Delta Kappa Gamma Qualification & Application Checklist

​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Please read all instructions in the application form​.

1. Eligibility


The applicant must not be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States and must not be a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Graduation Date

Applicants completing their degree in 2019 are ineligible.

Status of Degree

Each applicant must be currently registered in the U of T graduate program for which they are requesting support at the time of application.

2. Application Details


It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure that all of the following documents are provided to the Graduate Awards Office in hardcopy by the application deadline:​ ​

  1. Completed application form​

    • Application must be completed in English
    • A professional resume or complete curriculum vitae may be attached to the application form (500 word maximum, size 12 font)
  2. Copy of a valid study permit (see below)

  3. Original or certified copies of official transcripts (see below)

  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency (see below)

  5. Three (3) confidential letters of reference in signed and sealed envelopes​ (see below)

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

To avoid loss or misplacement of documents in the mail or otherwise, all applicants are strongly advised to collect and assemble all of the required application materials, including reference letters and official transcripts, and deliver their complete hardcopy package to the Graduate Awards Office by the deadline.

Written Statements

Written statements should be limited to 500 words. Please be concise and include specific background information.

Status of Degree Work

Please contact your Graduate Administrator in order to have the Status of Degree Work page of the application completed.

Confidential Letters of Reference (3)

The three (3) referees must be:

  • Teachers under whom the applicant has studied or pursued research, and
  • Individuals who supervised the applicant in work related to their proposed field of study

At least one referee should be an academic and at least one referee should have supervised the applicant in a professional or work‐related capacity. The letters should be written in English, if possible. If they are not, an original English translation must be provided.

​The referees must each complete the DKG Letter of Reference form found within the application form. A letter of reference without the accompanying DKG Letter of Reference form cannot be accepted. If a referee requires additional space for their comments, the referee will need to complete the form, list their additional comments on letterhead and attach the extra sheet to the DKG Letter of Reference form. 

Each referee must place their reference documents within a signed, sealed envelope and return them to the student. The applicant may not under any circumstances view any of these confidential items. 

Referees (particularly those overseas) may email their completed DKG Letter of Reference form as a PDF attachment directly to​ by the application deadline.​


Applicants must provide original or certified copies of official transcripts from all previous post-secondary studies, including the University of Toronto transcript showing the applicant's registration in the Fall 2018 session.

  • Certification/validation of transcripts 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 will not be accepted. Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by complete official English translations. Transcripts should not be separately mailed or emailed to the Graduate Awards Office.

​If a traditional transcript cannot be obtained, the applicant must provide certified, official evidence of the post‐secondary or university degree, diploma or certificate from the appropriate institution. This evidence should list the subjects studied and the grades received during each year of enrollment.​

Proof of English Proficiency (only one required)

Proof of English language proficiency is not required if English is the applicant's first language.

Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must achieve a TOEFL score, or equivalent documentation, that at least meets the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency minimum requirements.​​​​

a. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
b. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
c. Computer Based Test-Test of English as a Foreign Language (CBT-TOEFL)
d. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)


e. If you have received a degree in the English language prior to commencing your U of T graduate program, you may instead obtain a letter of equivalency from your U of T graduate unit confirming your English language proficiency.

Copy of a valid Study Permit

A study permit is an immigration document that allows individuals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents to live in Canada temporarily while they study at a post-secondary institution for 6 months or more. 

Further information on study permits can be found on the Centre for International Experience’s Study Permits webpage​.​


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