University Awards

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Physiology Deadline:  March 1, 2017 (international students); March 31, 2017 (domestic students)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The OGS program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms. Starting with the 2013-14 competition, the administration of OGS applications will be handled by individual Ontario universities. The University of Toronto has a centralized on-line application available to students on the SGS website:

Important note for prospective students: Your application will only be assessed at the University of Toronto. Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable by a student from one university to another.
Please complete the application on-line by the departmental deadline.

University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF)

The U of T Fellowship is a major source of funding for graduate students in the Department of Physiology.  Effective September 2008, the U of T Fellowship will be considered as part of the stipend.

  • There is no restriction based on citizenship or status in Canada.
  • Students registered in a master’s program beyond the second year are not eligible to hold a Departmental Scholarship.
  • Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a master’s degree are not eligible to hold a Departmental Scholarship beyond year five.
  • Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to hold a Departmental Scholarship beyond year six of the graduate program. This includes students who transfer from the master’s program to the PhD program.
  • New students must have at least A- average in the final year of study in the degree program that is the basis of their admission to their graduate program at the University of Toronto.
  • Current graduate students must maintain good standing in their program (i.e., must complete the various requirements for their degree program in a satisfactory and timely manner, including submission of the Annual Report) as determined by the graduate unit’s time-line for completion of the degree.

Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral-stream Students

The Connaught International Scholarship is a prestigious entrance award intended to attract excellent international doctoral or doctoral-stream students.  Approximately 20 awards will be award annually, with a value of $35,000 total (including tuition and incidental fees), and the scholarship is renewable on an annual basis and will continue throughout for the standard period of the program's funding comittment (i.e. 4-5 years).  All international doctoral applicants to the PSL graduate programs will be considered for this award provided that their completed applications are received by February 1.  Students must be nominated for this award by the department.

Mary H. Beatty Fellowships

The Mary H. Beatty Fellowships are awarded to domestic students who are coming to U of T with one of the major external awards (e.g CIHR, NSERC, OGS, etc.).  No application is required. Students are automatically considered when they apply for admission to a graduate unit.

The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

FoM GLSE Deadline: March 31, 2017

The QEII-GSST program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology. The program is supported through funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and by funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector.  Applicants must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents who plan to enroll, or are registered in a full-time research thesis-based MSc or PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the time of the award.

For full details on the application process, visit the GLSE website at

Faculty of Medicine OSOTF and Restricted Awards

OSOTF and Restricted Awards provide financial support for registered graduate students (primarily MSc and PhD) in the Faculty of Medicine. These funds contribute towards the annual student stipend.

Most of the funds for OSOTF and Restricted Awards come from interest income earned from endowments donated by various donors. The Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) awards were established in 1996/97 by the Provincial Government. The donor provides 1/3 of the funding, matched by 1/3 from the Province and 1/3 from the University.

OSOTF awards are restricted to residents of Ontario who demonstrate financial need according to the provincial government's guidelines (i.e., receiving OSAP or providing the data on the OSOTF Financial Need Assessment Form). For the purposes of the OSOTF awards, an Ontario resident is either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada who has an Ontario mailing address at the time the award is made. Awards are allocated on the basis of academic excellence; however, financial need is the primary consideration for OSOTF awards. The award holder must be a full-time student for at least 14 weeks in any term during which they hold the award. Preference in funding decisions will be given to students in year 1-2 of their MSc or year 1-5 of their PhD Students beyond these years will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Each individual award has additional specific eligibility requirements, listed under the Awards section. Applications will be by electronic submission using an online application system.  Application, competition guidelines and awards list (with detailed description of the awards) are available at:

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) University-Wide Awards

Through the generous support of various donors, a number of endowments have been established at the School of Graduate Studies.  Each year a number of internal awards are made available from these endowments to provide support to graduate students.  Individual award descriptions and application forms can be found on the SGS website:

Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence (HSRLCE) Studentships

HSRLCE offers studentship awards to support individuals who wish to pursue a career in cardiovascular science. The objective of these awards is to support a robust and productive research community in Toronto. These awards are made to those who demonstrate the potential for excellence through their previous academic accomplishments and the environment in which they will work. Applicants must be primarily supervised by a Member of the Centre. Each application is considered a joint submission by the applicant and the proposed supervisor.

Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) Graduate Studentships

VSRP Fellowship Program

Unique in North America, two-thirds of the interest generated from our endowment supports graduate student research at the University of Toronto.  As long as a student's master's thesis or doctoral thesis research falls into an area that will enhance vision health or our understanding of basic visual processes, from molecular genetics to social work and rehabilitation, he or she will be eligible for VSRP Fellowship Program support at a level that matches the Medical Research Council of Canada's programs. Within this fellowship support there are two special awards, the William P. Callahan Fellowship and the Stella Zegas-Dunn Fellowship.

CIHR Team Research and Training Program in Sleep and Biological Rhythms

The CIHR Team Research and Training Program in Sleep and Biological Rhythms has two deadlines for funding: February 15th and October 15th each year. There are funds for at least 5 post-doc awards per year, and 6 graduate awards per year, each accompanied by an additional $3,000 research allowance and a $1,000 travel allowance. 
For FULL application and review details please see The website is fully transparent, with all the details of the objectives of the program, eligibility to apply, application forms, how the applications will be reviewed, the reviewer forms, and how the funds will be distributed. 
Please note:

  • Any research teams engaging in true new collaborative projects incorporating sleep-wake states, sedation and/or biological timing systems into their projects (in whatever discipline) are eligible to apply. No boundaries, just new science of high impact.
  • The vision of the program is that in 5 years time there will be more faculty and trainees incorporating some component of their research in these important areas, addressing fundamental questions in biology, physiology, medicine and health care. If the big picture questions are addressed, this will lead to effective new collaborations, funded projects, major publications and new capacity for research, education and knowledge transfer.
  • There are also funds available to support a total of ten visits from prominent researchers per year ($1,000 per visit). Please see website for details (‘funds’ page).  For queries, please email Rhiannon Davies, Program Coordinator, at

Adel Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Deadline: December 4, 2015 - Apply directly to SGS Graduate Awards Office

In honour of the significant contribution made by Professor Adel S. Sedra, former Vice President and Provost, to the University of Toronto, the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) has established this award to recognize a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular leadership.

The Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award represents a fellowship of up to $25,000 awarded annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership.* The selection committee will choose a group of finalists to be interviewed. Candidates who are interviewed as Sedra finalists, but not selected as the Sedra scholar may receive a $1,000 honorarium in recognition of their achievement. The Sedra scholar and all finalists will be honoured at the Awards of Excellence ceremony in the Spring.

*If the recipient is an international student, the award will be increased to fund the tuition differential and individual UHIP premium.

Governor General's Gold Medal

The Governor General’s Gold Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin and has since become one of the most prestigious awards that a student at a Canadian educational institution may receive. At U of T, the Gold Medal is awarded to three students who achieve the highest academic standing at the graduate level.  One Gold Medal is awarded to a candidate from Division I or II; one medal is awarded to a candidate from Division III or IV; and the third medal is awarded to an outstanding candidate in any division.

SGS Conference Grant

The SGS Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively presenting their research at an academic conference. Two application cycles occur every year (Winter/Spring and Fall).

This grant aims to provide successful applicants with funds to cover at least the minimum registration fee for the proposed conference as well as a modest top-up, when possible. Applicants are expected to seek funding from various sources to supplement their travel and other related expenses.

Doctoral Completion Award

The Doctoral Completion Award (DCA) is intended to support full-time PhD students who are beyond the funded cohort, no longer receiving normal funding, and within time-limit for their degree.  It is open to both domestic and international students.  Awards will be based on academic merit.


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