Application Deadlines


PhD application deadline

December 4, 2023

MA, MSc application deadline

January 15, 2024


NOTE: This is the deadline by which all application materials must be received. In addition to a completed application form and supporting documents you upload yourself, you must arrange for two faculty members familiar with your academic work to submit on-line reference letters on your behalf. You must supply the names of these referees and their institutional email addresses on your application form. An electronic message will then be sent to each referee with instructions for submitting the reference on-line.

It is recommended that applicants should begin the application process at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline, in order to give referees suitable time to submit their references. Any changes to the application after the deadline, including late documentation and reference letter submissions, will not be considered.

The department admits and funds a limited number of international (all countries other than Canada) PhD students each year. We strongly encourage prospective international students to apply in advance for applicable fellowships from their countries of origin, which may allow us to increase our total number of international admissions.

All domestic applicants to the PhD program are encouraged to submit an application for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship – details below.

All applicants to the Master’s programs are encouraged to apply for the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship – details below.

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Program

Deadline: December 1, 2023

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s:

CIHR – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships

NSERC – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships

SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Application Process

When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to 5 separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to all the proposed universities the student has listed. Students applying for an award at U of T will not be required to submit a paper application.

Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions currently housed on NSERC’s website for details on how to complete their application. Applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal. Additionally the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and the confirmation number uploaded into the CGS M application on Research Portal.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2024

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
For more details please see Provincial awards.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study. The OGS program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto.

The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term. Thus, awardees may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms.

Application Procedure
Beginning with the 2013-14 competition, the University of Toronto is responsible for the awarding of the scholarships held at U of T. The School of Graduate Studies has created a centralized on-line application system.

For the application please submit:
• Two academic references (referees will be required to submit on-line)
• Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
• Plan of study (approx. 500 words)
• Previous awards/publications/conference/research experience
Important note for prospective students: Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are not transferrable from one university to another.

Each scholarship is tenable for one year (i.e. two consecutive or three academic terms) as determined by the department and detailed in the offer letter.