The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

PhD Tuition and Funding 


University of Toronto Funding Package 

The University of Toronto guarantees doctoral-stream students a minimum level of financial support for up to five years of doctoral studies.  

We are pleased to provide this package to all PhD students without major external funding from years 1 through 5.  

For the 2016-17 academic year, the minimum package was: 

  • $24,992.00 for domestic students 
  • $39,104.00 for international students 

The package is designed to cover a student’s tuition and provide the student with $16,500 per year. The funds come from a University of Toronto Fellowship, a 190-hour teaching assistantship and a research assistantship worth $300.  

You must maintain good standing in your program to remain eligible for this funding.  

To remain eligible for the University of Toronto Fellowship, you must maintain good standing in your program and apply every year for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) awards. 

If you have major external funding worth more than $10,000, your package will be reduced by the difference between this amount and the scholarship. 


Teaching assistantships not only provide valuable professional experience, they serve as an important source of funding and form a component of a typical U of T funding package.  

Conditions of work and rates of remuneration are governed by a collective agreement negotiated between the university and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).  

If you receive a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship or a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship, you are not obligated to work as a teaching assistant. You may waive your TAship if you wish.

Research Travel Grants 

  • The Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Graduate Studies hold competitions annually for research travel grants. Funds are available for a limited number of doctoral students in the humanities to study or carry out research in Canada, the United States or overseas.  
  • We realize the importance of research abroad and also have limited research and conference travel funds available.

Financial Aid 

We encourage you to investigate your eligibility for financial aid:  



  • 2016-2017 full-time = $8,492.00 (St. George Campus, incl. incidental, system access and ancillary fees)


  • 2016-2017, full-time = $22,604.00 (St. George Campus, incl. incidental, system access and ancillary fees and health insurance plan fees)

Final-Year Fees 

Final-year fees for doctoral students vary depending on expected date of completion.