Department of English

University of Toronto

Doctoral Completion Award (DCA)


The DCA is available for doctoral students in the first year beyond the funded cohort.  Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply and should submit their application to the Graduate Administrator by the appropriate deadline (as announced on the student gradlist).  The value of the award is determined by available funds each year.

In order to apply for the DCA you must:

  1. be a full-time registered PhD student exiting the funded cohort (entering year 6)
  2. be ABD with all requirements completed except the dissertation
  3. be in good standing as defined by the Department of English and SGS
  4. have a "progress is satisfactory" report on file from your supervisory committee for the current academic year (2020-21)
  5. not hold a a major internal or external award/funding (exceeding $10 000) for the year which the DCA applies


If the value of the DCA in the relevant year exceeds the value of a Jackman Junior Fellowship (JJF) held by an international PhD candidate, the student will receive the difference.

Students may apply only ONCE for the DCA in the first year beyond the funded cohort (i.e entering Year 6) with the following exception:

Note: Phd U students applying a second time must submit ONE NEW chapter with their second application. 

In order to take up the award in the fall you must have completed two chapters (or the equivalent) of the dissertation or, for PhDU students applying for the first time, one chapter (or the equivalent). These chapters (single spaced and double sided) are to be submitted digitally via email to BOTH the Graduate Administrator AND to the DGS by 1 August (or the next business day if 1 August falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday).  This is a hard deadline so your award payment can be processed in a timely manner for the September awards cheque run.  

NOTE: Students who defend and submit their final dissertation to SGS T-Space by 15th September for fall graduation are ineligible to receive the fall portion of the DCA instalment or 15th January (approx. dates) for spring graduation are ineligible to receive the winter and summer DCA instalments. Once SGS receives the final dissertation, the student is FINCA (financially cancelled) and is no longer a registered student.

The DCA APPLICATION FORM (click preceding link to download) should be completed, printed, signed, and submitted digitally to Tanuja Persaud, Graduate Administrator,, by the appropriate deadline. Please feel free to contact the DGS or Tanuja Persaud with any questions about your application. 

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