Funding Support

Students accepted into our programs will receive a base funding package. For MA students, this will be a base funding package for 1 year. For PhD students, this will be a base funding package each year for 4 years.

For September 2019, the base funding will include tuition and fees, and $17,500. The base funding may include income from a variety of sources including external awards such as SSHRC, OGS, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, UTF payments and other sources. Please note that income from hourly employment is taxable.

International ("visa") students will be provided with additional funding to cover UHIP (Health Insurance).

If you submit your application by the deadline for full-time study in one of our programs, you will be assured of consideration for base funding.

To qualify for this base funding, the student must remain in good academic standing.


The Cinema Studies Institute provides base funding for all graduate students enrolled in either our one-year MA or our four-year PhD program. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has made available an additional pool of program-level fellowships, which will be distributed to the Cinema Studies Institute in 2017-18 in form of an additional $500 per student in the funded cohort. In 2018-19, any further fellowship funds distributed by the FAS will be divided equally among PhD students in the funded cohort of that year.


Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant for more information.


Tuition Fees

The most current fees can be seen here by year, under the category of Graduate Studies, Doctoral and Doctoral Stream Masters.


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Innis College at night

Graduate Awards Office

The Graduate Awards Office at the School of Graduate Studies can provide students with a wealth of information on awards and resources at the University of Toronto. Personalized financial counselling is also available. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment you can contact the Fellowships and Loans Office at:

General Phone Line: 416-978-2379
*Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


CSI Awards and Fellowships

University of Toronto Graduates

Students graduating from the Cinema Studies undergraduate program at the University of Toronto may be eligible for various fellowships and awards tenable at the MA level, including the Norman Jewison Fellowship. Please see the undergraduate page for eligibility criteria and application information.

All Admitted Students

All students admitted to the Cinema Studies graduate program, regardless of where they studied for their undergraduate degree, are automatically considered for the following awards. Award amounts vary from year to year.




Director Atom Egoyan

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Atom Egoyan Cinema Studies Scholarship

To be awarded for academic excellence to a student accepted into the graduate program of the Cinema Studies Institute at U of T. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate broad interest and documented study in related disciplines. This award has been generously funded by Canadian director Atom Egoyan, a graduate from the University of Toronto.

Cinema Studies 30th Anniversary Award

To be awarded to students entering the Cinema Studies Institute at the graduate level, who have achieved academic excellence and/or demonstrate financial need. This award was established by Joe Medjuck, Laurie Deans, and CSI professor Kay Armatage, on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Cinema Studies program at the University of Toronto.


Other Awards

Robert Lantos Cinema Studies Scholarship

To be awarded to an outstanding graduate student in the Cinema Studies program. Award amounts vary from year to year.



External Awards and Fellowships

Students applying to our program are encouraged to apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship. Students currently in an M.A. program who wish to pursue further studies at the Ph.D. level are also encouraged to apply.




The School of Graduate Studies launches the on-line application form for the OGS application each academic year. Please review the on-line application form via the SGS Website.

The University of Toronto OGS application will require that students provide the same supporting materials as has been included in previous OGS applications:


Important note for students: This application will only be assessed at the University of Toronto. Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable by a student from one university to another.


Doctoral Completion Award

Graduate students who are no longer receiving the base funding package for PhD students, but within the time limit of their degree (6 years) may apply for the Doctoral Completion Award. The Cinema Studies Institute application regulations and form (for 2018-19) are listed below. The deadline for 2018-19 is July 6, 2018.