Fees, Awards & Financial Assistance



Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

OGS recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies and carries a value of $5000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $15,000 for three consecutive terms. For complete information about OGS including eligibility criteria and documentation required, please see the SGS website.

The deadline for MBiotech applicants and students to apply for OGS is March 30th, 2019 for domestic applicants and March 19th, 2019 for international applicants.

Merck Graduate Scholarship in Biosciences and Biotechnology

Awarded to an incoming student admitted to MBiotech, based on academic merit. No application is necessary. All newly admitted students are automatically considered. Value: TBA (approx $2000).

Amgen Canada Fellowship in Biotechnology

To be awarded to a student enrolled in the Master of Biotechnology Program (first or second year) on the basis of academic merit and on the consideration of three letters of reference. Financial need will also be considered. Returning students should apply for this by Tuesday May 1, 2019, in the year of application, through the MBiotech office. Value: TBA.

MBiotech Impact Award

To be awarded to an enrolled MBiotech student commencing the second year of the program.  Awarded on the basis of academic merit/overall performance in the first year of the program and on the consideration of feedback from MBiotech faculty. Financial need will also be considered. To apply, candidates must submit a one page letter-of-intent to the Program Coordinator (j.mccarney@utoronto.ca) indicating why they should be considered for the MBiotech Impact Award – academic achievements/successes from MBiotech’s first year, as well as financial need, should be detailed here.  No letters of reference are needed as a committee of MBiotech faculty/instructors will be consulted to determine the recipient. Deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 award is Monday, May 6th, 2019. Value: Approx. $1500

SGS University-Wide Awards

Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at the School of Graduate Studies. This year, more than 15 awards with various eligibility criteria and values are offered. Deadlines are usually in May. The application, individual award descriptions and requirements, and submission instruction sheet can be found at http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/internal.htm.

For more information about awards for MBiotech students, please contact Jennifer Lowe at j.mccarney@utoronto.ca.

Information on Financial Aid may be researched through the School of Graduate Studies website at:


Emergency Funding

In the case a student experiences unforeseen, serious, and unexpected hardship, the MBiotech program is committed to assisting current students who are in need. Written requests for emergency funding must be submitted directly to the Program Director for consideration. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. The MBiotech Emergency Fund is to alleviate short-term/temporary hardship and it is not considered to be a source of routine or long-term funding.

Financial Information for International Students

International Students can contact the Centre for International Experience at the St. George Campus or the International Centre at the Mississauga campus for assistance.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Please see: http://osap.gov.on.ca/ for general information.

Continuation of Interest-Free Status Form (Schedule 2)

Scotiabank - Student Professionals Plan

Master of Biotechnology Program graduate students are eligible for professional student loans from Scotiabank. For more information, visit:

The Enrolment Services website and The Scotia Bank website