Fees & Funding

Fees for 2019-20

Awards are available for MA students, and applicants should contact the Centre as soon as possible to get more information. For the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22, awards towards full tuition will be available for one year of the MA Program.

All PhD students receive a base funding package for a period up to five years that includes tuition fees; this package is detailed below, under “Scholarship information”.

The fee structure of the School of Graduate Studies differentiates between students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (non-visa) and students from other countries (visa). This year International (visa) PhD students will be assessed the same fees as non-visa students. The current fees for full-time students are as follows:

Tuition Fees Incidentals UHIP Total
Domestic (non-visa) MA and PhD students $6,210.00 $1,640.90 $7,850.90
International (visa) PhD students $6,210.00 $1,640.90 $636.00 $8,486.90
International (visa) MA students $23,770.00 $1,640.90 $636.00 $26,046.90

These fees are, of course, in Canadian dollars. Tuition fees for part-time students are pro-rated. International students are not normally eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), and are automatically enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).

Fees can be paid at any chartered bank in Canada. Students outside of Canada may forward payment by bank draft or money order in Canadian funds to:

University of Toronto
Student Accounts
215 Huron St.
Toronto, ON  M5S 1A2

Students who have been awarded a University of Toronto Fellowship or an external award (FQRSC, OGS, SSHRC, etc.) may arrange to defer payment temporarily. Students who fail to register by the deadline set by the School of Graduate Studies will be charged a late registration fee.

Scholarship Information

The Centre for Medieval Studies offers a base funding package of $17,500, plus tuition and incidental fees (and UHIP for visa students) per year, for a period of up to five years.  Funding is contingent upon admission into the PhD programme, from an MA. The base funding package includes, in varying combinations and amounts, any external scholarship (Commonwealth Scholarship, Fulbright, OGS, SSHRC, etc.), University of Toronto Fellowship funds, Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and any other contractual academic work at the University of Toronto and its federated colleges (including course instructorships and sessional appointments).  Overall financial support may vary annually (without dropping below the guaranteed minimum).  One of the conditions of the funding package is that students must apply, every year, for a Teaching Assistantship in the University of Toronto. In order to retain financial support students must maintain an A-minus average or better and good academic standing during the funded years of study; they are also required to apply each year for the external fellowships for which they are eligible (such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

Students who receive any scholarship funding must be registered full-time in the summer for a minimum of 14 weeks on-campus between 1 May and 31 August to be eligible for the summer instalment.

Fellowship support is unavailable at the MA level but we have various awards available and applicants should contact us for more details. In the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22, awards towards full tuition will be available. Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for external funding from SSHRC (Canadian students only; see below) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship the year prior to beginning their program.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Scholarships

This scholarship is available only to Canadian students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents). The scholarship actually comes in two main varieties: doctoral scholarships and Master’s scholarships. For the doctoral scholarships students should apply in the Fall; applicants need reference letters and must outline in detail their proposed research. Official application packages are now available on the Web. In our experience, the research proposal is of the greatest importance in this competition: students who know what they want to do and state a reasonable and workable thesis project clearly and pithily seem to be the most successful. Students are urged very strongly to have an experienced professor look over their statement: applications that contain spelling errors and grammatical faults automatically disqualify the candidate in the minds of many assessors, and projects which sound too wordy, grandiose or meagre stand little chance of success.

Applications for doctoral SSHRCs are ranked by the Centre and are then forwarded to SGS. A committee at SGS reviews the applications and forwards some (but not all) of them to the national adjudication committee, which makes the decisions on awards. The duration of the award is from six months to forty-eight months. An individual student may not hold more than four years’ worth of SSHRCs and OGSs combined during their graduate studies.

Applicants for the SSHRC Master’s scholarship apply directly via the SSHRC website. For more information on this competition see the admissions page on this website.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

This scholarship is open to all students, but in practice the great majority of them are reserved for Canadians.  In principle, all students, Visa and non-Visa, are required to submit an application. The bigger the pool of candidates, the larger the quota awarded to Medieval Studies.  The deadline to apply is 31 January.  Applicants must submit an OGS application using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application.

Connaught Scholarships

Connaughts are entrance-level scholarships for PhD students (renewable three times, if the student maintains a sufficiently high average).

Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships are awarded to citizens of the United States to study abroad. Quite a lot of our students from the United States are, by virtue of their research, working on European materials and would be eligible to apply for Fulbrights.

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth scholarship is open to citizens of one country in the Commonwealth who wish to study in another. Hence, although Canadian students may apply for Commonwealths, they cannot hold them at the Centre.

Mary Beattie Scholarship, Margaret and Nicholas Fodor Fellowship, John McRory Fellowship

These are scholarships awarded by SGS to candidates who have been nominated on lists for other scholarships.

Mellon Scholarships

In the past, final-year undergraduate students who had been awarded Mellon Scholarships for graduate study have applied to us and held the scholarship here at the Centre. Mellons awarded in the States can be held at the University of Toronto.

Other Funds

There are some smaller sums of money which sometimes become available for our students. A bursary is given once a year in memory of Professor Colin Chase (a former teacher at the Centre who died in 1984). There are also the Colin Chase awards, now usually worth $750, which are given four times a year. The fund set up in honour of Professor John Leyerle provides occasional help for students, and a memorial fund set up by the University of Toronto Press to commemorate Prudence Tracy (an editor who saw many of our books through the press with great skill and unfailing good humour) provides some assistance to students. Money of this kind is disbursed at the discretion of the Associate Director (with consultation), to whom any student who is in need should apply.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are an important part of a doctoral candidate’s professionalization, and the teaching experience most relevant to a student’s disciplinary profile assists significantly in establishing a job applicant’s credentials in his or her field of interest. The teaching dossier that all job candidates should have ready for submission to hiring committees often consists in significant part of materials related to TAships held during one’s doctoral studies (handouts, samples of marked work, student evaluations, evaluations from supervising instructors, etc.). The Centre for Medieval Studies regularly offers a number of TAships in the areas of Latin, Latin Palaeography, Celtic Studies, and modern languages, and TAships held in related departments form an important part of the professional experience obtained by many Centre students. Centre TAships are posted in late February or early March, on bulletin boards at the Centre and on the CUPE 3902 Unit I On-line job posting system. Application forms are available at the Centre and must be completed and returned by the published deadlines. TA assignments are made by the Centre’s TA Appointments Committee. The Centre requires that CMS students apply for TAships in the Centre and in cognate departments within the University. TAships come under the Collective Agreement between the University and CUPE 3902, Unit 1. Further information concerning TA employment and training is available on the University’s website.


Dons live in university residences and are responsible for offering support, leadership and guidance to undergraduate students. In return for their services, dons are provided with accommodation and a meal plan for the residence year (early September to early May). For more information, please contact individual colleges: