The MScAC program is entirely self-funded. Domestic students may be eligible for OSAP.
Guaranteed Graduate Funding
Currently, MSc and PhD tuition fees for 2014-2015 are $8,425.96.
The Department of Computer Science will ensure that all full-time MSc and PhD degree graduate students receive financial support to at least the basic departmental level, provided that they are making satisfactory progress in their graduate program.
A student who starts our program from a Bachelors degree will receive 60 months (5 years) of financial support. Of these 60 months, up to 17 months of support is provided to complete the Masters and 43 months of guaranteed support is provided to complete the PhD Students who enter the PhD program with a Master's degree from elsewhere will receive 48 months of financial support to complete the PhD
Students and prospective students wishing to obtain financial support must apply for all scholarships, fellowships, and bursaries for which they are eligible. Canadian and permanent resident students should apply to the Canadian and Ontario Government scholarship (NSERC and OGS, see below). Foreign students are expected to apply to their own government and national agencies, and for Government of Canada Scholarships available through the Canadian Embassy in their country. The Ontario Student Aid Program (OSAP) provides interest-free loans.
Students who win a major scholarship are no longer eligible for basic departmental support, since that support will now be provided by their scholarship. To ensure scholarship winners obtain a significant financial reward from their scholarship, the department will pay a top-up for scholarship holders who are within their guaranteed funding period.
Deadlines and procedures for application to all award competitions will be announced by email to all registered students as that information becomes available each year.
Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for these scholarships which are tenable at any Canadian university. Award recipients may start their scholarship in May, provided they are able to find a supervisor for the summer period preceding their registration.
NSERC application forms must be submitted to the Graduate Office of the Department of Computer Science. The call for applications and the departmental deadline will be announced by e-mail to all registered students in September. Consult the NSERC webpage www.nserc.gc.ca for further details.
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or students who have been admitted to Canada on a student visa are eligible. Preference is given to Ontario residents. As well, 60 scholarships will be awarded to students who have been admitted to Canada with a student visa. The call for applications and deadlines will be announced by e-mail to all registered students in late-September. OGS is tenable at any Ontario university. Application forms must be submitted to the Graduate Office of the Department of Computer Science. OGS webpage: https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/TCONT003465.html
The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) Program is designed to encourage excellence in science and technology graduate studies. The program is supported through funds provided by the Province of Ontario and raised by the University of Toronto. For more info visit the SGS website:http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/provincial.htm
Doctoral Thesis Completion Award (DCA)
This award is intended to help support Ph.D. students who are in their first year beyond the period of guaranteed funding and whose program cannot be completed within the funded years because of special features of the research program or because of unforeseen events such as loss of data, obstruction of access of research materials, etc. The DCA is available to both domestic and international students. Information and application forms are available at www.sgs.utoronto.ca.
Master’s Tuition Fee Bursary
A limited number of bursaries are available for master’s students for whom the minimum period of registration (i.e. program length) will have ended by or before either August or December and who have a small amount of work outstanding for the degree. The value of the bursary is equal to the difference between one session full-time fee and one session part-time fee. This tuition assistance is provided for only one session during the academic year. The form is available on the SGS web site, under Student Forms.
Fellowships from Other Agencies
Further details on awards from outside agencies are listed in the calendar of the School of Graduate Studies.
Department of Computer Science Awards
The department awards a number of scholarships. All students regardless of their legal status in Canada are eligible. Not all of these scholarships are awarded each year, as the available amount of funds for many of these depends on interest accrued from endowments. A single application for all of these scholarships will be due after NSERC and OGS recipients have been announced in early spring. A call for applications will be sent out by the Graduate Office in June. The award recipients will be selected by the Graduate Affairs Committee.
Acres Productive Technologies Inc. -- Joseph Yonan Memorial Fellowship
This scholarship is to be awarded to graduate students with academic excellence and financial need. Eligible students will be drawn from the DCS.
C.C. Gotlieb (Kelly) Graduate Fellowship in the Department of Computer Science
To be awarded on the basis of academic merit (research and course work) to an outstanding graduate student in any sub-discipline of Computer Science. Financial need may also be considered.
Robert E. Lansdale/Okino Computer Graphics Graduate Fellowship in dgp for the Department of Computer Science
To be awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science’s Dynamic Graphics Project on the basis of academic merit. Financial need may also be considered.
Platform Computing Graduate Fellowship in Computer Science
To be awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science on the basis of academic merit. Financial need may also be considered.
Ray Reiter Graduate Award in Computer Science
To be awarded on the basis of financial need to a graduate student in the area of Artificial Intelligence.
Monica Ryckman Bursary
The funds will be used for graduate students who are otherwise without support. Value is variable.
Provincial Government Loans
The Ontario Student Aid Program (OSAP) provides interest free loans to needy full-time students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Canadian students residing outside of Ontario may also apply for financial aid through their home province or territory. Part-Time M.Sc. students do not qualify for departmental funding and should apply for OSAP if for funding.
Visit the OSAP website for more information, phone 1-416-978-2190 ext.6285 or email email@example.com.
Ottawa expands Federal Skilled Worker Program to include international PhD students
In November 2011, the federal government announced that it intends to accept up to 1,000 foreign doctoral students annually as permanent residents through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. To be eligible for the program, applicants must have completed at least 2 years of study toward the attainment of a PhD, as well as remain in good academic standing at a provincially recognized PSE institution in Canada. Individuals who have recently graduated from a Canadian PhD program will also be eligible to apply, as long as they do so within 12 months following graduation. The government also announced Wednesday that Canada has welcomed its 10,000th permanent resident through the Canadian Experience Class immigration stream, which offers a pathway to permanent residency for international students and skilled and highly skilled temporary foreign workers.
Students in financial difficulty may wish to visit a Financial Counselor at the School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street. They can help with budgeting and may have access to various bursaries, grants, loans, etc. that would be sufficient to get a student through a rough financial situation.