Financial Support

Although the University’s final deadlines for admission to degree programs are late in the spring and early in the summer, the Classics Department strongly recommends submitting all applications by the departmental application deadline of December 15, 2016. The Department makes commitments of funding early in the Winter term, and we may be unable to admit to the PhD program or offer funding to students who apply after the departmental deadline.

Domestic students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) seeking admission to the Department’s graduate programs should also submit applications for external graduate fellowships such as the CGS-Masters, the CGS-Doctoral and SSHRC Doctoral fellowships, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).

International students will find information there about fellowships that are awarded during the admissions process.

The Minimum Funding Guarantee

The Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) offers guaranteed funding to our graduate students, with the exception of those who are in the first year of a two-year MA. The Department of Classics does, however, try its best to financially support MA-students during their first, unfunded year.

The current FAS minimum funding package covers tuition and incidental payments (health care, etc.) plus $15,000 CDN. The Department of Classics is committed to guaranteeing all newly admitted students a minimum of $18,500 CDN above tuition and incidentals. This is the minimum guaranteed to all students in the Funded Cohort.

The Funded Cohort consists of students enrolled in the following programs:

  • A five-year direct entry PhD program. Five years of funding are guaranteed, as long as students are in good standing.
  • A four-year PhD program, to which students are admitted with advanced standing. Admission with advanced standing normally requires an MA in Classics from the University of Toronto or a comparable program. Four years of funding are guaranteed, as long as students are in good standing.
  • A one-year MA program. One year of funding is guaranteed. This is a demanding program, for students follow the same program as direct-entry PhD students in their first year. It is ideal for students with a strong Classics background who want the best training in Classics, but who do not want to commit themselves to a PhD program (at the U of T or elsewhere).
  • Finally, students in our two-year MA program enter the Funded Cohort in their second year, if they have met the expectations in the first year (a mark of B+ in every course).

The $18,500 in a student’s funding package is derived from many sources:

  • UTF (University of Toronto Fellowship), straight financial support from FAS: this is the main source of support for most students
  • income from working as a Teaching Assistant (starting in year 1)
  • stipend as a Course Instructor (normally not before years 4 and 5)
  • income from working as a Research Assistant for a professor
  • departmental awards
  • any external award the student may win (SSHRC, OGS, Connaught, or any other major grant)

In order to maintain eligibility for the funding guarantee, students must maintain good standing and apply for external fellowships for which they are eligible. If a TA assignment forms part of the funding package for a student in a given year and the student declines the TA assignment, the funding guarantee for that year is reduced by the amount of the TA assignment. Only limited teaching assistantships are assigned to MA students and to students in their first year, but they form a larger part of the funding package offered to students in the four funded years following Year 1.

The minimum funding guarantee amounts to $18,500 above tuition, and the Department does not as a policy increase that guarantee when we make offers of admission. But the Department, being of a fair size, has various resources of its own (departmental grants, extra TA hours and teaching, Research Assistantships, etc.), and we work hard to improve the funding of our students. In 2015-2016 the average income above tuition for our students (both international and domestic) so far amounts to over $25,700. We hope to be able to continue this level of support in the coming years.

The Department also does its best to assist students in the first year of the two-year MA, so that financial considerations do not prevent qualified and talented students from enrolling. Many of our first-year MAs are supported by external fellowships: any domestic student can hold a Canada Graduate Scholarship at the Masters level (a CGS-M, value $17,500); and any Canadian student can apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000).

The Department also has some funds it can distribute to incoming students, and in the past we have been able to cover at least tuition for domestic students in this program, sometimes with the help of a small amount of Teaching Assistant income. We also endeavour to provide assistance to students in the years immediately following the years of guaranteed funding, usually through Teaching Assistantships and Course Instructorships, as well as the Doctoral Completion Award offered through the School of Graduate Studies.

External Fellowships

The two principal kinds of fellowship awarded by bodies outside the University are Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Government of Canada Masters and Doctoral fellowships and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.

  • Students in both the MA and PhD programs, and also undergraduates in their final year who intend to enter a master’s program in the following September, are eligible for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), whose value in 2015-2016 is $15,000. Students enrolled in the graduate program, whether Canadian or visa students, must apply. All those who intend to apply for entry to the program and who are eligible to do so, especially applicants at either level who are currently enrolled in another Ontario university, are most strongly urged to apply.
  • The Canada Graduate Scholarship (Masters), whose value in 2015-2016 is $17,500, may be held only by citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They may be held for one year only. Students in the first year of a two-year MA program may apply for funding for a second year; and current final-year undergraduates may apply for funding for a one-year MA.
  • The Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) is a three-year award worth $35,000 a year. Only students who are eligible for 3 years of funding are eligible for the CGS award. Applications are integrated with those for the SSHRC doctoral fellowships.
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) awards doctoral fellowships (whose value in 2015-2016 is $20,000) to outstanding candidates. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply. SSHRC Fellowships are renewable up to the fourth year of doctoral study.

Other major external awards can be discovered by consulting the School of Graduate Studies’ Scholarships & Awards information.

Departmental Awards

The Department endeavours to support students who travel to conferences to present papers. In past years we have been able to cover a substantial portion of the travel costs for at least one conference for each student who requested it. Information about travel grants is distributed early in the Spring term.

The Department also has a number of special awards, for which all eligible students are automatically considered:

  • P. Bickell Graduate Fellowship in Classics – Owing to the generosity of the J. P. Bickell Foundation, the Department makes annual awards totalling about $15,000 to one or more outstanding graduate students in Classics.
  • The Harry C. Maynard Scholarship – The trustees of the estate of Harry C. Maynard, who taught Classics for many years at the University of Toronto Schools, have generously established a scholarship for graduate students who are enrolled full-time in the Master of Arts program in Classical Studies at the University of Toronto and who are domiciled in Ontario. The value is regularly over $6,000. All eligible students will be considered by the department before a recommendation is made to the trustees.
  • The R. M. Smith Memorial Fellowship in Classics – This fellowship, worth approximately $5,000 per year, is in memory of the late R. M. Smith, Professor of Sanskrit.
  • The Woodbury Fellowship – This award was established by his children and donations, in memory of Professor Leonard Woodbury, who taught Greek in the University of Toronto for forty years. It provides an annual fellowship of about $2,000 for an outstanding student, usually at an advanced stage in the doctoral program.
  • Zbigniew Jarkiewicz Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is worth approximately $1,000.
  • The Andrew and Stephanie Vorres Scholarship – This award provides substantial financial assistance for students in Greek studies to enable them to travel to Greece to pursue an academic program. Restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Financial need may be considered. Application is made directly to the Departmental Chair.
  • The Norwood Traveling Fellowship – This award was established in memory of the late Gilbert Norwood of University College to help junior faculty and senior doctoral students to finance a year of research abroad. This award is open to doctoral students in most years.
  • The Robinson Fellowship – Doctoral students enrolled in the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy are eligible for the Robinson Fellowship in ancient philosophy, which increases the stipend and typically reduces the teaching obligations which are part of the basic funding package offered by the department. The value varies from year to year; there is no special application process as all eligible students are considered automatically.