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Graduate Funding and Awards

Graduate Funding

Students enrolled in the MA and PhD programs receive a financial assistance package based on a combination of components (e.g., scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships). Currently, the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science offers students in good academic standing a guaranteed minimum funding package of $21,000 plus tuition and incidental fees each year for a total of 6 years (2 MA years and 4 PhD years). Beyond the guaranteed minimum funding package, prospective and current students are highly encouraged to apply for all external funding sources for which they are eligible. 

Graduate Awards

The School of Graduate Studies Graduate Awards Office is pleased to provide a summary of 2020-21 significant dates and deadlines pertaining to the upcoming award competitions. Please be reminded that dates contained within this document may be subject to change prior to the release of an Award Announcement finalizing the details of the award.

Detailed information on how to apply to any of the tri-council funding agencies (SSHRC, NSERC & CIHR) for the CGS-M program via the new common online application portal can be found in this memo.

The most competitive applicants will have applied for a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) using the Research Portal website, which is used for applications to all three federal agencies (CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC). In your application, you must indicate the tri-council agency most appropriate to the research that you propose to carry out with at least one of the faculty in this program (see our Core Clinical Faculty and Associate Members page). To determine whether your research is eligible for an award from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC, please see visit the Guidelines for the Eligibility of Applications in Psychology.


Guidelines for the Eligibility of Applications in Psychology

In addition to the above mentioned guidelines for research related to health, applicants should consider the following guidelines in their decision to apply to a federal granting agency if their research is in the field of psychology:

  • SSHRC considers eligible applications within the broad areas of social, industrial, developmental, personality and educational psychology. SSHRC also considers eligible proposals related to theory and methods in these areas. SSHRC does not support clinically-oriented research, with a health intent or research involving clinical trials. 
  • NSERC considers eligible applications that relate to fundamental psychological processes, their underlying neural mechanisms, their development within individuals, and their evolutionary and ecological context. Fundamental processes are understood to include:
    • Sensation and perception;
    • Sensorimotor integration;
    • Motivation, emotion and reward;
    • Learning and memory;
    • Cognition and language;
    • Sleep, arousal and the chronobiological modulation of behaviour; and,
    • Statistical methods for analysis of psychological data.

NSERC does not support clinically-oriented research.

CIHR supports all research in psychology that has direct relevance to or ultimate impact on human health.

If you are interested in conducting research solely with one or more Core Clinical Faculty Members (i.e., Bagby, Fournier, Ruocco, Segal, Uliaszek, and/or Zakzanis), you should indicate either the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSCHRC) in your CGS application. If you are interested in co-supervision by a Core Clinical Faculty Member and an Associate Member (i.e., Erb, Inzlicht, Ito or Lee), your research may be eligible for an NSERC CGS. You are encouraged to contact your prospective supervisor(s) if you require assistance when preparing your award application and determining under which tri-council agency your proposed research may fall. For more information about the CGS program, please visit the NSERC website ( Please note that although the CGS program guidelines are located on the NSERC website, this information is relevant to all three agencies (CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC).


Other Scholarships Administered by SGS:

Throughout the academic year, the School of Graduate Studies sends out award announcements as their application deadlines approach. The award postings are also listed on the SGS website at ( and the ulife website ( Specific questions regarding awards administered by the School of Graduate Studies should be directed to:

Graduate Awards Office, School of Graduate Studies
63 St. George Street, Room 202
University of Toronto M5S 2Z9
Tel: 416-946-0808, Fax: 416 971-2864,

The following is a list of resources that you may find helpful:
Graduate Awards Office webpage
SGS Events
Complete listing of Scholarships & Awards
Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program
Government Sponsored Student Loans

Internal Funding Opportunity for Conferences

GD-PCS will provide one Conference Grant valued at up to $300 to each student for each of their MA and PhD degrees while resident at UTSC. These funds are meant to support travel and registration at academic conferences and should be supplemental to funds provided by your supervisor(s) and existing university resources (i.e. UTSC Graduate Student Travel Grant, SGS Conference Grant, UTGSU Conference Bursary).

Students can request access to the grant before receiving acceptance to present at the conference but will only be reimbursed upon proof of attendance and proof of presentation acceptance. Requests should be made to early in the academic year and no later than the second week of December.

**UPDATE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS** The total value of the grant can be used towards registration at multiple virtual conferences. 

In order to receive the conference grant funds, students must:

  • be in good academic standing
  • be attending a conference which is taking place during active full time registration in the associated degree
  • be presenting research at an academic conference
  • provide proof of presentation acceptance at conference
  • provide proof of conference attendance
  • complete the internal reimbursement form and append only original receipts (eligible expenses include registration fees, transportation, accommodation and meals)
  • be compliant with U of T safety abroad procedures prior to all travel outside of Canada