External Funding for Graduate Students

Below are some common scholarships and fellowships available to graduate students from external sponsors. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, contact your graduate department administrators to find out how to apply.


Tri-Agency Funding

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s program

Overview: This scholarship is meant to fund students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. 

Duration: 1 year 

Value: $17,500 

CGS-M program description

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral program

Overview: This scholarship is meant to fund students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. 

Duration: 3 years 

Value: $35,000/year 

CGS-D program description

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Overview: This highly competitive scholarship is meant to fund students who demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Duration: 3 years

Value: $50,000/year

Vanier program description

Canada Graduate Scholarships – 
Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

Overview: This supplement supports pursuit of research experiences at research institutions abroad. Supplements are available to active CGS (master’s or doctoral) or eligible Vanier CGS holders. 

Value: Up to $6,000

MSFSS program description



CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Award

Overview: The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.

Duration: Up to 3 years

Value: $35,000/year

Doctoral Foreign Study Award program description



NSERC Graduate Scholarships

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships –Doctoral program 

Overview: This scholarship provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.

Duration: 3 years

Value: $21,000/year

PGS-D program description

NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors

Overview: The NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors (NISA) grant aims to engage Indigenous students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) by visiting Indigenous communities and schools in Canada.

Value: Up to $5,000

Indigenous Student Ambassadors program description



SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Overview: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships support high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities. 

Duration: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

Value: $20,000/year

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships program description




Accelerate Fellowship

Overview: The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship provides a long-term funding and internship option for master’s and PhD students. Recipients can also access professional development training.

Value: $20,000/year

Duration: 1.5-2 years (Master's); 3-4 years (PhD)

Accelerate program description


Overview: Globalink offers travel funding between Canada and several international partners.

Globalink opportunities

Business Strategy Internship

Overview: The Business Strategy Internship (BSI) provides $10,000 or $15,000 to students who develop innovative projects designed to help an organization thrive.

Value: $10,000 or $15,000

BSI program description



Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Overview: Scholarship for students in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Value: $10,000 for 2 consecutive terms or $15,000 for 3 consecutive terms, with graduate unit contributing one-third the cost of the total award received

Duration: 1 year (2 or 3 consecutive terms, depending on graduate program)

OGS program description

Applying for an OGS at U of T