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SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund

Award Overview

Student Deadline:

December 5, 2017

Value & Duration:

Up to $5,000

Level of Study:



December 2017


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 11, 2017

Level of Study:

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

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international (depending on awards' criteria)




Approximately 16 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 11, 2017

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 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

Congratulations to 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.

Read about the recipients from 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17.

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
  • CV
  • Statement
  • 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:

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
Graduate Awards Office
(416) 978-2386

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 International 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:

$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.


Nominees must:

  • 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:

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
Graduate Awards Office
(416) 978-2386​

2017-18 Recipients

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!

Amanda Loder

"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. Learn more.

Ken Holyoke

"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.

2016-17 Recipients

Neal Callaghan

"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. 

Shuya Kate Huang

"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.

2015-16 Recipients

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.

SGS Bursaries for Junior Fellows at Massey College

  • 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 Fellowships at Massey College, go to:

To learn more about these bursaries, please contact:

Amela Marin
Dean, Fellowships, Programs & Liaisons
Massey College

2017-18 Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship

The Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship provides, on an annual basis, financial support for academic endeavours to international graduate students who fall into one of two eligible categories. The value awarded to each recipient is up to $10,000 for one year.

For more information, please visit the International Student Awards page.