. The academic year fees and incidental fees have been factored into the funding packages for domestic and international students.


a) Full-time domestic students

Year One: Students who do not have a major external award will receive $15,000 University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) funding ($10,000 of the UTF funding will be disbursed to the students at the beginning of the Fall Session and the remaining $5,000 at the start of January). Students are required to apply for research or teaching positions that are advertised within the Faculty up to a total of $8,492 (2016-17 basis). Students who are unable to secure up to $8,492 from these latter sources by January 2017 for the academic year will have the opportunity to submit a request to the PhD Program Director in January to locate other sources of funding. Please note that students who choose not to apply for research assistantships, Royal Bank Fellowships and external funding for which they are eligible will receive UTF funding only and forfeit the $8,492 (2016-17 fee basis).

Years Two through Five: Students who do not have a major external award will receive $13,000 University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) funding which will be disbursed at the beginning of the Fall Session. Students are required to apply for research or teaching positions that are advertised within the Faculty up to a total of $10,492 (2016-17 basis). If a student is unable to secure up to $10,492 from these latter sources by January for the academic year, students will have the opportunity to submit a request to the PhD Program Director to locate other sources of funding in January. Students will be required to apply for major external awards (OGS, SSHRC or CIHR), if eligible, to be considered for the funding commitment in Years 2-5. Students who choose not to apply for research assistantships, Royal Bank Fellowships and external funding for which that they are eligible will only receive UTF funding and forfeit the $10,492 (2016-17 fee basis).

PhD students, who are the recipients of an OGS or regular SSHRC awards, will receive three disbursements of the award (September, January, and May). The Faculty will provide a $5,000 UTF merit complement in September. Students with an OGS are required to seek research or teaching positions to reach the full amount of the University funding commitment of $23,492 (2016-17 basis). Students who are recipients of a CGS-SSHRC award will not qualify for a $5,000 top-up from the UTF. Higher valued external awards (CIHR, SSHRC and Vanier) will not receive a UTF complement.

A summary of the current funding structure for domestic students who do not have a major external award is presented below:

Year UTF + Work (Tuition + fees) = Total
1 $15,000 + $8,492 ($8,492) = $15,000
2 to 5 $13,000 + $10,492 ($8,492) = $15,000


b) Full-time international (VISA) students

Year One: Students who do not have a major external award will receive $29,112 UTF grant plus $8,492 (2016-17 basis) to be made up of RAships and or teaching for a total package of $37,604 (2016-17 basis). Students are required to apply for research or teaching positions that are advertised within the Faculty up to a total of $8,492 (2016-17 basis). Tuition and fee payment is the responsibility of the student. The same principles apply as for domestic full-time students, as above. If a student is unable to secure up to $8,492 from these latter sources by January 2017 for the academic year, there will be an opportunity to submit a request to the PhD Program Director in January to locate other sources of funding.

Students with Connaught Scholarship funding will be provided with the cost of tuition at the domestic rate as well as a funding package of $15,000, which may include a combination of Research and Training Assistantships and/or UTF. The Connaught Program will take care of the difference between the international tuition rate and the domestic tuition rate. All international students are automatically enrolled under a mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) but the fee for this service is not considered part of the incidental fees coverage and will be the responsibility of the student.

Years Two through Five: Full-time eligible international (VISA) students are awarded a University of Toronto Fellowship of $27,112 (2016-17 basis) that accommodates higher tuition fees and they must pursue the same opportunities as non-International students to secure funding through external awards, teaching and research positions of $10,492 (2016-17 basis). International students will be required to apply for the Ontario Government Scholarship (OGS), if eligible. Students who do not apply for external awards must provide documentation of ineligibility. Those who are recipients of external awards will receive a UTF merit complement of $5,000 for awards up to a ceiling of $20,000.

A summary of the current funding structure for international students who do not have a major external award is presented below:

Year UTF + Work (Tuition + fees) = Total
1 $29,112 + $8,492 ($22,604) = $15,000
2 to 5 $27,112 + $10,492 ($22,604) = $15,000

 

Internal Awards

A number of internal scholarships/bursaries are open to PhD domestic full-time students through an online application system. The application deadline is typically early October. A full list of these scholarships and awards can be found in the faculty website (http://socialwork.utoronto.ca/current-students/financial-support/#internal). A typical award value for PhD students ranges from $1,000 to $4,000.

In addition, Royal Bank Fellowships valued at $10,000 (typically 5 awards) are available annually to PhD students as research internships in areas of faculty research. Students apply through the Research Office. Information about application deadlines will be sent out to students through email, in the summer. Note that two-thirds of these fellowship awards are specifically earmarked for financial needs. The rest are based on merit. Recipients of these awards will receive disbursements of $5,000 in September and $5,000 in January.

 

Planning Document for Funding

In July, students from Year One through Five should submit a declaration form. The declaration form will be sent by Faculty Registrar. In this form the student should indicate sources of internal and external funding (OGS, SSHRC, and CIHR) they have applied for or have received for the upcoming academic session, and to declare that they are eligible for the funding package.


Year Six

Registered students will be required to pay fees if enrolled in the sixth year but will not be eligible for the funding package. Registered students continue to be eligible for research and teaching positions.

Doctoral Completion Award (DCA) available for eligible students in Year Six. The DCA is a competitive award intended to provide students with funding to assist them in completing their degrees by the end of the sixth year. The amount will vary from year to year based on the funding allocation and number of eligible students, but will likely be comparable to amounts given by the University of Toronto Fellowship in Years 2 – 5. Funding can begin in the month of May between the 5th and 6th year. Students can receive funding while registered for one, two, or three terms (i.e., a student can receive DCA funds from May to December, if they graduate in December).

Students may apply for OGS for the sixth year of the PhD Program.