University-Wide Award: SGS Fellowships and Bursaries for Black and/or Indigenous Students​

Award Overview


At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Identify as a Black and/or Indigenous person
  • Be a domestic or international graduate student
  • Be either a currently registered student in a U of T graduate degree program or have accepted an offer of admission to a full-time U of T graduate degree program (commencing September or January immediately following the current competition)
  • Demonstrate one or both of the following:
    • financial need – through the completion of an SGS Financial Need Assessment form
    • 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 SGS Fellowships and Bursaries for Black and/or Indigenous Students​ 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 copy of resumé / CV;​​
  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​.

Additional Info


Edith M. McCuaig Estate (McCuaig-Throop Bursary)
Estate of Donald M. Springer (Norman Stuart Robertson Fellowship)
Friends, Colleagues and Former Students of Professor George Sidney Brett (George Sidney Brett Memorial Fund)
Estate of Sir Joseph Flavelle (Sir Joseph Flavelle Fellowships)
Estate of Eleanor Cate Allen (Eleanor Cate Allen Fellowship)
Margaret and Nicholas Fodor​ (Margaret and Nicholas Fodor​ Fellowship)