The University of Toronto is the first Canadian University to offer a guaranteed level of financial support for graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees. It is the policy of the Graduate Department of English that all Ph.D. students will receive substantial financial support (at least $16,500 plus tuition and fees) through five years of study in the Ph.D. program, conditional on the student making satisfactory progress towards the degree. The Department offers University of Toronto Fellowships that consist of fellowship and teaching assistantship funding.
Funding for M.A. and doctoral fellowships may also come from outside the University of Toronto. These external awards are highly competitive. The two main external sources are the federal and provincial governments. At the federal level, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) administers two Doctoral scholarships and one Master’s, and at the provincial level, Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are available for both doctoral and master’s students. Continuing doctoral students must apply for external funding in order to retain their University of Toronto Fellowships.
Applying for fellowships/scholarships is a skill that is integral to a student’s intellectual training and professional development, and students are encouraged to consult with their peers and with faculty members about their proposals. Both the Department and the School of Graduate Studies offer workshops on scholarships and grant writing at the beginning of the academic year, and you are urged to attend at least one of these informative events. The requirements and the specific details on application submission change from year to year. Applications submitted are for the following academic year.
Information on granting agency programs on the School of Graduate Studies website: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Gov-Funded-Awards.aspx
For further information on external awards please contact the Director of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Assistant.
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The Summer Thesis Fellowship, Department of English
The Department of English is pleased to announce that the FAS program-level fellowship pool will be used to create a Summer Thesis Fellowship (PhD Year 4). This plan was developed based on a multi-stage consultation process with graduate students, graduate faculty, and graduate staff conducted through meetings with the Graduate English Association executive, the Graduate English Council, and an "open house" discussion for all graduate students and faculty, with email feedback also solicited and received.
The Summer Thesis Fellowship will be available by application to PhD Year 4 students (PhD U Year 5) to support a concentrated focus on dissertation progress during May through August of that year. Creating a "Milestone" on the path towards degree completion, it will provide a positive incentive to encourage timely completion of the doctoral dissertation. Applicants must be in good standing and have already completed at least one thesis chapter. The Thesis Fellowship may not be held in conjunction with summer teaching as a TA or Course Instructor in May to August of PhD Year 4 (PhD U Year 5). The yearly amount of program-level fellowship pool funds will be divided among eligible applications and will vary from year to year. The Fellowship is in addition to the year's UTF amounts, external scholarships, and any previously committed internal awards.
The Department of English will utilize the program-level fellowship pool to create a Summer Thesis Fellowship as described below.
The Summer Thesis Fellowship will be available by application to PhD Year 4 students (PhD U Year 5) to support a concentrated focus on dissertation progress during May through August of that year. Creating a "Milestone" on the path towards degree completion, it will create a positive incentive to encourage timely completion of the doctoral dissertation. Applicants must be in good standing and have already completed at least one thesis chapter. The Thesis Fellowship may not be held in conjunction with summer teaching as a TA or Course Instructor in May to August of PhD Year 4 (PhD U Year 5).
The full amount of the available Program-Level Fellowship Pool funds for the year will be divided among eligible applicants, with the number and value varying year by year. The Fellowship is in addition to the year's UTF amounts, external scholarships, and any previously committed internal awards.
Eligibility and application requirements:
PhD Year 4 (or PhD U Year 5): by application in January; supporting documents by March.
Students must have achieved candidacy in Year 3 (PhD U Year 4), be in good standing, and compliant with the FAS Terms and Agreement for fellowship support.
By the time of application, students must have completed a thesis chapter (minimum 30 ds pp, or 9,000 words, attested by the thesis committee to be a competent draft chapter).
The application requires a one-page plan of thesis work, including proposed writing, to be undertaken during the fellowship period.
Fellowship holders may not hold summer teaching during May to August of that year.
Fellows will submit a final report on thesis work completed at the end of their fellowships.
Priorities addressed and benefits anticipated:
(1) PhD "Milestone": The Summer Thesis Fellowship - with its focus on continued dissertation progress - will reinforce the PhD program's expectations of time to completion.
(2) Added funding: PhD Year 4 (PhD U 5) students holding these fellowships will receive a boost in funding at a time when average income tends to fall slightly (due to greater availability of external grants and recruitment funds in early PhD years). It will preclude the need for summer teaching.
(3) Availability of summer teaching appears to be falling in the Department, resulting in disappointed applicants. With fourth years holding Summer Thesis Fellowships, it may enhance available summer-teaching opportunities for other students seeking them.
Through its Doctoral Awards funding opportunity, SSHRC offers two types of funding for doctoral students:
Applicants apply for both awards by completing one application form. If you are eligible for both awards, SSHRC will automatically consider you for both.
Applications for doctoral awards at the federal level are open only to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who are either already enrolled in, or about to enter, a graduate degree program. Applications must be completed online, and a hardcopy, along with the attachments (letters of reference, transcripts, and program of study), is submitted to the English Department Graduate office by the Department deadline, which is much earlier than the date posted on the SSHRC website. Applications go through a rigorous ranking process both at a department level and at the School of Graduate Studies before selected applications are forwarded to Ottawa, where the final decisions are made. Visit the website the SSHRC website for more information about the adjudication process.
To apply for a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship or Canada Graduate Scholarship, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have completed a bachelor's degree (if you are applying to a direct entry PhD program), or be about to complete a master's degree in the humanities or social sciences, or be already pursuing a Ph.D. or equivalent or a combined M.A./Ph.D. at a Canadian university.
A SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship is currently valued at $20,000 per annum and is awarded for 1 – 4 years.
CGS - Doctoral scholarships, in the amount of $35,000 per annum, are awarded for a period of 3 years.
Visit the SSHRC website for more information (link below).
Use the link below for Supplemental Instructions specific to the Graduate Program in English.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
Students applying to the one- year MA program OR to the two-year MA in the Field of Creative Writing OR entering the second year of the MA CRW program, may apply for SSHRC CGS-Master’s awards. SSHRC has confirmed that both our MA programs are SSHRC CGS M–eligible. See the Supplemental Information below, and contact the Graduate Program office with any questions regarding program eligibility.
As of fall 2013, applicants for SSHRC GCS M funding must complete their entire application on-line using the new “tri-agency” application portal shared by three academic funding agencies.
The tentative date that the on-line application will be available to students is early September. To apply for a CGS- Master’s you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have completed or be about to complete a bachelor’s degree, or be enrolled in, or intend to apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master's or doctoral level at a Canadian university with a CGS M allocation.
You must be applying for full-time admission to an MA program in the humanities or social sciences in Canada, or be continuing full-time in such a program. You must have a first-class average (e.g. for U of T undergraduates, A minus or 3.7 GPA) in your last two years of completed study (full-time or the equivalent). You cannot have held previous CGS M funding. See the SSHRC website for further eligibility information.
Scholarships in the amount of $17,500 are awarded for a 12-month period and are non-renewable. Visit the SSHRC website for information and for the on-line application. Consult the Supplemental Information below for hints for understanding this new application system.
NB: Students applying for the SSHRC CGS-M will also need to upload scanned copies of OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to their CGS-M application. These students may contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly for assistance and more information.
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS-M.A./Ph.D.)
As of the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of Toronto has been responsible for the adjudication of the OGS awards held at U of T and has a centralized online application available via the School of Graduate Studies website (link below). If you are a current student, your OGS application is made via this School of Graduate Studies website. If you are a student seeking admission, you submit an OGS application to each university for which you are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable from one university to another.
Master's students are allowed to receive the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for a maximum of two years. The award is available during either one or both of the first two academic years (12-month periods) of a master’s degree program, but not after the second year. OGS awards are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student. In addition, OGS guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS and another government-funded award concurrently.
Doctoral students may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years, and are subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student. In addition, OGS guidelines restrict students to a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded awards and prohibit students from holding an OGS and another government-funded award concurrently.
Applications for awards at the provincial level are primarily for citizens or permanent residents of Canada residing in Ontario, who are either already enrolled in, or are about to enter, a graduate degree program full-time, and who study or plan to study at a university in Ontario.
However, a small number of awards are available to visa students. Applicants holding or who will be holding a student visa are eligible to apply following the same application process and internal deadlines set by their current or proposed graduate unit. Graduate units will select and forward a limited number of applications to the School of Graduate Studies to compete in a centralized adjudication of visa-student applications.
Applicants are usually notified about the result of their application by mid-April.
Applications must be completed online and hard copies of transcripts must be submitted to the English Graduate office (note exemptions as listed on the SGS OGS website; see link below). Applications must be uploaded to the SGS OGS application form by the departmental deadline. Please also pay close attention to the supplemental Instruction is specific to the Graduate Program in English.
OGS awards are worth $15,000 and are distributed as $5000 per term for three consecutive terms. Renewals are not automatic; reapplication is required.
Teaching Assistantships (Ph.D.)
Doctoral students entering or currently registered in the Ph.D. program are eligible for Teaching Assistantships. A substantial number of assistantships are appointed each year. Most appointments are for 170-190 hours per academic year, but the number of hours may vary below or above these figures. Students must apply for these appointments.
Application forms are available from Mariam Irshad in Room 602, 170 St. George Street. Because TAships are dependent on undergraduate enrolment, they cannot be finalized until late summer or early fall. For more information on the Departmental TA hiring policies, please see the Teaching Assistant Handbook (below).