SGS University-wide Awards 2017-2018

Award Overview

MSE Deadline:
April 27, 2017 (submit hardcopy to Maria Fryman)
(This deadline also applies to any reference letters required.)
 
 
Level of Study:
Master’s or doctoral (depending on awards’ criteria)
Required Legal Status:
Domestic or international (depending on awards’ criteria)
Results:
July 2017
 
 

Purpose

Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at the School of Graduate Studies. This year, approximately 16 awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are offered within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition.  

Eligibility to Apply

  • The majority of the awards listed on the SGS Website require eligible applicants to be currently registered in a U of T graduate program at the time of application (and must maintain this registration throughout the 2017-18 academic-year)
  •  Please note that two of the awards fall outside of this criteria:
    •  “Agnes M. Ireland Award” is for eligible new incoming students beginning the first year of their graduate program in September
    •  “Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship” is for eligible graduating U of T students who will commence a graduate program at the University of Michigan in September
  •  Eligible applications that are not successful in obtaining a listed award for which they applied will be considered for other available awards not currently listed on the SGS Website

 Need Based/OSOTF Awards

  • Awards categorized as need based only do not take applicants’ academic merit / transcripts into consideration
  •  Awards categorized as “OSOTF” are only open to eligible applicants who:
    • Demonstrate financial need within the application’s Financial Need Assessment section;
    • Are Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada or Protected Persons at the time of the application; and
    • Are residents of Ontario at the time of the application, as defined by one of the following criteria:
      • Student has always lived in Ontario
      • Ontario is the last province student lived in for 12 months in a row before beginning his/her current graduate program
      • Student lives in Ontario now AND has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
 If student is married/common-law, student can be considered an Ontario resident if:
  • spouse has always lived in Ontario or
  • spouse has lived in Ontario for the last 12 months in a row without being a full-time postsecondary student or
  • All of these statements are true:
    • student now resides in Ontario
    • student has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
    • spouse has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
 
If student qualifies as a dependent student, s/he is considered an Ontario resident if:
  • Ontario is the last province in which parent(s) have lived in for at least 12 months in a row or
  • All of these statements are true:
    •  student now resides in Ontario
    •  student has lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
    • parent(s) have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row
The above requirements are the guidelines established by OSAP to determine Ontario residency for OSAP purposes and can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/faq/whos-considered-ontario-resident-osap-purposes

Merit Based Awards

  • Awards categorized as merit based only do not take applicants’ financial need into consideration
  • At minimum, applicants must:
    • Have achieved at least A- (“A-” = 80%) or equivalent in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent);
    • Or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (“A-” = 80%) or equivalent on all graduate courses completed.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must fill out the SGS University-Wide Awards Application downloadable from the SGS Website
  2. Applicants may apply for more than one award within this competition by submitting one complete application package – however, the package must contain all of the required documentation for each of the awards for which the applicant is applying. Letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees to the graduate unit as per the unit’s internal deadline
  3. Graduate units may submit up to 3 nominations for each award within this competition
  4. Ineligible or incomplete applications will not be considered for any of the awards within this competition

Carefully read the description & criteria of each award. These awards have very specific eligibility requirements. Some awards are for doctoral stream students (MASC/PhD), only; some are open to MEng (those awards that don’t specify “doctoral stream”); some are open to eligible students who will be commencing studies in the upcoming Fall term; and, some are open to international or domestic students. (NOTE: we are Division III)

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