External Funding

Students interested in obtaining external award funding for their studies should start their search by reviewing the awards found on this page. Additionally, we list various external sites where the search can continue.


Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually.

The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term. PT students receive $15,000 for three consecutive terms. 

How to Apply

  1. Determine if you are eligible to apply.
  2. If you are eligible to apply, read the instructions on how to apply.
  3. Complete an OGS online application. This application is administered by the SGS. Please note that the MScPT program is a “non-thesis based graduate program”.
  4. Wait for your referees to submit the required references. You will receive an email notification every time a reference has been submitted. After both references have been submitted, you must log back into your OGS application and officially “submit” the application. If you do not complete this step by our January 31, 2019, deadline, your application is not complete.
  5. The deadline to apply for an OGS  is January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Late application will not be considered.
  6. Questions regarding the OGS online application should be directed to ogs@sgs.utoronto.ca.
  7. Results will be released by the end of June 2019.

Info for Prospective Students

Prospective students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferable from one university to another. Holding an OGS does not have any impact on an applicant’s consideration for entry into the MScPT program. The OGS application process and the MScPT selection process are separate and distinct. Applicants applying to multiple departments within U of T need to complete only one OGS application. There is an option near the beginning of the application to select multiple departments.

Application Requirements

As outlined by SGS, requirements include:

  1. Two Academic References (referees will be required to submit on-line)
  2. Plan of study (maximum 3,950 characters including spaces)
  3. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (unofficial or student issued copies are permitted)
  4. List of previous awards/publications/conferences/research experience

All OGS applicants must read the SGS OGS application instructions. SGS has included many tips on what should be included in your application. 

SGS has outlined what should be included in the plan of study (click on link and select “Plan of Study” for info):

  • For students applying to a non-thesis based graduate program:  Describe your plan of studies, including proposed course and research work. In addition, outline your rationale behind engaging in graduate-level work. You may use your statement of intent from your admission application.
  • For students currently in a non-thesis based graduate program:  Describe your plan of studies, including proposed course and research work. Outline what stage you are currently at in your studies and what remains to be done before you obtain your degree. You may also check your departmental website or contact your graduate administrator or faculty members in your department to see if there is anything specific the department is looking for since they will be the ones reviewing your application.


The Department of Physical Therapy deadline for the 2019-20 OGS cycle is January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. 

The Selection Process

The Department of Physical Therapy will evaluate OGS applications in May 2019. OGS applicants who were not granted admission to the PT program will not be considered for an award, as the award is not transferable.

Student Opportunities at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Six (6) graduate student scholarship awards – 5 Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Awards, and 1 funded in memory of Whipper “Billy” Watson – are available at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Scholarship awards comprise $5,000 (CDN), for one year, and are not renewable. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital  provides eligibility and application details.

Soroptomist Foundation of Canada Grants for Canadian Women Graduate Students

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers which will improve the quality of women’s lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing services, providing legal counseling and assistance, counseling mature women entering or re-entering the labor market, counseling women in crisis, counseling and training women for non-traditional employment, and positions in women’s centers. Details on eligibility requirements and how to apply are found on the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada website.

Ontario Council on Graduate Studies – Women’s Health Scholars Awards

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women’s Health was established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women’s health scholars. The community of women’s health scholars fostered by this Awards program excels, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women’s health and the improvement of women’s health, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened heath care system.

Additional External Sites

Here are more links useful for external award searches.

Community of Sciences (COS)
Scholarships Canada