All graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry receive guaranteed funding as outlined in the Faculty of Medicine Harmonized Base Funding Agreement, which is structured as a living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees. The base funding agreement is reviewed on an annual basis in order to determine the living allowance. Students can choose to have stipends paid by direct bank deposit or a mailed cheque.

Stipends 2020-2021

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M.Sc. Students

Domestic Students: $28,403.74
(living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees)

International Students: $47,873.74
(living allowance plus tuition, incidental fees and University Health Insurance Plan [UHIP])

Ph.D. Students (and Direct-entry PhD AFTER Qualifying exam)

Domestic Students: $30,687.02
(living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees)

International Students: $31,407.02
(living allowance plus domestic rate tuition, incidental fees and University Health Insurance Plan [UHIP])

Direct-entry Ph.D. Students (Before Qualifying exam)

Domestic Students: $28,403.74
(M.Sc. living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees)

International Students: $29,123.74
(M.Sc. living allowance plus domestic rate tuition, incidental fees and University Health Insurance Plan [UHIP])

For full details click here for the current Faculty of Medicine Harmonized Base Funding Agreement

In the 2020-2021 Faculty of Medicine Harmonized Base Funding Agreement, all awards that require student applications are eligible for a top-up.  (List of Awards Eligible for Top-Up)

The top-up amounts are as follows:

AWARD AMOUNT TOP-UP*
$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 will not be deducted from the base funding.
Between $2,001 to $9,999 (cumulative awards) Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding.
Between $10,000 to $15,000 (cumulative awards) Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $3,000 top-up over their base funding.
Over $15,000 (cumulative awards $15,001 and up) Award goes towards the base funding and student receives a $4,000 top-up over their base funding.
*NOTE
  • Within an academic year (or 12 months period), the total cumulative top-up maximum is $4,000.  That is, if a student holds an award of $5,000 and another award of $17,500, their total top-up is $4,000
  • The top-up is only provided in amounts of $2,000, $3,000 or $4,000 per year (does ot exceed 12 months) and is added above the base funding amount
  • A Student, who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and maximum top-up of $4,000, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for these award(s)
  • 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
  • Top-up eligibility excludes University of Toronto Fellowship (e.g. UTF Open), Doctoral Completion Awards, travel awards, and bursaries