Scholarships and Awards

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships. In addition to being financially beneficial in the short term, they provide enduring long-term documentation of meritorious academic and research performance. Several prominent scholarships are described  below (the School of Graduate Studies maintains a comprehensive list of scholarships, fellowships, loans, and bursaries.

Note: all eligible domestic students are expected to apply for NSERC and OGS scholarships. Application instructions will be sent to students in the fall.

External Scholarships

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada

Description: NSERC offers graduate scholarships to Canadian citizens and permanent residents in a Canada-wide competition. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of high academic achievement and evidence of skill at research. Applications may be made through the student’s home institution prior to admission to the University of Toronto. Eligible students in the Department are required to apply and submit applications in the fall. Additional information and application forms are available from the NSERC website.

Value: Post-Graduate Scholarships for doctoral students (PGS D) are valued at $21,000 per year and Canada Graduate Scholarships for doctoral students (CGS-D) are valued at $35,000. These scholarships are awarded for three years.

Application deadline: early October (please contact the Graduate Administrator for further details).

The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) offers a free course in writing NSERC proposals in early September. 

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Description: The Government of Ontario offers these graduate scholarships for tenure at Ontario universities. These scholarships are intended primarily for domestic students, however, a small number are available to visa students. Additional information and application forms are available from the SGS website.

Value: $15,000 per year (three consecutive terms)

Application deadline: usually in the spring term (for further details, please contact the Graduate Administrator)

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

Description: The Department of Earth Sciences has a number of QEII awards available each year for domestic students. The award is designed to encourage excellence in graduate studies in science and technology.

Value: $15,000 for one academic year

Application deadline:  Applicants who apply for OGS awards are automatically considered for a QEII, and thus need not submit a separate application. Therefore, to be considered for QEII, applicants must have applied for OGS.

Connaught Scholarship

Description: This prestigious award from the University of Toronto is made to a meritoriod international PhD student. An application is not required. For more information, please visit

Value: The scholarship provides a top-up of at least $10,000 to the Department’s funding package. The student receives total funding of at least $35,000 per year.

Internal Scholarships

The Department has a number of internal scholarships, which make up part of the students’ funding packages. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships and do not need to apply.