Ontario Trillium Scholarships

Announced in November 2010, the Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program will help the best doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario.

Each OTS is worth $40,000 annually and is renewable for a maximum of four years. 

Ontario universities will be responsible for selecting and awarding the OTS to international PhD students based on merit and program criteria.

The University of Ottawa will offer 5 new Ontario Trillium Scholarships each year. Faculties will have the opportunity to submit applications to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS). 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an OTS, a candidate must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • be an international student ;
  • be intending to pursue full-time graduate studies at an eligible Ontario university at the doctoral level;
  • must have submitted a complete admission package before March 31, 2018;
  • must have achieved an average of at least 8.0/10 (A-) in each of the two years of full-time study prior;
  • not be intending to enroll in a qualifying or make-up year;
  • not be 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) award.

Selection Process

A selection committee, with members from different faculties and disciplines chosen by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS), will be charged with evaluating the files and selecting the recipients.

Your application file must consist of the following documents:

  • a copy of your application form (completed through the OUAC Web site);
  • a copy of all your university transcripts;
  • a copy of the calculation of your average;
  • a copy of your letters of recommendations (those included in your admission application);
  • a list of your research contributions;
  • a list of your scholarships and awards;
  • a plan of studies (maximum 2 pages double spaced);
  • your cv.

If you are chosen as a suitable recipient, the Faculty with which you have submitted your admission application will be responsible to submit all the documents to the OGPS. The Faculty will contact you should there be any other required documents to complete your file for the OTS application.

The selection committee will be meeting at the end of June to select the recipients.  The first round of offers will be going out by email in early July.

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