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.
Tieghan Killackey (MN 2015), third-year Nursing doctoral candidate, recognized for her outstanding academic excellence and extra-curricular leadership. A registered nurse at Toronto General Hospital, Killackey is investigating the best ways to support people with chronic illness to make end-of-life decisions. As part of this research, she has piloted an advance care planning program at the hospital. Killackey has published three peer-reviewed papers, presented her work at national and international conferences, and co-founded a student research seminar.
Tieghan Killackey volunteers at Kensington Hospice, serves on multiple faculty committees, has been president of the Graduate Nurses' Student Society and organizes and leads ethics training for health-care professionals.
Congratulations as well to the finalists for the 2018 Sedra Award, recognized by The University of Toronto Alumni Association as UTAA Graduate Scholars. The UTAA is celebrating three finalists this year:
Samantha Chiu-Yang Chang (BA 2013 TRIN, MA 2016): UTAA Graduate Scholar
Samantha Chang, a
professional musician and a scholar of art history is conducting a cross-disciplinary investigation into the intersection of music and painting in the early-modern period. In just the second year of her doctoral studies, she has already won four major scholarships, and is ahead of schedule for finishing her coursework and beginning her dissertation.
Locke Davenport Huyer: UTAA Graduate Scholar
Locke Davenport Huyer is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, where he maintains a perfect GPA and has won several prestigious scholarships. A biomedical engineer, he has
created a new kind of polyester material for building artificial cardiac tissue, and has already published two first-author papers about his findings, and organized two research conferences.
Celina Liu (BSc 2014 UC): UTAA Graduate Scholar
Celina Liu is a doctoral candidate in her third year in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, where she is researching
effective therapies for patients with concurrent Alzheimer's disease and depression. She has already published nine academic papers, three of them as the first author.
Read about the Adel S. Sedra recipients from
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:
$30,000 for one year (up to 2 awarded annually)
Level of Study:
Master's (doctoral-stream) or Doctoral
Required Legal Status:
Domestic (Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident)
The C. David Naylor University Fellowships, funded by Arthur and Sandra Irving, at the University of Toronto were established to support outstanding students beginning their graduate degree.
Created by Arthur and Sandra Irving through the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, these fellowships honour the University of Toronto's 15th president, Professor C. David Naylor. During his eight-year tenure, he worked to ensure the global success of the University. As he elevated its academic quality, President Naylor brought greater awareness to the country and the world of the University's prominent faculty, students, alumni, and their many contributions.
As a Rhodes Scholar,
world-class researcher and teacher, President Naylor epitomizes a distinct combination of academic excellence, leadership and commitment to our country's continued growth through education. The fellowship bearing his name embodies this ideal.
Much like the man this fellowship is named after, The C. David Naylor University Fellowships focus on developing strong leaders who demonstrate academic excellence and community commitment. These fellowships are designed to attract outstanding candidates from the Atlantic Canadian provinces by enhancing the normal funding offered by graduate programs at the University of Toronto.
be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
be a graduate of an Atlantic Canadian university
(from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island);
demonstrate a track record of academic achievements of the highest level (e.g. a minimum grade of “A” / 85% / 3.85/4.0) in every undergraduate and graduate course completed to date);
demonstrate 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);
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 will subsequently register in a graduate program within the 2018-19 academic year (no later than the Fall session); and
be available to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.
Value & Duration
Two prestigious entrance fellowships each at $30,000 will be awarded for 2018-19 to attract outstanding candidates from
Atlantic Canadian provinces to graduate programs at the University of Toronto. These entrance fellowships must be awarded in addition to the program's normal funding commitment.
Application & Deadline
The application process consists of a paper application and an interview for shortlisted 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 more information, please contact:
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
Graduate Awards Office
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!
"This prestigious and generous fellowship has given me the opportunity to build off of the research that I conducted on the East Coast and to expand my knowledge on wetland ecosystems. I hope to advance wetland science, management and policies while at U of T, and to apply my knowledge and expertise in Atlantic Canada in the future. I've been utilizing the many opportunities that are offered at U of T to enhance my education and broaden my perspectives through extra-curricular activities and the Toronto city life. I've met a wide range of people from many different walks of life, which has been so enriching thus far."
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.
"It has been a busy start to my graduate studies, but my course work is already challenging me to think in new ways about my doctoral project. Settling into Toronto has also been made easier by the funding provided through the C. David Naylor University Fellowship, and will assist in getting a head start on my project research next spring."
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.Learn more.
"After a year in my PhD program, my scientific abilities have increased substantially and I feel very optimistic that I can make a positive difference in the field of regenerative medicine. The C. David Naylor University Fellowship has been invaluable in giving the opportunity to focus on my research."
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.
"I am honoured to have been a recipient of the C. David Naylor University Fellowship. The fellowship has been a great relief to my financial burden as a graduate student and has provided me the opportunity to spend more time on research. During my graduate studies, I hope to grow as a scientist and a leader, while contributing lasting knowledge to the fascinating field of structural biology."
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.