University graduate awards

The University offers a number of graduate awards

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST, formerly known as OGSST)

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 Province of Ontario and by funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector.

You must be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who plans to enroll, or are registered, in a full-time research MSc or PhD program in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. 

For full details on the application process, visit QEII Awards Administered by RHSE.

For additional information contact:

For LMP Departmental QEII Awards, please refer to LMP Academic and OSOTF Awards.

University of Toronto Fellowships (UTF)

We offer University of Toronto Fellowships to excellent students, based on their ranking by the Graduate Awards and Fellowships Committee.

There is no special application and no Canadian citizenship requirement for these fellowships.

All incoming as well as continuing students are considered for these awards.

This is not used to "top-up" major or external awards such as NSERC, CIHR, OGS, etc. 

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

This scholarship recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the MSc and PhD levels in all disciplines of academic study.

A linited number is available to visa students.

The OGS program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto.

All applications must be submitted to the graduate office.

Minimum A- average is required.  

Visit the SGS website for full information.

Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral-Stream Students

The Connaught Scholarship is a prestigious entrance award intended to attract excellent doctoral students to University of Toronto.

This award is for international applicants who have not registered in a graduate program at University of Toronto. International (visa) applicants who complete their graduate program application by February 1st will be considered for this scholarship. 

The total value of the scholarship is $35,000 per year, with contributions from the Supervisor, Department and Connaught Fund.

You must be nominated for this award by the LMP Department.  

Visit the SGS website for full information.

SGS Conference Grant

The SGS Conference Grant assists registered, full-time doctoral-stream (MSc or PhD) students in good standing to present their research at a conference or other academic meeting.

This initiative supports The School of Graduate Studies' (SGS) efforts to further the professional skills development of doctoral-stream students and increase students’ competitiveness for scholarships.

Preference will be given to students early in their career who are presenting their research for the first time.

The grant will cover all or much of the student registration fee and a fixed amount based on conference location.

This grant is not intended to replace other sources of funding (e.g. student, supervisor or department/Faculty contributions) but will enable students with limited funding to attend a conference that might otherwise not be possible without additional support. 

You can apply in October and March.

To apply, you need to submit an online application form and provide supporting documents. Your supervisor is required to participate in the application process.

If successful, you will be asked to provide proof of registration at the conference in order to have the grant funds deposited to your account, and confirmation of attendance and active involvement (e.g. hotel receipt and a conference programme that lists your name) in order to retain the grant. 

Visit the SGS website for full information.

Faculty of Medicine OSOTF and Restricted Awards

OSOTF and Restricted Awards provide financial support for registered graduate students (primarily MSc and PhD) in the Temerty  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 one third of the funding, matched by one third from the Province and one third 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 at the time the award is made. 

Visit the Graduate and Life Sciences Education (GLSE) website for full information.

Heart and Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence Studentships

The Heart and Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence (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 given 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. 

Visit the HSRLCE for full details.

SGS "University-Wide" Awards

Over the years a number of endowments have been established at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the generous support of various donors.

Both new and continuing students are eligible (a small number of awards are entrance scholarships).

Unless otherwise stated, full-time students in all years of study are eligible.

LMP is under Division IV.

Visit the SGS website for full information.

Women's College Research Institute

Graduate student awards and postdoctoral fellowships for research in women's health.

The following awards may be open each year:

  • The Carol Mitchell and Richard Venn Graduate Fellowship in Women's Mental Health 
  • The Helen Marion Walker—Soroptimist Women's Health Research Scholarship 
  • The Dorothy and Bill Palm Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology 
  • The Women's Health Fellowship in the Department of Medicine, Women's College Hospital, University of Toronto 
  • Metabolic Bone Disease and Osteoporosis Fellowship 
  • The Enid Walker Graduate Student Awards in Women's Health Research 

See the Women's College Research Institute website for full information.

Doctoral Completion Award (DCA)

The Doctoral Completion Award (DCA) is intended to help support PhD students who are near completion of their program and who have limited access to other internal and external funding sources (Note: the guaranteed stipend is considered a source of funding). 

The DCA is open to both domestic and international students.

Awards will be based on academic merit.  

The value of the award will be determined based on the number of eligible applicants, and will not exceed the minimum stipend amount.

Doctoral Completion Awards (DCA) are available to graduate faculty with limited funding to support students in good standing who have received permission to write their thesis.  Funds for the DCA are limited and therefore, not all applications will be successful.

Please complete the online DCA request form for consideration

Contact the LMP Graduate Office ( for further information.

GLSE Leave of Absence Stipendary Fund

For research-stream graduate students in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, the Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund is available for an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) due to health issues (i.e. physical) and/or mental health challenges which temporarily impair a student’s functioning during his/her graduate studies.

Funding is available up to $5,000 per student for one term on a one-time only basis. 

Visit the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine website for details on to how to apply and deadlines for submitting your application.