Costs & Funding


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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 Base Funding Package which includes information about the Arts and Science funding increase. There is also information on the School of Graduate Studies website about understanding the funding.


The funding package is provided for the first year of the Master’s program or four years in the PhD program (five years for PhD students admitted directly from bachelor’s degrees), with the provision that the student makes satisfactory progress through the program. 

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.)


In 2019-20, the base funding for all full-time graduate students in Anthropology, domestic or visa, is $17,500 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 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 –


Examples are SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, and OGS scholarships.

If the scholarship is less than the base funding then the student gets the difference from the department.

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:

The Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship

These are very competitive. Nomination is made by the department during the admissions process but the awards are decided by committees above the level of the department.

Further details about these and other international student awards are available at:

ARE TA-ships and RA-ships a component of base funding?

The base funding may come from any combination of teaching assistantship, research assistantship, and outright scholarship.

Research Assistantships

In 2019-20, the typical Research Assistantship is $1,000.

Teaching Assistantships

All students without external funding MUST apply for TAships. Starting September 2018 a maximum value of $8200 of TA work per academic year will count toward each student’s base funding package. 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.


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 maximum value 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

Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards

Detailed information about fellowships, scholarships and awards can be found here