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Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is an initiative to attract exceptional international students to Ontario for PhD studies. Academic merit is the defining criterion for the selection of OTS recipients. OTS recipients must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by each university, in each of the two years of full-time study prior to awarding of the OTS.

An OTS is worth $40,000 per year and renewable for four years.

Students do not apply. All international students who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered.

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

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 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
  • Be identified by the institution as a full-time student
  • 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 years
  • Not currently studying at an Ontario postsecondary institution at the undergraduate or graduate level, and
  • 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 in receipt of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST) award
  • Not have failed to repay all or any part of an unearned Ontario Trillium Scholarship