In-Course Scholarships & ePortfolio
Registered U of T Engineering students are considered for scholarships after each academic year. While some scholarships are based on academic achievement, others have additional criteria. The Online Engineering Portfolio (ePortfolio) is a place where you can record your extra-curricular activities and store your resume.
The Faculty’s Scholarships Committee uses the information in the ePortfolio to assist them in selecting recipients for awards that take extra-curricular activities and leadership qualities into consideration and to identify potential candidates for awards outside of the Faculty.
Additionally, U of T Engineering has scholarships and awards that support Black students, Indigenous students and students registered with Accessibility Services. The e-Portfolio provides you with the opportunity to self-identify to be considered for these awards (regardless of extra-curricular involvement) if you would like to do so. While self-identification is not required to complete the e-Portfolio, self-disclosure of identity is required to be considered for these specific scholarships and awards.
The ePortfolio will be turned off at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on June 7 in order to prepare for scholarship decisions made in mid-July. Don’t delay, complete or update your ePortfolio now!
U of T Award Explorer
U of T’s new Award Explorer tool can help you explore the diverse U of T funding opportunities that recognize your achievements and financially support your studies.
For Faculty and departmental scholarships listed in Award Explorer, the “application required” is the completion of the Faculty’s ePortfolio; to complete your ePortfolio, visit the Engineering Portal. Any award that requires a separate application is listed below and will include a link to additional information.
Admissions and In-Course Scholarship Payments
If awarded, both in-course and admissions scholarships are typically paid in the Fall Session once the student is officially registered.
If a student is receiving a scholarship that is greater than their minimum payment to register they are eligible to defer their fees. The student must submit a Fee Deferral Form to the Office of the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to email@example.com prior to or on the last day to pay or defer fees for the session. The fee deferral form will be available in mid-July.
Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) Awards
Eligible candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and demonstrate financial need. Additionally, prior to starting a post-secondary program, candidates must have lived in Ontario for twelve consecutive months. Financial need is most easily demonstrated with receipt of OSAP for the current year. Other examples of financial need will be considered. For admission OSOTF awards, it is crucial that applicants complete the UTAPS Online Estimator to indicate financial need. International or out-of-province students are not eligible for OSOTF awards.
Internal and External Scholarships, Awards, Competitions and Grants
Human Resources Canada provides students with valuable information about financing a university education. The site also allows students to add their names to a database that notifies them of awards they may be eligible for.
Scholarship opportunities are posted as received; annual deadlines are updated once the organization updates their new application deadlines.
Declaring Scholarships, Fellowships, Bursaries and Grants on Your Taxes
Visit the Canadian Revenue Agency’s website to learn how to report prizes and awards you have received on your taxes.
No Fixed Deadline
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors: The NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors (NISA) grant aims to engage Indigenous students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) by visiting Canada’s Indigenous communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities. The grant will cover costs associated with the proposed NSE promotion activity and Indigenous community or school visit. Value: up to $5,000.
NSERC Student Ambassadors: The purpose of the NSERC Student Ambassadors grant is to encourage post-secondary students and fellows to share their science and engineering experience with youth from groups that are under-represented in STEM. The grant will cover costs associated with the proposed science and engineering promotion outreach activity. Value: $1,000.
Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) Awards: CEMF undergraduate engineering awards are open to women enrolled in accredited engineering programs in Canada. There is a common application for all undergraduate awards; applicants do not apply for a particular award. CEMF ensures applicants are considered for all awards they’re eligible for. Deadline: January 10, 2021.
Laidlaw Scholars Program: The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship was established to help develop leadership potential among students at prominent institutions around the world. The core elements to the Laidlaw Scholars Program include a research project, leadership training, leadership in action experience and network-building.
The scholarship is aimed at full-time undergraduates currently in their first or second year of studies across all three campuses at the University of Toronto. New scholars pursue research in a topic of their choice (6-8 weeks) in the first summer of the program. In the second summer, scholars have the opportunity to continue or work on real-life application of their research, take part in a leadership experience, or participate in an internship (6 weeks) with a global focus. Scholars will receive a stipend (up to $5,000) per summer, which should be applied to independent research, carried out under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Deadline: 5 p.m. (EST), January 15, 2021.
Troost ILead Difference Makers Award: Do you have a proven track record and a high commitment to making your community a better place? Are you an individual with dreams and the determination to get there? Are you a person who has actively expressed leadership and demonstrates a commitment to your own potential and ongoing development? If this is reflective of you, then we encourage you to apply for the Troost ILead Difference Maker Award. This one-time $50,000 award is for a remarkable 4th year undergraduate student who is ready to dream, launch and make the world a better place. Deadline: January 15, 2021.
3T5 Second Mile Award: Valued at $6,500, the award is given to an individual based on a combination of what they accomplished during their undergraduate years and what the Selection Committee thinks the individual will accomplish in their post-graduation life. Deadline: noon (EST), January 22, 2021.
3M National Student Fellowship: The fellowship honours up to ten full-time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives. Deadline: January 29, 2021.
ASEE Student Video Contest: As you create your video, please tell us how you have adapted to the virtual world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be as creative as possible. Video submissions should not exceed 90 seconds. You may do this individually or with a team of up to four people First place prize: $3,000. Registration deadline: January 31, 2021.
Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Awards: Develop an innovative health and safety solution! Students may submit projects they completed during the summer or design projects they’ve worked on or are currently working on. Open to full-time undergraduate and graduate engineering students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary teaching institutions. The first-prize winner will receive $2,000, while the second prize winner will receive $500. Please visit Minerva’s website for complete details. Note: The Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Award will not be issued in 2021.
Next Founders: Next Founders accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital and unparalleled entrepreneurial education taught by world-class faculty. The ideal applicant is building one of their first ventures, often has a STEM background with little formal business education, or are startup founders from top-tier accelerators, looking to complement their experiences. Deadline: March 2021.
CAE Bruce Aubin SAE Aerospace Design Award: This scholarship program is sponsored by The Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Society of Automotive Engineers through the generous support of Bruce R. Aubin, ing, FCAE. He has dedicated over 50 years of service to the advancement of aerospace engineering. Student eligibility requirements: Canadian citizens currently enrolled in a Canadian university engineering program. Applicants should have unique and outstanding leadership skills within the SAE Aero Design collegiate chapter, SAE Aero Design team, the SAE local section or the SAE community, with potential transferability of leadership skills to the aerospace industry. The awardee will receive a $2,000 honorarium and framed certificate. Deadline: March 19, 2021.
CAE William Belfry Memorial SAE Scholarship: This scholarship program is sponsored by The Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Society of Automotive Engineers through the generous support from friends of the late William G. Belfry. Applicants will be judged on academic and leadership achievement, essay content, intent to pursue a career in mobility engineering, and involvement in SAE collegiate chapter activities with a recommendation from a previous employer and/or faculty staff member. Student eligibility requirements: Canadian citizens currently enrolled in a Canadian university engineering program. One $2,000 grant will be awarded annually. Deadline: March 19, 2021.
Engineers Canada Leadership Scholarship: This program consists of eight scholarships of $4,000 each annually to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in CEAB-accredited engineering programs. These scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students returning in the fall who have completed one year of engineering studies and who demonstrate potential to be leaders in advancing engineering in Canada. Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. Deadline: March 31, 2021.
University of Toronto Libraries Patricia & Peter Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize: The prize provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to reflect on their information-seeking experiences, showcase their research beyond the classroom and promote scholarship excellence at the undergraduate level at U of T. Deadline: April 18, 2021.
IDeA Competition: The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition challenges university students across Canada to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility barriers for people with disabilities. Deadline: April 30, 2021.
C.D. Howe Scholarship Endowment Fund National Engineering Scholarship: The scholarship supports students enrolled in a bachelor of engineering program in a Canadian university. Up to two scholarships will be awarded. The scholarships are valued at $7,500 CAD per year, tenable for up to three consecutive years or until the first degree is obtained. Deadline extended: If you would like to be considered for this award, please update your online ePortfolio and email Pierina Filippone at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10, 2021.
RBC Capital Markets Diversity Scholarship: RBC Capital Markets is committed to fostering a diverse workplace and promoting inclusion to fuel innovation and economic prosperity. Through the Diversity Scholarships, they wish to recognize and reward exceptional undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in banking or finance. Up to ten scholarships are available. Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 and an offer of paid employment for a 2022 Summer Analyst position. Recipients are also paired with a mentor. Additional terms and conditions are posted online (PDF). Deadline: May 14, 2021.
Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) Bursary: CAWIC is a not-for-profit organization of women employed in various construction-related fields. One of their mandates is to promote education and encourage young women to pursue careers in the construction industry. CAWIC offers bursaries to female students who aspire to careers in construction-related fields. Deadline: May 30, 2021.
McKinsey Canada Leadership Awards: McKinsey is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is passionate about developing leaders. There are four McKinsey Canada Leadership Awards designed to recognize and support talented people who may be currently underrepresented in leadership roles: McKinsey Black Student Award; McKinsey Indigenous Student Award; McKinsey Women in STEM Award; and the McKinsey LGTBQ+ Award. Each award recipient will receive $2,500 and an individual 6-month mentorship from a McKinsey consultant. Open to current students at a Canadian university working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. Deadline: June 6, 2021.
Jeffrey Skoll Scholarships at the University of Toronto: The Skoll Scholarship is a approved use of the funds from the Skoll Foundation to support business education for engineering students. One eligibility requirement is that a student must have taken (prior to their fourth year of studies) one of the three courses in the Engineering Business Minor (JRE300, JRE410 or JRE420). Additional eligibility requirements are posted online (UTORid login required). This year, the Skoll Scholarships will be in the amount of $10,000 with up to 40 scholarships awarded. Deadline extended to: 11:50 p.m. (ET) June 7, 2021.
The Global Undergraduate Awards: Recognizes top undergraduate academic work. Open to all undergraduates in almost every academic discipline and attracts submissions from over 300+ universities across 50 countries. U of T is part of the UA affiliated network. Other affiliates include Columbia, Dartmouth, NYU, UC Berkley, Stanford, UBC, U Johannesburg, HKU, IIT Bombay and U Melbourne. The best 10% of work is shortlisted as Highly Commended or Regional Winners. The top submission from around the world in each category is deemed the Global Winner. U of T provides financial support to Global or Regional Winners to attend the Global Undergraduate Summit (three-day event annually held in Dublin in November). This covers airfare, accommodation and food for the duration of the Summit in Dublin. Deadline: 1 p.m. (IST), June 15, 2021.
Order of the White Rose: The Polytechnique Montreal Order of the White Rose is an annual Canada-wide scholarship created in honour of the 14 victims of the tragedy on December 6, 1989, to encourage young women in engineering studies to pursue their academic careers at the graduate level. Details are available online. Inquiries may be directed to Pierina Filippone at email@example.com. Completed applications, along with supporting documents, should be emailed to Pierina no later than 11:59 p.m. on June 30. The Scholarship and Awards Committee will select a finalist to put forth as the University’s nominee. Deadline: June 30, 2021.
James Dyson Award: If you have an invention that solves a problem, they want to hear about it. The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It’s open to current and recent design engineering students and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering. Deadline: June 30, 2021.
CTAA Undergraduate Scholarship: The Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) is offering scholarships to support students preparing for careers in the general area of asphalt and paving technology. Eligible fields of study include chemistry, chemical engineering, and construction or civil engineering. Deadline: July 1, 2021.
MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship: Four $5,000 scholarships awarded to international and DACA students enrolled at MPOWER partner universities. Deadline: July 20, 2021.
Telus Diversity in Technology Scholarship: For applicants entering their final year of a bachelor degree or diploma in the field of technology. Scholarship amount: $5,000. Deadline: August 14, 2021.
No scholarships with September deadlines currently posted.
Real Property Institute of Canada Scholarship Program: The Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development of the federal real property (RP) community. To support the next generation of federal RP practitioners, the institute has created three bursaries valued at $2,875 each. Deadline: October 4, 2021.
Brooke Owens Fellowship: Paid internships and executive mentorships for exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in aerospace. Created to honour the legacy of space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot Dawn Brooke Owens. Brooke Owens Fellows are selected for their talent, experience, commitment to service and creativity. Information on the application process is posted online. Please read the FAQs. Deadline: October 4, 2020.
Kordellas-Tripp Foundation Engineering Award: Valued at $8,363.07, the Award was established through a generous donation by Nicolas Kordellas and Shirley Tripp. The Award is given to students in their third or fourth year of studies. Decisions are based on financial need and social awareness. Deadline: October 12, 2020.
NEXT Canada: The Next 36 is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada’s most talented young entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, capital, and unparalleled founder development. Each year, they choose 36 young Canadian innovators and challenge them to build a new business venture or iterate and scale an existing idea with enormous potential. For eight months, these young entrepreneurs are mentored by successful Canadian entrepreneurs and business leaders, taught by some of the world’s top faculty, and seek funding from top investors to build their venture. The Next 36 is open to students in their final two years of study or who have graduated within the past year. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. The program is looking for students who have displayed an entrepreneurial initiative in the past. Deadline: October 14, 2020.
WTS Toronto Chapter Scholarship (PDF): Scholarships are open to any student undertaking a degree in planning, engineering, economics, politics, the environment or another program that will lead to a career focused on transportation in either the public or private sectors. Applicants must attend an institution in the GTA or Hamilton area. Value: $2,500. Deadline: October 15, 2020.
5T3 (1953) Engineering Award: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation year, the Class of 5T3 made a commitment to create an award fund to support a scholarship for upper-year students. The award is valued at $28,196. Third-year students are invited to apply. Requirements: Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, excellent academic record and financial need. Extra-curricular activities will also considered. Students must update their e-Portfolio as part of the application process. Deadline: 12 p.m. (EDT), October 21, 2020.
U of T Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize: Do you have a sustainable student-led idea, project or startup? Apply for the Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize – an annual competition offering $25,500 in prizes to recognize, reward and accelerate the U of T’s most innovative sustainability ideas. Ideas may be for market-based products or social innovation solutions. Selected individuals or teams will compete by showcasing their idea via a brief pitch to a panel of judges. The three winning teams will each receive $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 respectively to develop their idea further. There are three additional prizes for $1,000 for teams who are not selected for the 2020 competition but encouraged to further develop their ideas and apply again next year. Deadline: 5 p.m. (EDT), October 23, 2020.
Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Burge Connell Bursary: Awarded annually to an undergrad in their third or fourth year of the Lassonde Mineral Engineering program or Arts & Science Geology program. Deadline: November 1, 2020.
Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Edith Tyrrell Award and Medal: Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in their third or fourth year of studies in the Lassonde Mineral Engineering program or Arts & Science Geology program. Value: approximately $1,900. Candidates must rank in the top quarter of their class and demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, as evidenced through active extra-curricular and/or community involvement. Deadline: November 1, 2020.
Nortel Institute Undergraduate Scholarship: Valued at $1,900, the scholarship is awarded to undergraduates in their second or third year of study in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Faculty of Arts and Science, UTM or UTSC. Candidates are considered on the basis of financial need, academic merit and an essay. Applicants must submit an essay (maximum 500 words) on “The role and importance of nanofabrication as well as its potential impact on society.” Two references required. Deadline: November 1, 2020.
Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Wood Scholarship: Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in their third or fourth year of the Lassonde Mineral Engineering program or Arts & Science Earth Science program. Candidates must be pursuing studies related to a career in the mining industry and demonstrate financial need. Additional consideration will be given to students with leadership skills. Deadline: November 1, 2020.
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships at Harvard University: Fellows are selected on the basis of outstanding academic excellence, strength of character and potential for leadership in their fields. Up to three fellowships will be awarded to students from Canada for graduate study at Harvard University in the 2021-2022 academic year. Value: $32,000 (renewable). Deadline: November 18, 2020.
Traditional Fulbright Canada Student Award: Traditional Fulbright Canada Student awards are intended for Canadian citizens who are graduate students, prospective graduate students, or promising young professionals who wish to study and/or conduct research in the United States. Awards may be held at any university, research centre, think tank, or government agency in the United States. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards: The University of Toronto Student Leadership Award continues U of T’s long-standing tradition of recognizing outstanding student leadership, service, and commitment to the University. Applicants must be in their final year of study, have a minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70, and have at least one year of significant volunteer leadership and high-impact service in the year immediately prior to the current nomination period. Deadline: All nominations must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3 p.m. (ET), November 20, 2020.
Fulbright Canada Post-COVID Challenge: The challenge is an open call for youth from across Canada and the United States to provide creative ideas that aim to address critical social, economic, technological, and public health challenges in the post-COVID world. Complete eligibility details are available online. Deadline: November 30, 2020.
William H. McGannon Foundation Scholarship: A Canadian organization that supports risk management education and promotes the profession. The Foundation provides scholarships, research grants, and student activities. They are currently accepting applications for student scholarships. If you are a student who has an interest in risk/hazards and some industry experience, you are encouraged to apply Deadline: November 30, 2020.
Generation Google Scholarship (North America): The scholarship was established to help aspiring students pursuing computer science (and computer engineering) degrees excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive $10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or $5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2021-2022 school year. The Generation Google Scholarship will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, demonstrated leadership, and academic performance. Deadline: December 4, 2020.
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Elvie L. Smith Award: Presented in recognition and honour of the outstanding and unique contributions made by Elvie L. Smith. Award accompanied by a bursary of $5,000. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and CASI junior members in good standing. Candidate must be in the last year of undergraduate studies in January of the year the student applies for the award. Deadline: December 30, 2020.
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Charles Luttman Award: Presented in recognition and honour of the outstanding and unique contributions made by Charles Luttman. The award is accompanied by a bursary of $3,000. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and CASI junior members in good standing. Candidates must be in the next-to-last year of undergraduate studies in January of the year the student applies for the award. Deadline: December 31, 2020.