The Centre for Comparative Literature provides a base funding package to PhD students of at least $$20,000 plus tuition and fees, per year for five years. International (“visa”) students will be provided with additional funding to cover the international fee differential and UHIP (Health Insurance). The amount of the funding package that can be counted towards work in 2023-24 will be $7,755. The PhD funding package may be made up from a variety of sources including external awards such as SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships and other U of T funding. If you submit your application for full-time doctoral study before December 15 you will be assured consideration for financial support.

The International student fees for the MA program as of the 2023-24 Academic Year is $31,659.96. This includes tuition at $28,900, incidental fees at $2,003.96 and UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) at $756. The domestic fees for the MA program as of the 2023-24 Academic Year is $8,213.96. This includes tuition at $6,210.00, and incidental fees at $2,003.96.

MA students are not eligible for a funding package but may be offered entrance scholarships available to both domestic and international students who are accepted into the MA program. Applicants to the MA program who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are strongly urged to apply for funding from SSHRC for an MA Scholarship (CGS-M), a one-year award that will cover tuition and provide funds for living expenses as well. If you will not be enrolled at a Canadian institution that fall, you can submit your application directly to SSHRC.  More information about the CGS-M Scholarships can be found here 

Please note that the deadline for submission of CGS-M applications to the Centre is around December 1. Please check with our office in the fall for the exact date.

Awards for Indigenous and Black Students

As of fall 2019, one award of $10,000 will be offered to an Indigenous or Black 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 5 years will be offered to an Indigenous or Black 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

Further Information: Fellowships & Loans University of Toronto 63 St. George Street Toronto, ON Canada, M5S 2Z9 Tel: (416) 978-2379 Fax: (416) 978-4367


The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offerPlease click here for more details about CGS M.



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updated: June 26, 2023