University-Wide-Awards

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Award Overview


Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:

Date set by graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

May 11, 2018

Level of Study:

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

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international (depending on awards' criteria)

Results:

July

Purpose

Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at the School of Graduate Studies. Approximately 16 awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are available within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition.

Eligibility to Apply

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 2018-19 academic year).

Please note that three of the awards fall outside of the criteria mentioned above:

  • Agnes M. Ireland Award is for eligible new, incoming students beginning the first year of their graduate program in September;

  • Hungarian Helicon Foundation (Ontario) Graduate Award is for eligible new incoming students as well as currently registered graduate students;

  • Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship is for eligible graduating U of T students who will commence a graduate program at the University of Michigan in September.

Eligible applications that are not successful in obtaining a listed award for which they applied may be considered for other available awards not currently listed on the SGS website.

It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure they are eligible for each award to which they apply by:

  • Reading the requirements within each award description (below)

  • Submitting all of the required documentation by their graduate unit's application deadline.

Ineligible or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Need-Based / OSOTF Awards

Awards categorized as need-based only do not take applicants' academic merit / transcripts into consideration.

Awards categorized as "OSOTF" (Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund) are only open to eligible applicants who:

1. Demonstrate financial need within the application's Financial Need Assessment section;

2. Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) at the time of the application; and

3. Are residents of Ontario at the time of the application, as defined by one of the following criteria:

  • Student has always lived in Ontario; or
  • Ontario is the last province student has lived in for 12 months in a row without being a full-time postsecondary student; or
  • Student lives in Ontario now AND has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row.

If student is married / common-law, student can be considered an Ontario resident if:

  • Spouse has always lived in Ontario; or 
  • Spouse has lived in Ontario for the last 12 months in a row without being a full-time postsecondary student; or
  • All of these statements are true:
    • Student now resides in Ontario;
    • Student has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row; and
    • Spouse has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row.

If student qualifies as a dependent student, they can be considered an Ontario resident if:

  • Ontario is the last province in which parent(s) have lived for at least 12 months in a row; or
  • All of these statements are true:
    • Student now resides in Ontario;
    • Student has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row; and
    • P​​arent(s) have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row.

The above requirements are the guidelines established by OSAP to determine Ontario residency for OSAP purposes.

Merit-Based Awards

Awards categorized as merit-based only do not take applicants' financial need into consideration.

At minimum, applicants must:

  • Have achieved at least A- ("A-" = 80%) or equivalent in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or

  • If the student has completed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- ("A-" = 80%) or equivalent on all graduate courses completed.

See grading scales.

Application Process

After the competition is announced, each graduate unit:

  • Sets its own internal application deadline for receiving students' applications

  • Selects their top candidates and forwards them to SGS by the nomination deadline.

In early to mid-April, applicants can 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.

In order to apply, applicants:

  1. Must complete the SGS University-Wide Awards Application (posted in this section in late March) and provide at least one letter of reference

  2. May apply for more than one award in this competition by submitting one complete application package to the graduate unit as per the graduate unit's application deadline

  3. Must ensure they submit all of the additional required documentation for each of the awards for which they are applying (detailed in the award descriptions below)

  4. Must ensure that letters of reference are sent directly from the referees to the graduate unit as per the graduate unit's application deadline.

Please note that supporting documentation is also required for certain items within the financial need assessment section of the application form (if applicable). Please refer to the SGS University-Wide Awards Guide on Financial Need Assessment attached to the end of the application form. 

Application form (will be posted in March; must be saved to a local computer before it can be completed).

Award Descriptions


Eligible Divisions*

Award Type
A = Admission
IC = In Course (program)**

Award Name (select to see description)

Number of Awards Offered Annually

Approx. Award Value

AllIC Joseph Bazylewicz Fellowship1 to 5Up to $5,000.00
AllIC Jeanne F. Goulding Fellowship1 to 3 Up to $2,000.00
AllIC
Ranjit Kumar Graduate Fellowship
1
Up to $5,000.00
All
IC Kwok Sau Po Scholarship1 to 2
Up to $2,000.00
AllIC
Scace Graduate Fellowship
1 to 4
Up to $4,000.00
All IC
Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship
1 to 2
Up to $7,000.00
AllIC Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship
1
Up to $2,000.00
All
IC
Vivekananda Graduate Prize (OSOTF)1
Up to $600.00
All
IC
UTFA Al Miller Memorial Award (OSOTF)1 to 2
Up to $5,000.00
AllA
Agnes M. Ireland Award (OSOTF)
1 to 3
Up to $3,000.00
AllIC CCDI Fiftieth Anniversary First Families Award (OSOTF)1 Up to $3,000.00
AllIC & A
Hungarian Helicon Foundation Graduate Award (OSOTF)
1 Up to $3,000.00
Div. 3
IC Lachlan Gilchrist Fellowship Fund
1 to 3
Up to $4,000.00
Div. 3 & 4IC Mary Gertrude I'Anson Scholarship (OSOTF)1 to 5 Up to $5,000.00
Div. 3 & 4IC Lorne F. Lambier, Q.C. Scholarship1 Up to $2,000.00
Div. 3 & 4IC Ara Mooradian Scholarship1 Up to $4,000.00

*Division 1 = Humanities, Division 2 = Social Sciences, Division 3 = Physical Sciences, Division 4 = Life Sciences; see SGS's divisional structure to find out to which division your graduate unit belongs.

** Admission Awards are held first year of study and generally applied for when seeking admission to a program. In-course Awards are for students currently registered in graduate programs


Award Holder Information

Eligible candidates will receive an official award email from SGS--along with a link to this web page--to review the terms and conditions of their award.

Recipients are required to review the terms and conditions to ensure they will be able to collect and hold their award throughout the 2018-19 academic year.

Payment Timeline

Upon registration for the academic year, successful candidates' payments will be processed through ACORN in early September. If a recipient owes fees from the previous academic year (2017-18), the payment will first clear the arrears and any remaining funds from the payment will be refunded to the recipient.

The method of the refund depends on the information the recipients have entered onto their ACORN accounts. Please review the Managing Your Award web page for further information.

Deferrals / Leaves of Absence

All recipients are required to contact the Graduate Awards Officer (Internal) about any potential changes to their registration status and/or program.

Contacts & Resources

Applicants may contact their graduate unit to determine the application deadline. 

Inquiries regarding these awards or the application process may be directed to:

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
School of Graduate Studies
tara.lock@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-2386