University-Wide Award: CCCJ Fiftieth Anniversary First Families Award (OSOTF)

Award Overview


At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Be writing a research paper on one of the following two topics (preference is given to research relevant to the Canadian experience):
    • ​Exploration of issues related to cultural diversity identifying prejudice
    • ​Exploring its incidence and/or mode for its elimination​
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person, under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), at the time of application
  • Be a resident of Ontario, as defined by OSOTF requirements​​ (see Need Based/OSOTF Awards section of University-Wide Awards web page)
  • Be registered full-time in a graduate degree program
  • Demonstrate financial need ​- through the completion of an SGS Financial Need Assessment form
  • Demonstrate academic merit – have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed

Note: Recipients must maintain full-time registration throughout the academic year immediately following the current competition.

Application Process

The CCCJ Fiftieth Anniversary First Families Award (OSOTF) is one of the endowed awards within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition. Review the full Application Process on the University Wide Awards web page.

Each applicant must ensure that a complete application package (including their referee’s letter) is provided to their graduate unit by the unit’s specified deadline.

Application Package

A completed application will include all of the following items (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

  1. Completed and signed University-Wide Awards application form;
  2. Original or certified copies of official transcripts from all universities attended in the last two years of full-time studies or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must include transcripts for all graduate studies;
    • ACORN print-outs are sufficient for the U of T transcript
    • Certification/validation may be performed by the graduate unit. If the graduate unit is not able to certify/validate a transcript, it is each applicant’s responsibility to obtain and provide within their application package an original official transcript that was issued by the appropriate institution
    • Grading legends must be provided with every transcript. Copies of unofficial transcripts from other institutions will not be accepted. Transcripts should not be separately mailed to the Graduate Awards Office
  3. ​One-page plan of study/research proposal in non-technical language; the introduction must state how the applicant’s research meets this award’s research criteria;
  4. One letter of reference addressing the applicant’s academic merit from an academic supervisor/advisor or a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic work (one page maximum); letter must clearly state the referee’s name and contact information; and
  5. If applying for an award that requires the demonstration of financial need, a completed and signed SGS Financial Need Assessment form​ must be included​.​

Note: The donor organization requests for its library a copy of the award recipient’s final paper or thesis, which it may distribute through one of its publications.

Additional Info

Donor: Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (CCCJ)