Internal Awards

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SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund

Award Overview

​​Student Deadline:

October 15, 2015

Value & Duration:

Up to $5,000

Level of Study:



December 1, 2015


To fund Graduate Professional Development (GPD) activities such as new Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program modules; organizing a career development seminar series; GPD workshops; alumni engagement or speakers series activities; networking events; TED Talks; YouTube videos highlighting diverse careers and successful graduates; experiential learning activities; team-building exercises; skills development exercises; proposing a new graduate GPD course or module, etc. (Please note that this does not include funding for students attending conferences or events outside the University of Toronto).

SGS will provide a $1,000 award to graduate student groups and will match a graduate unit/departmental/Faculty contribution for an additional $2,000, providing a total of $5,000 per award. Proper accounting for expenditures and receipts will be required. A total of $10,000 is available from SGS to support five to 10 initiatives this academic year.

For more information on how to apply, visit the SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund page.

University-Wide Awards

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:​

As determined by the individual graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

May 12, 2016

Level of Study:

Master's or doctoral (depending on awards' criteria)​

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international (depending on awards' criteria)​




Approximately 15 awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are available within the annual SGS University-Wide Awards competition.

The majority of these awards require eligible applicants to be currently registered in a U of T graduate program at the time of application (and must maintain this registration throughout the upcoming academic year).

For complete details, visit the University-Wide Awards web page.

Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship

​Award Overview

Student Deadline to Unit:

As determined by the individual graduate unit

Graduate ​Unit Deadline to SGS:

May 12, 2016

Value & Duration:

Up to $2,000

Level of Study:


Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international


The Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship is designed to honour outstanding PhD students who are conducting research that addresses issues crossing traditional faculty boundaries.

Established by Colleagues and Friends of Professor R. Paul Young, this fellowship was established to recognize Professor Young’s significant contributions during his seven-year term as Vice-President,​ Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto (2007 to 2014). During his appointment, Prof. Young led a major University-wide planning effort that resulted in the University’s “Excellence, Innovation, Leadership” Strategic Research Plan. The success of this project is a testament to his passion for research and his ability to build consensus on complex challenges. The fellowship will be awarded starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

This fellowship is included within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition. 

For complete details, visit the University-Wide Awards web page.

Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Award Overview

Student Deadline to SGS:

4:30 pm on December 9, 2016

Value & Duration:

Up to $25,000 for 1 year

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.​

Chizoba Imoka

Congratulations to Chizoba Imoka, ​U of T's 2016 Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award recipient​. A PhD candidate in the ​Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Insitute ​for Studies in Education (OISE), Imoka was recently awarded the Clarkson Laureate in Public Service for her impressive work with Unveiling Africa as well as for her pivotal role in promoting diversity efforts at Massey College.

After obtaining her degree, Imoka plans to create a research institute for the study of African educational systems and establish a teachers’ training college in Nigeria that focuses on an African-centered educational framework with the principles of inclusion, social justice, and equity​. Read more about Imoka's contributions​. (Photo credit: Johnny Guatto.)

Learn about the recipients from 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.​​

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their completed paper application to the Graduate Awards Office by Friday, December 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm.​

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 details and the application form can be found on the University of Toronto Alumni Association​'s website​.

Contacts & Resources

Please direct inquiries about this competition to the Internal Awards Officer. ​

Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students

The Connaught International Scholarships assist graduate units in recruiting and supporting top international scholars to the University of Toronto's graduate programs. The effective value awarded to each student is​ $35,000.00 in total (including tuition).

See more details on the Intern​ational Student Awards web page.​

SGS Conference Grant

The SGS Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively presenting their research at an academic conference. Two application cycles occur every year (Winter/Spring and Fall).

Because this grant serves as supplemental funding for the proposed conference, applicants are expected to seek out additional funding from other sources.​

For complete details, visit the SGS Conference ​Grant web page.

C. David Naylor University Fellowships Endowed by a Gift from the Arthur L. Irving Foundation

Award Overview

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 r​esearcher 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)

Recip​ients will be required to correspond with the donor with updates on their studies, r​esearch, and prof​essional 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​

Application deadlines are set by individual graduate units. Applications are accepted only via nomination by gradua​te 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