Awards and Financial Support


The Faculty of Medicine has a minimum stipend policy for graduate students in the basic sciences programs.

The stipend is not a salary but is intended to help graduate students pay for their basic living expenses allowing them to focus on studying and working on their research. Thesis supervisors are responsible for providing graduates students under their supervision with the minimum stipend, as per program regulations. The amount may be adjusted if students receive an external scholarship. Funding must be available for students to be allowed to join the thesis supervisor’s lab. Stipend payments begin concurrently with the first registration in the program and continue for the duration of your studies or for a minimum of two years for a MSc and a minimum of four years for a PhD.

Stipends may come in the form of teaching or research assistantships or can be provided through your thesis supervisor’s research grants. A contract or B-Form and Soft-funded bursary form must be completed and signed by both the student and thesis supervisor prior to the first day in the lab and renewed yearly.

Stipend payment is mandatory for a minimum of two years for a MSc and a minimum of four years for a PhD Should a supervisor run out of funding and become unable to provide the minimum stipend, the Program Director must be informed without delay.

Note: When a student receives an external scholarship, thesis supervisors are expected to provide the necessary adjustment equivalent to the programs set minimum stipend.

Minimum guaranteed stipend for the Faculty of Medicine graduate students:

Program MSc PhD
Biochemistry $17 500/year $19 000/year
Cellular & Molecular Medicine $17 500/year $19 000/year
Epidemiology* N/A $9 000/year
Microbiology & Immunology $17 500/year $19 000/year
Neuroscience $17 500/year $19 000/year

*Although every effort is made to provide a stipend for Masters in Epidemiology graduate students, funding is not guaranteed. It is dependent on the student obtaining a Teaching Assistantship (TA), a Research Assistantship (RA) or a Soft Funded Research Bursary (SFRB).

Admission Scholarship

When an applicant applies for admission, the Faculty of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office team will automatically evaluate the file for eligibility for the admission scholarship.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents who are accepted into their program with an admission average of at least A- (80%-84%) will be recommended to receive an admission scholarship. Admission scholarships cover tuition fees for the duration of the MSc (two-year) or PhD (four-year) program.

International students are eligible for the prestigious President’s and Chancellor’s scholarships, valued at $30,000 and $26,000 respectively. They are also eligible for a Financial Aid Bursary, based on need, and some private donor bursaries.

Excellence Scholarship

The Excellence Scholarship equivalent to the tuition fees is awarded to students who are recipients of a major external awards (e.g., CIHR, FRQ, NSERC, OGS, SSHRC)

External and Other Awards

Our students are eligible for a long list of scholarships, including external awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec

(for students living in Québec), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards, among others.

Travel Awards

MSc and PhD students in the Faculty of Medicine have traveled the world to present at conferences, attend meetings and pursue their research.

Travel Awards are available to our students to cover travel and other expenses for these kinds of activities.

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