PhD Tuition and Funding

A&S Tuition, Fees & Base Funding Package - 2023-24

Humanities & Social Sciences
  Domestic PhD Inernational PhD  
Base Amount $20,000.00 $20,000.00  
Tuition $6,210.00 $6,210.00  
Incidental Fees - STG $2,003.96 $2,003.96  
UHIP   $756.00  
Tution & Fees Total $8,213.96 $8,969.96  
Base Package Total $28,213.96 $28,969.96  
A&S Base Package $28,214 $28,970  




  • 2023-24 full-time = $8,213.96 ($6,210.00 tuition + $2,003.96 mandatory incidental fees) 


  • 2023-24 full-time = $8,969.96 ($6,210.00 tuition + $2,003.96 mandatory incidental fees + $756.00 UHIP)

PhD Program Funding

In 2001, the Faculty of Arts and Science introduced a base funding package for eligible graduate students. This package has increased substantially over time. The base funding package helps the Faculty to recruit outstanding students and allows these students to focus on their studies and complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Students are responsible for any course-related expenses, as well as payment of their tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change on an annual basis. In 2023-24, the tuition fee for full-time domestic PhD students is $8,213.96. Additional information is available on the Student Accounts website

The base funding package consists of a University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) and a Research Assistant Stipend (RA Stipend). There is a possibility of top-ups from sources such as the Program-Level Fellowship.

More Information

PLFs are provided by Faculty of Arts and Science. For the 2023-24 academic year, the Faculty of Arts and Science is allocating $1,000 for each registered PhD and MA student. The distribution of funds is determined in consultation with graduate students each year. For the 2023-24 year, we will distribute 50% of allocated funds to MA and PhD students' base funding ($500 per MA and Year 1-5 PhD students) and the other 50% to Black, Indigenous, and other racialized MA and PhD students.

RA Position

Faculty members can hire students to assist with their research. Faculty members pay students from their research funds and in addition to base funding. RA Position is paid as a taxable T4 and involves hourly rates for your research-related work for a faculty member. It is paid as you are completing the work. There is a contract between a student and a faculty member outlining the specifics of this position.

RAship Stipend

PhD students receive an RA stipend of $800 included in the base-funding. The RA stipend helps students to connect with faculty members and their research. Consult your funding letter. RA Stipend is paid into your account by direct deposit in October. 

TAships play a very important role in the Centre’s educational mandate for both graduate and undergraduate students. Therefore, the decisions about TA assignments are made by the Centre’s director, both Associate Directors, with administrative support from Undergraduate Adminstrative Coordinator and Graduate Administrator. 

TA Rates

The hourly rates and the total number of TA hours are regulated through the university’s Collective Agreements with CUPE3902, Uni 1. The current agreement sets a limit of $7,755 to be counted towards base funding for students entering in year 1. Any TA earnings beyond this level will augment a graduate student's actual income, and cannot be offset by lower levels of financial support from other sources (UTF and RA).

TA Assignments, Contracts, and Training Timeline

  • May: The Subsequent Appointment System opens for students in Year 2 and beyond to declare whether they want to hold an appointment in the coming year, and to provide some details about the kind of TA-ship they want, and on which campus. 
  • July: You will get a provisional TA assignment on the TAship site
  • July: for F/Y terms and in November for S term: Any TA Job Posting Applications will be made available.
  • August 11 for F/Y term and December 11 for S term: You will receive your TA contract. 
  • September 1: Description of Duties and Allocation of Hours (DDAH) forms outlining TA duties and specifying the hours assigned to them, have to be confirmed by both the TA and course instructor on the TAship Online System
  • Questions regrading TA assignments at the St. George campus can be sent to Colleen Osborn
    Questions regrading TA assignments at the UTM campus can be sent to  Sabrin Mohamed 
    Questions regrading TA assignments and DDAH forms at the UTSC campus can be sent to Milene Neves 

The stipend part of University of Toronto Fellowship payments are paid through direct deposit. To set up direct deposit, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your ACORN account. 
  2. Ensure your contact information, including address, is up-to-date under Profile & Settings
  3. Click on Financial Account in the left menu. 
  4. Select Direct Deposit and enter your banking information. You will need your transit number, bank number, and account number. 


  1. Your TA payments are made through the University of Toronto payroll system (HRIS). All new students should see the Department Manager within the first week of September to obtain payroll documents and information on deadlines.
    1. The required documents are:
      1. Banking Authorization Form
      2. Void cheque or printout from bank with account information
      3. TD1 Tax Form, TD1-ON Tax Form
      4. Photocopy of Social Insurance Number (SIN) card, and
      5. Photocopy of study permit (if not a citizen or resident of Canada).
    2. Note to international students: If you do not have a Social Insurance Number, please secure the information required by Services Canada in applying for a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN). You must have a valid Social Insurance Number in order to earn income in Canada. 

Important notes:

  • ACORN/ROSI and UofT's payroll HR system are not connected and therefore any changes to your information must be submitted separately for each system.
  • Payroll entries must be processed by the payroll close date, which is typically about the 15th of the month, and about the 7th in December. Your information must reach the Department Manager in sufficient time to allow for processing.

UTF payment comes in two forms: a stipend and tuition.

  • The stipend is paid three times a year: at the beginning of September, January, and May.
  • The tuition is paid directly into the student account in two instalments, in September and January.

CGS-M, SSHRC, FAST and OGS awards are paid in three instalments in September, January, and May. Students holding CGS-M, SSHRC and OGS awards are responsible for paying their tuition as it is NOT automatically deducted from these awards.

TA payments come on the 28th of the month, but only for the months the student teaches. If, for example, the student’s TAship is in the Fall semester only, the payments will be deposited in September, October, November, and December. The Winter payments come in January, February, March and April.

RAship Stipend is paid into your account in October by direct deposit.

Additional Funding Sources

Every year the Centre hires work-study students to provide employment and career development opportunities. This is a part of the University of Toronto financial aid program. Students may apply for the positions advertised by the Centre, but also for positions advertised by individual faculty members and other departments.

Work-Study positions for the 2023-24 academic year will be made available on the Career Learning Network website.

Job postings will be made available to view in August 2023. All students registered as full time for the 2023-24 year will be eligible to apply.

  • The Faculty of Arts & 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.
  • The Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies realizes the importance of research abroad and has limited research and conference travel funds available.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to investigate your eligibility for financial aid: