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School of Graduate Studies

Scholarships & Bursaries

​External Scholarship Opportunities

In the case of major scholarship competitions, students currently registered at Trent must meet an earlier deadline set by the University. Application forms and information regarding external scholarships may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies. Full-time students entering a second year of graduate study at Trent, or those planning further study at another university, should demonstrate that they have applied for external funding. External scholarships are awarded on academic merit, not financial need.

The School of Graduate Studies creates annually a list of available scholarships and internal applications deadlines.     

Scholarship Application Deadlines for 2017-18 (tenable 2018-19) 

Provincial External Scholarships

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are allocated within each university and not transferable across the university system.  Each university have its own form and process but will all adhere to provincial guidelines.  Students apply to the institution they plan to attend.

2018-19 OGS Application

2018-19 OGS Academic Assessment Report

The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) is designed to reward excellence in graduate studies in areas of science and technology.  Students apply to the institution they plan to attend.  Application will be posted yearly in March.

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program will serve as a significant initiative to attract the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies.  An OTS has a value of $40,000 yearly, is awarded to a recipient for a maximum of four years. To be eligible for this award, students must be an international student intending to pursue full-time doctoral studies at Trent University, have a completed graduate application by March 1st and have achieved a first-class average in each of the two years of full-time study prior to being awarded the OTS.  

National External Scholarships

Tri-Council Agencies (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC), is a major supporter of exceptional research focused graduate research.

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Bursary applications are to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies - Science Complex room 201

The bursary program for graduate students at Trent University is administered by the School of Graduate Studies. Bursaries are meant to supplement, not replace, provincial government aid programs and a student’s own resources.

Students are required to submit a completed application to the Graduate Studies office by the advertised deadline. The application must include to be deemed complete:

  • Application form
  • A budget that outlines student expenses and resources. Expenses should reflect direct educational costs only. Resources include, but are not limited to, money received from government student aid programs, parents, scholarships, awards, supervisory support and employment earnings. * if you have a half or full GTA it must be clearly stated
  • A brief outline of research
  • A personal statement regarding your current financial circumstance
  • Receipts of any additional expenses that you have indicated in your personal letter
  • Proof of debt load if claiming high debt load

Other External Awards

Scholarships Canada

yconic (previously StudentAwards.com)


International Awards