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Upcoming Award Deadlines

The following awards are available to current and/or recent RSI graduate students and have application deadlines in the near future. It is recommended that you check back regularly and/or bookmark this page to ensure you have the most up to date information.

AWARD DESCRIPTION  DEADLINE*
2022-2023 Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students The Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students is a cost-sharing initiative designed to assist graduate units in recruiting and supporting top international students by providing a top-up scholarship to each recipient, which will be paid in addition to the program’s normal funding package provided by the graduate unit. JAN 17, 2022
2022-2023 C. David Naylor University Fellowships, Endowed by a Gift from the Arthur L. Irving Foundation The C. David Naylor University Fellowships, funded by Arthur and Sandra Irving, at the University of Toronto were established to support outstanding scholars who are active in community service and commencing the first year of a graduate degree program.

Created by Arthur and Sandra Irving through the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, this program honours the University of Toronto's 15th president, Professor C. David Naylor. During his eight-year tenure, Professor Naylor’s
efforts to combine leadership and academic excellence to strengthen Canada through support for research and education ensured the global success of the University. Thus, the C. David Naylor University Fellowships are focused on attracting outstanding candidates from the Atlantic Canadian provinces who demonstrate leadership, academic excellence and community commitment to graduate programs at the University of Toronto.
JAN 21, 2022
2022-2023 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Domestic) 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. Graduate students at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute are eligible to apply for Ontario Graduate Scholarships upon entry to, or while registered in their program. MAR 15, 2022
2022-2023 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (International) 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. Graduate students at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute are eligible to apply for Ontario Graduate Scholarships upon entry to, or while registered in their program. MAR 15, 2022
2022-2023 Temerty Faculty of Medicine Queen Elizabeth II – Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) 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. APR 8, 2022
2022-23 Dr. Dina Gordon Malkin QEII-GSST In 1998, the Ontario government introduced the QEII-GSST, a merit-based scholarship program targeted specifically toward graduate students in science and technology. The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII‐GSST) Program is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology. The program is supported through funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and by funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector. The Province allocates QEII-GSST awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. APR 8, 2022

*Dates indicated are the internal deadlines for submission for RSI faculty, staff and students.

RSI Departmental Student Awards (Internal):

These awards listed below are available to RSI doctoral stream students (i.e. MSc & PhD students)

How to Apply:
Submit the following documents to rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca by TBD.

Please Note: only electronic transcripts are needed.

Lois Snelling Physical Therapy Bursary

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded to a doctoral stream student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the Faculty of Medicine. The recipient shall be a graduate of physical therapy. Selection will also be based on financial need.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application and the Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1700

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Judy Willcocks Memorial Bursary 

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a doctoral stream program in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. The selection will be based on financial need.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application and the Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1000

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Marguerite Harland Smith Graduate Award in Rehabilitation Science

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded to a full-time student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute that has graduated from a physical therapy program. The student must be conducting rehabilitation research in the neuroscience field. The selection will be based on financial need and academic achievement.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application, a 500 word description of your research and a Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1000

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Ruth Bradshaw Award

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded to (a) full-time student(s) enrolled in the doctoral stream Program in Rehabilitation Science. The recipient shall be a graduate of physical therapy and be eligible to practice in Canada.  Academic achievement and the relevance of the candidate’s program to physical therapy will also be taken into consideration. Selection will also be based on financial need.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application, a 500 word description of your research and a Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1000

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Gwen Bell Endowment Fund 

ELIGIBILITY: Award annually to an Occupational Therapist who is entering in the University of Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. The award will be based on:

  1. His/her undergraduate academic performance and
  2. His/her general area of research with preference given to research in occupational therapy that has application for everyday practice

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application and a 500 word description of your research

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $2200

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Robin Schaffer Graduate Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded on the basis of academic merit, to a graduate student with an Occupational Therapy background, who is entering the doctoral stream program in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application, a 500 word description of your research and a Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: Not available for 2021-22

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Diane Gasner Graduate Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded to a graduate student who has completed the University of Toronto MScPT program, is enrolled in a doctoral stream program in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and is undertaking musculoskeletal research.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application and a 500 word description of your research

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $3700

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Peter Rappolt Family Scholarship for Research in Occupational Performance and Wellbeing

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded based on academic merit to a graduate of the World Federation of Occupational Therapist approved entry-level occupational therapy program, who is enrolled in the first year doctoral program of the rehabilitation Sciences Institute. The applicant must be undertaking research to improve the occupational performance and wellbeing of individuals with serious mental health issues and complex developmental and chronic health issues.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application, a 500 word description of your research and a confidential letter of reference (sent from referee to rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca)

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $7500

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Dawson Family Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Awarded to a PhD student in any year who is pursuing mental health research with an occupational therapy focus in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Preference will be given to new students who demonstrate high academic achievement.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application, a 500 word description of your research and a confidential letter of reference (sent from referee to rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca)

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1800

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Theresa and Miron Polatajko Graduate Award

ELIGIBILITY: To be awarded based on academic merit to a doctoral (PhD) student who is pursuing doctoral work in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medicine, with primary preference given to a student who self-identifies as a first generation university student. Secondary preference will be given to a student with a background in occupational therapy. Tertiary preference will be given based on financial need.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants must submit a goal statement, tell us why they chose to pursue a PhD, and a Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $2700

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

Rigby/Wedge Graduate Student Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: To be awarded to graduate students in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute who is in the early stages of their degree (year 1-2) on the basis of academic excellence. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a career in occupational therapy.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please include the RSI Application and a 500 word description of your research

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $15,000

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DEADLINE:
 Closed

OSOTF Application Procedure:

OSOTF awards are allocated on the basis of academic excellence; however, financial need is the primary consideration for OSOTF awards. The award holder must be a full-time student for at least 14 weeks in any term during which they hold the award. Internal awards are automatically used to pay the student's outstanding fees. Preference in funding decisions will be given to students in year 1-2 of their MSc or year 1-4 of their PhD and year 5 for transfers. Students beyond these years will be considered under exceptional circumstances. The length of support from OSOTF awards is for up to one year and is not renewable, however new application may be made for subsequent competitions.

In order to assist the review committee, please –

Complete all sections of the Application Form, ensuring that each section is either filled out or the appropriate documents are attached. All applications are to be signed by the applicant and the applicant’s supervisor .

Complete the OSOTF Needs Assessment Form (where indicated), making sure that all the details of your income is clear. Provide where applicable:

  1. Names and amount for existing awards, and
  2. Details on funding from your supervisor. Also, given that the primary criterion for this award is one of “need”, provide a good description of why you are in need. If you have outstanding student loans or other debts and/or have dependants, please provide details.

Contact: Diane Wiltshire, Business Officer | rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca | 416-978-0300