The Centre for Comparative Literature provides a base funding package to PhD students of at least $18,000 plus tuition and fees, per year for four and a half years. MA students receive half of this funding package.  International (“visa”) students will be provided with additional funding to cover the international fee differential and UHIP (Health Insurance). This funding package may be made up from a variety of sources including external awards such as SSHRC, OGS, CIHR or NSERC scholarships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships and other U of T funding.If you submit your application before January 15 for full-time study in one of our programs, you will be assured of consideration for financial support. Later applications will be considered if funds are still available.

Awards for Indigenous Students

As of fall 2019, one award of $10,000. on top of the basic funding package will be offered to an Indigenous student enrolling for the one-year MA program at the Centre for Comparative Literature.

As of fall 2019, one award of $10,000. per year for 4.5 years will be offered to an Indigenous student enrolling for the PhD program at the Centre for Comparative Literature.



The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. An Ontario Graduate Scholarship 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. Thus, you may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms. One-term awards are not granted. The province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of this amount and the university provides one-third.

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” in this document).

For more information: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Ontario-Graduate-Scholarship.aspx


SSHRC is Canada’s federal funding agency for university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. Created as an independent body by Parliament in 1977, it reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry As a key national research funding agency, SSHRC helps to continually build the human knowledge and skills Canada needs to improve the quality of its social, economic and cultural life. More specifically, SSHRC:

  • supports high-quality research and research
    training that help us both to understand the evolving nature of the
    society we live in and to address emerging challenges and
    opportunities more effectively;
  • helps put the benefits of research to work by
    promoting the transfer of knowledge among researchers, research
    partners, policy makers and other stake holders within Canadian

SSHRC’s funding programs provide support for:

  • Basic research (by individual researchers and
    research teams) to develop new theories and better research
    approaches/methods; to advance fundamental knowledge of human
    nature/behavior and of social, economic, cultural and intellectual
  • Targeted research (by multidisciplinary teams
    and research networks) to focus concerted, problem-solving
    attention on intellectual, social, economic, or cultural issues of
    particular interest or concern to Canada;
  • Advanced research training at the doctoral
    and postdoctoral level to help supply social sciences and
    humanities expertise at Canadian universities, in government and in
    various sectors of our economy;
  • Research communication and knowledge transfer
    to promote the use of knowledge generated by Canada’s researchers
    and scholars.

Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may apply for and receive SSHRC funding. The value of this award is approximately $35,000 per annum for 3 years.

For more information go to the SSHRC website

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