External Awards

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​The School of Graduate Studies offers many awards from sources external to the University of Toronto. All awards 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

​​​​December 1, 2014

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 2015​ from agency


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 Awards Program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge concerning child autism, and its translation into improved health for children, more effective services and products for children with autism, and increase the province's capacity in diagnosis and assessment of autism and a strengthened treatment system. ​


  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of January 31, 2014.

  • 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 2015-16), 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 2015-16), 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 Autism Scholars Awards 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 December 1, 2014:​

  1. The completed application formavailable from http://cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/autism-scholars-award;

  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; and

  6. Confidential letters from two assessors (emailed directly from the assessor to stacey.kwan@sgs.utoronto.ca before December 1, 2014​). 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 12, 2014 (no later than 4:00 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 2015. Award holders must be enrolled in their program for the 2015-16 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 4:00 PM on December 12, 2014:

  1. The completed application form – available from: [insert link to Graduate Award Website];

    • 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 2014 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

Please email graduate.awards@sgs.utoronto.ca more information.

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:

December 1, 2014

​Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

December 11, 2014 (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 2015​ from agency

2014 Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award Winners

Four of the six 2014 Women’s Health Scholars Awards went to University of Toronto recipients. 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 six awards, and the University of Toronto achieved excellent results. Congratulations to this year’s U of T winners:

Alex Kitson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. His research focuses on factors affecting the metabolism of docosahexaenoic acid (acid), an omeg-3 fatty acid which is important for fetal brain development and brain health of expectant mothers.

Dziyana Kraskouskaya is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry. She has initiated a project to develop fluorescent agents that would enhance our understanding of cancer onset and progression. The sensors will be used to study how women’s cancers develop and to create new therapies to fight them.

Tara Gralnick is a master’s student in the Department of Psychological Clinical Science. Her research focuses on the effect of rumination on the treatment and recurrence of depression in women undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy or taking antidepressants.

Maurice Pasternak is a master’s student in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. His research will attempt to identify the agents that allow high-frequency ultrasound to detect cancer cell death in order to create a fast, non-invasive, and accurate technique to determine the efficacy of breast cancer treatment.

For more information about the award and 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

​Graduate Unit Deadlin​e to SGS:

​October 30, 2014​—final day for units to submit candidates to the Graduate Awards Office

Student Deadline: ​​Set by graduate unit

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

Congratulations to our four 2014 Trudeau Scholars!  This is the first time the Trudeau Foundation has named four award winners from a single institution—​view U of T's official announcement.

Take a look at our 2014 Trudeau Scholars' research:

Our 2013 Trudeau Scholars' research: 


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.  


To be considered for the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, 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;

  • 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.

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 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.

Contacts & Resources

Visit the Trudeau Foundation's website for further information.

For inquiries on the competition process, please contact:

Tara Lock
Awards Officer, Internal
Graduate Awards Office

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Congratulations to U of T's Stephen McCarthy​, a PhD candidate in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, who placed second runner-up at the ​​3MT Ontario 2015 compettion 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 compettion details.​​​​​

Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships

​Award Ov​erview

​Student Deadline:

Set by the graduate unit

​Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

January 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Value & Duration:

$8,000 for one year

Level of Study:


​Required Legal Status:

Canadian citizen


April 2015 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 2015) 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 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 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

​​Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

A primary aim of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies is to foster, develop, and support Ukrainian studies in Canada and internationally. This is accomplished in part by offering or administering a postdoctoral fellowship, graduate fellowships (to master’s and doctoral students), and scholarships to undergraduate students.

A variety of scholarships and awards are available. For more information, please visit the CIUS website​.   

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:

January 31, 2014

​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.

Notification of awards, funding contracts, and annoucements: March 2014.​​

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.