C. David Naylor University Fellowships Endowed by a Gift from the Arthur L. Irving Foundation

Award Overview


The C. David Naylor University Fellowships, funded by Arthur and Sandra Irving, at the University of Toronto were established to support outstanding students beginning their graduate degree.

Created by Arthur and Sandra Irving through the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, these fellowships honour the University of Toronto’s 15th president, Professor C. David Naylor. During his eight-year tenure, he worked to ensure the global success of the University. As he elevated its academic quality, President Naylor 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 academic excellence and community commitment. These fellowships are designed to attract outstanding candidates from the Atlantic Canadian provinces by enhancing the normal funding offered by graduate programs at the University of Toronto.


Nominees must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be a graduate of an Atlantic Canadian university (from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island);
  • demonstrate a track record of academic achievements of the highest level (e.g. a minimum grade of “A” / 85% / 3.85/4.0) in every undergraduate and graduate course completed to date);
  • demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and commitment to community service in one or more endeavors (including – but not limited to – arts, sports, music, entrepreneurship or social enterprise);
  • have been or will be offered admission to the first year of a full-time master’s (doctoral-stream) or doctoral program at the University of Toronto and will subsequently register in a graduate program within the 2018-19 academic year (no later than the Fall session); and
  • be available to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.​

Application Process

The application process consists of a paper application and an interview for shortlisted candidates. Deadlines are set by individual graduate units. Applications are accepted only via nomination by graduate units.

Contact your graduate unit when applying for admission to a graduate program at the University of Toronto.

Contacts & Resources

For more information, please contact:

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
Graduate Awards Office
(416) 978-2386

Current Recipients