Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students at University of Toronto

The primary purpose of the Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students is to assist graduate units in recruiting and supporting outstanding international scholars to the University of Toronto’s graduate programs. The effective value to each student in 2011-2012 will be $35,000.00 total (including tuition).

  • The department will cover the cost of tuition at the domestic student rate plus the normal minimum funding in the graduate unit of $15,000 or higher (using the normal combination of Research and Teaching Assistantships, UofT Fellowships, etc.).
  • The Connaught Program will cover “top-up” funding to bring the total funding to $35,000 from the normal minimum in the graduate unit ($15,000 or higher).
  • Scholarships will continue in the same form throughout the normal period in the funded cohort (4 or 5 years, according to the standard duration of the department’s funding package
  • Nominees must be new international applicants applying to full-time doctoral or doctoral-stream programs within the funded-cohort (M.A., M.Sc., MASc, PhD).
  • Nominees must begin their program in the 2011-2012 academic year (no later than fall 2011) and cannot have been previously registered within UofT.
Nomination and Application

For the 2011-2012 academic year, 7 to 10 Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students will be awarded. Each graduate unit is invited to submit up to 2 nominations. Please rank the nominations using the nomination form and Excel spreadsheet and include the following:
  • A nomination form (include ranking of nominee in order of merit)
  • A brief cover letter highlighting the strengths of the nominee (one paragraph should be sufficient)
  • All certified university/post-secondary transcripts (official transcripts not required)
  • Two letters of reference (you may use copies of recent letters of reference from your admissions file)
  • Other information such as nominee’s C.V. and/or any other information relevant to the nomination
    Each application should be submitted electronically as a separate PDF-file via email to:

    Deadline for Graduate Units: Tuesday February 22, 2011 to the Graduate Awards Office.

    Adjudication & Results
    • Nominees will be ranked by the SGS awards committee.
    • Recognizing the importance of timeliness in the recruitment process, graduate units will be informed which of their students can be offered the scholarship on Wednesday March 9, 2011.
    • For successful nominees, SGS will send an electronic-copy of a letter addressed to the student from the Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice-Provost, Graduate Education, with a notice of the terms and conditions of the scholarship.
    • Successful nominees must provide written acceptance of the offer of admission to the graduate unit by Friday March 25, 2011 in order to retain this scholarship. The graduate unit must forward acceptances of the scholarship to Tara Lock.
    • Deferral of admission will result in loss of the offer of the Connaught International Scholarship.
    • If a successful nominee does not accept the scholarship, SGS will offer a Connaught to the next individual on the SGS reversion list.
    • These scholarships are awarded to the students and graduate units may not automatically reallocate the scholarship.
    Terms and Conditions
    • To maintain the award, students are required to be in full-time attendance at the University of Toronto, maintain an A- average, and be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree as determined by their department. Repayment of the award is required if a student is in full-time attendance fewer than 14 weeks in any session.
    For any questions regarding this competition or the nomination process, please contact Tara Lock at or 416 978-2386

    Graduate Awards Office
    School of Graduate Studies
    University of Toronto
    Room 202 – 63 St. George Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z9
    Tel: (416) 978-2386
    Fax: (416) 971-2864
    For more information please view this scholarship announcement.