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 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 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; 
  • 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; and
  • 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, make-making, character-making assimilation of ideas."

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. 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).

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


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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