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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 Program is managed by CBIE, in partnership with IPAC and in collaboration with AAPAM. Visit the CBIE website ​for program information and application deadlines.

Brazil Scholarship: Ciência sem Frontei​ras​ (Science without Borders)​


The University of Toronto is very pleased to receive applications from excellent Brazilian doctoral students who will be applying for Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) scholarships.

U of T is one of the top-ranking universities in the world. It has one of the strongest graduate schools in North America, presenting top students with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth of any other Canadian campus. Toronto is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world; it frequently ranks first overall in international surveys of the best cities in which to live and work.


As per the Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) website, approved PhD degree-seeking students and doctoral non-degree visiting research students will receive tuition, living expenses, travel expenses, and health insurance from the CsF scholarship program. PhD degree-seeking students are eligible for funding for full programs (maximum four years) and doctoral non-degree visiting research students for shorter terms (4 to 12 months).

How to Apply

Application Procedures for CsF PhD Degree-Seeking Students

  1. Begin the process by finding a program you are interested in applying to. Application deadlines vary from program to program. Please visit the program's admission requirements page or contact the graduate unit for the exact date.

  2. Investigate potential supervisors in the graduate program you intend to apply to. Check with the graduate unit about the local procedure for finding a supervisor. The University of Toronto has a useful research directory called the Blue Book, where you can search for a wide range of topics and research areas, as well as find faculty with specific expertise.

  3. Once your potential supervisor has agreed to supervise you, begin the application process to the University.

  4. Carefully read the application instructions and requirements for your chosen academic program provided on the program's website. Please note that students who meet, even exceed, admission requirements may not necessarily receive an offer of admission.

  5. Collect the documents required for your application (e.g., transcripts and reference letters).

  6. Take an English-language proficiency test and ensure your test results are sent to U of T. The English-language proficiency test scores must meet the minimum requirements for admission to U of T.

  7. Once you have received an offer of admission from U of T, apply to Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) scholarships through the CsF website. Submit your U of T letter of offer to the CsF scholarship program.​

  8. If you receive acceptance from the CsF scholarship program, IMMEDIATELY notify your supervisor and send a copy of the CsF acceptance letter to Victoria Hurlihey at SGS.

  9. Begin the process to obtain a study permit.

  10. As soon as you arrive in Toronto, obtain an invoice from Student Services at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and set up your health insurance (UHIP) through the Centre for International Experience. Contact Victoria Hurlihey at SGS for assistance.

​Application Procedures for CsF Doctoral Non-Degree Visiting Graduate Students

  1. If you are interested in applying to this program, consult with your current doctoral supervisor to determine if this program is right for you.

  2. Investigate potential supervisors you would like to work with. First, visit graduate unit websites to view faculty member profiles. The University of Toronto also has a useful research directory called the Blue Book, where you can search for a wide range of topics and research areas, as well as find faculty with specific expertise. Once you have identified a potential supervisor, contact him or her.

  3. Ensure that you understand the terms and conditions. Doctoral International Visiting Graduate Students (non-degree): 

    a) are registered as full-time non-degree students;
    b) must be in good standing and registered full-time at their home institution in a doctoral program;
    c) must meet the SGS English-language proficiency requirement;
    d) must abide by the University of Toronto’s research policies and protocols, including intellectual property and research ethics;
    e) are not permitted to register in graduate courses; and
    f) will have access to basic research services (e.g., library, email access, computing) and basic student services (e.g., recreation facilities).

  4. Take an English-language proficiency test and ensure your test results are sent to U of T. The English-language proficiency test scores must meet the minimum requirements for admission to U of T.

  5. Once you have a supervisor, apply by submitting the International Visiting Graduate Student form to the home graduate unit of the potential supervisor.

  6. The supervisor at U of T will submit a letter co-signed by the U of T supervisor and department chair confirming supervisory arrangements and all aspects of the visit (including intellectual property, access to research equipment and supplies, research ethics, and space) to their graduate administrator at U of T. This letter must be countersigned by the student and the supervisor at your home university.

  7. If approved by the graduate unit and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), SGS will issue an offer of admission letter to the student.

  8. Once you have received an offer of admission from SGS, apply for a scholarship from the Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) program through the CsF website. You are responsible for sending the SGS offer of admission letter to the CsF scholarship program.

  9. If you are granted a CsF scholarship, IMMEDIATELY notify your U of T supervisor and send a copy of the CsF acceptance letter to to Victoria Hurlihey at SGS.

  10. ​As soon as you arrive in Toronto, obtain an invoice from Student Services at SGS and set up your health insurance (UHIP) through the Centre for International Experience. Contact Victoria Hurlihey at SGS for assistance.​​

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.

China Scholarship: China Scholarship Council

In partnership with the University of Toronto, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers scholarships 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, 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.


The CSC will cover return airfare, visa application fees, and annual living allowance including the University Health Insurance Plan. The University will cover the candidate’s tuition fees (exclusive of other fees, such as registration or student association fees) and consider them for further financial support.


In order to qualify for a CSC doctoral scholarship, the candidate must be a Chinese citizen or permanent resident and cannot be working or studying abroad at the time of application. Eligible students will have excellent marks, and will undertake to return to China upon completion of their studies.

Students must also meet all of the U of T's requirements for admission to a doctoral program. Typically, this entails the prior completion of a degree equivalent to a U of T Master’s as well as meeting the minimum English language requirements. In order to apply for the CSC scholarship, students must already have received an unconditional offer admission from the University of Toronto promising to cover the cost of tuition.

How to Apply

Please apply to the University of Toronto as usual. When applying, make sure to notify the Department or Program, through the Graduate Program Coordinator, and the potential supervisor that you will also be applying for a CSC scholarship, or that you have already been offered one.

Once you receive an offer of admission from the U of T, you should apply for a CSC scholarship through your home university.

Your candidacy for a scholarship will be evaluated and referred by your home university to the China Scholarship Council. Further information on this process is available on the CSC website.

Please note that the funding offered to you in your letter of admission will be contingent on your successful application for a CSC Scholarship.

Required Documents

You will need to submit:

  • A hard copy of the signed CSC Application form

  • Completed CSC Employer Reference Form

  • A copy of the full application to the University of Toronto plus supporting documents such as communications with the supervisor

  • A copy of the unconditional offer of admission from the University of Toronto.

Mexico Scholarship: CONACYT

The National Council for Science and Technology/The Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT) is an organization funded by the Mexican government that has been encouraging the development of professionals of the highest quality for more than 30 years.

If you are are a citizen of Mexico and applying to a doctoral-stream (i.e., research-based) graduate program at the master's or doctoral level at the University of Toronto, you may be eligible for a scholarship offered through a collaboration between the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (OCGS) and CONACYT. As this scholarship is tenable at a select number of graduate departments and only supports eligible research programs, it is important that you inquire with your proposed graduate department prior to starting a CONACYT application. 

The scholarship covers tuition fees (cost shared by CONACYT and the graduate unit) and provides a living allowance. Please contact your proposed graduate department to inquire. For more information, visit the CONACYT website.

Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students


The Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students assists graduate units in recruiting and supporting top international graduate students. Approximately 20 scholarships will be awarded each year.

Value & Duration

The award value to the Connaught scholar is $35,000.00 total per year, which includes the cost of domestic rate tuition, incidental fees and the program's standard minimum stipend. This scholarship is renewable and will continue in the same form throughout the standard period of the program's funding commitment. ​


​​​Nominees must be new international applicants who have or will be offered admission to full-time doctoral or doctoral-stream programs with a funding commitment.

Nominees' graduate programs must begin in the Fall.

Nominees must not have been previously registered at U of T.

Nominees who will begin as master's students in a doctoral-stream program must intend to transfer to the graduate unit's doctoral program within the standard reclassification time period.

If successful, recipients who later become permanent residents of Canada will continue to be eligible for the balance of their renewable Connaught.

How to Apply

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

Admission application deadlines are set by the individual graduate units​

Contacts & Resources

Please direct all questions about this competition to the Internal Awards Officer at​.

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships

The World Fellowship Fund was established to provide opportunities for women from foreign countries to pursue graduate studies in Canada and the United States.

Eligible applicants must be female, international registered, full-time master's or doctoral students. Applicants cannot be a citizen or landed immigrant of Canada or the United States. The award value is $4,000 USD.

For more details, visit the External Awards​ 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 2014.

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.​

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) is designed to attract international PhD students to the University of Toronto.

Value & Duration

The University of Toronto will have 15 awards to distribute annually. The OTS is held for four years and renewed to the student for each of the three years following the first year, provided the student maintains good academic standing and continues to meet recipient eligibility requirements.

Please note that students who intend to begin in a masters program and transfer to a PhD within 12 months are not eligible for the OTS program. Nominees must be entering a PhD program directly.

Application & Deadline

Applications are accepted only via nominations by the graduate units. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) are encouraged to contact their graduate unit when applying for admission to the University of Toronto. Application deadlines are set by the individual graduate units. For further details, please visit our G​overn​​ment-Funded Awards page​.

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.​