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University of Toronto Fellowship
The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology
Graduate Student Endowment Fund
Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund

Travel Awards

Graduate Prizes

Bursary Support for Students Outside the Funded Cohort




University of Toronto Fellowships (UTF)

Regular UT Fellowship (R-UTF)

In the Chemistry Department, the Regular UTF provides financial support towards the stipend for graduate students in the funded cohort. Students, both domestic and international, are automatically considered for this fellowship and are not required to apply.

Value: $6,500 in three instalments ($2,000 per term in September and January and $2,500 in May)

Conditions:

  • Students must be in good academic standing to receive the fellowship.
  • Doctoral students are required to have their annual supervisory committee meeting in order to maintain receipt of the award.
  • Funded cohort students include year 1 of MSc; years 1 to 4 of PhD; and up to year 5 of Ph.D. for direct-entry.

The Regular UTF may also be given out as a "tuition scholarship" for international students or as a "top up award" for major scholarship holders.

Teaching Reduction UT Fellowship (TR-UTF)

Chemistry also provides a Teaching Reduction UTF in addition to the R-UTF. The main benefit of the TR-UTF is that the TA obligation is reduced over the year the award is tenable to enable the students to concentrate in their research. Preference will be given to doctoral students in the higher years. Students are required to submit an application to the Chemistry Graduate Office by a prescribed deadline.

Value: $5,000 in two instalments ($2,500 per term in September and January)

Conditions:

  • Must be registered in Chemistry's doctoral program.
  • Students must have completed at least one year of graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at University of Toronto.
  • Students must exhibit overall academic excellence. For applicants entering the 1st or 2nd year of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A- (A minus), or equivalent, on the last 20 half-course equivalents completed. For applicants entering 3rd year or beyond of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A- (A minus), or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.
  • Applications will be assessed based on research ability or potential, excellent communication skills, academic standing and interpersonal and leadership abilities.
  • Doctoral students who fail to arrange an annual supervisory committee meeting are ineligible.
  • Students outside the funded cohort are ineligible.

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

Purpose of the Scholarship:

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 province of Ontario and by funds raised by the University of Toronto from the private sector. The Department of Chemistry has eight scholarships (PDF) available annually for distribution.

Value and Duration:

  • $15,000 per year or $5000 per term
  • The scholarship is awarded for one academic year at a time, which may consist of two or three consecutive terms. (Also see "maximum support" below.)
  • The award may begin in September or January.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents who plan to enrol full-time in a Master's or Doctoral program in science and technology at the University of Toronto.
  • Master's students are not eligible for a QEII-GSST after two years of study at the Master's level;
    Doctoral students are not eligible for a QEII-GSST after five years of study at the Doctoral level.
  • Applicants must exhibit overall academic excellence. For applicants entering the 1st or 2nd year of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A- (A minus), or the equivalent, on the last 20 half-course equivalents completed. For applicants entering 3rd year or beyond of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A- (A minus), or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.
  • Applicants will also exhibit research ability or potential, excellent communication skills, and interpersonal and leadership abilities.
  • Applicants who have defaulted on a Canada or Ontario Student Loan or a loan made under the Ontario Venture Capital Program, or have failed to make satisfactory repayment on an Ontario Study Grant overpayment, may be ineligible.

Maximum Support:

  • Master's students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years, and Doctoral students to a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of four years per student. Master's students are not eligible for a QEII-GSST after two years of study at the Master's level; Doctoral students are not eligible for a QEII-GSST after five years of study at the Doctoral level.
  • The award is not automatically renewed. Students must apply annually.

Conditions of the Scholarship:

  • You must hold the award at the University of Toronto.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student in a graduate program in science or technology.
  • You will be required to repay the award if you are in full-time attendance fewer than 14 weeks in any term or transfer to another graduate unit.
  • You cannot be enrolled in a qualifying or "make-up" year or be on a paid educational leave or sabbatical.
  • You cannot hold the award for only one term.
  • You will be required to repay the award if you withdraw or transfer to part-time status.
  • You may hold other awards up to a total of $10,000 per year, but cannot hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for the same year of study in which you hold a QEII-GSST.
  • You may also accept research assistantships, part-time teaching positions, or other employment, which does not exceed the maximum 10 hours per week on average.

Application Forms:

  • Use the current Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application form which will be provided by the Graduate Office.
  • You must also complete the QEII-GSST cover page which will be provided by the Graduate Office.
  • Two reference letters and copies of all university transcripts must be submitted.
  • One-page research proposal is required for all applicants. If you are not currently in a graduate program or have not yet formulated your research proposal, a statement of interest, indicating your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in your chosen field should be submitted.
  • One-page summary of significant academic achievements (e.g., awards, publications, presentations, patents, etc.). A form will be provided by the Graduate Office.
  • Students who applied to the current OGS competition may recycle application materials on file in the Chemistry Graduate Office. However, the research proposal and summary of accomplishments are required for all QEII-GSST applicants, at both the Master's and Doctoral level. (This is different from the OGS guidelines.)

Application Deadline:

The Chemistry Graduate Office generally sends out a notification in the spring.

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Graduate Student Endowment Fund (GSEF)

If successful, the value of the award will be incorporated towards your stipend for the current academic year. Both domestic and international students may apply for this competition.

Alex Harrison Award in Analytical Mass Spectrometry

Value: $5,000 (one award)

Conditions: To be awarded to graduate students in the Department of Chemistry studying in the area of Analytical Mass Spectrometry. Academic merit and financial need will be considered.

Application:

  1. GSEF Cover Page
  2. Scholarship and Publication Summary Sheet
  3. One-page summary of ongoing research
  4. One-page letter of support from the research supervisor
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Printouts of all university transcripts

Chem Club Graduate Scholarship

Value: $5000 (one award)

Conditions: To be awarded to two graduate students in the Department of Chemistry in their 3rd or higher year of study in a doctoral program. The two students chosen will be in different sub-disciplines of chemistry. The award will be given on the basis of research potential and leadership ability. Criteria will include number and quality of refereed papers and conference posters/presentations. Application to this scholarship does not require a copy of your university transcript(s). The scholarship cannot be awarded to a student who currently holds an NSERC/OGS/QEII-GSST award. This scholarship is open to international students who meet the above criteria.

Application:

  1. GSEF Cover Page
  2. Scholarship and Publication Summary Sheet
  3. One-page personal statement documenting extracurricular, leadership and volunteer activities
  4. One-page letter of support from the research supervisor. Letter should also address the applicant's leadership attributes.
  5. Curriculum vitae

David H. Farrar Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry

Value: $5,000 (one award)

Conditions: To be awarded to graduate student(s) in the Department of Chemistry who have distinguished themselves both academically and for their leadership and contribution to the life of the University through student governance, community service or volunteer work.

Application:

  1. GSEF Cover Page
  2. Scholarship and Publication Summary Sheet
  3. One-page personal statement documenting leadership, volunteer activities and impact to the life of the University.
  4. One-page letter of support from the research supervisor. Letter should also address applicant's leadership attributes.
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Printouts of all university transcripts

Jim Guillet Chemistry Graduate Scholarship

Value: $5,000 each (up to two awards)

Conditions: To be awarded to graduate students in the Department of Chemistry based on academic merit and the potential for significant innovation in any area of Chemistry. Financial need will also be considered.

Application:

  1. GSEF Cover Page
  2. Scholarship and Publication Summary Sheet
  3. One-page statement of ongoing research and demonstrate the potential significance of your research
  4. Statement of academic merit (demonstrate academic achievements and research abilities)
  5. One-page letter of support from the research supervisor.  Letter should also address the current project's potential significance.
  6. Curriculum vitae
  7. Printouts of all university transcripts

Ministry of the Environment Graduate Scholarship in the Department of Chemistry

Value: $5000 (up to one award)

Conditions: To be awarded to graduate students in the Department of Chemistry in the area of the environmental chemistry of chemical pollutants.

Application:

  1. GSEF Cover Page
  2. Scholarship and Publication Summary Sheet
  3. One-page summary of ongoing research
  4. One-page letter of support from the research supervisor
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Printouts of all university transcripts

Application Deadline: All application materials must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office by the last Friday in October or as specified by the Graduate Office.

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Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund (OSOTF)

The OSOTF awards refer to a group of awards, which have resulted from Ontario government's "matching" program. Under the program every dollar of donation received for student assistance has been matched by the government as well as the university on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The value of OSOTF awards is based on the annual income earned by the endowment, and the amounts specified represent an estimated value. The amounts may change at the time of payment.

Several awards are available in the fields of general chemistry, organic/biological chemistry and polymers chemistry.

Eligibility:

OSOTF awards are restricted to individuals who meet all of the following criteria at the time of application:

  1. Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person;
  2. Resident of Ontario; and
  3. Demonstrates financial need.

Application Requirement:

  1. OSOTF Cover Page (see Section 3 to outline special/extenuating circumstances)
  2. ACORN printout of University of Toronto transcript
  3. Scholarship and Publication Summary Sheet
  4. View specific OSOTF awards for required documents

Application Deadline:

All application materials must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office by the deadline specified by the Graduate Office.

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Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant Program

The Faculty of Arts Science sponsors a travel grant program designed to enable graduate students to attend and present research results at scientific conferences. The motivation for this program is two-fold. This program will provide graduate students with additional experience at presenting results in a scientific forum and an opportunity to put their own research into a broader context. This program will advertise the superb research being done by graduate students at the University of Toronto.

To hold an award, the graduate student's faculty supervisor must provide funding towards the conference travel costs that matches at least the value of the Travel Grant.

Eligibility: Award holders must be a doctoral student in the funded cohort. Graduate students may hold only one Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant during their time in the Department of Chemistry.
Date of Conference: Conference travel must occur between November 1 of the current year and October 31 of the following year.
Eligible Expenses: Conference registration and abstract submission costs, economy travel and living expenses.
Value: Up to $750
Application: The Chemistry Graduate Office generally sends out a notification in the fall.
Selection Criteria: Past academic performance. Need to attend conference for professional development. Quality of abstract. Preference will be given to students near the end of their degrees.
Application Deadline: Graduate Office will send out the notification in mid-November.

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Michael J. Dignam Graduate Travel Award

The award provides funds to attend a conference to present either a poster or paper. An initial award of $750 will be matched by the research supervisor of the recipient, to a total of $1500 or more depending on location and travel expenses of the conference.

Conditions of Award:

To be awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry on the basis of financial need. Academic merit and demonstrated ability in research will also be considered. The awardee will be selected from the Physical/Theoretical Chemistry or Chemical Physical subdisciplines. The Graduate Studies Committee will consider all applications and select the winner.

Application Materials:

Students must submit the following materials:

  • curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • conference abstract either submitted or to be submitted for a conference within the 12-month period from January 1st to December 31st of the following year;
  • short statement (not to exceed one page) outlining the importance of the research paper/poster to be presented at the conference;
  • statement from the research supervisor to confirm his/her contribution for the matching fund; and
  • Financial Assessment (fillable PDF) form

Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office by the last Friday in October or as specified by the Graduate Office.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Award of Excellence in Organic or Bio-Organic Chemistry

The purpose of the Boehringer Ingelheim Award of Excellence is to aid in the opportunities for professional development of graduate students in organic or bio-organic chemistry.

Value:

The value of the Boehringer Prize is $1000.

Conditions:

  • The award is granted annually to a graduate student (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) pursuing his or her studies in synthetic or bio-organic chemistry.
  • The award is based on excellence both in graduate course work and in research.
  • The award is non-renewable.
  • The award is granted to a student nominated by the Department, after consultation with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., R&D (BICL R&D)
  • In the event that two worthy recipients are selected, the award may be shared between both recipients.
  • The winner also presents a lecture as part of the Organic Chemistry Seminar Series where a BICL R&D representative will be in attendance.
  • The recipient also meets with the BICL R&D representative who will give information regarding career opportunities at BICL R&D.
  • Applicant must be registered in the program at the time of the application.
  • Financial need must be considered.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have completed one year of graduate study in the field of organic synthesis or bio-organic chemistry.
  • Applicants must have at least one research publication from their graduate studies.

Selection Criteria:

The principal factor in determining the winner is excellence in research as demonstrated by publications in scientific journals and presentations at conferences on work carried out at the University of Toronto. Grades in courses, etc., will be given secondary consideration.

Application Materials:

  • Applicants must submit the following materials to the Chemistry Graduate Office for consideration;
  • Curriculum vitae listing publications and other scientific contributions. For publications with multiple authors, students must include an explanatory note detailing their contribution;
  • Brief summary (no more than one page) of their ongoing work; and
  • Financial assessment (fillable PDF) form

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office by the last Friday in October or as specified by the Graduate Office.

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Donald J. LeRoy Graduate Prize in Physical Chemistry

Conditions:

The LeRoy Prize is awarded annually to a student in Physical Chemistry on the basis of demonstrated excellence in research and performance in at least two graduate courses, with particular emphasis on the former. The Prize shall be awarded for one year only, although a previous winner shall be eligible for consideration for reward of the prize. Particular attention will be paid to the student's contribution to the writing of research papers, either submitted or published.

Value:

The value of the Prize is $1000 plus $500 in travel allowance. The winner also attends and presents a seminar "D.J. LeRoy Prize Lecture", at the annual Symposium on Chemical Physics at the University of Waterloo.

Eligibility:

Nominees must be enrolled in the Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics field.

Nomination:

Faculty nominate students for award.

Nomination Materials:

The following materials must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office for consideration:

  • Two supporting letters, one from the supervisor and one from another faculty member;
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae;
  • A list of publications; and
  • Grade report (ROSI printout acceptable).

Deadline:

Nominations must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office by May 31.

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Canada Research Chair Graduate Prize in Nanochemistry

Conditions:

The CRC Prize is awarded annually to a student in Nanochemistry on the basis of demonstrated excellence in research and performance in at least two graduate courses, with particular emphasis on the former. The Prize shall be awarded for one year only, although a previous winner shall be eligible for consideration for reward of the prize. Particular attention will be paid to the student's contribution to the writing of research papers, either submitted or published.

Value:

The value of the CRC Prize is $500. The winner also presents a seminar.

Eligibility:

Nominees must be enrolled in the Interdisciplinary/Nanochemistry subfield.

Nomination:

Faculty nominate students for award.

Nomination Materials:

The following materials must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office for consideration:

  • Two supporting letters, one from the supervisor and one form another faculty member;
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae;
  • A list of publications; and
  • Grade report (a ROSI printout is acceptable)

Deadline:

Nominations must be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office by May 31.

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F.E. Beamish Prizes

The Beamish Prizes are awarded annually to one student in each of the Analytical, Inorganic and Physical fields in recognition for their excellent work.

Value:

Four prizes of $200 each.

Conditions:

To be awarded to students for outstanding graduate work, as evidenced by a seminar or performance on examinations, as follows:

Analytical Chemistry $200
Inorganic Chemistry Seminar $200
Inorganic Chemistry Examinations $200
Physical Chemistry Seminar $200

Application:

Application is not required. The Graduate Studies Committee will select recipients.

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Master's Tuition Fee Bursary

Tuition fee bursaries are awarded to master's students who still have a small amount of work outstanding. These students will have registered full-time from the beginning of their programs and their minimum period of registration will have ended by or before either August or December of current year. Students receiving tuition fee bursaries will not be eligible for fellowships, scholarships and other awards. Essentially the bursary allows the recipient to pay the part-time fee for one term. For more information, please visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

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Doctoral Completion Award

The aim of the Doctoral Completion Award (DCA) is to help ensure that meritorious PhD students who will no longer receiving the normal funding from their graduate unit can complete their degree program within time limit. Students may receive a DCA only once during their program.

Value:

Up to $4000 to be incorporated towards the funding package and of which will be paid in 1-2 instalments. Students must be registered to receive award payments and will not receive any payments once degree requirements are completed.

Eligibility

Applicants for the DCA must:

  • Be beyond the funded cohort;
  • Be full‐time PhD students who are within the time-limit of their degree;
  • Be in good academic standing including having achieved candidacy and having satisfactory supervisory committee reports each year;
  • Not have received a previous DCA
  • No longer be receiving the normal funding package for PhD students in the year for which they are applying; and
  • Not concurrently be holding a paid continuing professional position.

Criteria:

  1. Academic merit and quality of research.
  2. Expected time to complete the degree: any unusual requirements of the research that needed extended time or unforeseen events in the research program that delayed its completion may be taken into account.
  3. Availability of alternative funding.
  4. Students who will have external funding of more than $15K are ineligible.

Information on application materials and deadline will be forwarded by the Chemistry Graduate Office, normally during Spring.

For other listing of internal awards, visit the School of Graduate Studies

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