Upcoming Award Deadlines

The following awards are available to current and/or recent RSI graduate students and have application deadlines in the near future. It is recommended that you check back regularly and/or bookmark this page to ensure you have the most up to date information.

Award Description  Deadline*  
Focus on Accessibility Awards

Your Post Docs and Trainees are eligible to apply for Toronto Rehab’s “Focus on Accessibility Awards”. These awards recognize a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Doctoral and Masters’ students whose projects best contribute to achieving one or more of the four themes of accessibility – dignity, respect, integration, equal opportunity in their field and/or community.

Nomination Form

Nov 19, 2018  
2019 SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit

The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) organization was founded in 1987 and aims to promote female leadership in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes by supporting the development and enhancement of leadership skills. U of T is permitted to forward one nominee to the regional competition.

For 2019, five awards of $3,000.00 each will be provided to female graduate students studying in Ontario who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic records. Profiles on last year’s recipients can be found on SWAAC’s website.

Nov 26, 2018  
2019-2020 Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards Program is administered by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and was established with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women's health scholars. The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards Program aims to establish a research community that meets or exceeds internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence in its creation of new knowledge about women’s health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system. Nov 26, 2018  
2019 John Charles Polanyi Prizes To honour the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Ontario Government established a fund to provide John Charles Polanyi Prizes annually to up to five outstanding researchers or scholars who are in the early stages of their career and at Ontario universities. The prizes, each which is currently valued at $20,000, will be conferred in the fall of 2019. They are available in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science, broadly defined Nov 26, 2018  
2019-2020 Autism Scholars Award

The Autism Scholars Awards Program aims to establish a research community that meets or exceeds internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge concerning child autism, and its translation into improved health for children through more effective services and products for children with autism, and thereby adds to the province’s capacity in diagnosis and assessment of autism and the quality of its treatment system.

*Applicants are to submit their application directly to SGS Graduate Awards Office not their graduate unit (or the Dean of Graduate Studies as the COU announcement indicates)

Dec 1, 2018*  

2019-2020 Canada Graduate Scholarships- Master’s Program (CGS M)

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. Dec 3, 2018  

*Dates indicated are the internal deadlines for submission for RSI faculty, staff and students.


These awards are available to RSI doctoral stream students (i.e. MSc and PhD students)

How to Apply:

Submit the following documents to rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca by TBD

Please note only electronic transcripts are needed.


OSOTF awards are allocated on the basis of academic excellence; however, financial need is the primary consideration for OSOTF awards. The award holder must be a full-time student for at least 14 weeks in any term during which they hold the award. Internal awards are automatically used to pay the student's outstanding fees. Preference in funding decisions will be given to students in year 1-2 of their MSc or year 1-4 of their PhD and year 5 for transfers. Students beyond these years will be considered under exceptional circumstances. The length of support from OSOTF awards is for up to one year and is not renewable, however new application may be made for subsequent competitions.

In order to assist the review committee, please –

Complete all sections of the application form, ensuring that each section is either filled out or the appropriate documents are attached. All applications are to be signed by the applicant, the applicant’s supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator.

Complete the OSOTF Needs Assessment form, making sure that all the details of your income is clear. Provide where applicable: 

  1. the names and amount for existing awards, and
  2. details on funding from your supervisor. Also, given that the primary criterion for this award is one of “need”, provide a good description of why you are in need. If you have outstanding student loans or other debts and/or have dependants, please provide details.

Contact: Diane Wiltshire, Business Officer, rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca, 416.978-0300

Award Description Deadline  

Lois Snelling Physical Therapy Bursary

To be awarded to a doctoral stream student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the Faculty of Medicine. The recipient shall be a graduate of physical therapy. Selection will also be based on financial need.

Estimated total amount: $1000



Judy Willcocks Memorial Bursary 

To be awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a doctoral stream Program in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. The selection will be based on financial need.

Estimated total amount: $1000



Marguerite Harland Smith Graduate Award in Rehabilitation Science

To be awarded to a full-time student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute that has graduated from a physical therapy program. The student must be conducting rehabilitation research in the neuroscience field. The selection will be based on financial need and academic achievement.

Estimated total amount: $2000



Ruth Bradshaw Award 

Awarded to (a) full-time student(s) enrolled in the doctoral stream Program in Rehabilitation Science. The recipient shall be a graduate of physical therapy and be eligible to practice in Canada. Academic achievement and the relevance of the candidate’s program to physical therapy will also be taken into consideration. Selection will also be based on financial need.

Estimated total amount: $1000



Gwen Bell Endowment Fund 

Awarded to an Occupational Therapist who is in year one in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. 

Estimated total amount: $1000



Robin Schaffer Graduate Scholarship

To be awarded on the basis of academic merit, to a graduate student with an Occupational Therapy background, who is year one in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Financial need may also be taken into consideration.

Estimated total amount: $1000



*NEW* Polatajko-Howell Fund

The Drs. Walter Colston (Pete) Howell & Helene J. Polatajko-Howell Student Conference Presentation Fund is intended to defray travel costs of RSI students, at the University of Toronto, who are presenting their work at a peer-reviewed national or international conference.

Estimated total amount: $300. (five awards available)


  • Student must be registered full-time at the time of the conference.
  • Students must be in “good standing”
  • Be actively presenting your research (relevant to your current degree program) at an academic conference that occurs during the 2017-18 academic year (Sept 1st 2017-August 31st 2018).
  • Have not received payment for an SGS Conference Grant during 2017-18.

Application Process- Please submit the following info to rsi.admin@utoronto.ca by June 15th 2018

  1. A brief letter (max 150 words) stating your thesis title, description, and the name of your supervisor.
  2. A travel budget, itemizing the individual costs you incurred or will incur for your conference travel, including registration fees. The conference must occur during this academic year ( 2017-18).
  3. Indicate whether you have received other forms of financial support to attend the conference, such as support from your supervisor.
  4. Indicate whether you have applied for the SGS Conference Grant.
  5. Proof that you have registered for the conference.


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