Scholarships & Awards

Awards and scholarships are an important resource for any researcher – and well worth the effort and time it takes to apply. 

Graduate Student Awards

We strongly encourage our graduate students to apply for the awards listed below. Additionally, have a look at the School of Graduate Studies website to find more awards.

Value: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
Funded by: government-funded (federal)
Application deadline: early December (check CGS M page for exact deadline)

Eligibility: Canadians & permanent residents of Canada only

The Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) program supports students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies and helps them develop their research skills.  

Current MSc students:

  • Currently registered MSc students are not eligible to apply for CGS M unless planning on applying to the PhD program for the 2020-21 session.
  • Those nominated by the graduate unit for the CGS M are not guaranteed admission into the PhD program.
  • Award results will be released early April.

Prospective MSc students:

  • Those applying to our MSc program are welcome to apply for CGS M.
  • Those nominated by the graduate unit for the CGS M are not guaranteed admission into the MSc program.
  • Award results will be released early April.

Awards should be applied for one year in advance (at the time of application to either the MSc or PhD program).

Application includes:

  • Proposed Research Outline and Bibliography (one page each)
  • Transcripts (up-to-date official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies)
  • Canadian Common Curriculum Vitae
  • Two References

Please see the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada website for details on application and required supporting documentation.

Learn more about the CGS M and how to apply.

Value: $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
Funded by: government-funded (provincial)
Application deadline: mid-March (submit application to your graduate unit)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study.

Learn more about the OGS and how to apply.

Value: $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
Funded by: government-funded (provincial); funds raised from the private sector by UofT
Application deadline: set by graduate unit

The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII‐GSST) program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology. Please get in touch with our graduate administrator at grad.statistics@utstat.utoronto.ca for application procedure and deadlines.

Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit and select “Yes” that they would like to be considered for other graduate award competitions in the “Governmental Award Applications in Progress” section of the Awards and Financial Aid step of the application.

Learn more about the QEII‐GSST and how to apply.

Value: $17,500 for one year
Funded by: Vector Institute
Application deadline: mid-November

To recognize top students enrolled in AI-related master's programs or pursuing an individualized study path that is demonstrably AI focused, Vector has launched the merit-based Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence (VSAI). These scholarships are intended to assist universities in recruiting top tier students and deepening the applicant pools associated with AI-related master’s programs.

Learn more about the VSAI and how to apply.

Doctoral Awards

We strongly encourage our PhD students to apply for the awards listed below. Additionally, have a look at the School of Graduate Studies website to find more awards.    

Value: CGS D: $35,000 a year (for two or three years); $21,000 a year (for two or three years)
Funded by: government-funded (federal)
Application deadline: fall (Sept – Dec)

The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D) provide financial support to high-caliber scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.  

The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a PGS D. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.  

Learn more about the CGS D/PGS D and how to apply.

The aim of the Doctoral Completion Award (DCA) is to support full-time PhD and SJD students who are beyond the funded cohort but 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. Please contact our graduate administrator at grad.statistics@utstat.utoronto.ca for application procedure and details.  

Questions? 

If you have any questions regarding awards for graduate students, please reach out to our graduate administrator grad.statistics@utstat.utoronto.ca.