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Graduate Funding Package

OISE offers OISE funding packages to students in full-time PhD programs and non-professional MA programs (referred to as the funded cohort). 

OISE funding is designed to provide students in the funded cohort a minimum level of support to offset the cost of graduate education. 


Package value

It is currently estimated that the value of the 2020-21 funding package will be at least $24,850 (including tuition and incidental fees). However, the average income received by students in the funded cohort is typically more than the minimum value. For more information on average income, please see the School of Graduate Studies Funding Webpage.

There is no formal application process for the OISE funding package. 

Students who are eligible for the OISE funding package will be provided details as part of their offer of admission. As the academic year approaches, each student in the funded cohort will receive a personalized information package. The information package will confirm the composition of their funding for the year and provide students with required documents and next steps for securing their funding.

There are four types of packages, which dictate how the funding package is comprised. Students will move between the four packages during their time at OISE. See the "types of packages" section below.


Terms and conditions

The following conditions must be met to remain in the funded cohort: 


1. Registration and maintained status as a full-time student 

Students who are not registered for the full academic year (e.g., on approved leave) will have their funding revised to reflect their enrolment status.

2. Employment status

Full-time employment is defined as 35 hours per week, or where different, the number of hours specified in an employment contract as full-time employment.  Students working on a full-time basis either within or outside the University during the fall/winter session (September to April) are not eligible for funding.  
It is strongly recommended that students who take paid employment limit their hours of work to no more than 10 hours per week, on average, in all forms of employment including Graduate Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Course Instructorships, other employment at the University or employment outside the University, while receiving a funding package.
Students may be offered employment as a GA, TA or CI as part of their funding package. To accept these positions and receive your full funding, students are required to have a Canadian bank account, a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) and for international students, a valid Study Permit is also required. For more information on types of packages, see the section below on “Types of Packages”.
For more information on how to receive your funding, please see the section on “Receiving your Funding

3. Maintain good standing and satisfactory progress

Good standing and satisfactory progress includes: 

  • Satisfactory completion of graduate courses with a minimum A- average;
  • Timely completion of program requirements; meaning a minimum enrolment of four (4) half courses per year and completion of all required course work before or by the end of year two (2), (with the exception of SCCP PhD students who are required to complete additional courses in year three (3), not including the internship)
  • Supervision and satisfactory progress; and
  • Achieving candidacy by the end of year three (3). To learn more about candidacy requirements, contact your department or see the School of Graduate Studies website.

4. Applying for External Scholarships

SCCP Funded Cohort students in year one (1) of the SCCP program are required to apply for external awards for which they are eligible (i.e., CGSM or OGS) in year one (1) of their program and if successful, accept the award in order to qualify for funding in year two (2)

PhD Funded Cohort students starting from year one (1) of their program and for as long as they remain in the funded cohort are required to apply for external awards for which they are eligible (i.e., OGS, SSHRC, Vanier) and if successful, accept the award in order to qualify for funding in the following year.



MA programs listed below are eligible to be funded for 1 year except for the School & Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) which is eligible to be funding for 2 years             

PhD programs listed below are eligible to be funded for 4 years except for the School & Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) which is eligible for funding for 3 years

Eligible Full-Time MA and PHD Programs by Program


Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development    

Counselling & Clinical Psychology (CCP)  

Developmental Psychology & Education (DPE)

School & Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP)


Department of Curriculum, Learning and Teaching                  

Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development (CSTD)

Language and Literacies Education (LLE)


Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education              

Adult Education & Community Development (AECD)

Educational Leadership & Policy (ELP)

Higher Education (HE)   


Department of Social Justice Education

Social Justice Education (SJE)

Types of packages

1. Scholarship Package

  • Funding consists of the major scholarship and may include an OISE Fellowship
  • Large scholarships (worth at least 40% of the funding level) will be included in the value of the OISE Funding Package.
    • For example, if the domestic funding level is set at $25,000, a student holding a scholarship valued at $10,000 or more falls under this category.
  • A student who holds a scholarship valued at less than $12,000 may be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship (GA).
  • For more information please see Applying for External Scholarships

2. Graduate Assistantship/Research Fellowship (GA/RF) Package

  • Funding consists of a Graduate Assistantship (GA), a Research Fellowship (RF) and an OISE Fellowship.
  • GA/RF students are chosen by OISE faculty members to undertake research activities.
  • The GA placement occurs in the Fall (September 1 to December 31) and consists of 120 hours.
  • The RF placement occurs in the Winter (January 1 to April 30).
  • For more information, please see Student Employment Opportunities.

3. Graduate Assistant (GA) Package

  • Funding consists of employment as a Graduate Assistant (GA) or Research and Development GA (R&D GA) and an OISE Fellowship.
  • Graduate Assistants are hired to undertake research or field work under the supervision of a Faculty Member.
  • GA and R&D GA placements occur September 1 to April 30 and consist of 240 hours.
  • For more information, please see Student Employment Opportunities

4. Course Instructor (CI) or Teaching Assistant (TA) Package

  • Funding consists of a Course Instructorship (CI) or Teaching Assistantship (TA) and an OISE Fellowship.
  • Course Instructors are hired to lead teaching and course activities.
  • Teaching Assistants are hired to assist in teaching and course activities.
  • CI or TA placements vary in hours and can occur in the Fall (September 1 to December 31); Winter (January 1 to April 30); or Fall/Winter (September 1 to April 30). 
  • Depending on the number of hours assigned, a student may also be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship (e.g., Fall TA for 120 hours and Winter GA for 120 hours.)
  • For more information, please see Student Employment Opportunities