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.
This award was available for the 2018-19 academic year only. Applications are no longer being accepted.
C. David Naylor University Fellowships Endowed by a Gift from the Arthur L. Irving Foundation
The C. David Naylor University Fellowships, funded by Arthur and Sandra Irving, at the University of Toronto were established to support outstanding scholars who are active in community service and commencing the first year of a graduate degree program.
Created by Arthur and Sandra Irving through the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, this program honours the University of Toronto’s 15th president, Professor C. David Naylor. During his eight-year tenure, President Naylor worked to ensure the global success of the University. As he elevated its academic quality, he brought greater awareness to the country and the world of the University’s prominent faculty, students, alumni, and their many contributions.
As a Rhodes Scholar, world-class researcher and teacher, President Naylor epitomizes a distinct combination of academic excellence, leadership and commitment to our country’s continued growth through education. The fellowship bearing his name embodies this ideal.
Much like the man this fellowship is named after, The C. David Naylor University Fellowships focus on developing strong leaders who demonstrate leadership, academic excellence, and community commitment.
Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program
Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M) Program
The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian universities, and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.
MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students
The Department of National Defence (DND) has partnered with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to deliver the Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) scholarship initiative. The MINDS program, which comprises five pillars, is committed to fostering the next generation of security and defence scholars in the Canadian academic community and to encouraging a strong Canadian knowledge base in contemporary defence and security issues.
The MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students, valued at $17,500, are award supplements offered to successful Canada Graduate Scholarship—Masters (CGS M) applicants who self-identify as Indigenous and whose studies relate to defence and security.
Interested students must apply via the CGS M application form, and must complete the MINDS supplement module, which includes a personal statement and a statement of thematic relevance. For detailed instructions on how to apply, see the MINDS program description. The deadline to apply is December 1.
Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements
The Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative will provide financial support to meritorious Indigenous students who have applied to the NSERC and SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholars — Master’s program. To be considered, applicants must be eligible to apply to the CGS M program, self-identify as Indigenous for the purposes of this initiative, provide a one-page (3,000 characters maximum) personal statement, and have had their application deemed meritorious in the CGS M review process.
For detailed instructions on how to apply, see the pilot initiative description. The deadline to apply is December 1.
Black Student Researchers
The Government of Canada has deployed additional funds to increase direct support for Black student researchers. CGS M applicants who self-identify as Black and provide consent in their application to be considered for funds designated for specific groups may be able to receive this funding through a scholarship as part of this initiative. Each agency has a limited number of additional CGS M awards reserved for this initiative. For more information, consult the Frequently asked questions about the new Black scholars funding web page.
China Scholarship Council: Scholarships
In partnership with the University of Toronto (U of T), the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers scholarships to outstanding Chinese students who will pursue doctoral or postdoctoral studies at U of T under the established collaborative program: China Scholarship Council – University of Toronto Joint Funding Program.
The CSC aims to fund in its annual competition:
- 20 Chinese students for U of T’s PhD program for up to 48 months
- 20 Chinese visiting PhD students at U of T, for up to 24 months
- 10 postdoctoral fellows for up to 24 months
- 10 visiting scholars for up to 12 months
Each year, CSC aims to fund 20 new Chinese U of T students in its annual competition for the PhD degree program. The average U of T success rate for receiving a CSC has been approximately 50%; CSC granted 10 awards to U of T applicants in 2021-22 and 11 in 2022-23. Successful applicants typically have excellent grades and one or more publications.
Connaught International Scholarship
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.
Ghana Scholarship Secretariat: Scholarships
To support cultural and educational exchange between Canada and Ghana, the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat and the University of Toronto (U of T) have established an initiative whereby the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat provides financial support through scholarships to Ghanian students who have been accepted into doctoral programs of study at U of T.
Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarships for Master’s Students
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarships (IEAS) aim to diversify academia by supporting the recruitment of underrepresented groups, specifically first-year Black and Indigenous master’s students to PhD-stream programs (i.e., MA, MSc, MSW, MEd, MPH, and other research and professional programs that are commonly a stepping-stone to a U of T PhD program). These scholarships are an SGS initiative developed in response to recommendations emerging from the Weecheehetowin Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Anti-Black Racism Task Force Final Report, and the Scarborough Charter. These scholarships will increase graduate school opportunities for Black and Indigenous applicants whose paths to academia include significant accomplishments that may not be included in conventional graduate admission criteria.
Started in 2022, the 3-year pilot program will provide 100 admission scholarships over three years, each valued at $15,000, funded by SGS, to support the creation of new graduate funding packages and award opportunities for Black and Indigenous applicants who have potential to be highly successful (may require non-standard admission) but would otherwise remain unadmitted due to lack of funding availability (Departmental, Faculty or PI) in a funded program, or would not accept an offer of admission due to lack of resources to pay for an unfunded program. It is expected that the scholarship will enable the graduate unit to offer admission to these applicants, facilitated by this initiative and the availability of additional funding.
Latin American Scholarship Programs (CALDO)
U of T is home to approximately 650 students from Latin America, many of whom are graduates of the region’s leading universities. International PhD students in most programs at U of T are charged the same tuition fees as our domestic students. To further attract and support Latin America’s best and brightest students, U of T has established a number of scholarship agreements with Latin America via CALDO. The CALDO Consortium provides guidance to prospective students from Latin America on finding and applying for graduate programs in top Canadian universities.
Mackenzie King Open & Travelling Scholarship
Two types of Mackenzie King Scholarships were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies. U of T is permitted to nominate two (2) candidates from each category to the national competition.
The Travelling Scholarship is awarded to applicants who have a degree from a Canadian university and are pursuing graduate studies in the areas of international or industrial relations within the United States or the United Kingdom. The Mackenzie King Board receives about 25-30 nominations annually for four scholarships, each of approximately $10,500 (number of recipients and value are subject to change).
The Open Scholarship is awarded to an applicant who has a degree from a Canadian university and is pursuing graduate studies in any discipline, within Canada or elsewhere. The Mackenzie King Board receives approximately 80-90 nominations annually from all universities to award one scholarship of approximately $8,500 (value is subject to change).
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 (starting Fall 2018) for Mexican students to pursue doctoral stream education at the University of Toronto.
Mexican state governments and other national government agencies (e.g. Ministry of Energy, FUNED) offer other forms of scholarship assistance to Mexican nationals in partnership with CONACYT, including those for pursuing research and professional programs, and postdoctoral studies at overseas universities. Faculty members interested in admitting students applying to CONACYT scholarships are encouraged to connect with SGS.
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.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology
The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII‐GSST) program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology. The program is supported through funds provided by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector.
Established with initial funding from the Donner Canadian Foundation, the School of Graduate Studies and Massey College provide this Fellowship, on an annual basis, as an established mechanism through which the University of Toronto is able to support eligible graduate candidates who meet the criteria listed below. The Fellowship offers financial support for academic endeavours and the opportunity to participate in the Massey College community.
Please note that the SGS Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship is separate from the Scholars and Students at Risk Award Program administered by the University Registrar’s Office (URO). Students should apply to only one of these opportunities per academic year; either the SGS Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship OR the URO’s Scholars and Students at Risk Award Program.
SGS Bursaries for Junior Fellows at Massey College
The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to provide funding for bursaries, developed in collaboration with Massey College, which is a graduate students’ residential community affiliated with, but independent from, the University of Toronto. Designed for Black Canadian, Indigenous, and International graduate students, these bursaries create opportunities that can provide academic and personal enrichment for high-achieving candidates who would not be able to afford the Resident or Non-Resident fees associated with the Junior Fellowship.
In joining Massey College, recipients will be welcomed into a community of scholars and professionals from across Canada and around the world.
Please review Massey College’s Junior Fellows webpage for more information.
U.S.A. Indigenous Graduate Student Fellowship
The U.S.A. Indigenous Graduate Student Fellowship is an entrance award for U.S.A. Indigenous students pursuing a master’s degree at The Faculty of Arts and Science or The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The fellowship alleviates international tuition fees to the equivalent of the domestic rate plus UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) fees.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
The Vanier CGS program aims 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 social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. The Vanier CGS program strongly encourages candidates to pursue their studies beyond the university that granted their previous degree(s).
Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships
Up to 40 Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships will be awarded nationally to doctoral students who are registered or about to commence studies in Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.