International Student Awards

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The following is a list of awards available to international students currently registered in graduate programs. Please refer to the SGS Admission Awards page for opportunities available for applicants when applying to graduate studies.

The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program

The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program will grant scholarships to young African women and men to pursue a master's degree in public administration, public policy, or public finance in Canada. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit to young professionals from a range of sub-Saharan countries. Special consideration will be given to equitable representation across the continent and to the advancement of female leaders.

This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and The MasterCard Foundation. The ALT Scholarship Progra​m is managed by CBIE, in partnership with IPAC and in collaboration with AAPAM. Visit the CBIE website for program information and application deadlines.

China Scholarship: China Scholarship Council

In partnership with the University of Toronto, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers sch​olarships to outstanding Chinese students who will pursue doctoral or postdoctoral studies at U of T. For doctoral students selected by the CSC, U of T undertakes to cover the cost of tuition while the CSC will provide the student with a stipend sufficient to cover living expenses (including UHIP), return airfare and visa application fees. For selected postdoctoral fellows, the CSC will provide a postdoctoral award and U of T supervisors will provide additional financial support.

For details and how to apply, please visit the China Scholarship Council page​.

Connaught International Scholarship and Ontario Trillium Scholarship

Award Overview

Value & Duration:

Connaught - $10,000 top-up (renewable for a total of 4-5 years*),

OTS - $40,000 (renewable for a total of 4 years)​

Level of Study:


Required Legal Status:

International (at time of registration)​


The Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students is a cost-sharing initiative designed to assist graduate units in recruiting and supporting top international students by providing a top-up scholarship to each recipient, which will be paid in addition to the program’s normal funding package provided by the graduate unit. 

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) program is a provincially-funded initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for PhD studies with Ontario universities. Using a 2/3 to 1/3 government to institution ratio, approximately 15 Ontario Trillium Scholarships for PhD students are awarded annually at the University of Toronto.

Value & Duration

Connaught International Scholarship

  • ​The scholarship is provided as a $10,000.00 top-up, in addition to the program’s normal funding package, to a total of no less than $35,000 annually;​
  • The graduate unit is responsible for providing recipients with the normal level of program funding, which may consist of various internal and external funding sources, including UTF, departmental endowed awards, on-campus employment such as teaching-assistantships, research-assistantships;
  • The Connaught is renewable on an annual basis in accordance with the program’s normal period of funding​ (e.g. for a total of 4-5 years) provided the student remains eligible, in good academic standing, and meets the terms and conditions of the award; *a 5th year is available for programs that have a 5-year funding commitment.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

  • ​​The scholarship is a cost-shared program serving to enhance the program’s normal funding package to a total of $40,000 annually;
  • The graduate unit is responsible for providing a funding package totalling 1/3 of the cost of the scholarship ($13,333.33), which may consist of various internal funding sources including UTF, departmental endowed awards, and/or on-campus employment such as teaching-assistantships, research-assistantships;​​
  • ​The Ontario Government’s portion of the scholarship ($26,666.64) will be provided by SGS;
  • The OTS is renewable on an annual basis and can be held for a total of 4 years, provided the student remains eligible, in good academic standing, and meets the terms and conditions of the award.​


Nominees must:

  • Be international applicants (Citizens and permanent residents of Canada are ineligible); 
  • Not be currently registered in a degree program at the University of Toronto;
  • Have been or will be offered admission to a full-time doctoral program* with a funding commitment beginning September of the upcoming academic year​; and
  • Have achieved an A- average in each of the last two years of full-time study.​

Nominees who meet the following additional criteria will be eligible for the Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS).

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) Nominees must:

  • Be intending to pursue a full-time PhD/SJD program with a funding commitment
  • Not have completed more than one year of PhD studies prior to receipt of the OTS;
  • Not currently be studying at an Ontario institution (at the time of nomination); and
  • Not first register as a master's student in a doctoral-stream program.

Award Recipients (Connaught and OTS):

  • Must remain eligible, in good academic standing, and meet the terms and conditions of the award;
  • Must register and remain registered as a full-time student (a change in status may result in suspension or termination of payments and/or returning funds already received);
  • Must maintain an A- average, and be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree as determined by their graduate unit in order to maintain the award; 
  • Who transition to permanent residency status after receiving the first installment of the award will continue to be eligible for the balance of their renewable scholarship. A change in legal status after receiving the first installment does not affect the awardee’s eligibility to continue holding the award;
  • Must not concurrently hold other major awards greater than $20,000 in value (Connaught only);  
  • Must not concurrently hold a scholarship offered by any of the following agencies: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) (OTS only).

Application and Deadline

Nominations are made by graduate units in the Winter session based on admission applications.

Students interested in the Connaught International Scholarship or Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) are encouraged to contact their graduate unit when applying for admission to the University of Toronto. ​

Admission application deadlines are set by the individual graduate units.

Contacts & Resources

Please direct all questions about this competition to:

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
School of Graduate Studies

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships

The World Fellowship Fund was established to provide opportunities for international women to pursue graduate studies in Canada and the United States. The award value is $4,000 USD.

See more details on the External Awards web page.

2018-19 Edwin S.H. Leong Scholarship


This award was established by Edwin Siu Hung Leong, the Chairman of Tai Hung Fai Enterprise Co. Ltd., a diversified property investment and development company he founded in 1977. Dr. Leong founded the Tai Hung Fai Charitable Foundation in 2005. His generosity is focused on the health and well-being of the aged and underprivileged. 

Two prestigious scholarships each at $55,000 were awarded for 2018-19 to attract outstanding candidates with financial need, to graduate programs at the University of Toronto. Preference was given to residents of Hong Kong applying to study in the following areas: science, physics, management, math, or computer science. 


Congratulations to the recipients of the Edwin S.H. Leong Scholarship! Junran Yan is undertaking a one-year Master of Arts in English literature; Dongyang Yang is pursuing a PhD in biostatistics; and Chau Lung Ngan Spark Tseung is pursuing a PhD in statistical sciences.  Learn more.

This award was available for the 2018-19 academic year only. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Latin American Scholarship Programs: CALDO

Libyan-North American Scholarship Program

The Libyan-North American Scholarship Program is a collaboration between the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), funded by the Libyan government.

Students of the scholarship program are sponsored to enrol in a wide variety of master and doctoral programs. The main programs of interest include: engineering, natural sciences, computer sciences, accounting, economics, business administration, and aviation-related majors. Students should check with the CBIE for a complete list.

Students sponsored under this program receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, an annual book allowance, computer allowance, as well as full medical and dental insurance (including accompanying family members/dependents) for the complete period of their stay in Canada. This program also pays tuition fees.

For more information, visit the CBIE website.

Mexico Scholarship: CONACYT

In a joint partnership with the University of Toronto, The National Council for Science and Technology/The Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT) offers scholarships for Mexican students to pursue doctoral education at the University of Toronto. The scholarship provides successful applicants funding to cover tuition, health insurance, and living expenses for up to 4 years.

For more information and how to apply, please visit the CONA​CYT page​.

Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship

Are you a Mitacs Globalink alumnus interested in graduate or post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto?

The Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship provides support to former Globalink students interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies, in collaboration with their partner universities.


Eligible candidates are top undergraduate students who have completed the Mitacs Globalink summer research program. The Globalink program currently accepts students from India, China, Brazil, and Mexico. Applicants will be pursuing research-based master's or PhD studies at the University of Toronto starting in September.

How to Apply

Applicants need to be registered with Mitacs for the Globalink Fellowship competition.

**Please note that in addition to applying for funding through Mitacs, applicants must apply directly to the University of Toronto for admission. How to apply.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels.

Value & Duration

OGS is awarded for only one academic year, which can consist of two or three consecutive terms (one-term awards are not granted). OGS awards are $5,000 per term.

A total of approximately 3,000 scholarships are awarded annually province-wide. Of these, approximately 20 scholarships are awarded to visa students at the University of Toronto.

For further details, please visit our Ontario Graduate Scholarship page.​

Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship

​The Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship provides, on an annual basis, financial support for academic endeavours to international graduate students who: are currently in Cana​da as Protected Persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, but are unable to return to their home countries; or whose academic careers have been impacted by changing political environments in their country of current study, such as by changes in immigration law. The value awarded to each recipient is up to $10,000 for one year.

For more information, please visit the Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship​ page.

SGS Bursaries for Junior Fellows at Massey College

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. Open to international 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.

For more information about Junior Fellowships at Massey College, visit our Internal A​wards page or go to:

U.S​.A. Indigenous Graduate Student Fellowship

The U.S.A. Indigenous Graduate Student Fellowship is an entrance award for U.S.A. Indigenous students pursuing a master's degree at The Faculty of Arts and Science or The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The fellowship alleviates international tuition fees to the equivalent of the domestic rate plus UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) fees. 


To qualify, students must:
  • Be of Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaskan Native possessessing a tribal enrollment, registration or status card, or other valid verification;
  • Be admitted to the Master's program and meet the minimum admission requirements for registration in the School of Graduate Studies, and; 
  • Remain registered and in good standing.

The Fellowship is available to new students who are not beyond the program length, as part of a three-year pilot ​program, starting from the 2018-2019 academic year.  ​

For more information on the application process, please contact the specific Faculty office listed below.


​​​Faculty of Arts and Science

Kelly Nolan
Office of the Vice Dean, Graduate Studies​
Faculty of Arts and Science

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work​

Mega​n Davies, ITR Student Advisor
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Sharon Bewell, Registrar and Adm​​inistrative Coordinator of the Graduate Programs and Student Services
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Tel: 416-978-6364

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health.

Please visit our Vanier CGS page for more details.