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University-Wide Awards

Award Overview

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:​

May 23, 2016

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:

As determined by the individual graduate unit​

Value & Duration:


Level of Study:

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

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international (depending on awards' criteria)​



Award Holder Information

​Eligible candidates will receive an official award email from the School of Graduate Studies (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 2015-16 academic year.

Payment Timeline

Upon registration for the academic year, successful candidates' payments will be processed through ROSI in early September and refunded via cheque or direct deposit, as per each recipient's ROSI account​.

If a recipient owes fees from the previous academic year (2014-15), the payment will first clear the arrears and any remaining money from the payment will be refunded to the recipient.

Applicants are encouraged ​to enter their personal banking information within the Personal Information section of their ROSI account so that payments will be directly deposited into their personal bank account—​please review the direct deposit ​video​

Further information on payments can be found within SGS's award payment policy​.

​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.


Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at SGS. 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​.


Each award within this competition requires specific eligibility criteria and documentation. 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.​

Note: The majority of these awards require 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)​​.

Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF)

Awards that are categorized as OSOTF are only open to eligible applicants who:

  • are Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons

  • are residents of Ontario at the time of the application

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

Academic Merit

If students apply for an academic merit award, they must—at minimum—​meet the following requirements of an A- average at the time of application (A- = 80%):

  • If they are in the first or second year of graduate studies, they must have an overall average of at least A- on your 20 most recently completed one-term/semester courses.

  • If they are in the third year (or higher) of graduate studies, they must have an overall average of at least A- on all graduate courses completed.

See grading scales

Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP)

Please review the ​provincial student loan programs section​.

Further details about OSAP​ can be found on U of T’s Enrolment Services website​

Application Process

Applicants must submit a completed SGS University-wide awards application and letter of reference in order to be considered for multiple awards in this competition​.

Please note that:

  • applicants must ensure they submit all of the additional required documentation for each of the awards for which they are applying (detailed within the award descriptions below)

  • supporting documentation is also required for certain items within the financial need assessment section of the application form (if applicable)​.

All of the required documentation must be submitted to the applicant's graduate unit by the unit's application deadline for this competition. Letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees to the graduate unit by the unit's application deadline.

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

The application form will be posted here in March (the form must be saved to a local computer b​efore it can be filled out.

Please review the SGS University-Wide Awards Financial Need Guide​.​

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


Please direct inquiries about these awards to​

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.

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. The Fellowships will be awarded starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

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 Fall 2015

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, 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

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