External Awards

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​The School of Graduate Studies offers many awards from sources external to the University of Toronto. All award​s opportunities are posted on RSS Feed and Ulife​ website.

​Apply Throu​gh the SGS Graduate Awards Office (GAO)

A​utism Scholars Awards

Award Overview

​Student Deadline to SGS

​​​​November 30, 2015

Value & Duration:

Master’s award—$18,000
Doctoral award—$20,000

Level of Study:

Master’s or doctoral

​Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)​


April​ from agency

2015 Autism Scholar Award Winners​

For the 2015-16 academic year, both the master's- and doctoral-level Autism Scholars Awards were awarded to University of Toronto students​. Applicants from 21 universities across the province were eligible for the awards, and U of T achieved excellent results.

Congratulations to the 2015 winners:

Donald Wang is pursuing a master’s degree in Pharmacology, and ​is investigating new drug therapies that could enhance social functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders. People with autism spectrum disorders often have difficulty communicating and can have impaired social interaction and repetitive behavioural problems.

Tracy Yuen is a PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her research focuses on finding the most effective intensive behavioural intervention for young children with an autism spectrum disorder. She will also examine the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic genetic testing. As prevalence of the disorder continues to climb, her findings could help guide policymakers in anticipating changes in health care demand.

For more information about the award and​​ recipients, visit the Council of Ontario Universities website.


With the support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, a Scholars Award Program in Autism has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent scholars. The community of autism scholars fostered by this award program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge concerning child autism, its translation into improved health for children, and more effective services and products for children with autism. The program will also lead to increased capacity in diagnosis and assessment of autism and a stronger treatment system.


  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of January 31, 2015.

  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study (the Graduate Awards Office will provide this endorsement to those applications put forth to COU). Therefore, potential graduate students should only apply through the Ontario university where they intend to hold the award.

  • To be eligible for a Master's Award, applicants must be registered full-time in a master's program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2016-17), and must remain registered full-time in that master's program throughout the term of the award. Master's students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full-time study.

  • To be eligible for a Doctoral Award, applicants must be registered full-time in a doctoral graduate program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2016-17), and must remain registered full-time throughout the term of the award. Doctoral students remain eligible to the end of their 15th term of full-time study.

  • Holders of this award are precluded from holding any other major award during the term of this award.​

Application Process

Each applicant must submit to the Graduate Awards Office an electronic copy of the following documents by November 30, 2015:​

  1. The completed application form.

  2. Curriculum vitae—no page restrictions (must include information concerning the eligibility criteria).

  3. A statement of research (maximum 1,000 words).

  4. A non-technical summary written by the candidate (maximum 500 words).

  5. Official or certified copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required. ROSI print-outs will not be accepted. 

  6. Confidential letters from two assessors (emailed directly from the assessor to staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca before November 30, 2015​). Letters should focus on an evaluation of the applicant's research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate period.

  7. Application packages must have all materials required when submitted: application form, CV, statement of research, non-technical summary, transcripts, and letters of assessment.

Evaluation Criteria

Master's and doctoral applications will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavours, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about autism;

  • Past academic results, demonstrated by transcripts, awards, and distinctions;

  • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as evidenced by papers presented at conferences and the candidate's publication record;

  • Written letters of appraisal; and

  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Contacts & Resources

For further details and/or if you have questions about this award competition, please refer to the COU website or contact:

Stacey Kwan
Acting Provincial Awards Officer

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships

Award Overview

​Student Deadline to SGS:

​​​​December 10, 2015 (no later than 4:30 pm)

Value & Duration:

USD $4,000 for one year

Level of Study:

Master’s and doctoral

​Required Legal Status:

Student visa, from a country other than the United States




The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International​ is a professional honorary society of women educators. DKG promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. The World Fellowship Fund was established to provide opportunities for women from foreign countries to pursue graduate studies in Canada and the United States. The value of the award is USD $4,000.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must:

  • Be a registered full-time master's or doctoral student at the University of Toronto;

  • Be a female student with a valid study permit and cannot be a citizen, landed immigrant, or permanent resident of Canada or the United States;

  • Have TOEFL score or equivalent documentation, unless English is the applicant's mother tongue; and

  • Not be completing their degree requirements in 2016. Award holders must be enrolled in their program for the 2016-17 academic year.​

Application Process

Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing the applica​ti​​on form​​​​. Please see the checklist provided to assist you in assembling your Delta Kappa​​ Gamma Fellowship application.

Each applicant must submit to the Graduate Awards Office a hard copy of the following documents in a single package by 4:30 pm on December 10, 2015:

  1. The completed application form, available in Fall 2015;

    • Application must be completed in English and only using the space provided (addenda will not be considered)

  2. Official University/College transcripts from all previous post-secondary studies including an official University of Toronto transcript that shows your registration in the Fall 2015 session;

  3. Proof of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL score or equivalent)

  4. Three confidential letters of reference.

​To avoid loss or misplacement of documents in the mail or otherwise, we advise all applicants to collect and assemble all required application materials including reference letters and transcripts (in signed, sealed envelopes) and deliver their complete package to the Graduate Awards Office by the deadline.​

Contacts & Resources

​Graduate Awards Office

Mackenzie King Open & Travelling Scholarships

There are two types of Mackenzie King Scholarships: the “Open” Scholarship and the “Travelling” Scholarship. Both were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies.

Mackenzie King “Open” Scholarship

Open to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship of approximately $8,500 is awarded annually (value is subject to change).

Mackenzie King “Travelling” Scholarship

​​​Open to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations. Four scholarships of approximately $10,500 each are awarded annually (number of recipients and value are subject to change).

V​iew the full details on eligibility criteria and how to apply​.

​Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards​

Award Overview

Student Deadline:

​November 30, 2015

​Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

December 10, 2015 (date to submit unit nomination to SGS)​

Value & Duration:

Master’s Awards—$18,000 plus $1,000 research allowance
Doctoral Award—$20,000​ plus $2,000 research allowance
Postdoctoral—$40,000 plus $5,000 research allowance

Level of Study:

Master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral​

​Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)


April​ from agency

2015 Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award Winners

Established in 2002, the award has since provided assistance to outstanding researchers at Ontario universities who have been improving the health of women through their research. Applicants from 21 universities across the province were eligible for this year's nine awards.

Congratulations to the University of Toronto's 2015 winner:

Maurice Pasternak is a master’s student in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. Maurice's research is looking into how to increase the​ delivery of anti-tumor drugs through temporary tears in blood vessels to better fight cancer without having to increase the drug’s dose.

Visit the Council of Ontario Unviersities website for a full-list of 2015 Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award winners.​

2014 Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award Winners

Congratulations to University of Toronto's 2014 winners:

Alex Kitson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Dziyana Kraskouskaya is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry.

Tara Gralnick is a master’s student in the Department of Psychological Clinical Science.

Maurice Pasternak is a master’s student in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.

For more information about the award and past​​ recipients, visit the Council of Ontario Universities website.


The Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award is administered by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) on behalf of Ontario government ministries. It is open to master's students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women's Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women's health scholars. The community of women's health scholars fostered by this awards program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women's health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system.​

Learn more about applying for an Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award.

​Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships​

Award Overview

​Student Submission Deadlin​e:

​Date set by student's proposed/current graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS: ​​October 29, 2015

Value & Duration:

​$40​,000 (+ travel) per year for three years

​Level of Study:

​To support early doctoral studies

Required Legal Status:

​Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or foreign national​


The Trudeau Foundation aims to support doctoral candidates who are pursuing research of compelling present-day concern (touching upon one or more of the Foundation's themes mentioned below). Trudeau Scholars are expected to become leading national and international figures.

2015 Trudeau Scholars

Erin Aylward
Erin Aylward (Department of Political Science) is applying her background in international development to explore the influence of global advocacy and diplomacy of LGBTQ rights on public opinion and political action in Sub-Saharan Africa.

William Hébert
William Hébert (Department of Anthropology) is looking into how Canada can learn from Brazil to better protect transgender prisoners’ rights and life conditions—within prison walls and beyond.

Anelyse Weiler
Anelyse Weiler (Department of Sociology) seeks to understand how the precarious status of migrant farm w​orkers in Canada can help inform local and international efforts to establish more equitable and ecological foo​d systems.

2014 Trudeau Scholars​

2013 Trudeau Scholars​


Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or foreign national (preference for candidates from developing countries);

  • Be applying to or registered full-time within the 1st or 2nd year of a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities;

  • Demonstrate a track record of academic achievements of the highest level;

  • Demonstrate active engagement within their specific field;

  • Demonstrate exceptional skills to engage in lively exchanges with other researchers; and

  • Demonstrate the intention to work within and contribute to public dialogue in an area that is related to one or more of the Foundation's themes.

Although the Foundation's thematic matter above may appear to favour certain disciplines, the Foundation strongly encourages the nomination of individuals from the full range of disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.

Safety Abroad

​In accordance with U of T policy, all students travelling on University-approved activities outside of Canada must complete ​safety abroad requirements prior to departure.​

Questions on these requirements and/or processes can be directed to the Safety Abroad Office at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca​.

Application Process

Candidates must submit their application to their current/proposed U of T graduate unit by the graduate unit's internal deadline. A completed application will consist of the following documents (please refer to the Foundation's website​ for detailed instructions and application standards). No other supporting documentation will be accepted.

  • Application form

  • One nomination letter from graduate unit;

    • Letter must address the "extraordinary" characteristics of the candidate and support how his/her research area relates to one or more of the Foundation's themes;

  • Three letters of reference sent by the referees directly to the graduate unit (letters must be signed and clearly state the name and contact information of the referee);

    • Two letters from academic referees concerning the applicant's academic achievements;
      One letter from a non-academic referee concerning the non-academic aspects of the application;

  • Original transcripts from all of the applicant's post-secondary studies.

Please Note:

Documentation sent directly (by the applicant, unit, or referee) to the Trudeau Foundation will not be considered.

Documents in a language other than English may require an official English translation.


​​Visit the Trudeau Foundation's website​.

For more information, please contact:

Tara Lock
Awards Officer, Internal
Graduate Awards Office

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)​ at ​U of T

Congratulations to U of T'sStephen McCarthy​, a PhD candidate in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, who placed second runner-up at the ​​3MT Ontario 2015 competition at Western University on April 23. Stephen competed against 19 other Ontario university students and earned a place in the coveted top-ranking positions. See the 3MT® U of T web page for competition details.​​​

Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships

​Award Ov​e​rview

​Student Deadline:

Set by the graduate unit

​Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

January 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Value & Duration:

$8,000 for one year

Level of Study:


​Required Legal Status:

Canadian citizen


April 2016 by agency


Up to 40 Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships will be awarded nationally to doctoral students who are registered or about to commence studies in Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.


Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen;

  • Be a resident of Canada (although at the time of application, a candidate may be studying outside the country); preference will be given to those born in Nova Scotia, followed by those born in any of the other Atlantic provinces;

  • Be registered or about to commence (May or September 2016) doctoral studies in either Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science at a participating university (see application form​ for full list);

  • Hold a degree from a Canadian university other than the one at which the doctoral studies will be conducted during the tenure of the fellowship;

  • If only a degree at the bachelor’s level is held, have at least two years' experience in either teaching or industry in the chosen field of study;

Successful applicants who are later awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC, CIHR, or SSHRC) must inform the Walter C. Sumner Foundation immediately.

Application Process

Applicants must ensure that Part I of the application form, proof of citizenship, their official transcripts, and referees' forms (Part II) are submitted to their graduate unit by the unit's internal deadline. Applications that are incomplete, ineligible, or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.​

A completed application will consist of the following documents (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

  • Application form​;

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship (i.e., copy of valid passport, birth certificate); and

  • Official transcripts from all universities attended.

Notes Regarding Application Form:
  • Part I: must be completed by the applicant (additional sheet may be attached).

  • Part II-A: form must be completed by the supervisor of most recently completed thesis. Referee may also attach additional sheet for comments.

  • Part II-B: form must be completed by prospective supervisor or current supervisor. Referee may also attach additional sheet for comments.

  • Part III-A: form must be completed by the graduate chair of the applicant's U of T graduate unit.

  • Part III-B: will be completed by SGS after graduate units have submitted their nominations.


​SGS will notify all nominees of the results of the University competition in March. Decisions regarding the national competition will be announced by the Walter C. Sumner Foundation at the end of April.

Resources & Contacts

​Graduate Awards Office


Apply Directly to the Awarding Institution

African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarshp


Funded by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and The MasterCard Foundation, the ALT Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity by offering young African women and men the opportunity to study in a master’s degree program in public administration, public policy, or public finance at a Canadian university.

The 2016 competition for study programs starting in September 2016 is now open. The deadline to apply is November 2, 2015, at 23:00 GMT.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen and a resident from sub-Saharan Africa;

  • be pursuing an eligible master’s degree program in public administration, public policy, or public finance at a Canadian university;

  • be between 22 and 35 years old;

  • have two to five years of full-time work experience in the public sector, civil society, or research institution/academia in Africa;

  • have completed an undergraduate degree (equivalent to 4 years of university) with a minimum average of B (75%);

  • be fluent in either English or French; and

  • meet the academic requirements of the study program of choice.

For other information (expenses covered by the scholarship, selection criteria, documents to submit with application) on the ALT Scholarship Program, please visit www.cbie-bcei.ca/alt.

Application Process

Interested candidates can request more information about the ALT Scholarship application process by emailing alt@cbie.ca with the following information:

Last name, First name

Country of Citizenship

Country of Residency

Age and date of birth (dd-mm-yyyy)

Number of years of work experience in the public sector/civil society/research or academia

Information on all university degrees completed or in progress (name of university, country, full name of degree completed)

​Language of study (English, French, or other)

Please note that only candidates meeting all the eligibility requirements will receive further details on the application process. Additionally, documents received by email will not be considered as part of an application

Contacts & Resources

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

Fulbright Canada Scholarship Opportunities

The mandate of Fulbright Canada is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the United States of America by providing support to outstanding graduate students, faculty, professionals, and independent researchers. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enrol in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders in both countries.

For more information, please visit the Fulbright Canada website.

IODE Canada

IODE Canada is a national women's charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service, and citizenship programs. Candidates must be Canadian Citizens and in at least their second year of doctoral program at a Canadian or Commonwealth University.

For a full description of this award, application procedures and the application form, please visit IODE's website​.


Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.​

Proposals are accepted at any time.

For more information, visit the Mitacs-Accelerate website.

Pursuit Award in Childhood Disability

Administered by the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, this international award recognizes outstanding achievements in childhood disability research by current PhD students and recent alumni who defended their PhD thesis in the last year.​

The annual competition is announced in November and up to three recipients will be awarded. Please visit the Bloorview Research Institute's website​ for further details.​


​Award Overview

Student Deadline:

​Visit the SmartStart webs​ite​

Value & Duration:

Up to $30,000 per approved application

Level of Study:

​Master's, doctoral, or university graduates

Area of Study:

​Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math


To further accelerate the growth of the next generation of technology companies, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) ​and Extreme Startups, Canada’s premier early-stage technology accelerator, have partnered to jointly deliver business advisory services, education and seed financing to qualified SmartStart program start-ups and entrepreneurs.

​The partnership between OCE and Extreme Startups provides start-ups with access to financial and business support services, including mentoring, education, training, advisory services, and seed financing. OCE manages the program which aims to improve the business and management skills of recent graduates and graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. These next-generation entrepreneurs are taking the next step out of publicly funded academic institutions and research hospitals the SmartStart program is there to facilitate entrepreneurship training and development.

How to Apply

For more details including program objectives, eligibility criteria, application process, and form, visit the ​SmartStart website​.


The applications are ​evaluted by a committee composed of senior OCE staff, Extreme Startups staff, and representatives from the investment sector. The funding process is competitive.​

Vision Science Research Program-OSOTF

A $17.25M endowment from the OSOTF/U of T/ Vision Science Research Program-Toronto Western Hospital donation provides support for a number of graduate fellowships each year (deadline in early spring). Graduate student projects must be in areas related to vision science.

​For student eligibility criteria and application forms, please visit the VSRP website​. Look for VSRP Fellowship Program in the "About" button.