University of Toronto Fellowship
Connaught International Scholarships
Mary H. Beatty Fellowships
The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
FoM Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) and Restricted Awards
School of Graduate Studies (SGS) University-Wide Awards
Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence (HSRLCE) Studentships
Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) Graduate Studentships
Vision Science Research Program (VSRP) Fellowship Program
CIHR Team Research and Training Program in Sleep and Biological Rhythms

University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF)
The U of T Fellowship is a major source of funding for graduate students in the Department of Physiology.  Effective September 2008, the U of T Fellowship will be considered as part of the stipend.

  • There is no restriction based on citizenship or status in Canada.
  • Students registered in a master’s program beyond the second year are not eligible to hold a Departmental Scholarship.
  • Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a master’s degree are not eligible to hold a Departmental Scholarship beyond year five.
  • Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to hold a Departmental Scholarship beyond year six of the graduate program. This includes students who transfer from the master’s program to the PhD program.
  • New students must have at least a B+ average grade in the final year of study in the degree program that is the basis of their admission to their graduate program at the University of Toronto.
  • Current graduate students must maintain good standing in their program (i.e., must complete the various requirements for their degree program in a satisfactory and timely manner, including submission of the Annual Report) as determined by the graduate unit’s time-line for completion of the degree.

Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral-strean Students
The Connaught International Scholarship is a prestigious entrance award intended to attract excellent international doctoral or doctoral-stream students.  Approximately 20 awards will be award annually, with a value of $35,000 total (including tuition and incidental fees), and the scholarship is renewable on an annul basis and will continue throughout for the standard period of the program's funding comitment (i.e. 4-5 years).  All international doctoral applicants to the PSL graduate programs will be considered for this award provided that their completed applications are received by February 1.  Students must be nominated for this award by the department.

Mary H. Beatty Fellowships
The Mary H. Beatty Fellowships are awarded to domestic students who are coming to U of T with one of the major external awards (e.g CIHR, NSERC, OGS, etc.).  No application is required. Students are automatically considered when they apply for admission to a graduate unit.

The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015
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 Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and by funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector.

  • Applicants must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents who plan to enroll, or are registered in a full-time research thesis based MSc or PhD in the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Applicants entering the 1st or 2nd year of graduate studies at the time of application must have an average of at least A-, or the equivalent, on the last 20 one-term/semester courses or the equivalent completed.  Applicants entering the 3rd year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of application must have an overall average of at least A-, or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.
  • Applicants must exhibit overal academic excellence.  Applicants should also exhibit research ability or potential, excellent communication skills, and interpersonal and leadership abilities.
  • This award is not automatically renewed; students must apply annually.
  • Must be in good standing with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).  Applicants who have registered status with OSAP (e.g. defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on a loan overpayment) are ineligible.  Students who have never applied for CSL/OSAP would be in good standing.

2015-16 QEII-GSST Competition Guide for Applicants
2015-16 QEII-GSST Cover Sheet  (List A: email it to Debbie Chau; List B: email it to Colleen Shea/Rosalie Pang)
2015-16 QEII-GSST FAQs
2015-16 Faculty of Medicine QEII-GSST Awards (List A)
2015-16 Physiology QEII-GSST Awards (List B)

Faculty of Medicine OSOTF and Restricted Awards
Electronic Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014
OSOTF and Restricted Awards provide financial support for registered graduate students (primarily MSc and PhD) in the Faculty of Medicine. These funds contribute towards the annual student stipend. 

Most of the funds for OSOTF and Restricted Awards come from interest income earned from endowments donated by various donors. The Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) awards were established in 1996/97 by the Provincial Government. The donor provides 1/3 of the funding, matched by 1/3 from the Province and 1/3 from the University.

OSOTF awards are restricted to residents of Ontario who demonstrate financial need according to the provincial government's guidelines (i.e., receiving OSAP or providing the data on the OSOTF Financial Need Assessment Form). For the purposes of the OSOTF awards, an Ontario resident is either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada who has an Ontario mailing address at the time the award is made.

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. Preference in funding decisions will be given to students in year 1-2 of their MSc or year 1-5 of their PhD Students beyond these years will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Each individual award has additional specific eligibility requirements, listed under the Awards section.

Applications will be by electronic submission using an online application system.  Application, competition guidelines and awards list (with detailed description of the awards) are available at:

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) University-Wide Awards
Departmental deadline:  May 1, 2014
Through the generous support of various donors, a number of endowments have been established at the School of Graduate Studies.  Each year a number of internal awards are made available from these endowments to provide support to graduate students.  Individual award descriptions and application forms can be found on the SGS website:

Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence (HSRLCE) Studentships
HSRLCE offers studentship awards to support individuals who wish to pursue a career in cardiovascular science. The objective of these awards is to support a robust and productive research community in Toronto. These awards are made to those who demonstrate the potential for excellence through their previous academic accomplishments and the environment in which they will work.

Applicants must be primarily supervised by a Member of the Centre. Each application is considered a joint submission by the applicant and the proposed supervisor.

Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) Graduate Studentships

VSRP Fellowship Program

CIHR Team Research and Training Program in Sleep and Biological Rhythms
The CIHR Team Research and Training Program in Sleep and Biological Rhythms has two deadlines for funding: February 15th and October 15th each year. There are funds for at least 5 post-doc awards per year, and 6 graduate awards per year, each accompanied by an additional $3,000 research allowance and a $1,000 travel allowance.

For FULL application and review details please see The website is fully transparent, with all the details of the objectives of the program, eligibility to apply, application forms, how the applications will be reviewed, the reviewer forms, and how the funds will be distributed. 

Please note:
(i) Any research teams engaging in true new collaborative projects incorporating sleep-wake states, sedation and/or biological timing systems into their projects (in whatever discipline) are eligible to apply. No boundaries, just new science of high impact.

(ii) The vision of the program is that in 5 years time there will be more faculty and trainees incorporating some component of their research in these important areas, addressing fundamental questions in biology, physiology, medicine and health care.

(iii) If the big picture questions are addressed, this will lead to effective new collaborations, funded projects, major publications and new capacity for research, education and knowledge transfer. 

There are also funds available to support a total of ten visits from prominent researchers per year ($1,000 per visit). Please see website for details (‘funds’ page).  For queries, please email Rhiannon Davies, Program Coordinator, at