Tuition and Funding

Students admitted to the PhD program will receive a five-year financial package that at minimum includes for each year $17,500 plus tuition. This funding package is contingent in part on your maintaining satisfactory progress toward completion of your degree and acceptance of any work assignment provided as part of the package. The sources and amount of funding may vary from year-to-year. Funding may comprise of Teaching Assistantships and the Research Assistantships funded through the Department. The number of TA hours assigned to you will vary year-by -year, and none will be required if you apply for and receive a SSHRC, or OGS scholarship. Applications for other fellowships and scholarship funds are made available in the fall of each year, almost a year prior to the date that they commence. Information on deadline dates for submitting applications for next year will be posted by the Department as soon as received.

For all questions about funding and finances, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Base departmental funding packages are processed through ACORN in September, January, and May. Students can defer fees and sign up for direct deposit through ACORN. For specific information on payment processing, consult the Business Officer.

See also SGS's How Funding Works: Research-Stream Programs.

Department of Art History Research and Conference Grant

The Department and the School of Graduate Studies provide additional support for research and conference travel. These are available to students upon completion of their exams.The Department of Art History Travel Grant is designed to provide full-time students with financial assistance in order to attend conferences, and to pursue travel that is necessary for research and in support of the completion of their dissertation thesis. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be registered full-time, be in good academic standing, and be in the advanced stages of their PhD dissertation thesis. Applications by Masters students will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Other research/travel funding available to students will be taken into account in the evaluation of each application. Preference will be given to first time applicants. Application Form forthcoming

SSHRC or OGS Scholarships

You will be expected to apply for these each year in October and the Winter term respectively. No TA hours will be required if you apply for and receive a SSHRC or OGS scholarship. Refer to SGS's Government-Funded Awards page for more information.

MA Funding 

Department of Art History Master of Arts students are not funded, although a small number are awarded one of the few departmental awards.

MA students are also eligible for scholarships through the federal government's Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program. (Applications must be submitted the fall before admission.)

Financial Aid Resources 

If you are interested in our MA program, you should familiarize yourself with the kinds of financial aid available and related deadlines:

External Funding

Students may also search out funding from external sources, such as:

Students should apply for all sources of external funding for which they are eligible.

What are the terms and conditions of my funding package?

You must abide by the terms and conditions of your funding package as outlined by the Faculty of Arts and Science. In general, the following applies:

  • You must be within the funded cohort, registered, full-time and in good academic standing
  • All external awards must be disclosed to the Graduate Office, including those paid directly to you
  • All students are required to apply for and accept external awards for which they are eligible.
  • TA positions held in other departments must be disclosed to the Graduate Office


Please refer to the FAQ page and/or contact the Graduate Assistant.