International Awards

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.

Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

In honour of the significant contributions made by Professor Adel S. Sedra, former U of T Vice President and Provost, the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) has established this award to recognize a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular leadership.

One fellowship of up to $25,000 is awarded annually. If the recipient is an international student, the award is increased to fund any tuition differential and individual University Health Insurance Plan premium.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships ​Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

Seventy fellowships are awarded annually, divided evenly between Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). There are a total of 140 awards active at any one time.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy of research goals and projects between the following:

  • applicant—individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career
  • host institution—commitment to the research program and alignment with the institution’s strategic priorities

CAGS/ProQuest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards & John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research

The CAGS/ProQuest-UMI and Leyerle-CIFAR awards both recognize Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field.

The CAGS/ProQuest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards annually present two awards: one for engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences; and one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences. The Awards are granted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and are sponsored by ProQuest-UMI (University Microfilms International).

The John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research was established to honour John Leyerle, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the late 1970’s, who played an instrumental role in founding the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in 1978. This prize recognizes an excellent student who is clearly performing outstanding interdisciplinary research.

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

For the 2019-20 academic year, CSC received 12 applications for U of T, of which 6 were successful. The average U of T success rate for receiving a CSC has been approx. 50%. 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.

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society of 100,000 key women educators in 17 countries that promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The World Fellowship Fund was established to provide opportunities for international women to pursue graduate studies in Canada and the United States.

Doctoral Completion Award (DCA)

The aim of the DCA is to support full-time PhD and SJD students who are beyond the funded cohort but within the time limit for the degree.

Students who have experienced a delay in their program due to unfortunate personal circumstances should refer to the SGS Emergency Grant program.

Changes were made to the DCA in the 2012-2013 academic year. The award is now administered by individual graduate units. Please be sure to check with your home unit about applying.

Governor General’s Gold Medals

The Office of the Governor General annually awards Gold Academic Medals to students who achieve the highest academic standing at the graduate level. The assessment of highest academic standing includes an examination of the following:

  • Academic performance in degree courses (first class average);
  • Evaluation of the thesis and the thesis defense; and
  • Originality and significance of the research.

Three (3) gold medals are available at the University of Toronto.

One medal will be awarded to a candidate from Division I or II; one medal will be awarded to a candidate from Division III or IV; the third medal will be awarded to an outstanding candidate from any division.  The medals will be presented at the Governor General’s Gold Medal reception ceremony in the spring, to which all nominees will be invited. Recipients will receive a Gold Academic Medal and personalized certificate signed by the Governor General of Canada

Iranian Student Memorial Scholarship – 2020 Graduate Application

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.

Latin American Scholarship Programs (CALDO)

Today, 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 government agencies and foundations in Canada and Latin America.

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 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 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.

NAGS Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards

The Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) annually recognizes one outstanding master’s thesis and one outstanding doctoral dissertation at one of its member institutions. Each institution may nominate one candidate per category.

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.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) program is a provincially-funded initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for PhD studies with Ontario universities. Using a 2/3 to 1/3 government to institution ratio, approximately 15 Ontario Trillium Scholarships for PhD students had been awarded annually at the University of Toronto.

Please note: Funding support for new Ontario Trillium Scholarship offers is currently suspended. Existing award holders will continue to receive the balance of their renewable scholarship.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

The renewed Scholarship program of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is a gateway for courageous, bold, original thinkers who are hungry to play a leadership role in their communities. The Foundation’s three-year program aims to train Engaged Leaders, in order to build the capacity for academics to make their research accessible beyond academia, to partner and work with a diversity of actors across society, and to help address some of the most pressing domestic and global issues of direct relevance for the future of Canada.

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program​

The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to Graduate Faculties to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.

This funding is designed to help the University compete with peer institutions for top-tier candidates, and to support the University in meeting its institutional goal of fostering increased diversity and representation at all levels of teaching, learning and research. The funding is being offered as a pilot program for three years which was inaugurated in March 2019.

Nominees must be nominated by their prospective Faculties/divisions following the timeline and processes outlined below. While the nomination/application process will normally begin with faculty advisors/mentors, funding for the successful nominees will be provided to their respective Faculty Research Office for administration.

Read about the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 Fellows.

Schmidt Science Fellows Award

The Schmidt Science Fellows program is supported and funded by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Strategic Fund for Innovation, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust and supported by many of the world’s leading scientific thinkers and institutions. The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to develop the next generation of science leaders to transcend disciplines, advance discovery, and solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Fellows engage and co-produce with diverse thinkers in science, politics, society, and business to catalyse new ideas and connections. The Fellowship year is the beginning of their membership to a lifelong community of Schmidt Science Fellows, their partners and supporters, all of whom are committed to furthering interdisciplinary science to achieve greater global impact.

For the 2020 cohort selection process, the Program is inviting nominations from approx. 100 leading science, technology, and engineering institutions around the world; the University of Toronto may nominate nine candidates.

About the program

The program seeks the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and computing who are interested in broadening their horizons and pursuing a challenging and rewarding period of study with the world’s leading academics and institutions. The full-time year long program is delivered through a combination of group sessions at some of the world’s leading universities and a special postdoctoral study in a field different from a Fellow’s existing expertise. Fellows are awarded a stipend of $100,000 and receive personal and scientific mentoring to enable them to maximize the opportunities from their Fellowship.

The program has relationships and committed support from internationally-leading research leaders and laboratories to ensure fellows are placed into a stimulating, challenging and rewarding environment. Throughout the placement year, Fellows will have access to personal and scientific mentoring to enable them to maximize the benefits of their fellowship and to support their career development.

Schmidt Science Fellows attend four convenings as a cohort during their fellowship year. The Global Meetings Series is held around the world to enable Fellows to engage with new concepts, to visit leading science facilities and to have dialogue with internationally-renowned thought-leaders from science, business, policy, and society. The meetings cover four main themes with focused learning outcomes:

  • Interdisciplinary thinking
  • Science leadership development
  • Future of science
  • Collaborative community

By the end of the final meeting it is expected that all Schmidt Science Fellows to be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of interdisciplinarity
  • Demonstrate ability to take concepts from one field and apply them to a related field
  • Identify ways to take scientific risks and persevere in the face of failure

Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship​

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 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.

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 grad students, these bursaries create opportunities that can provide academic and personal enrichment for high-achieving graduate students who would not be able to afford the fees associated with Junior Fellowship.

In joining Massey College, recipients will be welcomed into a community of scholars and professionals from across Canada and around the world.

For more information about Junior Fellowships at Massey College, go to: https://www.masseycollege.ca/people/junior-fellows/

SGS Conference Grant

The SGS Conference Grant provides financial support to encourage eligible students to actively present their research at an academic conference during the early stages of their graduate studies.

This grant aims to provide successful applicants with sufficient funds to cover at least the minimum registration fee for the proposed conference. Depending on availability of funds, top-ups, based on the location of conference, may be possible for in-person presentations requiring travel; remote/online presentations will be eligible for the registration fee portion only.

Applicants are expected and encouraged to seek support from various other sources in order to supplement their travel and other related expenses. The SGS Conference Grant assessed value is not impacted by other sources of available support. Students may collect payment for one SGS Conference Grant per graduate degree.

SGS Emergency Grant

The SGS Emergency Grant program aims to assist currently registered, full-time graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency. The grant is intended to help provide immediate short-term relief of such financial need and is not intended as a source of long-term funding. Students should also consult the information on SGS Emergency Loans which may be appropriate depending on the situation.

COVID-19 Supports: The University of Toronto is working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing emergency financial support and work-study opportunities for students. The new Funding Opportunity Directory provides resources to access those university financial aid supports as well as provincial and federal government programs. The Directory will be updated as new initiatives are introduced.  Please also check your department websites for possible additional resources.

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, a major award instalment, OSAP (Ontario Students’ Assistance Program), teaching assistantship, or research assistantship payment, etc.

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 Sponsorship Fund

The SGS Sponsorship Fund supports two types of initiatives designed, led, and attended by graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows at U of T: (a) the SGS Events Fund and (b) the SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund.

(a) The SGS Events Fund supports the planning and implementation of an event at U of T that contributes to the SGS mission of:

  • Working collaboratively to advance excellence and innovation in graduate research and education.
  • Fostering an outstanding graduate experience for our diverse student population.
  • Creating and promoting opportunities for graduate student and postdoctoral fellow professional development.
  • Advancing integrity and ethical conduct in graduate research and education.
  • Establishing policy and promoting best practices for graduate research and education.

For the 2019-20 cycle, the School of Graduate Studies is calling for proposals for events at the University of Toronto focused on mental health awareness, engaging with stigma against mental illness, and promoting mental health. Preference will be given to events that have significant U of T student/fellow participation in planning and implementation and/or prioritize U of T students and fellows as participants.

(b) The SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund supports the development of new or expanded Graduate Professional Development initiatives by and for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that contribute to the SGS mission of:

  • Working collaboratively to advance excellence and innovation in graduate research and education.
  • Fostering an outstanding graduate experience for our diverse student population.
  • Creating and promoting opportunities for graduate student and postdoctoral fellow professional development.
  • Advancing integrity and ethical conduct in graduate research and education.
  • Establishing policy and promoting best practices for graduate research and education.

The SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development fund supports events taking place at the University of Toronto. Preference will be given to events that have significant U of T student/fellow participation in planning and implementation and/or prioritize U of T students and fellows as participants.

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 on-campus summer athletic membership 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 $80.15 to apply towards their summer membership purchased to access both in-person and on-line programs through a campus athletic facility. In other words, students will be fully reimbursed for a May-August summer gym membership at Hart House and receive up to $80.15 towards the cost of a full or partial summer membership purchased at KPE.

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 anna.reale@utoronto.ca and UTSC students are asked to visit the University of Toronto’s Graduate Education website for information and direct questions to graduate-awards@utsc.utoronto.ca.

Study in Canada Scholarship

The Study in Canada Scholarships program aims to increase opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada to welcome international students from around the world. The academic placement must be carried out on a full-time basis at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution located in Canada. The Study in Canada Scholarships program is open to students from all academic disciplines, for programs of up to two years in duration at the post-secondary level leading to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college, technical or vocational institute or university in Canada. To be considered for a scholarship, candidate students must first apply for admission to an academic program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

This competition is a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their innovative and significant research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the University, and to the broader public. It is open to the public and advertised within the community.

Canada 3MT Competition

The 3MT Canadian champion will be chosen from 11 finalists from three regional competitions. Both master’s and doctoral-level students are eligible. For more information, visit the Canada 3MT website.

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.

University-Wide Award: Ara Mooradian Scholarship

University-Wide Award: Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship

University-Wide Award: Jeanne F. Goulding Fellowship

University-Wide Award: Joseph Bazylewicz Fellowships

University-Wide Award: Kwok Sau Po Scholarship

University-Wide Award: Lorne F. Lambier, Q.C. Scholarship

University-Wide Award: Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship

​This fellowship is designed to honour outstanding PhD students who are conducting research that addresses issues crossing traditional faculty boundaries.

Established by Colleagues and Friends of Professor R. Paul Young, this fellowship recognizes Professor Young’s significant contributions during his seven-year term as Vice-President, Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto (2007 to 2014). During his appointment, Professor Young led a major University-wide planning effort that resulted in the University’s Excellence, Innovation, Leadership Strategic Research Plan. The success of this project is a testament to his passion for research and his ability to build consensus on complex challenges.

University-Wide Award: Ranjit Kumar Graduate Fellowship

University-Wide Award: Scace Graduate Fellowship

University-Wide Award: SGS Fellowships and Bursaries for Black and/or Indigenous Students​

University-Wide Awards

Approximately 20​​ awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are available within the ​​SGS University-Wide Awards competition.​ Applicants must meet all award specific eligibility criteria required, as outlined within each award description (review list with links in the Application Process section below).

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).