Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Award Overview


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. Finalists, up to 3, receive $1,000 each.


Candidates across all divisions, including humanities, social sciences, and sciences, are warmly encouraged to apply. Please see UTAA’s website for complete eligibility requirements.

At the time of application, applicants must be registered and in good standing in the second or third year of a doctoral program (third or fourth year of a direct-entry doctoral) at the University of Toronto. The scholarship is not open to students who are pursuing master’s degrees.

Note: If a student transfers from a master’s program to a doctoral program without completing the master’s degree, the commencement of their doctoral program will be from the date of first registration in the master’s program. For example, if the student transferred after their first year of registration into a PhD program, they would now be in year two of a “fast-track” PhD program.

Eligible candidates:

  • Will have an outstanding academic record and be making exceptional progress in their doctoral program, as demonstrated by academic records, letters of recommendation, and other measures of scholarship according to their discipline;
  • Should be involved in work that reflects a concerted effort to understand and respond to the changing intellectual landscape in their field of study; and
  • Should have demonstrated a commitment during their doctoral program to enhancing the student experience of their peers through extracurricular leadership within the University and involvement in the life of the University. Of equal importance will be the candidates’ commitment to community outreach and involvement, as demonstrated by extracurricular activities outside of the University and their discipline. Community outreach often relates to disciplinary background. Therefore, outreach not specifically related to one’s research or academic field is highly valued and should be emphasized in the application. NOTE: only achievements/contributions during the doctoral program will be considered.

Application Process

Applicants must complete an online Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award application. Applications that are incomplete, ineligible or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Complete application details are listed on the University of Toronto Alumni Association’s website.

Additional Info

By early February, successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified. Finalists who are not selected as the Sedra Scholar will each receive a $1,000 prize in recognition of their achievement, and will be named UTAA Graduate Scholars. The Sedra Scholar and all finalists are honoured at the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony held each spring.

Contacts & Resources

View the complete application details on the University of Toronto Alumni Association’s website.

For questions about this competition, please contact:

Debbie Chau
Graduate Awards Officer
Graduate Awards Office, School of Graduate Studies


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