The UTFA Al Miller Memorial Award (OSOTF)


Various donors


Up to $5,000 each for up to two recipients

Number of Awards Available

One to two recipients annually

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person, under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), at the time of application;
  • Be a resident of Ontario*, as defined by one of the following criteria, at the time of application:
    • Student has always lived in Ontario; or

    • Ontario is the last province student lived in for 12 months in a row before beginning his/her current graduate program; or

    • Student lives in Ontario now AND has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row. 



    • * Full definition and criteria for Ontario residency available on SGS University-Wide Awards webpage

  • Be registered full-time in any doctoral or doctoral-stream program and will maintain full-time registration throughout the academic year immediately following the current competition
  • Demonstrate financial need within the application's Financial Need Assessment section; and
  • Demonstrate academic merit - have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
  • ​​Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership related to, or made a significant contribution to graduate student life.

Application & Nomination Procedure

Each applicant must ensure that a complete application package (including their referee's letter) is provided to their graduate unit by the unit's application deadline. 

Application Package

A completed application will include all of the following items (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

  1. Completed and signed University-Wide Awards application form (including the Financial Need Assessment section);

  2. Original or certified copies of official transcripts from all universities attended in the last two years of full-time studies or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must include transcripts for all graduate studies;

    • ACORN print-outs are sufficient for the U of T transcript;

    • Certification/validation may be performed by the graduate unit. If the graduate unit is not able to certify/validate a transcript, it is each applicant's responsibility to obtain and provide within their application package an original official transcript that was issued by the appropriate institution

    • Grading legends must be provided with every transcript. Copies of unofficial transcripts from other institutions will not be accepted. Transcripts should not be separately mailed to the Graduate Awards Office

  3. One copy of resume

  4. Statement detailing applicant's demonstrated leadership and contributions to graduate student life at the University of Toronto

  5. One letter of reference addressing the applicant's academic merit from an academic supervisor/advisor or a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work (one page maximum).

  6. *The letter must clearly state the referee's name and contact information

Note: As per the external selection committee's schedule, recipient(s) of this award will be selected and notified in November.


Each applicant may contact their graduate unit to determine the application deadline for this competition as well as to which email address all of their application materials must be submitted.

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