Graduate Stipends

Fundamental Immunology Program (2019-2020)

The University of Toronto policy is that doctoral graduate students must receive minimum stipends during the normal graduate degree program duration, as outlined in the Graduate Unit's Funding Policy. If such support is not derived completely from external and internal fellowships or awards, then it is expected that the supervisor will provide the balance of support.

The Immunology Department has the policy that all fundamental students are to be supported at the level prescribed by the Faculty of Medicine (see below). Payment of the stipend is the responsibility of the supervisor. The stipend is usually derived both from external awards to the student and from grants to the supervisor.

Stipend Totals


Domestic Stipend

International Stipend

MSc Students 






Please note: Starting in Fall 2018, all international PhD students will be subject to the domestic tuition rate. Therefore, stipends for international PhD students will be that of domestic PhD students, plus UHIP fees. International MSc students will remain subject to international tuition rates and therefore, their stipends will not change.

Top-up Practices

All awards that require student applications are eligible for a top-up from their supervisor or graduate unit. The top-up amounts are as follows:

Award amount


$0.00 to $2,000

There will be no top-up but the student gets to keep the award(s), up to a combined maximum of $2,000. The amount of the award wil not be deducted from the base funding.

Between $2,001 to $15,000 (cumulative awards)

Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding. 

Over $15,000 (cumulative awards)

Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $4,000 top-up over their base funding. 

* Note:

  • Within an academic year, the total cumulative top-up maximum is $4,000. That is, if a student holds an award between $2,001 to $15,000 and also an award over $15,000, their total top-up is $4,000.
  • Top-up eligibility excludes University of Toronto Fellowship (e.g, UTF Open), Doctoral Completion Awards, and bursaries.
  • Payment of top-ups will occur annually for the duration of the award. Thereafter, the student will revert back to the appropriate base graduate student funding package amount.
  • A student, who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and top-up, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for these award(s).

Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF) Awards

Students who receive funding from needs-based/merit awards, such as OSOTFs are required to consider such funds as part of their total stipend. See above for top-up policy.


Bursaries, such as the SGS Emergency Grant, which assists students with sudden and unexpected financial need are not part of the total stipend outlined above. A student is, therefore, eligible to retain the entire amount of such an award. 

Funding Term

In general, provided that he/she remains “in good standing”, a student will be funded for the duration of his/her program. Funding is guaranteed for 2 years for MSc students. For PhD students funding is guaranteed for a minimum of 5 years. 

As appropriate, once the supervisory committee has agreed that the student has completed all necessary experiments needed for writing his/her thesis, an MSc student will have a maximum of 4 months and a PhD student a maximum of 6 months in which to prepare the thesis and schedule a defense. The student will continue to be paid the total stipend during this period. If the defense is not scheduled within the four or six months, respectively, as described above, the student must apply to the Chair and/or Graduate Coordinator for an extension. 

If the thesis writing phase is very prolonged, the continuation of funding is not guaranteed, but is at the discretion of the supervisor and Department.

  • Funding will be pro-rated to the number of months the student is registered in the 12-month academic year. 
  • Salary earned as a Teaching Assistant is not part of the Graduate Student stipend in the Faculty of Medicine. 
  • It is strongly recommended that supervisors not employ their own students for duties related or unrelated to thesis research as conflict of interest between employee and employer falls outside the mandate of the student-supervisor relationship. 
  • Students are expected to compete for all relevant awards from external agencies such as CIHR, OGS, NSERC, SSHRC, charitable foundations, as well as awards internal to the University including QEII-GSST and OSOTF awards. Indicate the awards applied to for the current academic year.

Applied Immunology Program

Students with Advanced Standing in the Applied Immunology program will recieve a $5,000 stipend at the start of their first summer term.

Students with Standard Entry in the Applied Immunology program will receive a total of $10,000 in stipends over the course of their 2 year program ($5,000 at the beginning of each September).

Additionally, Ontario students are eligible for tuition grants via OSAP.