External Scholarships

We expect all eligible applicants and current students apply for external awards or scholarships. External awards provide generous funding and students are strongly encouraged to apply for these awards. Students must be alert to all of the requirements pertaining to applications for the following year. These include filling out the necessary forms, obtaining letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Vanier Award (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to brand Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. It is worth $50,000 per year for three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities.

  • Application and eligibility requirements are available in August on the Vanier website
  • Applicants must be nominated by the Department of Geography. If you are interested in being nominated, please contact the graduate office. The department is only able to submit a maximum of two applications each year.
  • SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR Vanier Awards are valued at $50,000 for up to three years
  • Internal Deadline: September 19, 2016

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Doctoral Awards

Scholarships administered by CIHR are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing graduate degrees in a health related field in Canada. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

  • Students apply directly to CIHR through ResearchNet
  • Funding Opportunity Details are available on ResearchNet
  • Full application instructions are available on the CIHR website
  • Application instructions through U of T available on the Research and Innovation website
  • Value of $21,000 for up to three years (doctoral), or $35,000 for up to three years (doctoral CGS)
  • Deadline for U of T component (submitting an MRA): September 23, 2016
  • Deadline to apply to CIHR: October 4, 2016

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Doctoral Awards

NSERC scholarships provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in master’s or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering.

  • Application form and eligibility requirements are available in September on the NSERC website
  • Value of $21,000 for up to three years (doctoral), or $35,000 for up to three years (doctoral CGS)
  • Internal Deadline: September 28, 2016

Trudeau Scholarship

Applicants must be entering or registered in their first year of PhD studies and must have achieved high academic standing.

  • Application and eligibility requirements are available in September on the Trudeau Foundation website
  • Applicants must be nominated by the Department of Geography. If you are interested in being nominated, please contact the graduate office. The department is only able to submit a limited number of applications each year.
  • Valued at up to $40,000 stipend and $20,000 travel allowance for up to three years.
  • Internal Deadline: October 5, 2016

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Doctoral Awards

The SSHRC Scholarships programs seek to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

  • Application form and eligibility requirements are available in September on the SSHRC website
  • Value of $20,000 for up to three years (doctoral) or $35,000 for up to three years (doctoral CGS)
  • Doctoral Award Internal Deadline: October 5, 2016

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Awards (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR)

The SSHRC Scholarships programs seek to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

  • Application is submitted through the Research Portal
  • Instructions are hosted on the NSERC website
  • Value of $17,500 for one year
  • Master’s Award Internal Deadline: December 1, 2016

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. It is a merit-based award.

  • Application form and eligibility requirements are available on the SGS website
  • OGS awards are administered by the universities. Each Ontario institution/department will have their own application, application process and internal deadline(s). An OGS application must be submitted to each Ontario University to which you are seeking admission.
  • OGS awards are non-transferable – they must be held in the department/institution offering the award.
  • Value of up to $15,000 for one year
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENT deadline to apply to Geography & Planning: March 3, 2017 
  • DOMESTIC STUDENT deadline to apply to Geography & Planning: April 28 2017