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

Gradute 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)​




Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at the School of Graduate Studies. Approximately 15 awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are available within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition.

After the competition is announced, each graduate unit:

  • sets its own internal application deadline for receiving students' applications

  • selects their top candidates and forwards them to SGS by the nomination deadline.

Eligibility to Apply

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 2016-17 academic year).

Please note that two of the awards fall outside of the criteria mentioned above:

  • Agnes M. Ireland Award is for eligible new, incoming students beginning the first year of their graduate program in September

  • Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship is for eligible graduating U of T students who will start a graduate program at the University of Michigan in September.

Eligible applications that are not successful in obtaining a listed award for which they applied will be considered for other available awards not currently listed on the SGS website.

It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure they are eligible for each award to which they apply, by:

  • reading the requirements within each award description (below)

  • submitting all of the required documentation by their graduate unit's application deadline.

​Ineligible or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Need-Based / OSOTF Awards

Awards categorized as need-based only do not consider applicants' academic merit/transcripts.

Awards categorized as "OSOTF" (Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund) are only open to eligible applicants who:

  • are Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons at the time of application

  • are residents of Ontario at the time of the application

  • demonstrate financial need in the application's financial need assessment section.

Merit-Based Awards

Awards categorized as merit-based ​only do not consider applicants' financial need.

At minimum, applicants must demonstrate an overall average of at least A- ("A-" = 80%) or equivalent:

  • If in the first or second year of graduate studies, applicants must have an overall average of at least A- on the 20 most recently completed one-term/session courses. Note: If master's or doctoral degree marks used for calculating grade point average (GPA) are not available (i.e., courses graded on a pass/fail basis), then the most recently available undergraduate or graduate marks must be used.

  • If in the third year (or higher) of graduate studies, an overall average of at least A- only needs to be demonstrated on all graduate-level courses completed.

See grading scales.

Application Process

Applicants can confirm their graduate unit's application deadline with their graduate administrator in late March.

In order to apply, applicants:

  1. must complete the SGS University-Wide Awards Application (posted in this section in March) and provide at least one letter of reference

  2. may apply for more than one award in this competition by submitting one complete application package to the graduate unit as per the unit's internal deadline

  3. must ensure they submit all of the additional required documentation for each of the awards for which they are applying (detailed in the award descriptions below)

  4. must ensure that letters of reference are sent directly from the referees to the graduate unit as per the unit's internal deadline.

Please note that supporting documentation is also required for certain items within the financial need assessment section of the application form (if applicable). Please refer to the SGS University-Wide Awards Financial Need Guide.

The application form will be posted in March (the form must be saved to a local computer before it can be completed).

Award Descriptions

The awards in this competition are categorized by division—see SGS's divisional structure to find out which division your graduate unit belongs to.

​​All Divisions​

​Number of Recipients Awarded ​Annually
Joseph Bazylewicz Fellowship​​1 to 5
Jeanne F. Goulding Fellowship​1 to 3
Agnes M. Ireland Award (OSOTF)​1 to 3
Ranjit Kumar Graduate Fellowship​1
Kwok Sau Po Scholarship​1 to 2
UTFA Al Miller Memorial Award (OSOTF)​1 to 2
Scace Graduate Fellowship​1 to 4
Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship​1 to 2
Vivekananda Graduate Prize (OSOTF)​​1
Professor R. Paul You​ng Fellowship​​1
Divisions I & II (Humanities & Social Sciences)​
​Number of Recipients Awarded Annually
CCD​ Fiftieth Anniversary First Families Award (OSOTF)​1
Hungarian Helicon Foundation Graduate Award (OSOTF)​1
​Divisions III & IV (Physical Sciences & Life Sciences)​​​
​Number of Recipients Awarded Annually
Lachlan Gilchrist Fellowship Fund​1 to 3
Mary Gertrude I'Anson Scholarship (OSOTF)​1 to 5
Lorne F. Lambier, Q.C. Scholarship​1
Ara Mooradian Scholarship​​1​

Award Holder Information

​​​Eligible candidates will receive an official award email from SGS—along with a link to this web page—to review the terms and conditions of their award.

Recipients are required to review the ​terms and conditions to ensure they will be able to collect and hold their award throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Payment Timeline

Upon registration for the academic year, successful candidates' payments will be processed through ACORN/ROSI in early September. If a recipient owes fees from the previous academic year (2015-16), the payment will first clear the arrears and any remaining money from the payment will be refunded to the recipient.

The method of the refund depends on the information the recipients have entered onto their ACORN/ROSI accounts. Please review the Managing Your Award web page for further information.

Deferrals / Leaves of Absence

All recipients are required to contact the Internal Awards Officer about any potential changes to their registration status and/or program.

Contacts & Resources

Please direct inquiries to:

Tara Lock
Awards Officer, Internal
School of Graduate Studies


Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship

​Award Overview

Student Deadline to Unit:

See the University-Wide Awards competition above

Unit Deadline to SGS:

May 23, 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.

For full competition details, please refer to the University-Wide Awards competition above.

Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Award Overview

Student Deadline to SGS:

4:30 pm on December 4, 2015

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.

The selection committee will choose a group of finalists to be interviewed. Candidates who are interviewed as Sedra finalists, but not selected as the Sedra scholar, may receive a $1,000 honorarium in recognition of their achievement. The Sedra scholar and all finalists will be honoured at the Awards of Excellence ceremony in the spring.

Read more 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 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

Please note that from October 19, 2015 to February 2016, the Graduate Awards Office will be located at 704 Spadina Avenue​.

Hard-copy letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes. These items may be mailed or 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 primary purpose of the Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students is to assist graduate units in recruiting and supporting outstanding international scholars to the University of Toronto's graduate programs. The effective value awarded to each student will be $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).

This grant aims to provide successful applicants with funds to cover at least the minimum registration fee for the proposed conference as well as a modest top-up, when possible. Applicants are expected to seek funding from various sources to supplement their travel and other related expenses.

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

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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 endeavors (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 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

Application 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