Although, as a professional masters program, the TRP does not offer guaranteed stipends, students are expected to learn how to seek and apply for both project and individual funding. During the program, students are encouraged to seek funded research and teaching opportunities, provided with information and assistance on grants and awards and taught to integrate budgeting and grant applications as part of their Capstone projects.
OTHER SOURCES OF INDIVIDUAL FUNDING
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. An OGS is awarded for one academic year, which may consist of two or three consecutive terms. The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term. One-term awards are not granted. A total of 2,000 Scholarships will be awarded annually. Of these, 60 scholarships will be awarded to students who have received a temporary resident visa as a member of the student class under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) (Referred to as ‘Temporary Resident Visa Student Class”).
Value: $15,000/year or $5,000/term
Application Procedure: Application are completed through the OGS website and submitted to the IMS office
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
CIHR awards are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in health sciences. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master’s or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGS will be offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master’s and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students to apply.
Value: CGS Masters ($17,500/year) and PGS Masters ($17,300/year)
Application Procedure: Applications are completed through the NSERC website and submitted to the IMS office. Students may only apply to one council (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC) in a given year.
Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS)
NSERC IPS awards allow graduate students in natural sciences and engineering to gain valuable research experience in an industrial setting while completing their graduate degree. Students do most of their research on campus, but also spend at least 20% of their time working at a company on research related to their thesis.
Value: $15,000 plus a company contribution of $6,000/year
Application Procedure: Contact Awards Officer Kristen Harshman-Best for more information on application prodecure and deadlines (t: 416-978-8260)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
SSHRC programs aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly-qualified personal by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.
Application Procedure: Applications are completed through the SSHRC website and submitted to the IMS office. Students may only apply to one council (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC) in a given year.
Teaching Assistantships are a good way to build experience and supplement income during your program. Students are not encouraged to TA for more than 10 hours per week as this may slow down program progress. Teaching Assistanships for TRP courses are posted on the Website as they become available but are generally reserved for second year students who have already completed the classes they are supporting. TA’s are usually hired for MSC 1000, MSC 1003, MSC 2021 and MSC4000, but this is subject to enrollment and need. As neither IMS nor TRP currently have undergraduate programs, students interested in TAs may pursue opportunities across campus. If you need help looking for TA opportunities, come talk to the TRP team. CUPE3902 is the teaching assistants union at UofT; their website provides additional information on terms and conditions of employment, benefits, pay rates, etc.
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- Faculty of Medicine Graduate Affairs Office – many OSOTF, OGSST awards
- Instant payday loan – payday loan lender established in 2010 by a crowd of qualified professionals
- School of Graduate Studies Awards Office – bursaries, SGS awards, loans, OSAP, financial counseling
- Postgraduate Medical Education Office – awards for UofT residents and MDs from other Universities
- Community of Science Funding Database
- Faculty of Medicine Research Office – links to the UofT funding databases, Community of Science database, and information on application procedures