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Ontario Trillium Scholarship


The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is a significant initiative to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies. This program supports the 2010 Open Ontario Commitment to increase the number of international students in Ontario while maintaining spaces for qualified domestic students.


$40,000 annually and is renewable for up to a total of four years subject to academic performance and availability of funding. Renewal beyond the first year requires a minimum GPA of A‐minus in all completed courses.


Two new scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year.


February 1, 2017

Important note:

Prospective students who are interested in holding an OTS at UOIT must apply for admission into a graduate program by February 1, 2017.

If you are from a country where English is not the first language of instruction, you must submit evidence of oral and written proficiency in English with your scholarship application.

Applicants must arrange for original test scores to be sent directly from the testing centre to the Office of Graduate Studies. For more details, visit our English language proficiency page.

Eligibility criteria:

In order to be eligible for an OTS, a candidate must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be an international student:
    • International students are students who have received a temporary resident visa as a member of the student class under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) on the first day of class.
    • Domestic and refugee students who are eligible for government financial assistance (e.g., under the Ontario Student Assistance Program [OSAP], or whose enrolment is counted for the purpose of calculating the institution’s operating grants, etc.) are ineligible to receive an OTS.
  • Must meet English language proficiency requirements at the time of application. For more information, visit Application Process and Requirements.
  • Must intend to pursue full-time graduate studies at an eligible Ontario university at the doctoral level. A full-time doctoral student is a student who must:
    • Be studying to earn a doctoral degree at an eligible institution.
    • Be pursuing her/his studies on a full-time basis.
    • Begin their program in September of an academic year.
    • Be geographically available and visit her/his campus regularly.
    • Not be employed outside the university except by permission of her/his academic supervisor.
    • Not be intending to enrol in a qualifying or make-up year.
  • Must not currently be studying at an Ontario post-secondary institution at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Must not have concurrently accepted a scholarship or fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), or be receiving an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST) award.
  • Must maintain satisfactory research progress for the duration of this award.

Applicants should note that meeting or exceeding the minimum stated requirements does not guarantee an offer of funding. Allocations will be based on the number and quality of applicants. All decisions are final.

How to apply:

Interested international applicants must submit a complete UOIT application (note: if you are having difficulty opening the file in your web browser, please save it to your desktop first) with supporting documentation to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Electronic documents will be accepted. However, all originals must be submitted via regular mail to the following address: 

Office of Graduate Studies
Manager, Graduate Finance and Administration
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4


Required documents:

  • 2017-18 Ontario Trillium Scholarship Application (note: if you are having difficulty opening the file in your web browser, please save it to your desktop first)
    • Application checklist
    • Personal information
    • Proposed, current and previous studies
    • Significance of research to chosen discipline
    • List of significant academic accomplishments
  • Bachelor’s degree transcript(s)
  • Master’s degree transcript(s)*
  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or resumé
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • 2017-18 OTS letter of support from proposed supervisor

*Please note: the university will use the master’s degree transcripts from your admissions application to complete your OTS application file.

Next steps:

All application files are accepted, reviewed and processed by the Office of Graduate Studies.

A University Selection Committee is established, consisting of core faculty members. This committee will review and rank all application files.