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The Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, provides funding for all admitted full-time students. Funding typically combines a fellowship with teaching and research assistantships.
Base Funding FAQ
Funding is provided to support graduate students in the full-time pursuit of their graduate degree. Therefore, this funding is subject to certain terms and conditions.
In addition to the details about funding in Anthropology, please also review the Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Education Announcement which includes information about the Arts and Science funding increase and also includes a comprehensive FAQ section.
WHO GETS FUNDING AND FOR HOW LONG?
Master’s students are assured the base funding (described next) for one year.
Ph.D. students are assured at least the base funding package for four years, except for direct admit students (those admitted directly into the Ph.D. program without a Master’s program and who take an extra year of study), who get funding for five years.
In addition, Ph.D. students will be assured at least the same number of Teaching Assistantship hours in their fifth and sixth years of TA work as they get in their first appointment (or second appointment) – if their studies continue beyond four years. (Note: in some cases the year of employment is not the same as the year of enrolment in the Ph.D. program. For more information, see the collective agreement between the university and CUPE representing the teaching assistants.)
HOW MUCH IS THE BASE FUNDING?
In 2016-17, the base funding for all full-time graduate students in Anthropology, domestic or visa, is $16,500 plus tuition and incidental fees and health insurance (if applicable).
That is, all students are assured enough money to pay their fees and incidentals, and end up with at least the base funding ($16,500 in 2016-17) to spend for their living expenses.
In addition to the funding described above, Anthropology graduate students can also expect to receive funding to help with pilot research to assist with preliminary fieldwork (usually between $2000 – $4000) and may received funds for conference and research travel. The Faculty of Arts and Science also provides funds for travel to study less commonly taught languages and students can avail themselves of many in-house and inter-university awards. Please see funding opportunities at the School of Graduate Studies – http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Scholarships-and-Awards.aspx
Note: In 2017-18 the base funding increases to $16,750 plus tuition and incidentals and in 2018-19 the base funding increases to $17,000 plus tuition and incidentals.
STUDENTS WHO HAVE AN EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIP OR SCHOLARSHIP
Examples are SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, and OGS grants.
If the grant is less than the base funding then the student gets the difference from the department.
If the grant is equal or greater than the base funding but less than $30,000, then the student gets a “top up” from the department. In recent years, the top up has been $1,500 but this can change in the future.
No top up is provided to students whose external award is worth more than $30,000.
Exception: Wenner-Gren Foundation grants
The Wenner-Gren Foundation grant is for research expenses and does not include living expenses for the students. Therefore, students with a Wenner-Gren grant receive the full base funding via the department, in the same manner as students without a grant.
While all visa students are assured of the base funding, a few visa students may, after they are offered admission, be nominated for and receive one of the following scholarships, administered internally by the university:
- Connaught: in 2016-17 is $25,896.31 ($35,000 minus domestic tuition, incidentals, and health insurance)
- Trillium: in 2016-17 is $17,396.31 ($40,000 minus foreign-student tuition, incidentals, and health insurance)
These are very competitive. Nomination is by the department but the awards are decided by committees above the level of the department.
DO STUDENTS HAVE TO WORK FOR THE FUNDING?
The base funding may come from any combination of teaching assistantship, research assistantship, and outright grant.
In 2016-17, the typical Research Assistantship is $1,000.
All students without external funding MUST apply for TAships. Starting September 2016 a maximum of 190 payable hours of TA work per academic year will count toward each student’s base funding package. (In September 2017 the maximum TA hours is reduced to 180 hours). The department runs undergraduate courses on three campuses, and Anthropology graduate students serve as teaching assistants on all three of the campuses. We will advise you by email how to submit your application, so please check your email frequently and advise us in advance if you will be out of email contact during the summer.
CAN STUDENTS WITHOUT AN EXTERNAL GRANT GET MORE THAN THE BASE FUNDING?
Yes, but this is not assured. Students may apply for additional research or teaching assistantships (see the previous section). For example, students can apply for more than the 190 hours of teaching assistantship work that is standard for those without external funding. The additional hours, if granted, will not count towards their base funding package.
The Graduate Office is happy to provide further clarification. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards
Detailed information about fellowships, scholarships and awards can be found here