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2020-2021 Schmidt Science Fellows – DEADLINE:  July 5, 2019

Award Overview

Applicant deadline: 

July 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM


$100,000 for 14 months

Shortlisted applicants interview period:

Dec. 2019-Jan. 2020


Thesis submitted or expected to be submitted to SGS between May 1, 2019 & June 30, 2020

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or International


April 2020 directly from Agency


The Schmidt Science Fellows program, is supported and funded by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Strategic Fund for Innovation, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust and supported by many of the world’s leading scientific thinkers and institutions. The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to aims to develop the next generation of science leaders to transcend disciplines, advance discovery, and solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Fellows engage and co-produce with diverse thinkers in science, politics, society, and business to catalyse new ideas and connections. The Fellowship year is the beginning of their membership to a lifelong community of Schmidt Science Fellows, their partners and supporters, all of whom are committed to furthering interdisciplinary science to achieve greater global impact.

For the 2020 cohort selection process, the Program is inviting nominations from approx. 100 leading science, technology, and engineering institutions around the world; the University of Toronto may nominate nine candidates.

Eligibility to Apply

In order to be eligible for nomination and potential selection as a Schmidt Science Fellow, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have conducted their PhD degree in the natural sciences (astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences), engineering, mathematics, or computing at the University of Toronto;
  • Have their final PhD thesis accepted by the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto between May 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020; and
  • Be available for the entire period of the 2020-2021 program, from July 2020 to July 2021, including attendance at each Global Meeting.

    Selection Criteria

The Program is seeking those individuals with a special degree of brilliance and inventiveness, who are interested in broadening their horizons and pursuing a challenging and rewarding period of study with the world’s leading academics and institutions. Schmidt Science Fellows are expected to be future leaders and should demonstrate a keen interest in harnessing interdisciplinarity and interaction with wider society to accelerate discovery to achieve global impact.

Applications for the Schmidt Science Fellows program will be judged against the following selection criteria:

  • Extraordinary achievement – Clear record of academic achievement during their PhD at leading institutions of higher learning.
  • Alignment with the Program – Commitment to pursuing a year or more of postdoctoral study in a field different from the topic of study for which the applicant received their PhD.
  • Scientific curiosity – Desire to achieve a broad level of exposure to and knowledge in cutting-edge innovations and research across the sciences.
  • Intellectual spark – High degree of intelligence, energy, and intellectual curiosity that will drive future scientific discoveries.
  • Global ambitions – The will to make a lasting impact in the sciences and society, pursuing knowledge that will benefit the world by engaging in ambitious research and displaying great perseverance throughout the scientific process.
  • Character – A genuine and demonstrable interest in society and global challenges combined with a desire to use personal talents and expertise to make a positive difference in the world.
  • Collaborative spirit – Demonstrated history of effective collaboration with diverse team members.
  • Use of innovative tools – General interest and comfort in the use and potential of new ways of doing science, such as modern computing and data science techniques.

Application Timeline & Process

The following will serve as a completed nomination package.  Please submit all documents (except “1” and “8” below) to sf.medscience@utoronto.ca in 1 PDF document (in the order listed below) by Friday July 5, 2019. Confidential reference letters are to be sent directly by the referee to sf.medscience@utoronto.ca by Friday, July 5, 2019.

  1. Nomination letter from the Graduate Chair/Director; 
  2. Up to date CV (no page restrictions), including links to relevant publications and research activities. For papers underway or pending publication, applicants should attach a copy of the final abstract (1 page or less) of the paper;
  3. Up to date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies (including those from U of T) – non-U of T transcripts must include grading legend;
  4. A brief abstract or 1-page summary of the doctoral thesis written by the applicant;
  5. Proposal Statement (max 1000 words) regarding potential postdoctoral research direction the applicant may wish to pursue if named a Schmidt Science Scholar.  While applicants need not commit to a single postdoctoral study in order to have their application accepted, the statement should describe potential areas for postdoctoral research that could be considered. These potential areas of study must outline their planned interdisciplinary pivot (i.e. be different from the field of study for which the applicants received their doctorate) and clearly address the relevant selection criteria, especially “Alignment with the Program”.
  6. Personal Statement (max 1000 words), which must be wholly the applicant’s original work. The statement should describe the applicant’s academic, scientific, professional and personal interests, the reason for the applicant’s interest in the Schmidt Science Fellows, medium-term career path and interests, and long-term future ambitions in the applicable fields of natural science, engineering, mathematics, or computing.
  7. Three short proposals (max 500 words each) for potential postdoctoral fellowship labs.
  8. Five to seven (5-7) Reference letters (the Schmidt online application requires a minimum of 5 reference letters up to a maximum of 7); A minimum of 3 references must be from Academics. Letters from the applicant’s thesis supervisor(s) are expected. Letters may also come from other faculty, employers, supervisors, or collaborators.  These letters should address the applicant’s intellectual ability and research accomplishments, but also markers of leadership and future research success.

SGS adjudicates the nominations, selects and invites the nine endorsed candidates to complete their nomination by August 12, 2019;
Individuals nominated by U of T will be sent an invitation to apply;  Completed applications will be due no later than October 1, 2019;
Applications will consist of details of academic history, including transcripts, current CV with details of relevant publications, at least five but no more than seven letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a proposal for potential postdoctoral research direction, and three short proposals for potential postdoctoral Fellowship labs.
Completed applications will first be reviewed by a board of senior researchers who have knowledge of a wide variety of disciplines. The best applications will then be examined by a second board and evaluated on a mixture of criteria that align with the Program’s goals;

Short-listed applicants will be invited to face-to-face interviews in late Dec. 2019 to Jan. 2020.
Final selection panel interviews and announcement of 2020 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows in April 2020.
Contacts & Resources
For information regarding the U of T selection process, please contact:
Sarah Pickering, Postdoctoral Office
More about Schmidt Science Fellows
Twitter – @SchmidtFellows
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/-schmidt-science-fellows/
Instagram – @schmidt_science_fellows
Facebook – @schmidtsciencefellows
Schmidt Science Fellows Selection Process
Email: info@schmidtsciencefellows.org


2019-2020 Cleghorn Award – DEADLINE: JULY 12, 2019

Award Overview


Up to 40K will be distributed annually (1st place applicant will receive full stipend coverage; second place applicant up to 10K)
(based on quality of applications, and financial need of students)*
1 award may be designated to support new incoming MSc student


September 1, 2019 through August, 2020


– To be awarded to graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine’s Institute of Medical Science (IMS) on the basis of financial need and in line with OSOTF guidelines.
– Students must be pursuing research in schizophrenia and the final decision will be made by the designated committee within CAMH’s Schizophrenia Division.
– A supervisor may submit a maximum of 2 applications
– Students must have applied for other funding between September 1, 2018 and June 15, 2019 valued at $15,000 or greater (i.e. OGS, CIHR, NSERC, QEII-GSST).

Exception can be requested for new MSc student commencing studies Sept 2019

-Funds can be requested for full MSc (up to 27K) or PhD (up to 29 K) stipend (IMS funding policy), or as a top-up to reach respective stipend amount (if student holds another award for 2019/20 term)
– The Cleghorn will not fund MSc students beyond their second year of studies, direct entry PhD students beyond their third year of studies, and PhD transfer students beyond their fourth year of studies including time spent in the master’s program. 

Application Deadline:

July 12th, 2019 (5pm)

Materials Required:

-CV of applicant
-CV of proposed supervisor (NIH or CIHR biosketch format)
-1 page project summary (1 additional page with up to 10 references and/or relevant tables/figures may be included)
-OSOTF application
-2 letters of reference (please have referees email directly to connie.bartha@camh.ca )
-transcript of grades (undergraduate and graduate as applicable)
-Proof of submission of application for other funding in 2018/19

2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – DEADLINE: September 3, 2019

Award Overview

Student submission deadline:

September 3, 2019

Deadline for Referees:

September 3, 3019
Date entered by applicant


$50,000 per year for three years

Level of study:

To support PhD, or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or International


Early April 2020 directly from Vanier


The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. The Vanier CGS program strongly encourages candidates to pursue their studies beyond the university that granted their previous degree(s).

Eligibility to Apply:

Please refer applicants to the Vanier website for complete eligibility requirements.

To be considered for a Vanier CGS, applicants must:

  • be pursuing their first doctoral degree (or the PhD portion of a joint program including MD/PhD, JD/PhD) full-time at the nominating university in the academic year immediately following the of release of results in March;
    have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020 (see calculating months of doctoral studies);
    have achieved a first-class average (A-), in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent;
    have not already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD); and
    be nominated by only one Canadian university, which has received a Vanier CGS allocation.Nomination: Application Process:Applicants must complete the entire application process by the IMS student submission deadline of September 3, 2019 to be eligible for consideration.  This includes:
  • Applicants should refer to the Vanier website for step by step application/nomination instructions.
  • Applicants must be nominated by the institution at which they wish to study and hold the award. Applicants seeking institutional nomination must first receive the endorsement of their proposed graduate unit through a local selection process. Applicants seeking this endorsement must submit a completed Vanier CGS application using the ResearchNet application system. Graduate units will view the submitted applications from candidates seeking endorsement via ResearchNet.
  • Note: Applicants may apply to both the Vanier CGS program and another doctoral-level scholarship/fellowship program (e.g. PGS D) under the same or different federal granting agency in the same academic year, provided that the research proposed in each application falls within the mandate of the federal granting agency to which the application is submitted.
  • Submit a completed Vanier CGS application via ResearchNet; and all original official transcripts to the graduate unit. (Reminder: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-Canadian / foreign university, you must ensure that it includes a grade legend.)Please note the following reminders:
  • Note: Before ordering U of T transcripts, you must make sure that you are registered (which means that your GEMS Agreement must be submitted and approved by the IMS and your fees have been paid/deferred).  You must be registered PRIOR to ordering U of T transcripts.  
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete the “Identify Referee” task on ResearchNet well in advance as referee assessments must be completed and submitted by the referee before the student can complete the submission by the graduate unit deadline.

    Referees MUST adhere to the reference letter template. Applicants are required to upload two leadership reference letters as separate PDF attachments under the same task (the ability to upload the second letter will appear after the first one has been uploaded). In addition, two confidential academic assessments will be requested and submitted through ResearchNet. Note: Vanier recommends that each of these come from four individuals but letters from the same sources will not be declared ineligible. 
    All information about interruptions to a student’s academic career, choice of nominating institution, and mobility must be included either in the Personal Leadership Statement or the Research Proposal. The “special circumstances” attachment is to be solely used for calculating the number of months completed in PhD studies by the Vanier Secretariat and is no longer be forwarded to the selection committee.
    The students’ proposed research project and doctoral program of study must be eligible within the mandate of the agency to which the nomination will be submitted. If there is any doubt (especially for those applying to SSHRC or NSERC whose subject matter touches upon health in any capacity), students are urged to email the granting agency directly with a one page summary of their research to seek written confirmation in advance of submitting their application. Complete guidelines on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency are available at www.science.gc.ca. Questions regarding the Vanier Awards competition can be directed to Vanier at info@vanier.gc.ca, or the Graduate Awards Office at the School of Graduate Studies by emailing p.papathanasakis@utoronto.ca
    Vanier website
  • U of T Vanier website
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2019-2020 Faculty of Medicine Queen Elizabeth II – Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)  DEADLINE:  MARCH 29, 2019

Applications for the 2019-2020 Faculty of Medicine Queen Elizabeth II – Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) are now available.  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.  Further details, competition guidelines, Cover Page, and full listing of awards are available at: www.glse.utoronto.ca/fom-qeii-gsst-competition .

Faculty of Medicine QEII-GSST application procedure:

  1. Applicants must submit an OGS application using the U of T School of Graduate Studies centralized online OGS application.
  2. After the OGS application is submitted online, applicants need to complete an online Faculty of Medicine QEII-GSST Cover Page by 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019.

Please note:

  • QEII-GSSTs are open to Faculty of Medicine doctoral stream thesis-based (MSc and PhD) students who are Ontario Residents (Canadian  Citizens or Landed Immigrants resident in Ontario) at the time of the award.
  • The funding period is for the 2019-2020 academic year, generally September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, or as determined by the Awards
  • Each individual award has additional specific eligibility requirements.
  • QEII-GSSTs are considered internal awards in the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Students pursuing a professional or course-based Master’s program (e.g., MHSc) and Clinician/surgical scientist trainees are NOT eligible for the awards offered through this competition.
  • Clinician and Surgical scientist-trainees may apply for QEII-GSSTs through their clinical/surgical units, if available.
  • Any questions should be directed to the Awards & Data Officer, Debbie Chau at chau@utoronto.ca
  • Anticipated notification by SGS of the final results from this competition will start in July 2019.
  • The same application is used for both the 2019-20 OGS and QEII-GSST.

2019 – 2020  Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Domestic)  DEADLINE: MARCH 3, 2019


Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit: March 3, 2019 by 11:59 pm
Value/Duration: $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
Level of study: Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic Students (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected persons)
Results: July 2019



The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

Indigenous Scholar Awards

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has permitted universities to allocate up to two (2) OGS awards exclusively to Indigenous graduate students with the aim to recognize excellence and promote equitable access and participation in the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program by Indigenous applicants.

Graduate students who are Indigenous to Canada (recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982 as a person who identifies with First nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit) and have indicated this status on their OGS application will be eligible to be considered for one of two (2) Ontario Graduate Scholarship Indigenous Scholar Awards and potentially other Indigenous awards offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by the student deadline as determined by each graduate unit;
  • Be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full-time basis in 2019-2020;
  • An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms at the University of Toronto leading to a graduate degree. A full-time student is one who is in at least 60% of a full course load (40% for students with a permanent disability) or as defined by their institution
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of government-funded support or maximum OGS support available for their current level of study (see website under maximum support); and
  • Have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has completed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
  • EXCLUSIONS:  This award is ­not available to: Clinician-scientists enrolled in a postgraduate medical education program; MDs enrolled in a clinical department as Research or Clinical fellows who are supported at a clinical salary level or equivalent.

Note: If marks used for calculating an applicant’s grade point average (GPA) are not available (e.g. courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the next most recent available undergraduate or graduate marks should be used to determine eligibility.

 To be eligible to hold the OGS, recipients:

  • Must register and remain enrolled as a full-time student at U of T in an eligible program at the graduate unit from which the OGS was awarded;
  • Who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award, or fail to complete the full term, will be required to repay any funds received for the incomplete term;
  • Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment, are ineligible to receive the award. Students who have never applied for OSAP are in good standing.  Those with an OSAP restriction may still apply for the OGS. However, if awarded, they must have the restriction cleared within 30 days of notification in order to accept and hold the award;
  • May accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other paid employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student and is commensurate with the graduate unit policies. Typically, students holding full-time paid employment are not eligible to receive an OGS from the University of Toronto; and
  • Cannot hold an OGS award at the same time (or during any session) as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST.

Application Process

Applicants must submit an OGS application to their proposed graduate unit using the U of T OGS Online Application. Please ensure that you submit your application by the deadline after the references have been uploaded.  No late applications will be accepted.

**NOTE: Pleasure ensure that you upload all post-secondary transcripts (including grading scale) and transcripts of your current studies at U of T (Fall 2018 and Winter 2018 registration).  Unofficial transcripts (student copies) are acceptable.**

OGS awards are not transferrable from one graduate unit to another. Therefore prospective students must submit an OGS application to each graduate unit to which they are applying for admission.


Graduate unit adjudication results must be updated on the OGS application system by graduate units by June 1, 2019. Official award offers will be sent out by SGS in July 2019.


Contacts & Resources

For more information, visit the SGS OGS webpage