Doctoral Expansion Incentive Fund

PDAD&C#43, 2011-12

 To:  PDAD&C 
 Cc:  Divisional Finance Officers
 From:  Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
 Date:  February 13, 2012
 Re:  Doctoral Expansion Incentive Fund


From 2004 to 2011, the University of Toronto added 681 doctoral spaces as part of the Province's Reaching Higher Plan for Postsecondary Education. Since 2009-10, the University's PhD Expansion Incentive Fund (PhDEIF) has assisted academic divisions by providing financial support for this enrolment growth. Now that the Reaching Higher program is coming to an end, the existing PhDEIF funding will be rolled into base on May 1, 2012. The base funds will be transferred to deans' offices in multi-department faculties; it is at the discretion of the deans as to how the base funding is distributed. Appendix 1 provides a breakdown of the base amount by division and by department.

Over the next few years, the University of Toronto will again have an opportunity to participate in graduate enrolment growth as part of the Province's Putting Students First Plan for Postsecondary Education. Once again, we will provide funding through a Doctoral Expansion Incentive Fund to assist departments with doctoral stream enrolment growth.

Funding of $3,000 per student will be provided for doctoral enrolment (including PhD, EdD, DMA, SJD, and first-year doctoral stream masters) growth over fall 2011. Incentive funding will apply only for growth up to approved targets; it is not intended to override the divisional allocation of phase 3 expansion spaces.

The revised terms of the fund are as follows:

  • Funding will be provided at the rate of $3,000 per year for each BIU-eligible doctoral or first-year doctoral stream masters FTE above fall 2011 actual enrolment numbers, up to the division's assigned growth target;
  • The level of funding attained in 2015-16 will continue in base, provided enrolments continue to be at or above fall 2011;
  • Funds will be transferred to departments in February of each year, after the enrolment counts have been finalized;
  • The calculation of the number of students for whom funding will be provided under this program will be done at the level of individual graduate units, and only those units with increases in doctoral or first-year doctoral stream masters enrolment will be included. This should enable divisional leaders to assure graduate units that they will receive funding based on their own achievement, regardless of what happens at other graduate units;
  • Divisions have flexibility in how these funds are deployed, with the only restriction that they continue to meet the funding commitment for all existing and new students in the funded cohort.

The funds for the PhDEIF are derived from the University's operating budget. Our long-term goal continues to be to attract external funds, either from government scholarships or through fund-raising, to provide this crucial form of support for our students.