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

Apply Through the SGS Graduate Awards Office (GAO)

Autism Scholars Awards

Award Overview

Student Deadline to SGS

December 1, 2018

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 2019, from the agency

Previous Autism Scholar Award Winners​

Congratulations to the University of Toronto 2018 winner:

Patrick Jachyra is pursuing a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science, and is examining how to remove barriers which limit physical activity participation among young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ontario.

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


With the support of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, 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.


  • To be eligible to receive an award, an applicant must be

    • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of January 31, 2019; and

    • Registered as a full-time student in a master’s or doctoral program at an Ontario university at the beginning of the award period (Fall 2019) and remain registered as a full-time student throughout the entire duration of the award.

  • A master’s student remains eligible until the end of the sixth term of full-time study;

  • A doctoral student remains eligible until the end of the 15th term of full-time study; and

  • While holding an Autism Scholars Award, a recipient is precluded from holding any other award with a value of more than $20,000 for the same academic year (subject to the university’s own policies)​.

Application Process

Each applicant must submit to the Graduate Awards Office an electronic copy of the following documents by application deadline:

  1. The completed app​lication form;

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

  3. A statement of research written by the candidate (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 staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca before application deadline). 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
Graduate Awards Officer (Provincial)

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships

Award Overview

Student Deadline to SGS:

November 30, 2018 (no later than 4:30 pm)

Value & Duration:

$4,000 USD for one year

Level of Study:

Master's or Doctoral

Required Legal Status:

International (Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are ineligible)


May 2019


The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society of 100,000 key women educators in 17 countries that promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The World Fellowship Fund was established to provide opportunities for international women to pursue graduate studies in Canada and the United States. 

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 (Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are ineligible);

  • Have achieved a TOEFL score, or equivalent documentation, that at least meets the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency minimum requirements, unless English is the applicant's first language; and​

  • Not be completing their degree requirements in 2019. Award holders must be registered full-time in their program throughout the 2019-20 academic year in order to receive and retain the funds. 

Application Process

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Delta Kappa Gamma Qualification & Application Checklist for all of the eligibility and application instructions and requirements.

Each applicant must ensure that a complete application package is provided to the Graduate Awards Office (63 St. George Street, 2nd floor reception) in hardcopy by 4:30pm on Friday, November 30, 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application Package

Review the detailed requirements for the application materials on the Delta Kappa Gamma Qualification & Application Checklist.

  1. Completed applicati​on form​;

  2. Copy of a valid study permit;

  3. 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;

  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL score or equivalent); and

  5. Three (3) confidential letters of reference (using the DKG Letter of Reference form) in signed and sealed envelopes. 

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.

Contacts & Resources

Review the Delta Kappa Gamma Qualification & Application Checklist.

For more information, please contact:

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)

Mackenzie King Open & Travelling Scholarships

Two types of Mackenzie King Scholarships were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies.

Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

The Travelling Scholarship is awarded to applicants who have a degree from a Canadian university and are pursuing graduate studies in the areas of international or industrial relations within the United States or the United Kingdom. The Mackenzie King Board receives about 35 nominations annually for four scholarships, each of approximately $10,500 (number of recipients and value are subject to change).

Mackenzie King Open Scholarship

The Open Scholarship is awarded to an applicant who has a degree from a Canadian university and is pursuing graduate studies in any discipline, within Canada or elsewhere. The Mackenzie King Board receives approximately 80 nominations annually from all universities to award one scholarship of approximately $8,500 (value is subject to change).​

View the full details on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:

Date set by graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

December 7, 2018 (date to submit unit nomination to SGS)

Value & Duration:

3 Master's Awards—$​25,000 plus $1,000 research allowance
3 Doctoral Award—$35,000 plus $2,000 research allowance
2 Postdoctoral—$50,000 plus $5,000 research allowance

Level of Study:

Master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral​

Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)


April 2019​, from agency


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 heal​th care system.

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

2018 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 2018 winners:

Ashley Untereiner is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology. 

Maria Cusimano is a ​​Master's student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation. 

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

Previous Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award Winners

Congratulations to the University of Toronto's 2016 winners:

Alisa Grigorovich is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dalla Lana School of Publich Health Science. Alis​a will investigate female workers’ experiences and responses to sexual harassment from clients in Ontario residential long-term care facilities. 

Denise Jaworsky is a master's student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation. Her research focuses on the way in which living in rural and Northern areas of Canada affects the ability of women living with HIV to access care

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.​

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

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:

Date set by graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

January 24, 2019

Value & Duration:

$40,000 (+ up to $20,000 travel) per year for three years

Level of Study:


Required Legal Status:

Domestic or International


Late April directly by Foundation


The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program aims to help shape researchers into engaged leaders who are conscious of the impact of their research, connected to the realities of the communities in which they work, and open to non-conventional forms of knowledge. The Foundation is seeking candidates who are audacious, original, and forward-thinking. Each year, the Foundation awards up to twenty (20) scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral students pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes​: Human Rights and D​ignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and​ the world, & People and their natural environment.

Scholars will receive:

  • Membership in a community of other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, all of whom are leaders and change-makers in their respective disciplines and sectors;
  • Leadership training from Mentors and Fellows;
  • $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses; and
  • $20,000 per year for three years, as a research and travel allowance.

Scholars must:

  • Attend a community retreat and two Institutes of Engaged Leadership during the first year of their term;
  • Collaboratively plan and participate in a conference event during the second year of their term;
  • Work with other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows on a creative knowledge sharing and dissemination project during the third year of their term;
  • Work towards fluency in English and French with support from the Foundation;
  • Actively engage and collaborate with the Foundation’s community of Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows; and
  • Submit one research progress report per year.​

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must:

  • Have been accepted into or be currently registered in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities and social sciences* at the time of application; and

  • Be Canadian citizens studying in or outside of Canada, or non-Canadians studying in Canada.

*Generally, the Foundation accepts nominees from faculties that are traditionally considered as humanities and social sciences. There is some flexibility for candidates pursuing interdisciplinary research (e.g. a social science approach to medicine).​

Selection Criteria

The Trudeau Selection Committee is looking for:

  • Academic excellence;

  • Leadership experience and abilities;

  • Thematic relevance of the doctoral research to the Foundation’s themes​;

  • Exceptional communication and public engagement skills;

  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and share knowledge, and to belong to a vibrant community made up of leaders from across sectors; and

  • All forms of diversity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, language, region, and discipline. The Foundation welcomes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit candidates.​

Up to 25% of Scholars in a given year may be non-Canadians enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution.​

Application & Nomination Process

Applicants must be nominated by the Canadian or foreign institution where they are currently accepted or enrolled in a doctoral program. Complete details on the application process can be found within our Instructions for Applicants document​.  

In order to be considered for a nomination, applicants must: ​

  1. Complete a registration request form located on the Foundation’s website;

  2. Receive a username and password within 4 business days (check spam folder);

  3. Complete the online application through the Foundation’s portal, including:

    • Uploading scanned copies of their current official transcripts from all post-secondary studies, including grading legends;

    • Entering the contact information for three (3) referees; and

    • Submitting the complete application online

  4. Submit the above completed application including transcripts to their graduate unit, as per the unit’s deadline, paying special attention to any specific instructions (e.g. hardcopy or electronic submission). Graduate units will receive applicants’ reference letters through SGS.


The SGS Graduate Awards Officer (Internal) will notify units’ nominees of the University competition results in mid-February (graduate units will be copied).

In Spring 2019, the Foundation will select and invite finalists to an in-person interview in Montréal. Unsuccessful nominees will be directly notified by the Foundation via mail. Up to 20 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Scholars will be chosen and notified by late April but will not be publicly announced by the Foundation until May.

Safety Abroad Requirements for Travelling Scholars

Safety Abroad procedures are mandatory for all U of T students travelling outside of Canada, including to the U.S.A., and must be completed before the travel occurs (regardless of receiving scholarship support). Contact safety.abroad@utoronto.ca for further information.

The following steps must be completed prior to departure and cannot occur retroactively:​

  1. Complete the online registration request form. This should occur at least one month before departure. The Safety Abroad Office will register the student and send a confirmation email;

  2. Sign on to the Safety Abroad Database and complete a profile, including emergency contact, passport and travel health insurance information;

  3. Attend the appropriate Safety Abroad Workshop (valid for 1.5 years) - certain workshops are only offered once a month so be sure to plan accordingly in order to attend before travelling;

  4. Sign and submit waivers to the Safety Abroad Office;

  5. Submit a Safety Planning Record (students should contact safety.abroad@utoronto.ca to confirm if this step is applicable to their travel);

  6. Obtain supplementary health insurance (if not already covered).

For travel to a region designated by the Global Affairs Canada as "Avoid Non-Essential Travel" or "Avoid All Travel" students must contact the Safety Abroad Office at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca as soon as possible to request special approval for the trip.

Contacts & Resources

For program information and online application, visit the Trudeau Foundation website​

For information regarding the U of T selection process, please contact: ​​

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)

2018 Trudeau Scholars

Andrew Kaufman

Andrew Kaufman (Human Geography) researches financial firms that invest in other countries' debt. He is interested in how capital moves around the world and affects the development of cities like Toronto and New York.

Read more.

Diala Lteif Diala Lteif (Urban Planning) investigates how, in making Beirut their home, refugees and internally displaced populations in Lebanon have appropriated concepts of migration and citizenship.

2017 Trudeau Scholars

Sarah Mason-Case

Sarah Mason-Case (Law and International Relations) examines how diverse communities of state and non-state actors, including civil advocates, Indigenous coalitions, and industry, engage in lawmaking practices that define the contours of international climate change law.

Ido Katri Daniel Del Gobbo (Law) is researching the role of alternative dispute resolution in addressing campus sexual violence in Canada.

2016 Trudeau Scholars

Christopher Campbell-Duruflé

Christopher Campbell-Duruflé (International Law) analyzes how new rules of international law resulting from United Nations climate change negotiations might allow Canada and other international actors to respond to climate change in innovative ways.

Ido Katri 

Ido Katri (Law) is proposing an approach to promoting gender self-determination that accounts for the diversity of transgendered people's unique challenges and values their lived experiences of the law.

Cynthia Morinville

Cynthia Morinville (Department of Geography) is exploring the lived experiences of informal workers in the global South who extract rare metals from discarded electronic waste. Her research uses documentary filmmaking and photography to tell the e-waste story in a new way.

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 workers in Canada can help inform local and international efforts to establish more equitable and ecological food systems.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) at U of T

So you think you've got a thesis? You'll have just three minutes and one power-point slide to present your doctoral research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way to a panel of non-specialist judges. 

Learn more about the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Toronto.

Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:

Date set by graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

January 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Value & Duration:

$8,000 for one year

Level of Study:


Required Legal Status:

Canadian citizen


Late May, 2019 by the 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 (Permanent Residents of Canada are ineligible);

  • 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 2019) 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 Canadian passport, birth certificate, or citzenship card); and
  • Official up to date transcripts from all universities attended, including a current University of Toronto transcript. Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall session of the year of application (if registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered). Web-based print-outs are not accepted.
Notes Regarding Application Form:
  • Part I: To be completed by the applicant and must include:
    1. Personal information
    2. Contact information (If there is a possibility that you will move at the end of the winter session, provide contact information for use by the Sumner foundation after April 1st.)
    3. Academic background, including degrees, awards, theses, publications and research​
  • 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.​


Current recipients of the Sumner award may submit a request to renew the award for an additional year.  A new application form is not required.  Awardees should submit the following documentation via their graduate unit:

1. A one page report which includes information on:

  • (a) the research completed;
  • (b) any papers in press or published;
  • (c) a transcript showing results of any course work;
  • (d) papers or posters presented; and
  • (e) any other relevant information. 

2. A letter from the recipient's research supervisor co-signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies (SGS will obtain this signature for applicants), indicating that, in their view, satisfactory progress has been made by the student.  The letter must also disclose whether the applicant has been awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D) for his/her second year of study.


SGS will notify all nominees of the results of the University competition in March. Walter C. Sumner Foundation will notify only the successful candidates directly at the end of May.

Resources & Contacts

For more information, please contact:

Graduate Awards Office

Apply Directly to the Awarding Institution

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.


Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada's premiere research internship program. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges. Armed with the very latest tools, techniques, and innovations, the intern (a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) brings a new perspective to the problem faced by the industry partner.

Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

  • Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.
  • No deadlines: applications are accepted at any time
  • Application process: simple, easy, and quick; typically approved within four to six weeks
  • International students and postdocs are eligible

More information on eligibility and how to apply. To obtain the "Office of Research Services Representative or equivalent" signature on your proposal, the applicant's supervisor must upload and submit the application through the university's My Research Application (MRA) System. The MRA should be started well in advance to ensure a successful submission since it can take several business days to receive the required approvals (including departmental Chair approval).  Please contact Elizabeth Ribeiro copying innovations.partnerships@utoronto.ca at the U of T Innovations & Partnerships Office for details. ​

Vision Science Research Program-OSOTF

A $17.25 million endowment from the OSOTF/U of T/Vision Science Research Program-Toronto Western Hospital provides support for a number of graduate fellowships each year.

The deadline for the 2019-2020 competition is May 10, 2019. The application form is now available online. Graduate student projects must be in areas related to vision science/health research.​

For student eligibility criteria and application forms, please visit the VSRP website. Click Apply.

Bertram Scholarship

In recognition of the growing importance of good governance to all Canadian institutions, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research is offering annual Bertram Scholarships of $15,000 to PhD students registered at Canadian universities. The scholarship will support the work of students who are conducting research into organizational governance as part of their doctoral research project.​

One of the application components is a signed letter from an appropriate university official indicating their willingness to administer the scholarship of behalf of CFGR​. Applicants who require this document from U of T may request it by email from the Graduate Awards Office​.  

The deadline for the 2018-19 competition was May 22, 2018. 

For more information and application form, please visit the Bertram Scholarship website​.​