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, remain in good standing, and apply for major external funding.
- 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.
- 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 Exam Proposal, Comprehensive Exam 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.
If a student has a disability impacting their timeline, they may register with Accessibility Services and speak to their assigned Advisor re: an appropriate, specific plan to complete their program.
- Students demonstrate evidence of applying for major external funding.
- Annual Reports: Starting from the second year, 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, which means the student is meeting the milestones (e.g. coursework completion, Comprehensive Exam, Thesis Proposal approval, and Thesis completion) stipulated in the PhD Manual.
Composition of the PhD Funding Package 2018-2019
The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work provides a minimum funding commitment of $17,500 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. All students need to pay tuition and fees on their own. The funding commitment of $17,500 is computed after the tuition and fees are paid. The academic year fees and incidental fees have been factored into the funding packages for students.
A. For students who do not hold a major external award:
The composition between University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) and employment opportunities (e.g. research assistantships) is specified as follows:
- For students who have not received their candidacy by January 31, 2019:
- Students will receive an UTF of $16,500 and an employment income of $9,490. Students need to pay tuition and fees on their own.
The employment income typically consists of research assistantships and/or teaching positions. Students are required to apply for these opportunities that are advertised within the Faculty. Students who are unable to secure up to $9,490 from these sources by January 2019 for the academic year should submit a request to the PhD Program Director in January 2019 to locate other sources of funding.
Students who choose not to apply for research assistantships, Royal Bank Fellowships, and/or external funding for which they are eligible will receive UTF funding only and forfeit the $9,490.
- For students who have received their candidacy by January 31, 2019:
- Students will receive an UTF of $18,500 and an employment income of $7,490. Students need to pay tuition and fees on their own.
Students are required to apply for research assistantships and/or teaching positions that are advertised within the Faculty. Students who are unable to secure up to $7,490 from these sources by January 2019 for the academic year should submit a request to the PhD Program Director in January 2019 to locate other sources of funding.
Students who choose not to apply for research assistantships, Royal Bank Fellowships and/or external funding for which they are eligible will receive UTF funding only and forfeit the $7,490.
The following table summarizes the funding structures:
Funding structure for students who do not have a major external award:
|Year||UTF||+||Work||–||(Tuition + fees)||=||Total|
|1 to Cand.||$16,500||+||$9,490||–||(approx. $8,490)*
|Cand. to 5||$18,500||+||$7,490||–||(approx. $8,490)*
*2018 – 2019 Tuition/Fees basis
B. For students who hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and regular SSHRC awards
- Students who have not received their candidacy by January 31, 2019 will receive a top-up funding of $5,000.
- Students who have received their candidacy by January 31, 2019 will receive a top-up funding of $6,500.
The top-up funding is available to students up to Year 5. Students need to pay tuition and fees on their own.
C. Students who hold a higher valued major external award (e.g. CGS-SSHRC, CIHR doctoral awards, and Vanier award) will not receive top-up funding.
The PhD Funding Commitment Info Sheet for 2018-2019 summarizes the Faculty’s funding commitment for PhD students.
A number of internal scholarships/bursaries are open to PhD 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 on the Faculty website (www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/current-students/financial-support/). 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.
All internal awards, including Royal Bank Fellowships, are considered part of the Faculty’s funding commitment to students.
Conference and Research Travel Support
FIFSW Conference Travel Support
Current FIFSW PhD students are eligible for $400 once every two academic years for the presentation of peer-reviewed presentations at social work and social work-related conferences. Approval of the allocation of these funds should be requested from the office of the Associate Dean, Academic with the following documentation in hard copy:
- Letter of acceptance of presentation from conference planning committee or abstract of presentation.
- Original receipts as follows:
- Conference registration fees
- Airfare: include original copies of your paid receipt/invoice and boarding passes
- Accommodation: detailed statement of charges from the hotel
- Ground Transport: original receipts for taxis, train, or bus
- Meals: an itemized original receipt (not credit card receipts) for all meals is required. Alcohol is not eligible.
- If you have received the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Conference Grant, please provide a copy of the award letter.
Contact: Natasha Valentine, Assistant to the Associate Dean, Academic, firstname.lastname@example.org
SGS Conference and Research Travel Grant Links
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) also offers grant opportunities for conference and research travel for PhD students. Please refer to the following links:
- SGS Conference Grant:
- SGS Research Travel Grant:
Planning Document for Funding
In July, students from Year One through Five should submit a declaration form. The declaration form will be sent by the 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 declare that they are eligible for the funding package.
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) is 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. 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.