Awards & Scholarships for Incoming Students

The Faculty of Arts & Science awards approximately $16 million in admission awards to first-year undergraduate students. These awards are offered based on criteria such as academic excellence, financial need, community involvement, leadership, creativity and other qualities.

In addition to A&S awards, students are eligible for thousands of awards at the University of Toronto. To explore the diverse funding opportunities, visit Award Explorer, a centralized, searchable database of thousands of awards.

Types of Awards for Incoming A&S Students

Newly-admitted A&S students may be eligible for thousands of admission awards!

Once you have completed the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) process and been admitted, you have two ways to acquire awards and scholarships:

  1. Automatic: You are automatically considered for a variety of admission awards and scholarships when you apply to the Faculty of Arts & Science (based on your grades at the time of admission). 

  1. Application-based: Some awards require you to complete a separate application.

As an A&S student, you may be eligible for additional admission awards from your college. There are also awards for upper-year and graduating students that you may qualify for throughout your studies.

Some awards are only available to domestic students, as outlined in the eligibility requirements. U of T defines a domestic student as:

  • A Canadian Citizen within the meaning of the Citizenship Act or;
  • An Indigenous person who is recognized as a First Nations (status or non-status), Métis or Inuit or;
  • A Permanent Resident, Protected Person and Convention Refugee within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or;
  • A person who has been approved “in-principle” for permanent resident status in Canada.

    Automatic Admission Awards for A&S Students

    Automatic admission awards are ones that incoming students will automatically be considered for; no separate application is needed.

    Award/Scholarship Name Key Eligibility Requirements Estimated Value
    Allen X. Ma Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership
    • International student
    • Demonstrated community engagement and vision
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    $2,500

    Arts & Science Global Scholarship

    • International student
    • Outstanding student
    • Academic merit 

    Financial need may be considered.

    Covers international tuition fees, incidental fees and University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) fees for four consecutive years, or until degree completion, whichever comes first.
    Dr. Babak Farzad’s Award of Leadership
    • International student
    • Academic merit
    • Admitted to the Computer Science admission category (i.e., eligibility is determined by the results of the supplementary application required to enter this category)
    Approximately $1,000 
    Edward Blake Admission Scholarship
    • International student
    • Domestic student
    • Academic merit
    • Admitted to the Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences or Social Sciences admission category
    $5,500 over four years of study
    International Merit Admission Award
    • International student
    • Academic merit
    Up to $50,000 over four years of study (up to $20,000 in the first year and renewable for $10,000 in second, third and fourth years)
    James Hosinec & Carol M. Isaac Scholarship in the Faculty of Arts & Science
    • International student
    • Domestic student
    • Academic merit
    $10,000 in the first year of study

    New Field Education Group International Entrance Scholarship

    • International student
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category

    Preference is given to a student who has demonstrated strong leadership potential and community involvement.

    $2,500
    Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club Admission Scholarship in Commerce
    • International student
    • Domestic student
    • Outstanding student
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    Approximately $1,500
    Uforse Award in Leadership and Volunteerism at Rotman Commerce
    • International student
    • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in community service
    $2,500

    University of Toronto International Scholar Award

     

    • International student
    • Academic merit
    Up to $100,000 over four years of study (up to $40,000 in the first year and renewable for $20,000 in the second, third and fourth years).
    University of Toronto International Scholar Award (Rotman Commerce)
    • International student
    • Academic merit
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    Up to $100,000 over four years of study (up to $40,000 in the first year and renewable for $20,000 in the second, third and fourth years).
    University of Toronto International Merit Award (Rotman Commerce)
    • International student
    • Academic merit 
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    Up to $50,000 over four years of study (up to $20,000 in the first year and renewable for $10,000 in the second, third and fourth years). 

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    Application-Based Admission Awards for A&S Students

    Faculty of Arts & Science students can apply to hundreds of awards. To be eligible, students must research and find which ones they qualify for — there are often separate opportunities for domestic and international students — then complete and submit an additional application. See the list below with links for more information on award details and terms and conditions. 

    Note: If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or protected person (convention refugee), you may be eligible to apply for multiple admission awards at once by completing the Awards Profile in your JOIN U of T portal. The list below indicates which awards require an Awards Profile application.

    Award/Scholarship Name Key Eligibility Requirements How to Apply  Estimated Value
    Building Canadian Leaders: Donald S. McKeracher Scholarship in Rotman Commerce
    • Domestic student
    • Full-time student 
    • Academic merit
    • Strong leadership potential
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile.   Up to approximately $13,500 over four years of study
    Building Canadian Leaders: Faculty of Arts & Science Award
    • Domestic student
    • Full-time student
    • Demonstrated track record of community engagement, involvement in sports, culture and extracurricular activities, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership potential
    • Admitted to the Physical & Mathematical Sciences admission category
    Applications will open in Fall 2023.  Up to approximately $14,000 over four years of study
    Building Canadian Leaders: Frank William Moore Scholarship in Rotman Commerce
    • Domestic student
    • Full-time student 
    • Academic merit 
    • Strong leadership potential  
    • Admitted to the Rotman commerce admission category

    Preference given to a University College student 

    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. Approximately $2,000 
    Building Canadian Leaders: Class of 1968 Scholarship in Rotman Commerce 
     
    • Domestic student
    • Full-time student
    • Academic merit
    • Strong leadership potential
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. Up to approximately $13,500 over four years of study
    Building Canadian Leaders: Mr. Rajeeb Mukherjee
    • Domestic student
    • Full-time student
    • Academic merit
    • Strong leadership potential
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. Approximately $2,000

    David L. Adams Bursary

    • Domestic student
    • Financial need
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. $2,000
    Jack and Adrienne Taylor Scholarship for Undergraduate Students
    • Domestic student
    • Admitted to the Humanities or Life Sciences admission category
    • Academic merit
    • Financial need
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. $12,000 in the first year of study

    James Davie Bursary in Commerce and Finance 

    • Domestic student
    • Financial need
    • Academic merit
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. Approximately $1,500
    Harbord Collegiate Entrance Award
    • Domestic student
    • Financial need
    • Graduate of Harbord Collegiate Institute, Toronto
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. Approximately $2,500
    International Student Admission Bursary
    • International student
    • Academic merit
    • Financial need
    Students apply through the International Financial Aid Application, available to all international applicants through the JOIN U of T Portal. Access is granted upon submission of an admission application to U of T. Variable
    Nicoletta and Dan Scrimger Award
    • Domestic student
    • Graduate of a Toronto high school
    • Academic merit 
    • Financial need
    • Admitted to the Humanities admission category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. Up to approximately $20,000 over four years of study
    Robert Davis & Joseph Chen Access and Diversity Bursary at the University of Toronto
    • Domestic student
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    • Financial need

    Preference will be given to a Black student from the Greater Toronto Area.

    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. $2,500
    The Daysy Krieger Young Memorial Award at the University of Toronto
    • Domestic student
    • Financial need
    • Admitted to the Rotman Commerce admission category
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. $2,500

    The Roberts Scholarship

    • Domestic student
    • Outstanding student
    • Financial need
    • Admitted to a science admission category: Computer Science, Life Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences or Social Sciences
    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. $25,000 over four years of study
    William Waters Commerce and Finance Award 
    • Domestic student
    • Financial need
    • Academic merit
    • Admitted into the Rotman Commerce admission category

    Preference is given to a Woodsworth College student.

    To be considered, students must first apply to U of T and then complete the Awards Profile. Variable

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    College Awards

    Each college at the Faculty of Arts & Science offers awards based on leadership, merit and other criteria. Visit the awards page within each college for more details:

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    Upper Year & Graduate Awards

    Beyond first year, U of T students have access to more than 5,800 in-course awards every year.

    In total, the University’s annual merit-based awards for undergraduate and graduate students total $165.5 million! This includes renewable rewards and scholarships for those who excel in their academics and extracurricular activities.

    Learn more about the various in-course and graduate award opportunities below.

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