OSOTF awards refer to a class of endowed awards first established in 1996 from Ontario government’s matching program called “Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund”. Under the program, every dollar of donation received was matched by the government as well as the University on a dollar-for-dollar basis, to set up permanent endowment funds to assist Ontario students with financial need. In other words, the donor provided 1/3 of the funding, matched by 1/3 from the Province, and the University provided a 1/3 to boost the overall endowed amounts.
The Provincial government held two matching program periods for OSOTF awards (the first in 1996, second in 2003), resulting in establishing OSOTF and OSOTF II awards.
In 2005, the Ontario government launched the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) program, which replaced the OSOTF program, and provided $50 million per year to match private and corporate cash donations. Smaller universities and colleges that received endowments averaging less than $1,000 a student had their donation amounts tripled by the government if they exceeded the historical level of fundraising attained by the school. The OTSS program was discontinued in 2012 when the Ontario government started providing a 30 per cent tuition rebate for eligible students under OSAP.
Although the matching programs have ended, the University continues to offer awards each year from the income generated from these endowments to domestic students who are residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.
References: OSOTF, OSOTF II, OTSS, OTSS discontinued.
SGS Accessibility Grant
The SGS Accessibility Grant supports significant educational expenses not normally covered by the student, the graduate unit, provincial, or federal agencies. We recognize that each student’s situation is unique and funding will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The grant was established to assist with accommodations necessary to meet unexpected needs arising from the particular demands of the graduate 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.
SGS Conference Grant
SGS Emergency Grant
The SGS Emergency Grant program aims to provide support to registered, full-time graduate students who, during the course of their program, experience an unforeseen, financial emergency which impacts thier ability to continue. The Emergency Grant cannot serve as a general source of funding or make up for a shortage in OSAP other funding necessary to pursue graduate studies. The Emergency Grant can provide short-term financial relief to students in an immediate crisis caused by an unforeseen situation and/or unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 . Students requesting an SGS Emergency Grant are expected to meet with a member of the SGS Financial Advising Team to review the grant application and financial need assessment process.
SGS Emergency Loan
The SGS Emergency Loan alleviates temporary cash flow problems for students who are expecting the release of funds in the near future (i.e., 30 to 120 days) from employment (U of T internal), a major award instalment, OSAP (Ontario Students’ Assistance Program), teaching assistantship, or research assistantship payment, etc.
SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award
The SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award provides financial assistance to University of Toronto Indigenous graduate students to participate in educational and experiential learning in Canada or abroad in activities specifically focused on Indigenous student or educational issues. Possible activities include Indigenous-focused events, workshops, meetings, field trips, competitions, and other educational-related activities, online or in-person, approved by the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement group (SAGE) or the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto.
Up to 10 awards of $1,000 each will be awarded annually, and applications will be considered in winter each year. Amounts are based on the recommendation of the S.A.G.E. Award committee, in conjunction with the Centre for Indigenous Studies.
SGS Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB)
The Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB) is a financial aid program that serves to assist master’s students who have experienced a delay in their program due to unanticipated factors beyond their control, and must therefore register as a full-time student beyond the program length to complete a small or minimal amount of work in order to graduate.
COVID-19 related delays: Students who were registered during or before the Winter 2020 session and whose academic progress has been significantly impeded due to COVID-19 related disruptions may be eligible for an SGS Tuition Fee Exemption. More information is available here: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/admissions/graduate-fees/#section_13
SGS Parental Grant
SGS Research Travel Grant
The SGS Research Travel Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who are registered in the Humanities or Social Sciences, in order to pursue research travel that is necessary for the final stages of their PhD or SJD program.
This grant aims to provide successful applicants with supplemental funding as applicants are expected to seek support from various other sources in order to support their proposed travel expenses.
Funding for this competition is supported by the School of Graduate Studies Travel Grant, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), The Associates of the University of Toronto Travel Award, and The Edward W. Nuffield Graduate Travel Fellowship.
SGS Summer Gym Bursary
With an aim to foster holistic health and wellness of graduate students, the SGS Summer Gym Bursary offers students a reimbursement for up to 100% of their campus summer athletic membership or program fees. The SGS Summer Gym Bursary is open to registered professional and research stream graduate students. Participating facilities include Hart House Fitness Centre and Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) athletic facilities.
With the SGS Summer Gym Bursary, students will receive a maximum reimbursement of $100 to apply towards the cost of their purchase to access either in-person or on-line programs through a campus athletic facility.
UTM or UTSC graduate students interested in accessing summer athletic programs and services are asked to inquire locally about possible bursaries. UTM students may contact firstname.lastname@example.org and UTSC students are asked to visit the University of Toronto’s Graduate Education website for information and direct questions to email@example.com.
University-Wide Award: Iranian Student Memorial Scholarship
The University of Toronto has established the Iranian Student Memorial Scholarship Fund in honour of those who lost their lives in the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752, including eight members of the University of Toronto community. This endowed fund will provide needs-based awards to international undergraduate and graduate students from Iran who have been admitted to the U of T or students from any background studying Iranian studies at the U of T. The first of these needs-based awards to be awarded in Spring 2020 for students studying at the U of T in the 2020-21 academic year.