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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. Please read the PhD Funding Commitment Info Sheet for 2022-2023.

Eligibility

  1. To be eligible for the funding commitment, students 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.
  2. Students are required to make satisfactory progress through the program as defined by the School of Graduate Studies (sgs.utoronto.ca). By the end of August of the third year, a PhD student 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 registered 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.
  3. Students demonstrate evidence of applying for major external funding.
  4. 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 2022-2023

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work provides a minimum funding commitment of $19,500 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 $19,500 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 University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) and employment opportunities (e.g. research assistantships) are combined as follows:

  1. For students who have not received their candidacy by January 31, 2023:
  • Students will receive an UTF of $18, 000 and an employment income of $9,554. 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 $9,554 from these sources by January 2023 for the academic year should submit a request to the PhD Program Director in January 2023 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 $9,554.

  1. For students who have received their candidacy by January 31, 2023:
  • Students will receive an UTF of $20,000 and an employment income of $7,554. 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 $7,554 from these sources by January 2023 for the academic year should submit a request to the PhD Program Director in January 2023 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 $7,554.

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. $18,000 + $9,554 $8,054.28* = $19,500
Cand. to 5 $20,000 + $7,554 $8,054.28* = $19,500

*2022-2023 Tuition/Fees basis

B. For students who hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and regular SSHRC awards

  1. Students who have not received their candidacy by January 31, 2023 will receive a top-up funding of $6,500.
  2. Students who have received their candidacy by January 31, 2023 will receive a top-up funding of $8,000.

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 2021-2022 summarizes the Faculty’s funding commitment for PhD students.

Internal Awards

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 under 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 Bursary

The FIFSW Conference Bursary provides support for FIFSW students presenting at academic conferences. Students can apply for this bursary prior to receiving confirmation that their conference submissions have been accepted.

The maximum bursary amount is $500, as provided as a form of reimbursement after conference attendance.  It is meant to offset the expenses to participate in the conference rather than to cover full expenses.

Please read the following information carefully to understand whether you are eligible, how to apply, and the required documentation. Please note that the requirements and process for this fund are different from those of the School of Graduate Students Conference Grant.

Eligibility:

  • You are re-registered in a graduate program at FIFSW at the time of application and at the time of the conference
  • Have applied to present on research related to your FIFSW program as an author on a poster, paper, or roundtable presentation at a refereed conference. Conferences are refereed if presentations are selected for inclusion in the programme following a peer-review process. You may apply for the bursary even if you have not yet received confirmation that your conference submission has been accepted
  • You may receive the bursary for only one conference per academic year (September to August)
  • Your supervisor’s approval is required (via email). Your supervisor’s approval shows that your presentation is related to your research and/or to your program of study. Students in the MSW program may use the MSW Director’s approval if they do not have a supervisor

Eligible expenses:

  • Registration and membership fees, including conferences attended online
  • Expenses incurred when travelling to a conference, including conference registration fees, membership fees, transportation, and accommodation are eligible for reimbursement
  • Funding can only be used for the conference listed on your application
  • and you are eligible to apply to both bursaries if your expenses exceed the amount of both bursaries
  • If you were approved for the bursary but are no longer a registered student on the date of your presentation you are not eligible to submit a reimbursement claim

When attending conferences outside of Canada:

If you are travelling outside of Canada for the conference, you must follow the instructions and steps listed on the Safety Abroad Office website for completion of the Safety Abroad pre-departure requirements well in advance of your travel abroad.

These requirements include:

That you comply with university travel guidelines and restrictions. For the most up to date information, refer to the U of T COVID-19 Information for Students webpage.

Safety Abroad procedures are mandatory for all U of T students travelling outside of Canada, including to the U.S.A., and must be completed before the travel occurs (regardless of receiving SGS Conference Grant support). Travel for in-person conferences that is conducted without prior completion of all Safety Abroad requirements would render students ineligible.

The following steps must be completed prior to departure for in-person conferences:

  1. Review the Safety Abroad website for details on what action is necessary prior to your travel date;
  2. Contact the Safety Abroad Office directly by emailing safety.abroad@utoronto.ca to discuss your planned travel and be added to the Safety Abroad Registry;
  3. Complete the online Safety Abroad pre-departure workshop (valid for 1.5 years); and
  4. Obtain supplementary health insurance (if not already covered).

How to apply:

Submit the FIFSW Conference Bursary form, ask your supervisors to complete the FIFSW Conference Bursary Approval form and email fifsw.registrar@utoronto.ca once these two steps are completed.  If you are travelling abroad please include proof that you have completed the Safety Abroad pre-departure workshop and were added to Safety Abroad Registry in the same email.

Students can apply for this bursary prior to receiving confirmation that their conference submissions have been accepted.

To receive funding:

Upon return of the conference, submit:

  • Expense Reimbursement form
  • Original receipts (note that for airfare, original boarding passes are required)
  • Proof of conference attendance which includes your name, the title of your paper, the date of your presentation, and the name of the conference. (e.g., a copy of the conference program or a website printout)
  • Original receipts (note that for airfare, original boarding passes are also required)
  • If you have paid by credit card, submit a credit card statement that includes the name of the cardholder and the last four digits of the credit card number. For privacy reasons, please block out any charges on your statement that are unrelated to your reimbursement claim
  • If you have incurred expenses in a foreign currency, expenses will be calculated according to the exchange rate on your credit card or bank statement. If you do not have a credit/bank statement, the FIFSW Registrar’s Office will determine the appropriate conversion rate

Supporting documents must be submitted within 45 days of the last day of the conference, or within 45 days of receiving application results.  You must be a registered student at the time of the conference to be eligible to claim the funding.

Send your documentation through to fifsw.registrar@utoronto.ca the with the email address included on your ACORN profile.

Decisions are final and will be sent to you via email. Please check that email from fifsw.registrar@utoronto.ca has not been directed to your junk email folder.

 

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:

Planning Document for Funding

Each 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.

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.

A 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.