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 application)​


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/SJD studies with Ontario universities. Using a 2/3 to 1/3 government to institution ratio, approximately 15 Ontario Trillium Scholarship for PhD/SJD 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 $35,000.00 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 for a total of 4-5 years*, in accordance with the program’s normal period of funding, provided the student remains eligible, in good academic standing, and meets the terms and conditions of the award.  *A 5th year may be provided 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 $40,000.00 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/SJD 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 instalment of the award will continue to be eligible for the balance of their renewable scholarship. A change in legal status after receiving the first instalment 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

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.​

The University of Toronto and the Government of the United Mexican States' National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) have renewed their partnership by signing an agreement to support up to 150 scholarships over the period of the 5-year agreement for Mexican students who have already completed a master's degree to pursue doctoral education at the University of Toronto. 

Mexican state governments and other national government agencies (e.g. Ministry of Energy) offer other forms of scholarship assistance to Mexican nationals in partnership with CONACYT, including those for pursuing research-master's programs at overseas universities. Faculty members interested in admitting students applying to CONACyT scholarships for research-master's are encouraged to connect with SGS.


CONACYT: The Mexican government will provide successful PhD applicants funding to cover tuition equivalent to the program's domestic rate (up to a maximum of $21,000 CAD/Yr), health insurance (generally up to 715 USD/Yr.), and living expenses (generally up to 13,200 USD/Yr.) for 4 years.

U of T: Financial obligations for graduate units/supervisors accepting CONACYT scholarship recipients will be contingent on departmental funding guidelines, i.e. units/supervisors will cover any differential in funding between CONACYT Scholarship and that of a normal funding package provided to international students.

Cohorts (by admission period) that will be funded under this program: Fall 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022  ​


In order to qualify for a CONACYT doctoral scholarship, applicants must be Mexican citizens.

PhD degree program applicants 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 for a PhD program, as well as meeting the minimum academic and English language requirements. In order to apply for this CONACYT scholarship, applicants must already have received an offer of admission from the University of Toronto.

While applicants from all disciplines are welcome, CONACYT has identified the following fields of study as priority areas for CONACYT scholarship funding:

  • Biotechnology and Agricultural Sciences;
  • Biology and chemistry;
  • Medicine and health;
  • Energy;
  • Environment;
  • Earth Sciences;
  • Industrial manufacturing technologies;
  • Materials;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Information technology and telecommunications;
  • Applied mathematics and modeling.​

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply to the University of Toronto for admission to a PhD program as required, but early enough to obtain an official offer of admission letter before CONACYT application deadline.

IMPORTANT: When applying, indicate on the SGS Online Admissions Application that you will be applying for the " CONACYT – UToronto Program". In addition, make sure to notify the graduate unit, and your potential supervisor that you will also be applying for a CONACYT scholarship.

Step 2: Apply to CONACYT between April and June of each year as per instructions on the CONACYT website. Once you receive the appropriate official U of T offer of admission letter (which may specifically reference the conditional CONACYT funding), you may then use this letter to include in your CONACYT application.


Mexico City and metropolitan area: 5322 7708
Interior of the Republic: 01 800 800 8649
From abroad: (52) 55 5322 7708
CONACYT website

University of Toronto
Fong Di Caterina, Manager, Graduate Awards
School of Graduate Studies
Tel: 416-978-2150

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

Award Overview

Student Submission Deadline:

June 15, 2018 (4:30pm)

Value & Duration:

Up to $10,000 for one year

Level of Study:

Research-stream master's or doctoral

Required Legal Status:

International students. Please see "Eligibility" section below.


Established with initial funding from the Donner Canadian Foundation, this Fellowship provides, on an annual basis, an established mechanism through which the University of Toronto is able to receive international graduate students who fall into one of the two categories listed below. This is a Fellowship that provides financial support for academic endeavours. Please note that the Fellowship does not provide any form of assistance in obtaining travel visas, or refugee status claims.


Eligible international students fall into two categories:

  • Students are currently in Canada as Protected Persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, but are unable to return to their home countries; or

  • Students whose academic careers have been impacted by changing political environments in their country of current study such as by changes in immigration law

Applicants must:

  • As of the application deadline, be a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and be living in Canada; or be a graduate student whose current program of study has been impacted by changing political environments in their country of current study such as changes in immigration law;

  • Have an outstanding academic record as demonstrated by transcripts and other measures of scholarship;

  • Be registered, or have accepted an offer of admission as a new or transfer student to a full-time research stream master's or doctoral program at the University of Toronto for the 2018-19 academic year;

  • Demonstrate financial need through the application process; Priority will be given to applicants outside the funded cohort; and

  • Have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the student experience of his/her peers through previous extracurricular leadership at a university and commitment to community outreach and involvement, as demonstrated by extracurricular activities beyond academe.


  • In order to hold the Fellowship, currently registered students must remain registered for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship recipients may reapply to hold the award for a second year provided they continue to meet all eligibility criteria.

Value & Duration

Up to $10,000 for one year. Fellowships must be awarded in addition to the program's normal funding commitment.

Application & Deadline

Applicants must submit their completed application and all attachments via the Massey College website by June 15 at 4:30 pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must include:

Completed application form (found on the Massey College website);

  • Statement of Intent describing why applicant should be considered for the Scholar-at-Risk Fellowship. This statement should include background information on why the candidate came to Canada, or why they are seeking to study in Canada; their current circumstances, and why they are pursuing their chosen graduate program (2 pages max, single spaced, 12 pt font);
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (scans of official, unofficial, student-issued or web transcripts are permitted), scanned together as one PDF file;
  • Curriculum vitae outlining academic achievements, scholarships and awards received, plus publications, work experience, and extracurricular involvement both inside and outside a university. Extracurricular experience should be clearly separated into two categories: inside and outside of the university context;
  • Copy of University of Toronto Offer of Admission letter if not currently registered in a program;
  • If applicable, proof of Protected Person status (e.g. copy of the letter of determination from the Immigration and Refugee Board or Citizenship and Immigration Canada or Protected Person Status Document); and
  • Leadership and community involvement reference letter – maximum two pages (written by someone who knows the candidate in an academic or a non-academic capacity). This letter is to be sent directly to Massey College as per application instructions. 

The Leadership Letter may address the following:

    • Personal achievement:
      • impactful involvement and achievement in professional programs/associations such as sports, arts, science, business etc.
      • entrepreneurial achievement (start-up company); and/or
      • foreign travel and study.
    • Involvement in academic life:
      • mentoring/teaching;
      • supervisory experience;
      • involvement in student government and in the institution community, including committees, teams, senate, boards, ethics committees, etc.;
      • project management;
      • roles in academic/professional societies; and/or
      • organization of conferences, meetings, courses etc.
    • Volunteerism/community outreach:
      • community involvement in charity or not-for-profit organizations.
    • Civic engagement:
      • parliamentary page positions and internships;
      • political activity; and/or
      • elected positions.
    • Social skills:
      • develops positive relationships with a diverse range of people;
      • cares about and listens to what others say and gives feedback;
      • knows how to motivate individuals;
      • is persuasive;
      • is supportive of peers;
      • is able to negotiate;
      • is viewed as trustworthy, ethical and dependable;
      • is well-respected; and
      • displays mastery of presentation skills and public communications.

Resources & Contacts

Massey College website

For more information, please contact:

Fong Di Caterina 
Manager, Graduate Awards Office, School of Graduate Studies 

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:

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.