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Ontario Trillium Scholarship

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Ontario Trillium Scholarship


Announced in November 2010, the Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program will help the best doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario. Each OTS is worth $40,000 annually and is renewable for a maximum of four years. 300 scholarships will be awarded in 2014-2015. Ontario universities will be responsible for selecting and awarding the OTS to international PhD students based on merit and program criteria.


$40,000 renewable for up to four years.
Note: The costs of this program are shared between Ontario universities and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

  • $26,666 will be provided to students as scholarship over the academic year.
  • $13,333 will be provided by York as either RA/GA/TA as determined by FGS in consultation with GPDs.

York University Allocation:

Announced by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities in Spring 2014.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to hold an OTS, the nominated student must:

  • be an international student with a first class average. (at least an A- in the last two years of full-time study);
  • be accepted as a full-time PhD student at York University in 2014-2015 as part of the nominating department's quota;
  • not be currently studying at an Ontario postsecondary institution at the undergraduate or graduate level;
  • not be intending to enroll in a qualifying or make-up year;
  • not be holding another scholarship or fellowship from the MTCU (i.e. OGS or QEII-GSST) or Tri-Council (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, Vanier);
  • not be holding funding from other international sources that may not be held concurrently with the Trillium Award (see Scholarship and Awards Coordinator for details).


Required Documentation:

Note: Students do not apply for the Trillum Award. Graduate programs nominate candidates. If you would like to express your interest in being nominated, please contact the Graduate Program Director of the department in which you will be pursuing your PhD.

  • nomination letter written by Graduate Program Director of the program in which the student has secured admission;
  • student-prepared statement of planned research (maximum 1 page single spaced);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • all transcripts for graduate and undergraduate study;
  • two academic letters of reference.


Nomination and complete application package due from the nominating graduate program to Sandra Yiu, Scholarship and Awards Coordinator, at by Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 4:00 pm


  • Each graduate program may submit one nomination;'
  • FGS OTS Selection Committee will meet to review applications;
  • FGS will notify graduate programs of OTS selection committee decisions no later than Wednesday April 30, 2014.

Evaluation Selection Criteria:

  • Academic Achievement: demonstrated by past academic results and transcripts as well as other research achievements, scholarships, fellowships, awards and honours;
  • Research Ability and Engagement: demonstrated by the candidate’s research history, interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field;
  • Leadership and Communication: demonstrated by personal achievement, involvement in academic life, volunteerism and/or community outreach, civic engagement, extra-curricular and public service activities.


Melissa Dalgleish
Research Officer
Ext 44168

  • Substantive questions concerning research proposals, GPD nomination letters, etc.

Sandra Yiu
Scholarship Coordinator
Ext 33954

  • Technical eligibility support;
  • Collects information at the application stage.


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