Current Awards Competitions
CIHR – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
NSERC – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships
|Student Deadline:||December 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM (ET)|
|Value/Duration:||$17,500 for one year|
|Level of study:||To support Master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada|
|Required Legal Status:||Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)|
|Results:||April 1, 2020 via Research Portal|
The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The Tri-council allocates CGS M awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. CGS M awards can only be offered to students pursing graduate studies at eligible Canadian Universities and the award must be held at the university that has made the offer.
Eligibility to Apply
To be eligible to apply, you must:
be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission* to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation. *Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission by the deadline for their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first;
have completed, as of December 31, 2019:
a) between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in the program for which you are requesting funding, which may be:
– a master’s program; or
– a doctoral program that you are entering without having ever been enrolled in a master’s program (that is, direct-entry); or
– a combined master’s-doctoral program; or
– a master’s program that will transition to an eligible doctoral program, either before or after award activation, with no master’s degree conferred (that is, fast-track); or
– a master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before the end of the award, allowing the award to continue into an eligible doctoral program at the same institution; or
b) between four and 12 months of full-time study (or full-time equivalent) in a eligible master’s program for which the degree requirements will be completed before activation of the award, allowing it to be activated during the subsequent doctoral program for which you are requesting funding;
not have previously held a CGS M award;
have achieved a first-class average (3.5 GPA or A- average at U of T), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC (Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to three institutions). Students are not permitted to apply for a CGS M and a Tri-Agency doctoral award in the same academic year.
For full eligibility criteria, visit the Tri-agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program website.
Program of Study Eligibility
An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of one of the following: thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program. Master’s programs that are based only on course work are typically not eligible since they do not include a significant research component.
Clarification for SSHRC CGS M eligible programs: Programs formerly deemed eligible for SSHRC funding will continue to be considered eligible in the harmonized program, more specifically, if the Master’s program is an acceptable basis for admission to the related PhD program (that is eligible for funding by SSHRC), SSHRC would consider the Master’s program to be an eligible program of study”.
Applicants must complete and submit an online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions (for all applicants) housed on NSERC’s website to locate details on how to complete their application. Additionally a Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and the confirmation number uploaded into the CGS M application on Research Portal.
When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to 3 separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Once completed and submitted online, the application will be accessible by all proposed universities the student has identified. Students applying for an award at U of T are not required to submit a paper application.
A completed CGS M application will include the following:
Completed 3 part online application:
-Summary of Proposal (written in lay language)
Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment)
Canadian Common CV (uploaded as a confirmation number)
All official academic transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (scanned together as a single PDF document). Registered students must provide official transcripts showing Fall 2019 registration.
Completed Reference Assessments (x2) – invitation initiated and form completed electronically
Contacts and Resources
For more information, visit the CGS M webpage (housed on the NSERC website), and/or contact the SGS Graduate Awards Officer and/or agency listed below:
CGS M CIHR
|CGS M NSERC
Graduate Awards Officer, Federal
CGS M SSHRC
The Faculty of Medicine will annually award up to 6 Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards (GFTA). The purpose is to honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to graduate education by faculty in the Faculty of Medicine who teach in doctoral stream or professional graduate programs.
|Student Nomination Deadline:||November 10, 2019|
|Results/Presentation of Award:||A framed certificate, cash prize, and formal recognition at the Faculty of
Medicine Education Achievement Celebration on May 20, 2020.
|Faculty Level:||Hold full time primary academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and be either an associate or full member in the SGS. Contact Alicia if you have any questions about the status of a faculty member|
|Results:||Late January 2020|
The nominee must be:
• Nominated by a student or recent graduate (within the last 5 years)
• Holding a full time primary academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
• A faculty holding either an Associate or Full graduate faculty membership through IMS.
• Teaching in either the doctoral (thesis MSc or PhD) or professional graduate programs.
• A previous winner may be nominated for a Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in a different category at any time but not for the same award category already awarded. Click here for listing of 2018-19 winners and previous winners.
1. Early Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship
This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the training and experience of graduate students, as evidenced by excellence in teaching, supervision and mentorship and dedication to students. This award is restricted to Faculty in the early stages of their career within 8 years of their initial SGS membership (including graduate memberships elsewhere) as of December 2019.
2. Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship
This award recognizes sustained (between 8 to 15 years of all graduate memberships as of December of application year) contribution to graduate student mentorship, teaching and supervision exemplified by but not limited to:
• major contribution to graduate student learning (may include students with publications, students with first authorship, students holding major, competitive external awards)
• enthusiastic and empathic critical appraisal of students’ work
• timely assessment of students’ research programs including program advisory committee meetings and prompt turnaround of written work
• careful attention to a critical path laid out for students’ research
3. Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship
This award recognizes sustained contributions (at least fifteen years of all graduate memberships as of December of application year) to any aspect of graduate teaching including:
• graduate student supervision and mentoring
• curriculum development
• regular support of Graduate Departmental, Faculty and University graduate activities
• graduate program administration (as applicable)
The required documents:
• Nomination Form (see attached)
• Letters of nomination from 2 students or recent graduates supporting faculty member for category being nominated in. Maximum of 2 pages per letter.
• Additional letters of support (faculty/students). Maximum of 3 optional letters of support and maximum of 1 page per letter.
*Applicants must submit their application to their graduate unit, not the Dean of Graduate Studies as the COU announcement indicates
|Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:||November 6, 2019|
|Value/Duration:||Master’s – $25,000 plus $1,000 research allowance (for one year)
Doctoral – $35,000 plus $2,000 research allowance (renewable)
Postdoctoral – $50,000 plus $5,000 research allowance (for one year)
|Level of Study:||Master’s, Doctoral or Postdoctoral|
|Required Legal Status:||Domestic (Canadian citizens or permanent residents)|
|Results:||April 2020 by agency|
The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards Program is administered by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and was established with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women’s health scholars. The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards Program aims to establish a research community that meets or exceeds internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence in its creation of new knowledge about women’s health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system.
Eligibility to Apply
To be eligible for an Ontario Women’s Health Scholars award, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of January 31, 2020.
To be eligible for a master’s or doctoral award, applicants must be registered full-time in a master’s or doctoral graduate program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., fall 2020), and must remain registered full-time throughout the entire duration of the award. Master’s students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full-time study, and doctoral students to the end of their 15th term of full-time study.
To be eligible for a postdoctoral award, applicants must be engaged in full-time research at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., September 1, 2020), and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by May 31, 2020 and normally no earlier than January 31, 2017. In cases where an applicant completed all requirements for a doctoral degree before this date, an explanation (e.g., childrearing responsibilities after graduation) must accompany the application for the delay in application.
While holding an Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award, a recipient is precluded from holding any other award with a value of more than $20,000 for the same academic year (subject to the university’s own policies).
Publications of any kind, written or oral, related to the research undertaken by a recipient while holding an Ontario Women’s Scholars Award shall acknowledge the support of the work from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care with the following notation:“The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care”.This acknowledgement shall precede all similar acknowledgements of financial support for the work of equal or lesser amounts, and shall also indicate that the views expressed in the publication are the views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study or postdoctoral research (Applicants do not need to obtain the Dean’s signature or endorsement when submitting the application. The Graduate Awards Office will provide this endorsement to those applications selected by SGS to put forth to COU).
Applicants must submit to IMS (not Dean of Graduate Studies) an electronic copy (PDF) of the following documents:
The completed application form from the COU website;
A curriculum vitae – no page restrictions (must include information concerning the eligibility criteria);
A statement of research written by the candidate (maximum 1,000 words);
A non-technical summary written by the candidate (maximum 500 words, one additional page is allowed for diagrams, bibliography, etc.);
An application for a master’s or a doctoral award must also include:
Confidential letters of appraisal of the applicant from two assessors***
The applicant’s undergraduate and (if appropriate) graduate transcripts, which may be either
Official transcripts sent directly by the Registrar’s office of the issuing university, or
Copies verified and certified as accurate by the Registrar’s office of the nominating university
An application for a postdoctoral award must also include:
A brief summary of the doctoral thesis of no more than 300 words; and
Confidential letters of appraisals of the applicant from four assessors***.
Mandatory arm’s length assessors: Postdoctoral applications must have two arm’s length assessors from among the four assessors. The arm’s length assessors cannot be:
a relative or close friend, or have a personal relationship with the applicant;
in a position to benefit from the funding of the application;
o affiliated with the applicant’s current and/or proposed institutions;
professionally affiliated with the applicant, as a result of (but not limited to): being their supervisor or trainee; collaborating, publishing or sharing funding with the applicant, or having plans to do so in the immediate future.
***The letters of appraisal should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research to date, and the research the applicant proposes to undertake during the graduate or postdoctoral period, paying particular attention to the criteria for selection described below. Assessor should also provide a short description of the relationship, if any, with the applicant.
The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be emailed directly from the referee to the Graduate Administrator at the graduate unit/department by the student deadline.
Current OWHS Doctoral Award holders may apply for a renewal of the award for 2020-21. Applicants should visit the COU website for information regarding their eligibility for renewing their award and the renewal application form. Renewal application packages and letters of appraisal may be submitted directly to SGS by December 2, 2019 for endorsement. Note that renewals are competitive and also based upon available funding.
The SGS Graduate Awards Office will notify those forwarded to SGS the University competition results in late January. The Council of Ontario Universities will announce the Ontario competition results in April 2020.
Contacts & Resources
Please direct all questions regarding the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards competition or nomination process to:
Phone: 416-979-2165, extension 235
COU OWHSA webpage
* Applicants are to submit their application to IMS or their supervisor’s affiliated graduate unit
|Applicant Deadline to Graduate Unit:||November 17, 2019|
|Level of Study:||Postdoctoral or has faculty appointment|
|Required Legal Status:||Ontario resident|
|Results:||November 2020 by agency|
To honour the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Ontario Government established a fund to provide John Charles Polanyi Prizes annually to up to five outstanding researchers or scholars who are in the early stages of their career and at Ontario universities. The prizes, each of which is valued at $20,000, will be conferred in the fall of 2020. They are available in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science, broadly defined.
The John Charles Polanyi Prize is a prestigious award and The University of Toronto is well represented on the list of prize winners. It is our aim to remain successful in this competition and we continue to encourage graduate units to nominate their strongest, eligible candidates.
Read about the 2018 U of T Prize winners, and past UofT recipients of the 2017 Polanyi Prize, 2016 Polanyi Prize, 2015 Polanyi Prize and 2014 Polanyi Prize.
Eligibility to Apply
To be eligible for an award, applicants must:
1. Be normally resident in Ontario;
2. Have received their doctoral degree from any recognized university in the world on or after September 1, 2016, or, if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, be confident that they will have completed all degree requirements by May 31, 2020 (an applicant who was on parental leave between the time of completion of the doctorate and the time of application may have their period of eligibility extended by six months);
3. Either be planning to continue to post-doctoral studies, or hold a faculty appointment, in a recognized publicly assisted university in Ontario.
Enquiries about these criteria may be directed to SeniorDirectorQA@cou.ca.
All applicants must submit to their graduate unit or their supervisor’s affiliated graduate unit (not Dean of Graduate Studies) an electronic copy of the following documents in a single PDF package by the graduate unit deadline:
1. The completed application form – available from the Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) website;
2. Curriculum vitae (no page restrictions), including information concerning the application. Updates to curriculum vitae will not be accepted after submission;
3. A summary of the doctoral thesis (1 page max, to be written by the applicant);
4. A brief statement of research or scholarship to be undertaken during the period of the award, prepared by the applicant (maximum of 2 pages, an additional 1 page is allowed for diagrams, bibliography, etc.);
5. A non-technical summary of the statement of research or scholarship, written by the applicant (maximum 500 words);
6. Updated: Confidential letters (on letterhead and signed) from four assessors (emailed directly to the nominating unit’s graduate administrator before the unit deadline).
o Mandatory arm’s length assessors:
All applications must have at least two arm’s length assessors from among the four assessors. Eligible arm’s length assessors include those who have read the applicant’s work, seen them present at conferences, but have not actually been involved with the applicant. Additionally, the arm’s length assessors cannot be:
– a relative or close friend, or have a personal relationship with the applicant;
– in a position to benefit from the funding of the application;
– affiliated with the applicant’s current and/or proposed institutions;
– professionally affiliated with the applicant, as a result of (but not limited to): being their supervisor, trainee, or thesis committee member, collaborating, publishing or sharing funding with the applicant, or having plans to do so in the immediate future.
o Letters should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research or scholarship to date, and the research or scholarship being undertaken.
o Assessors must read and comment on the statement of research (or writing) being submitted as part of the application.
Applicants do not need to obtain the Dean’s signature or endorsement when submitting the application. The Graduate Awards Office will provide this endorsement to those applications selected by SGS to put forth to COU.
Postdoctoral fellows located at an affiliated hospital should apply through the graduate unit where their supervisor is appointed.
The SGS Graduate Awards Office will notify those forwarded to SGS the University competition results in late January 2020. The Council of Ontario Universities will announce the Ontario competition results in April 2020.
Contacts & Resources
Please direct all questions regarding the John Charles Polanyi Prizes competition or nomination process at the University of Toronto to:
SGS Postdoctoral Administrative Officer
SGS Polanyi Prizes webpage
Phone: 416-979-2165, extension 235
COU Polanyi Prizes webpage