The CCDI Fiftieth Anniversary First Families Award (OSOTF)


Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)


Up to $3,000.00

Number of Awards Available

One recipient annually

Eligibility Criteria

  • At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person, under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), at the time of application

  • Be a resident of Ontario*, as defined by one of the following criteria, at the time of application:

    • Student has always lived in Ontario; or

    • Ontario is the last province student lived in for 12 months in a row before beginning his/her current graduate program; or

    • Student lives in Ontario now AND has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row. 



    • * Full definition and criteria for Ontario residency available on SGS University-Wide Awards webpage

  • Be writing a research paper on one of the following two topics:

  • Exploration of issues related to cultural diversity identifying prejudice

  • Exploring its incidence and/or mode for its elimination

  • Demonstrate financial need within the application's Financial Need Assessment section; and

  • Demonstrate academic merit - have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.

  • Preference is given to research relevant to the Canadian experience.

Application & Nomination Procedure

Each applicant must ensure that a complete application package (including their referee's letter) is provided to their graduate unit by the unit's application deadline. 

Application Package

A completed application will include all of the following items (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

  1. Completed and signed University-Wide Awards application form (including the Financial Need Assessment section);

  2. Original or certified copies of official transcripts from all universities attended in the last two years of full-time studies or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must include transcripts for all graduate studies;

  3. ACORN print-outs are sufficient for the U of T transcript;

    • Certification/validation may be performed by the graduate unit. If the graduate unit is not able to certify/validate a transcript, it is each applicant's responsibility to obtain and provide within their application package an original official transcript that was issued by the appropriate institution

    • Grading legends must be provided with every transcript. Copies of unofficial transcripts from other institutions will not be accepted. Transcripts should not be separately mailed to the Graduate Awards Office

  4. One copy of resumé/CV

  5. One-page plan of study/research proposal in non-technical language; the introduction must state how the applicant's research meets this award's research criteria

  6. One letter of reference addressing the applicant’s academic merit from an academic supervisor/advisor or a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic work (one page maximum).

  7. *The letter must clearly state the referee's name and contact information

Note: The donor organization requests for its library a copy of the award recipient’s final paper or thesis, which it may distribute through one of its publications.


Each applicant may contact their graduate unit to determine the application deadline for this competition as well as to which email address all of their application materials must be submitted.

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