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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*

SGS Conference Grant (Fall 2022) 

The SGS Conference Grant provides financial support to encourage eligible students to actively present their research at an academic conference during the early stages of their graduate studies.   

This grant aims to provide successful applicants with funds to cover at least the applicant’s minimum registration fee for the proposed conference. Depending on the availability of funds, in-person presentations that require travel may receive a top-up amount based on the location of the conference; virtual presentations will be eligible for funding to cover the registration fee portion only.   

NOV 30, 2022

2023-2024 Autism Scholars Award

The Autism Scholars Awards Program was established with the support of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent scholars studying autism. The Autism Scholars Awards Program aims to establish a research community that meets or exceeds internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge concerning child autism, and its translation into improved health for children through more effective services and products for children with autism, and thereby adds to the province’s capacity in diagnosis and assessment of autism and the quality of its treatment system.

*Applicants are to submit their application directly to SGS Graduate Awards Office, not their graduate unit (or the Dean of Graduate Studies as the COU announcement indicates).

DEC 1, 2022*

2023-2024 Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Program (CGS M) CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC

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.

DEC 1, 2022

2022-2023 Graduate Faculty Teaching Awards

The Temerty 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 Temerty Medicine who teach in doctoral stream or professional graduate programs.

Nomination Form

DEC 2, 2022

2022- 2023 Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB)

The Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB) is a financial aid program which serves to assist master’s students who must register beyond the program length required for their degree due to unanticipated factors beyond their control. The Bursary aims to assist students who must register full-time in the final session of their program to complete a small or minimal amount of remaining work that is necessary to fulfill their degree requirements.   

Students who were registered in the Winter 2020 session and whose academic progress has been significantly impeded due to COVID-19 related disruptions may be eligible for an SGS tuition fee exemption. More information is available here: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/admissions/graduate-fees/#section_13 

FALL 2022 Application:

JAN 16, 2023

WINTER 2023 Application:

APR 28, 2023

2023-2024 Mackenzie King Scholarships

The Mackenzie King Scholarships were established as an independent trust under the will of the late Rt. Hon. William Mackenzie King (1874-1950). Two types of Mackenzie King Scholarships were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies. U of T is permitted to nominate two (2) candidates from each category to the national competition.

The Travelling Scholarship is awarded to applicants who have a degree from a Canadian university and are pursuing graduate studies in the areas of international or industrial relations within the United States or the United Kingdom. The Mackenzie King Selection Committee in the past has interpreted “international relations” broadly, as encompassing a program in any discipline as long as the topic is substantially concerned with the relationship between nations, e.g., studies in law, history, or development studies may qualify as international relations. The Mackenzie King Board receives about 25-30 nominations annually for four scholarships, each of approximately $10,500 (number of recipients and value are subject to change – it was $13,500 in 2022-23).

The Open Scholarship is awarded to an applicant who has a degree from a Canadian university and is pursuing graduate studies in any discipline, within Canada or elsewhere. The Mackenzie King Board receives approximately 80 - 90 nominations annually from all universities to award one scholarship of approximately $8,500 (value is subject to change – it was $12,000 in 2022-23).

JAN 20, 2023

2023-2024 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Domestic)

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) has permitted universities to offer a minimum of 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 provide this information on their OGS application may be eligible to be considered for one of at least three (3) Ontario Graduate Scholarship Indigenous Scholar Awards and potentially other Indigenous awards offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

MAR 23, 2023

2023-2024 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (International)

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.

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) allocated 22 OGS awards to the University for International students this year. Accordingly, each graduate unit will receive a quota, ranging from 1-3 applications to be submitted to and adjudicated centrally by SGS.

MAR 23, 2023

SGS Conference Grant (Winter 2023) 

The SGS Conference Grant provides financial support to encourage eligible students to actively present their research at an academic conference during the early stages of their graduate studies.   

MAR 31, 2023

*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 (unless stated otherwise) by OCTOBER 3, 2022.

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 OSOTF Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1500

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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 OSOTF Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1200

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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 OSOTF Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $1000

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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 OSOTF Financial Needs Form

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $2600

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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: $1700

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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: $4068

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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.admin@utoronto.ca)

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $8000

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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.admin@utoronto.ca)

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $2100

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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 as well as why they chose to pursue a PhD.

ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT: $2000

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DEADLINE:
 October 3, 2022

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