CIHR Doctoral Research Awards
NSERC CGS/PGS Doctoral Scholarship
Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Award (CGSM)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Blood Services
Governor General's Gold Medal
Parkinson Society Canada
Harvard University Society of Fellows

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards
Submission deadline to ResearchNet: Sep 26
The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards consist of two programs administered through a single application:

  • The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
  • The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.

Candidates apply to the CIHR Doctoral Research Awards competition and top-ranked candidates are awarded a CGS-D or DFSA depending on the proposed location of research. Both awards are of equivalent value.

All candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity. 

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (Departmental deadline: Sep 24, 2014)
The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. The Government of Canada established these prestigious scholarships, to be awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies, to ensure a reliable supply of highly qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada's knowledge economy. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholars will help renew faculty at Canadian universities and will be the research leaders of tomorrow.

The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) Program provides financial support to high-calibre students who are engaged in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these students to fully concentrate on their studies and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students who are interested in the program to apply.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (Departmental deadline: Dec 1, 2014)
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 award value is $17,500 for 12 months (non-renewable).

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS )
Departmental deadline: March 31, 2015 (domestic students);  March 1, 2015 (international students)
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study.  The OGS program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto.  The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term.  Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms. 

Starting with the 2013-14 competition, the administration of OGS applications will be handled by individual Ontario universities.  The University of Toronto has a centralized on-line application available to students on the SGS website:

To assist you in the process, please review the OGS Online Application Instructions prior to creating an application.

Important note for prospective students: Your application will only be assessed at the University of Toronto. Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable by a student from one university to another.

Please complete the application on-line, print it, and submit a full paper copy to the Physiology Graduate Office by the departmental deadline.

Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) for International PhD students
The Ontario Trillium Scholarships is a new program which serves as a significant initiative to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies.  The University of Toronto will have 15 awards to distribute annually.  Each OTS will be worth $40,000 (including tuition) per annum, and is renewable for four years.

Academic merit is the defining criterion for the selection of OTS recipients.  OTS recipients must have achieved an A- average in each of the last two years of full-time study.  Nominees must be new international applicants applying to full-time doctoral programs within the funded-cohort (PhD).  Nominees must not currently be studying at an Ontario institution or have been previously registered within U of T.  No application is required.  Applicants are automatically considered when they apply for admission to a graduate unit.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Departmental deadline: Sept 12, 2014
The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health; as well as leadership skills. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

A Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year, for up to three years.

Heart & Stroke Foundation
The Focus on Stroke (FOS) Doctoral Research Award provides salary support to individuals enrolled in a PhD program and undertaking full-time research training in the stroke field. Each application, including the development of the research plan, is considered to be a joint submission by the applicant and the identified supervisor. Applications to the Heart and Stroke Foundation are due annually on November 1st to be tenable July 1st of the following year.Applications must be received by 16:00 EDT on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application must be received by the Heart and Stroke Foundation by 16:00 EDT the previous Friday.

Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards

Departmental deadline: TBA
The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award is administered by the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies on behalf of Ontario government ministries. It is open to Master’s students, Doctoral students, and Post Doctoral Fellows. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women's Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women's health scholars. “Echo” is an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and replaces the Ontario Women’s Health Council ( The community of women's health scholars fostered by this Awards program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the 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.

Alzheimer Society
The Alzheimer Society Research Program is a collaborative effort between the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), its provincial affiliates, partners, and donors. The Program provides Research Grants and Training Awards to support Canadian investigators conducting (1) biomedical research into causes and a cure for Alzheimer Disease, and (2) research into social and psychological aspects of Alzheimer Disease, including caregiving, family support and long-term care.

ASC's Research Program is committed to promoting excellence in Alzheimer research and supporting projects that will significantly advance scientific and clinical knowledge and improve the quality of life of both those with the disease and their caregivers. ASC-sponsored researchers have shed light on critical aspects of Alzheimer Disease and include some of the top Alzheimer scientists nationally and internationally. The Training Awards Program provides outstanding individuals with the opportunity to obtain training in research eventually to become independent investigators in the field of Alzheimer Disease.

Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)
The doctoral Student Research Award is intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in the field of diabetes in Canada. The program is open to only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Only students engaged in full-time diabetes research training in a Canadian graduate school are eligible for support.

Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services offers a Graduate Fellowship Program to attract and support young investigators to initiate or continue training in the field of blood transfusion science. This program is offered to graduate students who are undertaking full-time research training leading to a Ph.D. degree. The fellowship is awarded directly to the student, with a value of $21,000 per annum. A yearly research and travel allowance of $1,000 per annum is provided with each fellowship. Students may be supported for a maximum of 4 years.

Governor General's Gold Medal
The Governor General's office annually awards Governor General's Gold Medals to honour academic excellence at the graduate level. At UofT, three medals are available - one medal is awarded to a candidate graduating from Division I or II, one medal is awarded to a candidate from Division III or IV and one medal is awarded to the runner-up from any Division.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with a personalized certificate signed by the Governor General. Students do not receive any monetary award. Graduate department nominates the students to the School of Graduate Studies, who will then select the recipients.

Parkinson Society of Canada (PSC)
The Graduate Student Award program is strategic initiative to encourage promising young scientists to enter the field of Parkinson's research and to invest in research training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson's disease. PSC wishes to encourage continued growth and revitalization in the fields of Parkinson's research in Canada by supporting talented young scientists and providing students with an opportunity to enter into the area of Parkinson's research during the early stages of their training. Funds awarded under the Program are to be used to cover salaries for research training in Parkinson's-related areas.
Through this initiative, PSC invites fellowship applications from applicants committed to conducting biomedical research in areas relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease.

The Program is available to only those students engaged in full-time research training in a graduate school. At the time of application, all candidates must be enrolled in graduate study program at the Master's or PhD level.

Harvard University Society of Fellows
The purpose of the Society of Fellows is to give men and women at an early stage of their scholarly careers an opportunity to pursue their studies in any department of the University, free from formal requirements. They must be persons of exceptional ability, originality, and resourcefulness, and should be of the highest calibre of intellectual achievement, comparable to successful candidates for junior faculty positions at leading universities. These Junior Fellows are selected by the Senior Fellows, who with the President of the University and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, ex officio, administer the Society. Those elected receive three year fellowships.

To be eligible for a Junior Fellowship, a candidate must be at an early stage of his or her scholarly career. Men and women interested in any field of study are accepted. Most Junior Fellows receive the Ph.D. just prior to the start of the fellowship. If still pursuing the Ph.D., Junior Fellows should be at the dissertation stage of their theses and be prepared to finish their degrees within a year of becoming fellows. If already a recipient of the degree, they should not be much more than a year past the Ph.D. at the time the fellowship commences.