Program Fees and Stipends

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All graduate students in Medical Biophysics are guaranteed a minimum stipend. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that this support is recieved. All students are expected to apply for external and internal scholarships to offset the cost of their stiped to the professor.

Information regarding program tuition fees, and student stipend amounts are outlined below.

Fees & Stipend for 2020 - 2021

2020-2021 Student Base Funding

Domestic     International  
MSc PhD   MSc PhD



Living Allowance



$7,858.65 $7,858.65 2020-21 Tuition Fees $26,608.65 $7,858.65
N/A N/A UHIP $720.00 $720.00


$30,687.02 Total (Base Funding)



Top-Up Practices

Most awards requiring student applications are eligible for a top-up from their supervisor.  For a list of Awards Eligible for Top-up, please visit the Graduate and Life Sciences website.

For additional information on awards available to MBP students, visit the Awards and Scholarships page.

The top-up amounts are as follows:

Award Amount Top-Up*
$0.00 to $2,000 There will be no top-up but the student gets to keep the award(s), up to a combined maximum of $2,000. The amount of the award will not be deducted from the base funding.

Between $2,001 to $9,999 (cumulative awards)

Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $2,000 top-up over their base funding.
Between $10,000 to $15,000 (cumulative awards) Award goes towards the base funding and the student receives a $3,000 top-up over their base funding.
Over $15,000 (cumulative awards) Award goes towards the base funding and student receives a $4,000 top-up over their base funding.


  • Within an academic year (or 12 months period), the total cumulative top-up maximum is $4,000. That is, if a student holds an award of $5,000 and another award of $17,500, their total top-up is $4,000.
  • The top-up is only provided in amounts of $2,000, $3,000 or $4,000 per year (does not exceed 12 months) and is added above the base funding amount.
  • A student, who receives award(s) exceeding the amount equivalent to the base funding and maximum top-up of $4,000, will not be eligible to receive a top-up for these award(s).
  • Payment of top-ups will occur annually for the duration of the award. Thereafter, the student will revert back to the appropriate base graduate student funding package amount.
  • Top-up eligibility excludes University of Toronto Fellowship (e.g, UTF Open), Doctoral Completion Awards, travel awards, and bursaries.

Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF) Awards

Students who receive funding from needs-based and merit awards, such as OSOTFs, are required to consider such funds as part of their base funding. See above for top up policy for such awards


Non-repayable grants, such as the UTAPS and SGS Emergency Grant, which assists students with sudden and/or unexpected financial need, are not part of the base funding outlined above. A student under these circumstances is therefore eligible to retain the entire amount of such an award.

GLSE Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund

For research-stream graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine, the Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund is available for an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) due to health issues (i.e. physical) and/or mental health challenges which temporarily impair a student’s functioning during his/her graduate studies. Funding is available up to $5,000 per student for one term on a one-time only basis.  Ideally, students must submit an application package (as described below) to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine (MSB 2360) before the deadline below and prior to the start of their LOA.  Students who remain registered during the requested LOA will not receive LOA Stipendiary Funding. 

For students taking a LOA due to parental leave, the School of Graduate Studies provides funding through the SGS Parental Grant.  Please click here for more information.


Anticipate Taking loa in Deadline to apply
Fall 2020 (September 2020 - December 2020) Monday, August 17, 2020
Winter 2021 (January 2021 - April 2021) Monday, December 7, 2020
Summer 2021 (May 2021 - August 2021) Monday, April 12, 2021

To apply for the LOA Stipendiary Fund, students will be asked to submit the following package by the appropriate deadline, to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in a sealed envelope marked LOA Stipendiary Fund, Confidential:

  1. A completed and signed form (see below) by the applicant and his/her Graduate Coordinator. Please read the instructions carefully to complete the form. (revised form available soon). For more information, please see the GLSE Leave of Absence page.
  2. One page letter explaining the reason(s) for the LOA and how it has impaired your ability to function in your graduate program. Please address the letter to the LOA Stipendiary Fund Committee;
  3. A physician’s note, specifically outlining the physical and mental health issues that impair your functioning in your graduate program. Alternatively, you can also have your physician complete the Verification of Student Illness and Injury.
  4. A copy of your completed SGS Leave of Absence Form . Please note that only Sections 1 and 2 must be completed.

Please note this fund will not count towards a graduate student’s stipend package. This fund is not renewable and can only be received once. It is intended to provide one term financial support to the recipient who will NOT receive funding from scholarship(s) or award(s) during this Leave of Absence.

This funding is conditional upon confirmation of an approved Leave of Absence by your graduate unit and the School of Graduate Studies.

Financial Aid and Advising

If you require information about Financial Aid available for Graduate students, please visit the SGS Financial Aid & Advising website.


Student Accounts Website

Please visit the Student Accounts Website, for information regarding:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Billing & Student Information
  • Making Payments
  • Payment Deadlines & Penalties
  • Refunds
  • Tax Information