Government-Funded Awards

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Federal Awards​​

Students may only apply to one of the Federal Councils (NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR) in a given academic year.

Most federal awards applications are created and submitted online. However, as graduate units must conduct their own internal review and selection process, it is imperative that you contact them well before the online application is due to inquire about specific departmental deadlines and requirements. 

Please note there are no prior departmental deadlines for the CGS Master's competition, and applicants must only adhere to the December 1 online application deadline. 

The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards are administered through the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. Please visit the OVPRI website for CIHR Doctoral deadlines and the application procedures.

​Students applying to SSHRC or NSERC only need to complete one application for a doctoral award. Top applicants for the doctoral award are offered the CGSD award.

Students may hold a maximum of four years of funding from the federal councils (NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) at the post-graduate level.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program

Award Overview

​Graduate Unit Deadline:​

​February 11, 2015—final day to submit candidate list to SGS

Student Deadline:

December 1, 2014

​Value & Duration:

CGS M - $17,500 for one year​

​Level of Study:

To support master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada​

Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)

Purpose:

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursuing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.

Please visit the CGS M website for full details and eligibility criteria. 

U of T students and prospective students can find more details here.

Vanier CGS-—A Tri-Agency Aw​​ard

Award Overview

​Student Deadline:

Inquire with your current/proposed graduate unit for their internal deadline​

Graduate Unit Deadline:

October 6, 2014—final day to submit nominations to the Graduate Awards Office​

Value & Duration:

$50,000 per year for three years​

Level of Study:

To support PhD, or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD​

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international​

Purpose:

The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must do so through the Canadian university to which they are applying for doctoral studies.

Learn more about the eligibility criteria and how to be nominated by the University of Toronto.

View the complete guidelines on the Vanier CGS website​.

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Post-Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (PGSD)

NSERC offers Post-Graduate Scholarships (PGS) at the Doctoral level to outstanding students pursuing a degree in natural sciences or engineering. These awards are valued at $21,000 for 24 or 36 months (depending on eligibility). The NSERC PGSD is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Please visit NSERC's PGSD website for full details.

Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (CGSD)

NSERC offers Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) that provide financial support to outstanding graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in natural sciences or engineering. Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral awards are valued at $35,000 for 24 or 36 months (depending on eligibility). The NSERC CGSD is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Please visit NSERC's CGSD website for full details.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer. Please visit the CGS M website for full details and eligibility criteria. 

U of T students and prospective students can find more details here.

Industrial Postgraduate S​cholarships-Master's (IPS-1), Doctoral (IPS-2)

The NSERC IPS program allows masters and doctoral students to gain research experience in industry while undertaking advanced studies in Canada in an NSERC eligible field. There is no deadline for these awards - students may apply at any time throughout the academic year. Please visit NSERC's IPS website for full details.

The Master's (IPS-1) has a maximum duration of 24 months and a minimum value of $21,000 per year ($15,000 is provided by NSERC and $6,000 is provided by the sponsoring company). 

The Doctoral (IPS-2) has a duration of 24 or 36 months (depending on eligibility) and a minimum value of $21,000 per year ($15,000 is provided by NSERC and $6,000 is provided by the sponsoring company).       

Please visit the NSERC site for further information on any of the above award programs.

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursuing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer. Please visit the CGS M website for full details and eligibility criteria. 

U of T students and prospective students can find more details here.

Doctoral Fellowships

The SSHRC Doctoral Awards provides financial support to outstanding graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. Doctoral awards are valued at $20,000 for 12 to 48 months (depending on eligibility). The SSHRC CGSD is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Canada Graduate Scholarships–Doctoral (CGSD)

SSHRC offers Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) that provide financial support to outstanding graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. Canada Graduate Scholarships for doctoral studies are valued at $35,000 for 36 months. The SSHRC CGSD is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Applications are typically due to SGS late fall. Check with your graduate unit for application details.

Please visit the SSHRC website for further information about the above award programs.

SSHRC Impact Awards–Talent Award​

The five annual SSHRC Impact Awards (Gold Medal, Talent Award, Insight Award, Connection Award, Partnership Award) recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization, and scholarship supported by SSHRC.

The SSHRC Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, at the nomination deadline, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship (including, but not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship). For more information regarding the application process and eligibility, please visit the SSHRC Talent Award​ page.​​​

Each institution may submit only one nomination for each Impact Award in each category in a given year. See previous SSHRC Impact Award winners.

Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Programis to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursuing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer. Please visit the CGS M website for full details and eligibility criteria. 

U of T students and prospective students can find more details here​

Doctoral Research Award

Canada Graduate Scholarships for doctoral studies are valued at $35,000 for 36 months.

Applicants apply directly to CIHR through ResearchNet. For detailed ResearchNet instructions, visit CIHR's website.

Required Signatures for CIHR Doctoral Research Award Application

If the award is to be paid through U of T (not a hospital) and the research being conducted is primarily at U of T, then U of T's Research Services Office signs as "Institution Paid" and "Research Institution Location." If the location of research is off-campus, then the equivalent research office signature should be otained from that institution. 

To obtain a U of T institutional signature only, please visit the Research and Innovation website for instructions.

 

Provincial Awards

The Government of Ontario supports three major award programs for graduate studies at U of T:

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) Program

The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) Program is designed to encourage excellence in science and technology research-based graduate studies.

Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) Program

Award Overview

Value & Duration:

$40,000 (renewable for total of four years) ​

​Level of Study:

PhD​​​​

​​​Required Legal Status:

International (at ti​me of application)​

Purpose

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is a provincially-funded initiative to attract the best-qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies. Approximately 15 Trillium Scholarships for PhD students are awarded annually at the University of Toronto.

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • be an international student;

  • be intending to pursue a full-time PhD program within the funded cohort;

  • begin their program in September of an academic year;

  • have achieved an A- average in each of the last two years of full-time study;

  • not have completed more than one year of PhD studies prior to receipt of the OTS;

  • not currently be studying at an Ontario institution; and

  • ​not concurrently hold a scholarship offered by any of the following agencies: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST).

Recipients:

  • must maintain an A- average, and be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree as determined by their graduate unit in order to maintain the award;

  • must register and remain registered as a full-time student (a change in status may result in suspension or termination of payments and/or returning funds already received); and

  • transitioning to permanent residency status will continue to be eligible for the balance of their renewable OTS scholarship for a total of four years. Transitioning does not infringe upon OTS funding for recipients.

Value & Duration

  • The effective value to each student in 2015-2016 will be $40,000.00 total (including tuition). The OTS is held for four years, provided the student maintains in good academic standing and continues to meet recipient eligibility requirements.

  • The program has been designed to be cost-shared with Ontario universities using a 2/3-to-1/3 government-to-institution ratio, similar to the OGS.

  • The graduate unit will be responsible for covering 1/3 of the cost of the Trillium Scholarship ($13,333.33), which may be provided to the recipient in the form of an award such as a University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) or on-campus employment (e.g., teaching assistantships, research assistantships).

Applications & Deadline

​For the 2015-16 competition, applications are accepted only via nominations by the graduate units. Students interested in OTS are encouraged to contact their graduate unit when applying for admission to U of T. Application deadlines are set by the individual graduate units.

Contacts & Resources

For questions about the central administration of OTS, please contact the Provincial Awards Officer at stacey.kwan@sgs.utoronto.ca​.​  ​ ​