PhD Funding Summary


The Faculty of Information makes every effort to provide competitive funding packages for all its full-time doctoral students. The University’s standard Funding Commitment package is intended to promote scholarly excellence, research and teaching expertise development, and timely completion of degrees by full-time students.

Basic guidelines are:

  • During years one through four students who remain in good standing in the doctoral program will receive
    • full Tuition and Fees
    • a combination of teaching and research assistantships worth up to $15,500
    • In order to support future teaching assistanships, 1st year students take 50 hours of paedigogical training in their first term.
  • During year five, students who remain in good standing in the doctoral program will receive full Tuition and Fees only.


Ethel W. Auster Scholarship for Doctoral Research
PhD students who have achieved candidacy, i.e., students who have completed all requirements for the degree, exclusive of thesis, are invited to apply for funding.

Marcia J. Nauratil Scholarship
Established by the friends and family of the late Marcia Nauratil (PhD ’82) to be awarded to a full-time doctoral student whose area of research is on social issues in librarianship.  The scholarship is primarily based on academic standing; however, financial need may be taken into account.

University of Toronto Women’s Association Adele Csima Scholarship
This award was established by the University of Toronto Women’s Association in honour of Adele Csima, a retired professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Public Health Sciences. The recipient, who can be either a full-time Masters or PhD student, must be an Ontario resident in financial need. The student must have completed their first year at the iSchool, and must have contributed to student life through committee or volunteer work.


PhD Conference Travel Award Policy
This program has been developed to assist iSchool doctoral students with travel costs associated with making presentations of original research at a conference or symposium, or to engage in other appropriate scholarly activity at a conference.

Other external avenues of financial aid are available to PhD students.