Master's Completion Bursary (MCB)
Student Deadline to SGS:
Fall 2017 competition: January 31, 2018
Winter 2018 competition: April 30, 2018
*Please see below for more important dates.
Value & Duration:
Reduces full-time fees to part-time fees for final session
Level of Study:
Required Legal Status:
Domestic or international
End of February 2018 (Fall competition) or end of May 2018 (Winter competition)|
The Master's Completion Bursary (MCB) was formerly named the Master's Tuition Fee Bursary (MTFB). The MCB is a financial aid program aimed to assist masters students who must register beyond the program length required for their degree, in order to complete a minimal amount of work remaining due to unanticipated factors beyond their control.
You are eligible for the MCB if:
You were unable to complete your master's degree by the program length due to factors that were
beyond your control;
Your remaining academic requirements to be completed during the final session were
minimal and completed by the required deadline. Minimal work includes the following:
thesis based programs: final thesis (this must be defended
and submitted to the ProQuest digital library repository OR Major Research Paper/Project (MRP) submitted to department on or before
November 9, 2017 (Fall applicants) or
March 6, 2018 (winter applicants);
course based programs: 0.5 course, project, paper or language exam (this must be completed within the final registered session)
You are beyond the program length required for your degree, and the program length must have ended:
You are still within the
time limit for your degree;
You have been registered full-time from the beginning of your program (i.e. no part-time registration, leave of absence or program transfers);
You did not receive or received minimal funding for the additional session; and
You are currently registered full-time in your final session before graduation.
NOTE: Students who transfer to programs are not eligible for the MCB.
Complete sections 1, 2, and 4 of the
MCB application form.
Have sections 3 and 5 completed by the supervisor and graduate unit.
Obtain any necessary letters or documents (such as medical note and letter of support from graduate unit).
Submit the completed application with all supporting documentation to the Graduate Awards Office in person or by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org within two weeks of completing the degree requirements or application deadline date, whichever is earlier.
Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria:
Were the factors preventing the applicant from completing the program within the usual program length
beyond the applicant's control? (See
application instructions for examples).
Was the amount of outstanding work required to complete all degree requirements
minimal, and were all degree requirements completed and recorded prior to the relevant SGS deadline(s)?
Was funding already provided to the applicant during the final session of registration (e.g., fellowships, scholarships,OSAP, TA/RA-ships)?
Has the applicant met all other eligibility requirements?
Contacts & Resources
See FAQs for more details.
Doctoral Completion Award (DCA)
The aim of the Doctoral Completion Award (DCA) is to support full-time PhD and SJD students who are beyond the funded cohort and within the time limit for the degree.
Students who have experienced a delay in their program due to unfortunate personal circumstances should refer to the emergency grant program (details below).
Visit the SGS
Doctoral and Postdoctoral Awards page for more information on the DCA.
The DCA is administered by individual graduate units. Be sure to check with your home unit about applying.
SGS Emergency Grant
The emergency grant program aims to assist currently registered, full-time graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency. The grant is intended to help provide immediate short-term relief of such financial need and it not intended as a source of long-term funding. Students should also consult the information on
SGS Emergency Loans which may be appropriate depending on the situation.
All graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency are encouraged to meet with a Financial Advisor to discuss options and determine eligibility. Basic eligibility criteria for an SGS emergency grant are listed below. More detailed information can be found on the
Registered full-time in the School of Graduate Studies;
Normally have applied to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or other government student aid programs and received an OSAP Notice of Assessment; and
Have encountered an unanticipated serious financial emergency along with a demonstrated financial need.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Students (OISE students should apply to the OISE Bursary Program)
Students deemed by
OSAP as having sufficient resources
Non-degree students and part-time students
Programs ineligible for
UTAPS (visit the
Enrolment Services website for more details)
When completing the financial section of the grant application, students should take note of the following list of eligible and ineligible expenses. More detailed information can be found on the
- Rent & Living Expenses
- Debt servicing
- Child care expenses
- Travel due to a death or terminal illness in the family
- Health care and emergency dental care expenses
- Exceptional unanticipated expenses
- Debts and obligations
- Tuition and program-related expenses
- Support for partner or family expenses
- Delays resulting from research and supervision complications
All graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency are encouraged to meet with a Financial Advisor and asked to fill out the Financial Information Sheet before the appointment.
Students should submit the completed grant application form and required documentation (e.g. OSAP notice of Assessment) together with any other relevant additional documents (e.g., letter from supervisor/advisor) to the SGS Graduate Awards Office at 63 St. George Street. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. (July and August hours are 9:30 am to 4:00 pm).
Students can apply for an emergency grant at any time throughout the year. Before applying, we encourage students to discuss their needs with someone from their home department, such as their supervisor or their graduate coordinator. They may be able to help with other sources of financial assistance and/or provide useful advice.
Students may normally only apply for an emergency grant once per academic year. In exceptional circumstances a second application will be considered, but only if new and compelling information can be provided. Students should discuss their circumstances with the Financial Advisor before re-applying.
Notification of Results
All of the applications will be reviewed and decisions will be communicated within one to two weeks upon receipt of a completed application. Emergency Loans may be approved in the interim.
The decision will be communicated via the student's official U of T email address unless reasonable alternate arrangements of notification are requested.
Normally, emergency grants that are awarded will first be applied to fees or institutional loans that are outstanding. Upon request (see section 2 of the
application form), students may be able to receive payment personally. Students must ensure that their current mailing address and associated address expiry date is updated on ACORN/ROSI to avoid delays in payment.
Students who would prefer to receive payments via direct deposit to their personal Canadian bank account will need to add banking information to their SWS account authorizing the University to deposit ROSI payments directly. If banking information is not provided on ROSI, payments will be issued by cheque and sent by Canada Post to the personal mailing address as provided on ROSI.
Contacts & Resources
SGS Graduate Awards Office
63 St. George Street
SGS Emergency Loan
The SGS emergency loan alleviates temporary cash flow problems for students who are expecting the release of funds in the near future (i.e., 30 to 120 days) from employment, a major award instalment, OSAP (Ontario Students' Assistance Program), teaching assistantship, or research assistantship payment, etc.
Loan applications are processed on an ongoing, continual basis throughout each academic session. Applications need to be submitted to the SGS Graduate Awards Office by 2 pm in order to be evaluated. A decision will be released within two business days upon receipt of complete application by SGS.
Value & Duration
The average loan is approximately $1,000 to $1,500, but may be requested and approved for a larger amount depending on the value of the expected funds, the current outstanding balance on the student's fees account, and any relevant circumstances. The loan amount is charged to your fees account but will remain interest free until the agreed upon repayment date. The repayment date is normally no more than four months (120 days) from the date of issue. Any outstanding balance on ROSI will prevent students from registering for the fall session, accordingly. Loan repayment dates (due date) will not be dated past Aug 30.
Students must be registered in the academic year for which the funding is provided and be able to show documentation verifying the expected release of funds and the ability for repayment.
How to Apply
You can obtain the SGS emergency loan
application form and complete it electronically, but also sign and submit it in person to the SGS Graduate Awards Office (OISE students should submit the application to OISE Student Services) along with the documentation verifying the availability of funds expected to repay the loan. The application form serves also as the loan agreement and payment activation form.
Notification of Results
You will be notified of your loan's status within
two business days upon receipt of the application by SGS. If approved, the funds will be transferred via ACORN/ROSI directly to your Canadian bank account within 48 hours of approval. Please ensure the direct deposit information is provided and active on your ACORN/ROSI account. See how to set up
direct deposit on ACORN/ROSI.
Contacts & Resources
For further information and if you have questions, please email
SGS Parental Grant
The SGS Parental Grant program aims to provide financial support to research-stream doctoral students within the funded cohort who experience a loss or reduction in funding as the result of taking an approved parental leave of absence at the time of birth or adoption in order to provide full-time care during a child's first year (see
SGS Leave of Absence Policy). The total amount of the Parental Grant will be calculated based on other non-employment related supplemental funding the student may have available.
Student Applications Due:
Grants available for parental leaves beginning Fall 2017. Students should apply 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the academic session during which they will be on an approved parental leave.
Students are eligible to receive a Parental Grant of up to $4,000. Birth mothers are eligible to receive a second grant payment of up to $4,000.
Level of Study:
Research-stream doctoral students within the funded cohort
Required Legal Status:
Domestic or international
Issued upon the start of the academic session during which the student is on an approved parental leave|
In order to be eligible to receive a Parental Grant, a student must be:
- Registered full-time in a research-stream doctoral program and take an approved parental leave of absence for at least one academic session (equivalent to 4 months);
- Eligible to receive their regular base funding package prior to and upon return from parental leave;
- The primary caregiver for the duration of the parental leave; and
- Receiving less than $4,000 in pregnancy/parental leave benefits from external sources for the same child within the 12 month period after birth or adoption.
In order to be eligible to receive the additional grant payment of up to $4,000, birth mothers must take an approved parental leave of absence for at least two academic sessions (equivalent to 8 months).
- Students receiving Tri-Agency scholarships or research grant stipends are eligible for Tri-Agency Paid Parental Leave and may receive benefits that exceed the value of the Parental Grant. Where this occurs, such students are ineligible to receive a Parental Grant.
- Benefits from employment income through the University may be received in addition to the Parental Grant and will not impact the student's eligibility to receive the full value of the Parental Grant.
- Parental Grant recipients who return to their program prior to the end of their approved leave of absence may be required to return a portion of the grant for the incomplete leave.
- Multiple births upon the same occasion (e.g., twins) do not increase the duration or the value of the Parental Grant.
- Students may apply for a Parental Grant for every occasion of birth and/or adoption that occurs during the course of their program provided they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
While students are asked to initiate the application process, Graduate Units are expected to complete the parental grant application. Applications will be available via this page beginning mid-summer 2017.
- Students apply for parental leaves of absence through their graduate unit;
- Upon approval, the parental leave of absence is to be registered on ACORN/ROSI by the
graduate unit or SGS;
- Upon approval of the leave, students are directed to the SGS portal to initiate the Parental Grant
- The student's request will be directed to the Graduate Unit who will prepare the online Parental
Grant Application and submit it to SGS;
- Proof of pregnancy, birth or adoption will be required to initiate payment of the Parental Grant
- The following documents are accepted as proof of pregnancy/birth/adoption:
- Doctor's certificate or certificate from a midwife stating that the student is pregnant and
- the probable date of delivery;
- Long form birth certificate;
- Confirmation of adoption letter issued by Adoption Agency.
Parental Grants will be disbursed in one instalment (two for eligible birth mothers) and payable upon the start of the academic session during which the student is on an approved parental leave. Grant applications submitted after the parental leave has commenced will be processed within 7-10 business days of SGS receiving the application. The application cannot be modified after submission. Birth mothers receiving a second instalment will receive payment at the start of the second academic session (or fifth month) of leave. In all cases payment is conditional upon the proper submission of proof of pregnancy, birth or adoption documentation. Applicants will receive an email notifying them of the grant application status and/or payment information via their U of T email address.
Contacts & Resources
Graduate Student Financial Advisor
Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies
SGS Summer Gym Bursary
Part of a three-year pilot project, this bursary offers financial support to registered doctoral-stream students who have purchased summer gym memberships beginning May 15, 2017.