Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarships for Master’s Students

Award Overview

Value & Duration

  • $15,000 for one year (i.e. $5,000 per registered session)
  • In unfunded master’s programs registered students may hold additional awards and bursaries where available
  • In funded master’s programs the scholarship will be provided along with other graduate funding sources to create a complete graduate funding package in year one of the program (base amount + tuition and fees).
    • The Unit and/or PI is responsible for ensuring the balance of funding is available sufficient to meet the unit’s normal funding commitment in the first year and in any subsequent academic sessions or years where funding is normally provided to students.
    • Funding sources may include the availability of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, University of Toronto Fellowships (UTF), internal restricted awards and/or external awards.

For international students, the cost of UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) should be factored into the total value of the students’ funding packages.


The School of Graduate Studies Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarships for Master’s Students aims to diversify academia by supporting the recruitment of underrepresented groups, specifically first-year Black and Indigenous master’s students to PhD-stream programs (i.e. MA, MSc, MSW, MEd, MPH, and other research and professional programs that are commonly a stepping-stone to a UofT PhD program).

These Scholarships are an SGS initiative developed in response to recommendations emerging from the Weecheehetowin Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Anti-Black Racism Task Force Final Report, and the Scarborough Charter to increase graduate school opportunities for Black and Indigenous applicants whose paths to academia include significant accomplishments that may not be included in conventional graduate admission criteria.

Starting with the 2022-2023 UofT admission cycle, the 3-year pilot program will provide 100 admission scholarships over three years, each valued at $15,000 payable by The School of Graduate Studies, to support the creation of new graduate funding packages and award opportunities for Black and Indigenous applicants who are highly admissible.


Interested candidates are encouraged to contact their proposed Graduate Faculty/Program /Unit upon applying for admission to a master’s program at the University of Toronto to express their interest in the scholarship. ​Each Graduate Faculty/Program /Unit will establish and convey its own timeline, selection process and additional selection criteria where required.

Candidates will:

  • Have applied to a master’s program at UofT which constitutes a common route for admission to a PhD program;
  • Self-identify as a Black or Indigenous applicant;
  • Have a distinguished record of professional/volunteer/community experience or leadership;
  • Submit a UofT online OGS Application to the proposed graduate program/unit; and
  • At the time of offer, have not been awarded other major internal or external funding in excess of $10,000 (excluding OSAP).

The eligibility criteria provided above, outline the minimum SGS requirements only. Faculty/Programs/Units may impose additional criteria to be considered for or hold the award.

Contacts & Resources

Please contact your proposed Graduate Faculty/Program/Unit for more information.