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

Award Overview

Purpose

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.

Two prestigious entrance fellowships each at $30,000 will be awarded annually to attract outstanding candidates from Atlantic Canadian provinces to research-stream graduate programs at the University of Toronto. These entrance fellowships must be awarded in addition to the program’s normal funding commitment. 

Eligibility

Each nominee must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be an Atlantic Canadian resident and 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-” / 80% / 3.7/4.0) in every undergraduate and graduate course completed to date);
  • demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and ongoing commitment to community service in one or more endeavors;
  • have been or will be offered admission to the first year of a full-time master’s (research-stream) or doctoral program at the University of Toronto and will subsequently register in a graduate program within the academic year following the competition (no later than the Fall session); and
  • be available to participate in an interview as a part of the selection process.​

Applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • academic excellence: transcripts, scholarships, curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, contribution to research and development;
  • outstanding leadership potential and ongoing commitment to community service in one or more endeavors (including – but not limited to – arts, sports, music, entrepreneurship or social enterprise);
  • performance at an interview with the Naylor Fellowship Committee; and
  • demonstration of potential to be a leader, ambassador, and advocate for the Atlantic provinces, embodying the spirit and culture of the Maritimes. 

Application Process

Nominations are made by graduate units in the Winter session based on admission applications that are completed and submitted by or before the graduate units’ admission application deadline. Admission application deadlines are set by U of T’s individual graduate units and can be viewed on the graduate units’ websites.

Applicants interested in being considered for the C. David Naylor University Fellowships, Endowed by a Gift from the Arthur L. Irving Foundation are encouraged to contact their prospective graduate unit when applying for admission to the University of Toronto. ​

Contacts & Resources

Please direct all questions regarding the competition or nomination process to:

Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer, Internal
School of Graduate Studies
tara.lock@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-2386

Current Recipients