The Vivekananda Graduate Prize (OSOTF)


The Vedanta Society of Toronto


Up to $600.00

Number of Awards Available

One recipient annually

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Be a domestic graduate student (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person)

  • Be registered full-time and will maintain full-time registration throughout the academic year immediately following the current competition

  • Demonstrate financial need

  • Demonstrate academic merit
    • Have achieved at least A- ("A-" = 80%)​ or equivalent in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); 
      • ROSI print-out is sufficient for the U of T transcript. Each applicant must also provide a copy of their previous institution’s official transcript; this copy may be obtained upon request from the applicant's U of T graduate unit
    • Or if the student has completed two years of graduate studies, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- ("A-" = 80%) or equivalent on all graduate courses completed.
      • ROSI print-out is sufficient for the U of T transcript; in this case, a copy of the previous institution’s transcript is not required
  • Exemplify Vivekananda’s ideal of education:

Vivekananda (1863–1902), a philosopher and saint, said, “Education…is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested all your life.” ​

He did not consider people as educated just because they could pass some examinations and deliver good lectures. In his words, “The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion—is it worth the name?...We must have life building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas.”

Application & Nomination Procedure

  1. University-Wide Awards application form

  2. Completed financial need assessment section within the application form​

  3. Transcript(s), as per above

  4. A statement written by the applicant that clearly addresses the relevance of their application with regard to Vivekananda’s ideal of education

  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).


Each applicant may contact their graduate unit for the exact application deadline.​

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