All graduate students who enrol at the University are guaranteed the following funding: one year for MSc students, four years for PhD students. Funding is comprised of several sources: Lassonde Institute Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships (held through the department of entry) and University of Toronto Fellowships.
Prior to admission there is no separate form to apply for financial aid. All accepted students will receive guaranteed financial support. When you apply for admission to a graduate program for full-time studies at the University of Toronto by February 1, 2012 to the relevant graduate department, you are automatically considered for major fellowships. An award does not include coverage of academic fees unless stated.
In addition to funding sources provided by the graduate department of entry, there are also scholarships available through the School of Graduate Studies, and through external funding sources such as NSERC. No special fellowship application is required for these awards. However, your application for admission must be complete with all supporting documentation (academic records, letters of reference etc.). Students who apply for admission after February 1 may still be considered for these awards, but only if funds are available at the time of admission.
There is no citizenship requirement for the Connaught Scholarship or the U of T Fellowship. All awards are allocated on the basis of academic excellence. Nominations for these awards are made by the graduate department; decisions are made by the Fellowships Committee of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Other funding sources may have citizenship requirements.
Fellowships are normally paid in one, two, or three installments (depending on the tenure); the normal times are early September, mid-January, and mid-May. Award holders must be registered as full-time graduate students before cheques are issued.
A fellowship may be held with a University of Toronto teaching or research assistantship. Students who are beyond the second year of a master's program or the fifth year of a doctoral program are not eligible to hold a University of Toronto Fellowship or OGSST (Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology).
University of Toronto Fellowships
Applicants for a University of Toronto Fellowship must have a B+ average grade from a three-year or four-year bachelor's degree program at the University of Toronto, or its equivalent from a recognized university. Students who are beyond the second year of a master's program or the fifth year of a doctoral program are not eligible to hold a University of Toronto Fellowship or OGSST.
Canadian Income Tax Act
In accordance with Section 56 of the Canadian Income Tax Act, award income is taxable. Accordingly, a Canadian Income Tax Return must be filed on or before April 30 of the year following the receipt of the award.
School of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards
School of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards: The School of Graduate Studies reserves the right not to award any of its fellowships in any year. Additional terms and conditions may apply for these fellowships. Please see their website for further information regarding University of Toronto and external funding sources. In addition, please contact your graduate department regarding internal requirements.
Lassonde Institute OGSST Scholarships
Robert M. Smith OGSST (three awards)
Marjorie Sheridan OGSST (one award)
Gilcrest OGSST (one award)
John & Carol Northwood OGSST (one award)
(Students apply through their department of entry)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST)
Applicants must be Canadian citizens and permanent residents, who have maintained an A- average in their final two years of study at the post-secondary level, and have demonstrated research abilities, leadership and interpersonal skills. $10,000 of the award comes from the provincial government with the remaining $5,000 from the private sector. The Lassonde Institute holds six of these OGSST awards. For more information about the eligibility for OGSST awards, please visit the Government of Ontario's OGSST website.
The Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST) Program is designed to encourage excellence in science and technology graduate studies. The program is supported through funds provided by the Province of Ontario and raised by the University of Toronto.
$15,000 per year or $5,000 per term.
Applicants are required to submit the completed OGS application to the graduate units sponsoring the program (any graduate program in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering).
Deadline of application
Check with the department sponsoring the award program for the deadline.
- The award is given for one academic year at a time, which may consist of two or three consecutive terms.
- The award is not automatically renewed. Students must apply annually.
Master's students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of four years per student. Master's students are not eligible for an OGSST after two years of study at the master level, and doctoral students are not eligible for an OGSST after five years of study at the doctoral level.
- be enroled in master's and doctoral research programs in the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Sciences;
- be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who plan to enrol full-time in a master's or doctoral research program in science and technology at U of T;
- have maintained an overall average of at least A- or equivalent during each of the last two full years of study; and,
- exhibit research ability or potential, excellent communication skills, and leadership abilities.
- Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan or a loan made under the Ontario Venture Capital Program, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on an Ontario Study Grant overpayment, may be ineligible.
- Students pursuing a professional masters program (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Forestry Conservation, Master of Mathematical Finance, Master of Science in Planning, Master of Heath Science etc.) are not eligible for the award.
Terms and Conditions of Award
- hold the award at the University of Toronto;
- be enroled as a full-time graduate student in science or technology;
- repay the award if s/he is in full-time attendance fewer than 14 weeks in any term, transfers to another graduate unit, withdraws or changes to part-time status;
- not be enrolled in a qualifying or “make-up” year or be on a paid educational leave or sabbatical;
- only hold other awards up to a total of $10,000 per year, but cannot hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for the same year of study in which they hold an OGSST; and,
- not exceed the maximum of 10 hours/week on average when accepting research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, other employment.