2017-18 Decanal Memoranda

Change to the International Fees Structure

To:          Graduate Chairs/Directors; Graduate Coordinators; Graduate Administrators

From:    Joshua Barker, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education

CC:        Committee of Graduate Deans, School of Graduate Studies Staff

Date:     January 23, 2018

Dear colleagues—           

As you may be aware, the University recently announced a change in the tuition fee structure for most international PhD students. In making this change, the administration consulted in November and December 2017 with SGS and with Principals and Deans.

We believe that this change will be extremely positive for both prospective and current international students. However, we are still in the process of exploring the full scope of its implications as it is implemented across graduate units. Details, once confirmed, will be communicated in an internal memo and on the SGS website in the coming weeks. ​

At the present time, please be guided by these key facts:

  • The new tuition fee structure enables most international research-stream PhD students to pay domestic tuition rates.
  • The new tuition fee structure comes into effect September 2018 and will be applied to all international students registered in affected programs in all years of study. 
  • However, the tuition fee structure is not retroactive; international PhD students who are already registered in a PhD program will not receive a refund for tuition fees paid on sessions prior to September 2018.
  • The new tuition fee structure does not apply to students in the following programs:
    • Research-stream Master's programs
    • Professional Master's programs
  • The new tuition fee structure does not apply to students in the following programs:
    • Doctor of Education
    • Doctor of Musical Arts 
    • Doctor of Ministry (TST Conjoint)
    • Doctor of Theology (TST Conjoint)
    • PhD in Theology (TST Conjoint)
    • PhD in Dental Public Health
    • PhD in Dentistry with Dental Specialty Training

Tuition fees for these programs will continue to be determined in consultation with the relevant divisions through the annual budget review and planning process.

  • The new tuition fee structure is subject to the normal tuition fee review process at the University of Toronto.

 

I would encourage you to share any questions or concerns that you or your students may have with sgs.communications@utoronto.ca so that we can ensure the new model is implemented as smoothly as possible for fall 2018.

 

Changes to Connaught International Scholarship

To: Graduate Chairs/Directors; Graduate Coordinators; Graduate Administrators

From: Joshua Barker, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education

CC: Committee of Graduate Deans, School of Graduate Studies Staff

Date: January 19, 2018

With the nomination deadline for the 2018-2019 Connaught International Scholarship fast approaching, I am delighted to share an exciting development in the competition.

New this year, each successful Connaught Scholar will be awarded a fixed scholarship amount of $10,000*, to be provided as a top-up to the program's base funding amount and tuition (assessed at the domestic rate). The award will continue to be offered to recipients as a renewable scholarship throughout the standard period of the program's funding commitment (i.e. 4-5 years). Existing Connaught Scholars will also benefit from the new model and receive the $10,000 top-up for the 2018-2019 academic year and any remaining years of the tenure of their award.

This new model will replace the existing model that provides a variable top-up sufficient to bridge the difference in the unit's normal funding package (base + domestic tuition) to a total of $35,000 for each Connaught recipient. It will, in other words, remove the $35,000 cap on scholars' funding, potentially building our capacity to attract top international students to our graduate programs and rewarding the tremendous work that our current Connaught scholars accomplish each year.

Please be reminded that nominations for the 2018-2019 competition are due to SGS by February 1, 2018. Approximately 24 Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students will be awarded in this cycle, with approximately 24 to be awarded each following year.

An award announcement will also be distributed to graduate coordinators and administrators shortly.

Regards,

Joshua

*or more where unit funding amounts are set at less than $25,000.

 

2018-2019 Edwin S.H. Leong Scholarship

To: Graduate Chairs/Directors; Graduate Coordinators; Graduate Administrators

From: Joshua Barker, Dean, Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education

CC: Committee of Graduate Deans, School of Graduate Studies Staff

Date: November 30, 2017


I am pleased to announce the establishment of The 2018-19 Edwin S.H. Leong Scholarship program, which aims to attract outstanding candidates with financial need to full-time research stream graduate programs at the University of Toronto. Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Edwin Leong, a prominent Hong Kong businessman and U of T alumnus, the program offers two renewable graduate scholarships at $55,000 per year to incoming master''s or PhD students. Depending on the availability of funds, a future competition may be held.

Nominees must be international applicants intending to commence a full-time research stream masters or doctoral program beginning in fall 2018 at the University of Toronto. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and preference will be given to residents of Hong Kong pursuing research in one of the following fields of study: science, physics, management, math, or computer science.

We will issue additional details shortly through an SGS Award Announcement and on the SGS website regarding eligibility requirements and administrative procedures. In the meantime, I encourage graduate units to consider this prestigious award when reviewing applications. SGS will require unit nominations by mid-February; following central adjudication, Dr. Leong will be interviewing a shortlist of applicants determined by the SGS Awards Committee. Results will be announced in April 2018.

Should you have any questions, please contact Fong Di Caterina, Manager, Graduate Awards at fong.dicaterina@utoronto.ca.