University of Toronto Fellowships
The University of Toronto Fellowships program seeks to provide all students in the funded cohort with a funding package that will include a minimum basic stipend and fees. In 2015-2016 the funded cohort in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations will include all doctoral stream students in Ph.D. 1-5 who meet the eligibility requirements of the School of Graduate Studies – University of Toronto NMC Departmental Award Policy. It also includes students who have been offered direct entry from the bachelor’s degree to the Ph.D. program. The package will be guaranteed for up to five years on the condition that eligibility requirements as outlined in the Awards Policy are met. The package will be made up of a variety of components such as major external awards (e.g. SSHRC, OGS), major internal awards (e.g. Connaught), Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and University of Toronto Fellowships. By accepting this funding package students are also applying for a Teaching Assistantship allocated by the Department according to its needs. Students applying for admission to the doctoral stream of the Graduate Program in the Department will automatically be considered for funding as will continuing students offered direct entry to the Ph.D. program. Please note that M.A. students are not included in the funded cohort. Therefore, M.A. students should seek funding from other sources.
There is no restriction on citizenship or status in Canada. All students in the funded cohort are eligible as long as they meet the requirements of the SGS/UofT/NMC Award Policy. Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to the Graduate Administrator.
Despite the fact that the University has significantly increased its level of graduate student support, the Department nevertheless strongly recommends that all incoming students seek funding from other sources. Students are encouraged to have a financial plan for completion of their studies.
Students with an A- or better annual standing, who meet the eligibility requirements, must apply for external awards (SSHRC, OGS) in order to be considered for a University of Toronto Fellowship.
The new Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students will be comparable to the Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships, with an effective value of $35,000 per annum. For newly-admitted international students entering the funded cohort in a doctoral program, the Connaught Fund will provide the difference between the international tuition fee and the domestic tuition fee, and will “top-up” the additional funding to bring it to $35,000 from $15,000 or the normal minimum in the graduate unit, whichever is the larger. Candidates are nominated by the Department and are selected in the School of Graduate Studies competition. Each Scholarship will continue in the same form throughout the normal period in the funded cohort (4 or 5 years).
For other internal awards, please refer to
Fellowships and Scholarships: External Awards
The major external competitions are those of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSD) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS).
Recommendations to external agencies are made by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and implemented by the Graduate Coordinator in accordance with School of Graduate Studies-University of Toronto-NMC Departmental Award Policy.
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Masters (CGSM)
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) offers Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) that provide financial support to outstanding graduate students pursuing Masters studies in a Canadian university. Canada Graduate Scholarships for Masters studies are valued at $17,500 for 12 months. The SSHRC CGSM is non-renewable. The SSHRC CGSM is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Please visit the SSHRC site www.sshrc.ca for further information.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Candidates eligible for this award must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a doctoral program. Students beyond Ph.D. 4 are not eligible to apply. The value of the award for 2015-2016 is $20,000. The Graduate Affairs Committee of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations ranks applicants on the basis of academic merit and submits its recommendations to the School of Graduate Studies which vets the applications and makes suggestions for improvements before selecting the top applications from all departments to forward to the SSHRC. A committee composed of members (constituted by the SSHRC) drawn from various universities makes the funding decisions.
Application forms for SSHRC doctoral fellowships are available electronically from the SSHRC website: www.sshrc.ca. Applicants from outside the University of Toronto should apply through their home departments or directly to SSHRC in Ottawa.
Canada Graduate Scholarships
SSHRC offers Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) that provide financial support to outstanding graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. Canada Graduate Scholarships for Doctoral studies are valued at $35,000 for 36 months. The SSHRC CGSD is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Please visit the SSHRC site www.sshrc.ca or its FAQ sheet for further information on either of the above award programs.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
The Government of Ontario provides a number of these scholarships, the value of which in 2015-2016 is approximately $15,000. Most awards are reserved for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are residents of Ontario. Nevertheless, a number of awards are given to candidates with visa status. The Graduate Affairs Committee of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations ranks a student on the basis of academic merit and submits its recommendations to the School of Graduate Studies. Students in the Ph.D. program must apply for an OGS. Students in the final year of their master’s program who intend to commence a Ph.D. program in the following September are eligible to apply for an OGS.
Applications are available in early September. Further information, as well as application forms, may be found at http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Ontario-Graduate-Scholarship.aspx
School of Graduate Studies Travel Grants
The University provides travel grants on a competitive basis to doctoral students in the humanities to conduct thesis research or study outside of Canada. This award is open to domestic and international students: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/travel.htm#tgrant
The University of Toronto Funding Resources
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Teaching Assistantships (TAships)
The Department aims to provide a number of Teaching Assistantship opportunities to doctoral students each year. Teaching Assistantships will be included in funding packages for students who are in Ph.D. years 1-5 and will be allocated by the Department according to its needs. Doctoral students once hired, are entitled to four additional contracts under the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. Students beyond Ph.D. year 5 are also eligible for TAships.
The number and kind of Teaching Assistantships available depend on the needs of the Department, the availability of qualified applicants, the number of entitlements that are open, and funding.
Notices of available TAships are posted in early spring and throughout the summer. Potential candidates should submit a curriculum vitae (c.v.) along with a covering letter to the Chair of the Department. Decisions regarding TAships are made by the Chair in consultation with faculty members in the Department, but are dependent on available positions and funding. TAships available in other departments for which NMC students are invited to apply will also be posted. The Collective Agreement between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3902 governs the hiring of Teaching Assistants. Decisions are communicated to the candidate by the Chair.
Please note that your pay statement is available online through the Online Pay Statement System at http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/resources/ess/opsafnae.htm
SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FELLOWSHIPS – NMC DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS POLICY
Academic merit will be determined on the basis of grade point average or reasonable progress in the program after the completion of course work as determined by the Academic Advisor, Dissertation Supervisor, and the Dissertation Committee. The award criteria apply to regular awards as well as to special awards, including the Dissertation Fellowship and the International Recruitment Award (IRA). No separate application for either the regular or special awards is required.
1. There is no restriction based on citizenship or status in Canada.
2. Students beyond the fifth year of a doctoral program (i.e. beyond Ph.D. year 5) are not eligible to hold a University of Toronto Fellowship.
3. Academic merit will constitute the single criterion for the award of University of Toronto Fellowships to otherwise eligible students. New students must have an A- average or better in the final years of their previous program at the University of Toronto, or its equivalent from an approved university. Current University of Toronto Fellowship holders must maintain a minimum annual standing of A- or be deemed to be making satisfactory progress towards the degree for which they are registered as determined by the Graduate Affairs Committee in consultation with the Advisor, Supervisor, and Dissertation Committee as the case may be.
4. The renewability of an award is dependent on the maintenance of the minimum annual standing or an assessment of satisfactory progress in the program as well as on the graduate student financial support budget available to the Department in a given year.
5. Students with an A- or better annual standing must apply for external awards in order to be considered for a University of Toronto Fellowship.
6. Where programs exist that can be followed on a part-time basis, graduate students with a disability, which prevents them from enrolling on a full-time basis, may be considered for a University of Toronto Fellowship on the basis of academic merit under certain circumstances. For this purpose, disability is defined under the Human Rights Code, Chapter 53, Section 9 (1). (b). To be eligible, students must provide the department with a letter from the Director of Special Services to Persons with a Disability confirming that part-time study is de facto full-time study for the student.
Terms of Award
1. Status in Program. With the exception noted in paragraph 6 above, students must be registered as a full-time degree candidate in order to hold the award. Students who fail to maintain at least an A- average or satisfactory progress towards the degree for which they are registered as determined by the graduate unit will forfeit subsequent installments of their award. Students must be in full-time attendance for a minimum of fourteen weeks in any term during which they hold an award. If absence is to exceed four weeks in any term, students must apply through the Department for off-campus approval.
2. Dual Registration. Students dually registered in the third year of a master’s program and first year of Ph.D. must complete the master’s program by the required deadline to retain their doctoral fellowship.
3. Remuneration from Other Sources. University of Toronto Fellowships will normally be adjusted for recipients who subsequently receive a major external award, e.g. SSHRC/OGS, etc.
Award payments to students are made 2 or 3 times a year, in September, January and May. Fees are not deducted from the September award installment except in cases where a student has arrears. January and May award installments will be posted to the student’s fees account and automatically put towards tuition and/or any outstanding charges.
Depending on the value of the award you are receiving, it will be paid in one, two, or three installments. For those receiving a tuition scholarship from the department, the award will be credited towards your fee account in one or two installments.
Students may check the award offer letter (if applicable), or the individual award program information available in this website to find more about the “terms and conditions” of their award (www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/awards.htm).
Students must keep their address current on ROSI.