Financial Information & Awards

As a professional program, student funding is not guaranteed through Biomedical Communications. Given the rigorous pace and range of BMC activities, students should not plan to be employed during the academic terms.

Listed below are links to a variety of resources offering funding and loan programs for which you may be eligible.

University of Toronto and Associated Awards

School of Graduate Studies financial aid

Information may be researched through the School of Graduate Studies website. BMC students are eligible for the Agnes M. Ireland Award and the Scace Graduate Fellowship.

The SGS Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively presenting their research at an academic conference.

Graduate Students Union funding opportunities

The Graduate Students Union provides information on funding opportunities, grants and bursaries available to graduate students at the University of Toronto.

Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (USAF)

CUPE3902’s USAF provides funds to Unit 1 members who are masters students who paid more in tuition and fees than they received in funding. Further information can be found on the CUPE3902 website.

Opportunities for International Students

International students can also research the Centre for International Experience at the St. George Campus or the International Centre at the Mississauga campus for opportunities.

CUPE3902’s International Health Plan Assistance Fund (IHPAF) is for Unit 1 members who, because of their international status, must pay for their UHIP expenses, for themselves, their spouse or their dependent children.

Provincial Awards

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

For information about post-secondary school funding options, loan terms and conditions, online applications and forms, visit the OSAP website .

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Before entering the program, students, including international students, with an overall average of at least A- or its equivalent on the last 20 one-term/semester courses should apply for this scholarship.

Important changes to note are that under the 2013-14 OGS guidelines, students are eligible for a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded awards (including previous OGS, CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, etc.).

Please note: Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable from one university to another. More about OGS.

International Awards

Vesalius Trust Student Research Scholarships

Year II BMC students only (deadline is around the first week in November). More about the Vesalius Trust Student Research Scholarships.

Vesalius Trust Inez Demonet Scholarship

Year II BMC students only (deadline is around the first week in February). More about the Vesalius Trust Inez Demonet Scholarship.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Applicants who are U.S. citizens may be eligible for federal student aid programs. More about FAFSA.


General Awards

Loan Programs

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

A loan for Ontario students only. More about OSAP applications.

Private Loans

Domestic students have the option of borrowing funds from Scotiabank through either the Scotia Professional Student Plan (SPSP) OR ScotiaLine for Students (ScotiaLine). Whether a student is eligible to apply for SPSP or ScotiaLine depends on the student’s program of study and year of study.

Students interested in the lending products offered by Scotiabank should contact the Queen and McCaul Branch, Georgios Stathopoulos at or 416-866-3940 ext. 4209 to set up an appointment.

Note: University of Toronto students are not required to use Scotiabank as a lender. Students are free to pursue funding options at the financial institution of their choice.