Student Deadline to SGS:|
4:30 pm on December 6, 2017
Value & Duration:
Up to $25,000 for 1 year; finalists receive $1,000 each
Level of Study:
Where to Apply:
Graduate Awards Office
Sponsored by the
University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA), one fellowship of up to $25,000 is awarded annually to a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding academic excellence and extracurricular leadership.
Josh Abraham, the 2017 recipient of the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award. Abraham's research on molecular mechanisms in yeast and human cells is aimed at helping us understand the basic biology of aging and longevity. In several published papers, including works in highly regarded journals such as Nucleic Acids Research and Nature Communications, Abraham has presented his findings on molecular structures called DNA-RNA hybrids, which are a common byproduct of our genes but which can also be damaging to DNA, and therefore toxic to cells.
Looking at a mechanism called "R-loop suppression," Abraham has discovered a way to stop the structures from forming -- research which is already providing new insight into how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) comes about, and may even show a completely novel way to treat diseases associated with pathological build-ups of these molecules. With his supervisor, Karim Mekhail, Canada Research Chair in Spatial Genome Organization, and several partners, he is already working on commercializing his discoveries.
Learn more about Josh's contributions.
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How to Apply
Applicants must ensure that all of the following documents are provided to the Graduate Awards Office in hardcopy by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2017:
- Application Form
- Original or certified/validated copies of up-to-date official transcripts from master's and doctoral level studies
- Three or four supporting letters of recommendation in signed and sealed envelopes
Hard copy letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes. Hard copies may be mailed or electronic copies emailed directly from the referee/institution to the Graduate Awards Office by the application deadline.
Complete application details are listed on the
University of Toronto Alumni Association's website.
Contacts & Resources
Visit the University of Toronto Alumni Association's website.
For more information, please contact:
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
Graduate Awards Office
Value & Duration:
Level of Study:
Master's or doctoral
Required Legal Status:
Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
The C. David Naylor University Fellowships are a prestigious entrance initiative designed to attract outstanding candidates from Atlantic Canadian provinces to graduate programs in the University of Toronto.
Established by Arthur and Sandra Irving and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, these fellowships honour the University of Toronto's 15th president, Prof. David Naylor. During his eight-year tenure, he worked to ensure the global success of the University, while bringing greater awareness to the country and the world of the prominence of the University of Toronto's faculty, students, and alumni, and their many contributions. As a Rhodes Scholar and world-class researcher and teacher, Prof. Naylor embodies a unique combination of academic excellence and leadership.
These prestigious entrance fellowships are for individuals who:
are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
are graduates of an Atlantic Canadian university;
have been or will be offered admission to the first year of a full-time master's (doctoral-stream) or doctoral program at the University of Toronto and subsequently register no later than the Fall session
Eligible candidates must also demonstrate within their admission application:
a track record of academic achievements of the highest level;
outstanding leadership potential and commitment to community service in one or more endeavours (including, but not limited to arts, sports, music, entrepreneurship, or social enterprise)
Recipients will be required to correspond with the donor with updates on their studies, research, and professional careers, particularly following their first year of study, but are encouraged to continue their correspondence throughout their studies at the University of Toronto.
Value & Duration
Up to two entrance fellowships of $30,000.00 each (including tuition) will be awarded for one year.
Application & Deadline
The application process consists of a paper application and an intervew for short-listed candidates. Deadlines are set by individual graduate units. Applications are accepted only via nomination by graduate units.
Contact your graduate unit when applying for admission to a graduate program at the University of Toronto.
Contacts & Resources
For further details and/or if you have questions about this award competition, please contact:
Tara Lock, Internal Awards Officer
Meet Nova Scotian
Amanda Loder and
Kenneth Holyoke, born and raised in New Brunswick. They are this year's recipients of the
C. David Naylor University Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding individuals from Atlantic Canadian provinces who are entering the first year of a full-time doctoral or doctoral-stream program.
Congratulations and welcome, Amanda and Ken!
Demonstrating leadership potential and community commitment is key to the fellowship, and
Amanda Loder excels at both: during her BSc and MSc research at Acadia University, she partnered and engaged with wetland managers from non-profit, industry and government agencies as she studied threats to wildlife habitat in the coastal Bay of Fundy region. While at Acadia she also coached the Special Olympics swim team and served as President of the Acadia Environmental Science Students' Association and Graduate Student Senator and President, among many other roles.
At U of T, Amanda is looking forward to broadening her research focus, exploring the implications of climate change for coastal wetland ecosystems and management and their capacity to store carbon.
Kenneth Holyoke comes to U of T with a wealth of experience in his chosen field. After receiving a BA in Anthropology in 2008 and an MA in Anthropology in 2012--both at the University of New Brunswick--he worked for five years as a professional archaeological consultant.
Like Amanda, Ken is an active community builder and leader. He has been involved in the Prostate Cancer Canada charity since 2009, and is co-founder and current Vice-President of the Association of Professional Archaeologists of New Brunswick.
In his doctoral studies, Ken plans to continue his research in the Lower Saint John River region of New Brunswick by exploring how ancient Wolastoqiyik understood and interacted with their landscape in prehistoric Northeastern North America.
Neal Callaghan grew up in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and completed his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biochemistry at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick under the supervision of Dr. Tyson MacCormack. His research for both of those degrees focused on understanding the physiological responses of Atlantic fish exposed to nanomaterial pollution and thermal stress. He worked closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on these projects, and even collaborated with J.D. Irving to obtain salmon for their experiments from the upper Miramichi system in central New Brunswick. Their research was funded by a variety of sources, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the New Brunswick Innovation Fund. He especially enjoyed the applied aspect of research, and decided to combine his interest in materials and biochemistry to solve defined problems by pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the IBBME at U of T. His current goal is to use nanomaterials to develop stem cells into cardiac tissue grafts and models for drug testing.
During his time at MTA, Neal found himself busy with the community and the Sackville Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for cancer research. He was also involved as a volunteer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor for the MTA competitive team, teaching safe and effective practices for use in both sport and self-defence applications. He frequently participated in community science outreach with Let's Talk Science, where he organized interactive demonstrations of chemistry and biology for elementary, middle, and high school students. He also served as a Mentor in the Leadership Mount Allison program, in which he provided guidance and feedback to a group of students as they planned and implemented their own public service project. The students put together an admirable program to raise funds and awareness for potable water availability issues in sub-Saharan Africa. He currently spends his free time playing rugby for one of the colleges at U of T, and volunteering with an outreach group at U of T that aims to connect students from low-income families with postsecondary opportunities in applied science and engineering.
Shuya (Kate) Huang has an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is attending the University of Toronto to pursue a PhD in chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, she was fortunate to work in a research lab that truly facilitated her interests in science. She became interested in the chemistry of proteins: their structures, dynamics, interactions, and the physicochemical mechanisms that drive their functions. She finds it intriguing that life has evolved to such complexity by creating structures from the permutation of amino acids. The desire to explore these phenomena eventually led her to graduate studies.
Kate was heavily involved in student societies as an undergrad. Being a co-president of Dalhousie's biochemistry student society, she enjoyed planning and organizing events throughout each school year. As a competitive badminton player, she took on the task of co-running and expanding Dalhousie's badminton club. Outside of university, she volunteered as a piano player at a local hospital and conducted a singalong program for veterans and patients.
Kate is fascinated by the process of learning and making sense of the world that she observes. For the next five years, she wishes to learn from the expertise in her field and to grow into a mature and productive scientist.
Nathan Doggett was born in the small town of Bridgewater, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. He graduated from Acadia University with a bachelor of science in biology with University Scholar status and a bachelor of kinesiology with honours. While at Acadia, Nathan completed research examining the association between both physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and asthma within the Aboriginal Canadian population, as well as their effects on healthcare utilization.
Throughout his time at Acadia, Nathan was involved in a number of clubs and volunteer programs. As an avid rugby player, he was a member of the Acadia Rugby Football Club (ARFC) for four seasons. He was also part of the inaugural Global Brigades chapter at Acadia, in which funds and medical supplies were raised in order to travel to Honduras and set up a number of mobile medical and dental clinics in remote villages and towns. Nathan went on to help plan the following year's trip as an executive member and continues to be involved as a member of the board of directors. Nathan was also involved in the Extended Warranty II Cardiac Rehab program at Acadia, where he worked with cardiac rehab patients, guiding them through personalized rehabilitative exercise programs. Nathan ihas also served as an active volunteer medical first responder with St. John Ambulance.
Nathan plans to develop his interest in healthcare and kinesiology by studying musculoskeletal sciences or immunology at U of T.
James William Johnson was born and grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. His personal involvement in community service began with volunteering at Dartmouth's local food kitchen in high school, and while studying at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on a President's Scholarship, he became involved in a range of individual food collection and fundraising activities through various student initiatives. In his second year he was awarded an externally-funded scholarship for academic achievement and community service. It wasn't until his final year, however, that he found a focal point for a broader range of social justice initiatives when he became a founding member of the first Student United Way in Canada.
Upon graduating from St. Thomas University in the spring of 2013, he was awarded a Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Master's Scholarship to pursue a Master of Arts degree in English literature at the University of New Brunswick. There, he completed a research-based thesis entitled Old Provinces, New Modernisms: Toward an Editorial Poetics of the Little Maritime Magazine. His thesis focused on the history, development, and editorial direction of four prominent, mid-twentieth-century literary magazines in the Maritime Provinces.
As a PhD student in English literature at the University of Toronto, James will examine two related alternative publishing forms in the region: polemical newspapers and small press activism from the late 1800s to the end of the 20th century.
Afro-Caribbean Canadian Student Bursaries
Indigenous Student Bursaries
International Student Bursaries
The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the launch of new bursaries developed in collaboration with
Massey College, a graduate students' residential community affiliated with, but independent from, the University of Toronto. Designed for Afro-Caribbean Canadian, Indigenous, and International grad students, these bursaries create opportunities that can provide academic and personal enrichment for high-achieving graduate students who would not be able to afford the fees associated with Junior Fellowship.
Applicants must go through the regular selection process for Junior Fellowship at Massey College. All those selected, with a demonstrated financial need or related challenges, will be considered for full coverage of the Massey College Junior Fellowship fees ($16,000 for Resident and $1,200 for Non-Resident) each year as part of a three-year pilot program, starting from 2017-2018 academic year.
In joining Massey College, recipients will be welcomed into a community of scholars and professionals from across Canada and around the world.
For more information about Junior Fellowship at Massey College, go to:
To learn more about these bursaries, please contact:
Dean, Fellowships, Programs & Liaisons