University 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. Applicants must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents who plan to enroll, or are registered in a full-time research MSc or PhD program in the Faculty of Medicine.

For full details on the application process visit the GLSE website: 

For additional information contact:

Debbie Chau, Awards Officer 
Office of the Vice Dean, Graduate & Life Science Education, Faculty of Medicine
Email:      Phone: 416-946-7317

University of Toronto Fellowships (UTF)

The Department offers 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. Note: UTF 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. 

For additional information please visit the SGS website.

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. The total value of the scholarship is $35,000 per year, with contributions from the Supervisor, Department and Connaught Fund. Applicants must be nominated for this award by the LMP Department. 

International (visa) applicants who complete their graduate program application by February 1st will be considered for this scholarship.

For information see the SGS website: 

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 will support SGS’s 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.

The SGS Conference Grant will run twice a year, in October and March. Applicants will need to submit an online application form and provide supporting documents. Applicants' Supervisors are also required to participate in the application process. Successful applicants will be asked to provide proof of registration at the conference in order to have the grant funds deposited to their account, and confirmation of attendance and active involvement (e.g. hotel receipt and a conference programme that lists their name) in order to retain the grant.

For full details on the application process visit the SGS website:

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 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.

For application forms, competition guidelines and awards listing see the GLSE website:

Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence Studentships

The Heart & 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.

SGS "University-Wide" Awards

Over the years a number of endowments have been established at the School of Graduate Studies 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. (Note: LMP is under Division IV)

For application forms and full eligibility details see the SGS website:

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. For full details and application information, see the Women's College Research Institute website:

  • 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

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. For inquiries and applications, contact the LMP Graduate Office.

GLSE Leave of Absense Stipendary Fund

For research-stream graduate students in the 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.  Ideally, students must submit an application package (as described below) to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine (MSB 2360) before the deadline below and prior to the start of their LOA.  Students who remain registered during the requested LOA will not receive LOA Stipendiary Funding. 

For students taking a LOA due to parental leave, the School of Graduate Studies provides funding through the SGS Parental Grant.  Please click here for more information. 

Anticipate taking a LOA in

Deadline to Apply

Fall  2019 (September 2019 – December 2019)

Revised deadline: September 30, 2019

Winter 2020 (January 2020 – April 2020)

Revised deadline: Monday December 13, 2019

Summer 2020 (May 2020 - August 2020)

Monday April 13, 2020

To apply for the LOA Stipendiary Fund, students will be asked to submit the following package by the appropriate deadline, to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in a sealed envelope marked LOA Stipendiary Fund, Confidential:  

  1. A completed and signed form (see below) by the applicant and his/her Graduate Coordinator.  Please read the instructions carefully to complete the Final LOA Stipendairy Fund Form 2019_20.pdf
  2. One page letter explaining the reason(s) for the LOA and how it has impaired your ability to function in your graduate program.  Please address the letter to the LOA Stipendiary Fund Committee;
  3. A physician’s note, specifically outlining the physical and mental health issues that impair your functioning in your graduate program. Alternatively, you can also have your physician complete the Verification of Student Illness and Injury.  
  4. A copy of your completed SGS Leave of Absence Form . Please note that only Sections 1 and 2 must be completed. 

Please note this fund will not count towards a graduate student’s stipend package.  This fund is not renewable and can only be received once.  It is intended to provide one term financial support to the recipient who will NOT receive funding from scholarship(s) or award(s) during this Leave of Absence. 

This funding is conditional upon confirmation of an approved Leave of Absence by your graduate unit and the School of Graduate Studies.