The Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship


Estate of the late Donald M. Springer


Up to $7,000.00

Number of Awards Available 

One to two recipients annually

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Be a domestic or international graduate student

  • Be registered (finishing U of T program by August of the competition year) or a recent graduate of the University of Toronto

  • Have received an official offer of admission to a graduate program at the University of Michigan (starting September of the competition year)

  • Demonstrate academic merit
    • Have achieved at least A- ("A-" = 80%)​ or equivalent in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); 
      • ACORN print-out is sufficient for the U of T transcript. Each applicant must also provide a copy of their previous institution’s official transcript; this copy may be obtained upon request from the applicant's U of T graduate unit
    • Or if the student has completed two years of graduate studies, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- ("A-" = 80%) or equivalent on all graduate courses completed.
      • ACORN print-out is sufficient for the U of T transcript; in this case, a copy of the previous institution’s transcript is not required

Application & Nomination Procedure

  1. University-Wide Awards application form

  2. Transcript(s), as per above

  3. One page statement written by the applicant confirming that s/he has been offered admission to a graduate program at the University of Michigan and will be / has accepted the offer; also provide a brief plan of study/research proposal in non-technical language​

  4. A copy of the offer letter from the University of Michigan on official university letterhead and a copy of the applicant's acceptance of the offer of admission

  5. 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).

Note: Each recipient will be required to provide the University of Michigan's confirmation of their registration for the academic year immediately following the current competition, to the Graduate Awards Office.


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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