University of Toronto Fellowships

University of Toronto Fellowships

Please note:  Students must check with their Graduate Unit regarding any additional policies and procedures with respect to University of Toronto Fellowships


UT Fellowships provide financial support for graduate students with excellent academic standing. UT Fellowships come out of a central fund from which each graduate unit is provided an allocation. The Faculty of Medicine is now responsible for allocating funds for the respective departments. SGS is responsible for allocating funds for the remaining institutes, centres and faculties.

Normally, the minimum award is $1000. There is no maximum value; however, if the student holds a major award such as the CIHR CGS M, Vanier or OGS, a maximum top-up amount may limit the amount of UT Fellowship money that the student is eligible to receive.

Fellowships are awarded for one academic year at a time. Payments for students may begin as early as May 1 and are paid over three terms (May, September and January).


  • There is no restriction based on citizenship or status in Canada; however special and part-time students are not eligible to hold a UT fellowship.
  • Students registered in a master's program beyond the second year are not eligible to hold a UTF.  Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a bachelor's degree are not eligible to hold the fellowship beyond year six.  Students admitted to the PhD program on the basis of a master's degree are not eligible to hold a UTF beyond year five.  Students may hold a UTF for a maximum of six years.
  • New students must have at least a B+ average grade from a three or four year bachelor's degree program of the University of Toronto, or its equivalent from an approved university. Current graduate students must maintain a minimum B+ standing, or satisfactory progress towards the degree for which they are registered as determined by the graduate unit.
  • Where programs exist that can be followed on a part-time or full-time basis, graduate students with a disability (that prevents them from enrolling on a full-time basis) may be considered for a University of Toronto Fellowship on the basis of academic merit. For this purpose, disability is defined under the Human Rights Code, Chapter 53, Section 9 (1)(b). To be eligible, students must provide the department with a letter from the Coordinator of Disability Services confirming that part-time study is de facto full-time study for the student.

Terms and Conditions of the Award

  • Students must be registered as a full-time degree candidate for a minimum of fourteen weeks in any term during which they hold an award.
  • Students who fail to maintain at least a B+ average or satisfactory progress towards the degree for which they are registered (departments may also have additional stipulations) will forfeit subsequent instalments of the award.
  • Repayment of an award is required if a student is in full-time attendance fewer than 14 weeks in any term, transfers to another graduate unit, changes to part-time status or withdraws from the program.
  • Students dually registered in the final year of master's program and first year of a Ph.D. must complete the master's program by the required deadline to retain their doctoral fellowship.
  • UT Fellowships will normally be fully or partially cancelled for recipients who subsequently receive a major external award such as NSERC, CIHR, etc.
  • If absence is to exceed four weeks in any term for full-time off campus research, students must apply for off-campus approval through their department.
  • Changes in the student's status as determined by the graduate unit should be reported to GLSE.

Application Procedures
Students do not need to apply since they are automatically considered for the Fellowship provided they apply for admission to the graduate unit before its deadline.

The graduate unit is responsible for the selection and approval of the Fellowship winners. They are also responsible for spending within their Fellowship allocation.