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2021-2022 Award Opportunities for Students:

Please have a look at the OISE Internal Awards here.


DCA Award:

PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2022.

The aim of the Doctoral Completion Award (DCA) is to provide support to full-time PhD students for the two years after their graduate funding ends and within the time-limit for the degree. 

The DCA value is determined by the graduate unit and it may not be the same for every award holder. Students must be registered to receive award payments and will not receive any payments once degree requirements are completed. A student who withdraws mid-session is expected to return any award funds received in that session.

The DCA is awarded in two installments for the year (September and January). These installments are applied to tuition/outstanding fees first.

Eligibility requirements (minimum):

  • The 2022-23 DCA allocation is for students who will be eligible for the award as of May 2022, September 2022 or January 2023.
  • Eligible applicants are full-time PhD students who will be in their first or second unfunded year for 2022-23.

In addition to any individual department criteria, recipients of the DCA must be:

  • beyond the funded cohort as established by the graduate faculty/unit practice;
  • within time limit for the degree (students on approved program extensions are ineligible);
  • in good academic standing (i.e. achieved candidacy) and making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree requirements; and
  • a registered full-time PhD or SJD student (DMA, EdD and flexible-time PhD students are ineligible)

The application criteria can be found here.

The link to start your application is available here.


Other Awards:

Award Name Award Category Degree Type Application Deadline Link to Apply Admission Criteria Application Components Amount Awarded (CAD) Notification Period
Connaught International & Ontario Trillium Scholarship Adm/Doc/Intnl Awards International Deadline has passed. More information

Nominations are open to international applicants who are not currently registered in a degree program at the University of Toronto at the undergraduate or graduate level. Nominees must have been or will be offered admission into a full-time doctoral program with a funding commitment beginning September of the upcoming academic year. Students must have achieve at least an A- average in their last two years of full-time study.  

Applicants interested in being considered for this scholarship are encouraged to contact their prospective graduate unit $10,000 top-up (renewable for a total of 4-5 years*) Early March of each year to graduate units.
C. David Naylor University Fellowships Adm/Doc/MA Awards Domestic Deadline has passed. More information

Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; Be an Atlantic Canadian resident and a graduate of an Atlantic Canadian university,  demonstrate a track record of academic achievements of the highest level and demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and ongoing commitment to community service in one or more endeavors.

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. $30,000 for one year (up to 2 awarded annually) Early April
CAGS/ProQuest & Leyerle-CIFAR Prize Complt/Intnl Awards Dom/Intnl Deadline has passed. More information

Demonstrate work (through their dissertation) that makes significant, original contributions​ to both the academic community and to Canadian society, have completed and had their dissertation accepted by SGS between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020

For the John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize: Demonstrate work with strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approach to an original research topic.

An application package including a letter from the applicant's supervisor or graduate coordinator highlighting reasons for nomination, addressing the significance of the applicant's dissertation as an original contribution to the field, and highlight the outstanding nature of the nominee in comparison to other students in their same program, an explanation statement by the applicant on their dissertation in non-technical language which can be understood by individuals outside the field, and an updated CV. CAGS/ProQuest-UMI: two prizes (nationally)​ each of $1,500; John Leyerle-CIFAR: one prize of $1,000 Nomination results in late March. Winners will be announced in June.
SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award Doc/In-Crs/MA/Conf Awards, Fin Asst Dom/Intnl Deadline has passed. More information

Applicants must be Indigenous to North America (e.g. First nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit), full time students enrolled in a graduate studies program at time of application submission, during their participation in activity/conference, at time of payment request. 

A completed application form including student information, activity/conference information, a statement of eligibility, a summary of budget/expenses, and a letter of support from a member of the university community Up to $1000 Late March
OGS International Awards Adm/Doc/Govt/In-Crs/Intnl/MA Awards International Deadline has passed. More information

Applicants must be registered in a full-time graduate studies program in good academic standing, and must be International students under a temporary resident visa are eligible for a set amount of OGS awards. COVID Exception: international students who have not yet been able to obtain a temporary resident visa still eligible to apply. 

A completed OGS application form, transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (unofficial accepted), summary of accepted awards, publications, research experience, 1 page plan of study with additional 1 page allowed for references and citations, two academic references.  $5,000 per session Mid-July
OGS Domestic Awards Adm/Doc/Govt/In-Crs/MA Awards Domestic Deadline has passed. More information

Applicants must be registered in a full-time graduate studies program in good academic standing, and must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by the student deadline as determined by each graduate unit. 

A completed OGS application form, transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (unofficial accepted), summary of accepted awards, publications, research experience, 1 page plan of study with additional 1 page allowed for references and citations, two academic references.  $5,000 per session Mid-July
Governor General’s Gold Medals Complt/Doc/Intnl/MA Awards Dom/Intnl Deadline has passed. More information Students who graduated at the November 2020, March 2021, or June 2021 convocations. Final theses must have been submitted by April 16, 2021.

A completed nomination package including a nomination letter from the Department chair or the graduate coordinator providing reasons for nominee's recognition, current transcript, self-written candidate biography (200 words max), updated CV. Additional requirements for Masters and Doctoral nominations on info site. 

Three awards of Gold Academic Medals Dates set by graduate unit.
SGS Conference and Research Travel Grant (Winter 2022) Doc/In-Crs/Intnl/Conf Awards, Fin Asst Dom/Intnl Deadline has passed.  

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD or SJD program at time of application, at time of travel, and at time of payment period. Applicants must plan to depart between August 2021 and April 2022 and have completed the Safety Abroad requirements.

An application package consisting of two components; one completed by the applicant including a budget proposal, travel and activity details, a 1,500 statement on purpose of research. The other portion completed by the supervisor/advisor must include approval of applicants' application (will be provided a web link), confirm applicants' academic standing and eligibility for funding.

Varies depending on travel budget. Mid-April
SGS University-Wide Awards Adm/Doc/In-Crs/Intnl/MA/PMA/Uni-Wide Awards Dom/Intnl Deadline has passed. More information Both domestic and international graduate students may apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time graduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need through the SGS Financial Need Assessment Form and demonstrate academic excellence.

Applicants must download and complete the SGS University-Wide Awards Application (available Spring 2022). If applying to multiple university-wide awards, applicants only need to complete this step once. All required documents must be submitted directly to the graduate unit.

Varies depending on award. Date set by graduate unit.
Master's Completion Bursary (Winter 2022) MA Awards Dom/Intnl Deadline has passed. More information

Masters students who have experienced unanticipated factors or circumstances beyond their control causing a delay in their program, registered beyond the normal program length required for their degree in order to complete a minimal amount of work, registered in full-time studies.

Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Fall MCB Application Form, including an attached letter of support from your supervisor or academic chair explaining the unanticipated circumstances that lead to the delay in progress.

Bursary value is equal to difference between part-time and full-time tuition charged in the final session of registration February 2022
Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship​ Adm/Doc/In-Crs/Intnl/MA Awards International Deadline has passed More information Open to current or newly admitted full-time masters or doctoral students who are or have been within the last 5 years a refuge/asylum seeker anywhere in the world (regardless of status in Canada) OR whose current or proposed program of study has been impacted by changing political environments in their country of current or future study, including changes in immigration law, have an outstanding academic record, demonstrate a commitment to engaging in student life and extracurricular activities, and demonstrate financial need within a financial need assessment form.  A completed application form including a statement of intent describing how the applicant meets meets all of the Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship eligibility criteria. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, an updated CV, proof of asylum/refuge seeker status, completed SGS Financial Need Assessment Form, Additional Supplementary Documentation to support the candidate’s eligibility, and one (1) letter of reference regarding leadership and community involvement Up to $10,000 for one year. Mid-June
CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards Doctoral Completion Awards Dom/Intnl Deadline has passed More information

"Regular" institutional members of the Council of Graduate Studies may submit nominations -- one (1) each from the humanities, fine arts, and biological sciences.

A completed nomination package including a completed nomination form, an abstract of the nominee's dissertation, three letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the nominee’s dissertation work. One of these letters is to be from the nominee's dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the nominee's dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the nominee's choice; the nominees updated CV (max five pages) $2,000 and a certificate of recognition.  
Doctoral Completion Awards Doc Complt/In-Crs/Intnl Awards Dom/Intnl June 1, 2022 More information

Recipients of the DCA must be beyond the funded cohort as established by the graduate faculty/unit practice; within time limit for the degree (students on approved program extensions are ineligible); in good academic standing (i.e. achieved candidacy) and making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree requirements; and a registered full-time PhD or SJD student 

Completed application package with one section completed by the applicant, and one section completed by the supervisor; an updated CV (up to 3 pages); U of T transcript; completed Financial Need Assessment Form. 

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Value determined by graduate unit.  
CGS-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (Spring 2022) Doc/In-Crs/MA/Conf Awards Domestic May 24, 2022  

Applicants must have accepted or hold the following awards: Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M); CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS Doctoral Award (CGS D); NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS Doctoral Award (CGS D); SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Award (CGS D); or a Vanier CGS Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline; propose a research period of a minimum of two months to a maximum of six months; and not hold or have held another CGS-MSFSS

An application package including completed application forms, an intended research plan, and two letters of support, one (1) from the current U of T supervisor, and one 91) from the host supervisor.

Up to $6,000 one period of research study abroad Within two months following receipt of applications
SGS Summer Gym Bursary Doc/Intnl/MA/PMA Awards, Fin Asst Dom/Intnl August 29, 2022 More information

Applicants must be full-time graduate students in the Summer of award period. Have purchased a summer gym membership or program from one of two participating locations the Hart House Fitness Centre and Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) athletic facilities; and have valid proof of purchase that displays name and/or student number​. 

Completion of the SGS Summer Gym Appilication

Up to 100% reimbursement towards summer gym membership or program fees.

August 31, 2021