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Graduate Students: Scholarships & Awards

Graduate Student Funding Policy

M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degree Program Students

M.Sc. and Ph.D. program students, and M.Sc. students who expect to transfer to the Ph.D. program are engaged full-time in thesis-based research during their program of study. This group of students are NOT enrolled in the dental specialty training programs. Students in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs in the Faculty of Dentistry will normally expect to receive financial support according to the University of Toronto standard.

Effective 2009/10, the minimum support from scholarship and grant sources will be:

MSc:  $15,000 + tuition + fees per year for a maximum of 2 years

PhD:  $17,000 + tuition + fees  5 years for Ph.D. students and M.Sc. students who transfer to the Ph.D. program 

Supervisory and/or departmental support equivalent to the minimum standard must be in place prior to acceptance and registration in the entry year. Direct entry Ph.D. students or M.Sc. students who transfer to the Ph.D. are eligible to apply for the Harron Scholarship.

M.Sc. (course- or thesis-based) with Dental Specialty Training Students

The M.Sc./Dental Specialty stream students are registered full-time in a course- or thesis-based option and clinical specialty training. Although these students may be eligible for external awards during their first 2 yearsof registration, M.Sc. (course- or thesis-based) with Dental Specialty Training students will normally NOT receive financial support (see below, Harron M.Sc./Specialty Scholarship).

Ph.D. with Dental Specialty Training Students

The Funding Policy for students enrolled in Ph.D./Dental Specialty programs recognizes that students will be using both clinical- and research-related resources throughout their program of study. Funding for this program is dependent upon when the research work will take place and is conferred on a case by case basis. Students in a 2 year dental specialty training program (Dental Public Health) will be responsible for paying fees for year 1; they will be funded by the Faculty in years 2, 3 and 4 and by their supervisor for up to 2 additional years. Students in a 3 year dental specialty program will be responsible for years 1 and 2; they will be funded by the Faculty in years 3, 4 and 5 and by their supervisor for up to 2 additional years.  Students in a 4 year dental specialty program (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and OralPathology and Oral Medicine) will be responsible for years 1, 2 and 3; they will then be funded by the Faculty in years 4, 5 and 6 and by their supervisor for up to 2 additional years.  

University, Provincial and National Awards and Bursaries

Please see the SGS Scholarship and Awards web page for more information onUniversity of Toronto, provincial, and national graduate awards (such as Connaught Scholarships, U of T Fellowships, Ontario Graduate Scholarships, and NSERC Scholarships).

Faculty of Dentistry Awards and Bursaries

H.M. Bradley Fund

A legacy was provided to the Faculty by the late Helen Merrill Bradley, the income from which is used for the assistance of students registered in the Faculty of Dentistry. Income from this fund may be used to help defray the travel expenses of undergraduates participating in an official exchange visit to an overseas dental school, providing they are able to furnish evidence of financial need. The income may also be used for the assistance of needy students registered in one of the Faculty's postgraduate programs who are receiving no assistance from any other source. The fund was established and first used in session 1971/72. Application should be made to the Faculty Secretary.

Dentistry Graduate Student Bursary Fund

Through the generous donations of various faculty members and others, an endowment fund has been established to provide bursaries, of varying amounts, for Graduate Students in any of the Faculty of Dentistry's graduate programs on the basis of financial need.

Wilson G. Harron Trust

The terms of the bequest of this award were to provide scholarships and bursaries for students in the Faculty of Dentistry.

a. Harron Scholarships

The Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto will offer scholarships each year to support students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing research training in preparation for an academic career. All awardees will be known as Harron Scholars. The scholarship will guarantee an income of $17,000. per annum (plus a differential fee waiver for an international scholar equivalent to the difference between the international and domestic doctoral fees) for up to four years, contingent upon the scholar maintaining an excellent academic performance. It is required that Harron Scholars compete for funding from other sources (such as OGS, CIHR) for which they are eligible, in the second and continuing years of their program. For Harron Scholars who are successful in external competition, the Harron award will be in the form of a fellowship top-up that brings the scholar up to the departmental standard for support. The Faculty may support continuing Ph.D./Specialty students until completion of both programs contingent upon satisfactory progress and success in external scholarship competitions.

Applications for Harron Scholarships must be received by July 31 or December 31 of the academic year preceding tenure of the scholarship. An applicant, to be eligible, must: be applying to a Ph.D. program, or registered in Year 1 or 2 of a Ph.D. programme with the Graduate Department of Dentistry be entering into a M.Sc. programme and will seek transfer to the Ph.D. programme within 18 to 24 months of initial registration have an A standing and demonstrated interest in pursuing research training in preparation for an academic career

b. M.Sc. Dental Specialty Scholarship

This award category normally provides two annual scholarships; each valued at $12,000 to be awarded to exceptional students entering M.Sc. Dental Specialty Programs. Each year one scholarship will be allocated to the student with the best record in academic, research and creative activities, the other annual award will rotate among the specialty programs and will be allocated to the student with the best record in academic, research, and creative activities.

c. Bursary for Graduate Students

This award is open to Canadian or foreign students. The award is to be given on the basis of need, as documented in information provided by the student.

d. Aboriginal Students

This award is open to Canadian aboriginal students (status, non-status, Metis as defined by the Federal Government) entering or attending an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate program in the Faculty of Dentistry, and is to assist with the costs incurred in dental education not covered by federal grants to aboriginal students. Renewal of the award for the duration of the program is dependent on maintenance of satisfactory standing. Up to four awards will be made each year.

e. Dentistry Graduate Student Bursary Fund

Through the generous donations of various faculty members and others, an endowment fund has been established to provide bursaries of varying amounts for Graduate Students in any of the Faculty of Dentistry’s graduate programs on the basis of financial need.

Dr. Norman Levine Bursary in Graduate Paediatric Dentistry

This award was established in 1997 by Dr. and Mrs. Norman Levine and family. Dr. Levine, Class of 1960, was a member of the Faculty for many years and was head of Paediatric Dentistry from 1978 to 1993. This award is to be given to a student currently in the Graduate Program in Paediatric Dentistry who demonstrates financial need and has satisfactory academic standing.

Donald Lewis Dental Public Health Student Award

This award was established by his friends and colleagues to honour the retirement of Dr. Donald Lewis from the Faculty of Dentistry in 1997. The award is to be given to a Dental Public Health student based on academic achievement and financial need. First awarded in 1998.

Eleanor and Gerald Copeland Bursary

This award is open to Canadian Citizens with Ontario residency. The award is to be given on the basis of strong academic achievement and financial need, as documented in information provided by the student.

Howard James MacLaurin Scholarship

Through a bequest from the late Howard James MacLaurin, D.D.S., the annual income from an endowment fund provides a prize of approximately $400 to be awarded to the most outstanding student in the M.Sc. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the year preceding the final year of the program of the program. The award is to be used to attend a professional or scientific meeting in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anaesthesia.

Constantine Maniatopoulos Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honour the memory of Dr. Constantine Maniatopoulos who graduated from the Faculty with a Ph.D. in Biomaterials in 1988, and died suddenly in March 1989. The annual income from the endowment will be given to the graduate students presenting the best posters at the Faculty of Dentistry's annual Research Day. First award given in 1990.

Glenn T. Mitton Medal

Presented by the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentists, this medal is awarded annually to the student standing highest in general proficiency in the M.Sc. Dental Public Health. The award was established and first presented in the University in session 1966-67, although the Association had privately given a Mitton medal in 1965-66.

Nobel Biocare Research Fellowship in Prosthodontics

This award was established by the Nobel Biocare to support research by graduate students in the Discipline of Prosthodontics. Awards to be allocated to one or more graduate students in the Discipline of Prosthodontics based on academic merit and/or financial need.

AstraTech Research Fellowship in Prosthodontics

This award was established by the AstraTech to support research by graduate students in the Discipline of Prosthodontics. Awards to be allocated to one or more graduate students in the Discipline of Prosthodontics based on academic merit and/or financial need.

The Government of Ontario/Dentistry Scholarship in Science and Technology OGSST

Two awards are currently held by the Graduate Department of Dentistry. Each award is currently valued at $15,000 per annum. Awards to be allocated to domestic students on the basis of excellence in academic and research activities.

Aaron L. Posen Award

Donated by Dr. A. L. Posen's friends in recognition of his service to the Faculty and his contribution to Orthodontics, particularly through research, this award is given each year for creativity and excellence to the most deserving of the students in the graduating class of M.Sc. Orthodontics program.

Poyton Graduate Award for Research in Oral Radiology

This award was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. H.G. and Mrs. E.M. Poyton. The award is given to graduate students in the M.Sc. (Oral Radiology) degree program based on academic achievement and financial need. First awarded in 2005.

Poyton Graduate Student Bursary in Oral Radiology

This bursary was established through a generous donation from Dr. H.G. and Mrs. E.M. Poyton. The bursary will be awarded to students in the M.Sc. (Oral Radiology) degree program who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Ontario on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. First awarded in 2005.

The Javenthy Soobiah in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Soobiah/Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Dentistry

Ms. Javenthy Soobiah made these scholarships possible by the generous donation of her home to the Faculty of Dentistry. Three scholarships are given annually to three scholarships are given annually to three graduate students enrolled in full-time graduate programs in the Faculty of Dentistry. The funding for these scholarships is shared between the University of Toronto and the Provincial Government under the revised terms for Ontario Graduate Scholarships effective 2001/2002.

The Southern Ontario Surgical Orthodontic Study Club Award

Presented by the Southern Ontario Surgical Orthodontic Study Club, this award is given to the second year student in the M.Sc. (Orthodontics) degree program who gives the best Craniofacial Morphology and Development presentation for that year.

Ontario Society for Preventive Dentistry – Public Health Research Fellowship

This award was established by the Ontario Society for Preventive Dentistry to support research by graduate students in the discipline of Dental Public Health. First award to be given May 2008.

Wilson G. Harron/Ontario Graduate Scholarships in the Faculty of Dentistry

Three scholarships are given annually to three graduate students enrolled in full-time graduate programs in the Faculty of Dentistry. The funding for these scholarships is shared between the University of Toronto (from the Wilson G. Harron Trust Fund) and the Provincial Government under the revised terms for Ontario Graduate Scholarships effective 2001/2002.

Dr. W. Bruce and Susan Malloch Fellowships

This award was established to endow two of the three Graduate Student Endowment awards held by Dentistry. Each of the two awards will be used for Graduate student support, with one award being designated specifically for a Graduate Orthodontic student, and the second available to another graduate student enrolled in any other Dentistry graduate program including Orthodontics.

Gerald I. Baker Scholarship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This award was established to endow the third Graduate Student Endowment award held by Dentistry. The first scholarship, to be awarded in 2007, will be awarded to a non-Ministry of Health funded incoming M.Sc. (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Anaesthesia) student.

Manly Badner Graduate Orthodontic Award

Donated by Dr. M. Badner, to be awarded each year to purchase a set of premium orthodontic pliers and an appropriate pliers holder. The recipient is a Graduate Orthodontics student completing their final year of the program and is awarded for excellence in the clinical application of biomechanical principles. First awarded in 2005.

CIHR Strategic Training Program

The CIHR Strategic Training Program in Cell Signaling in Mucosal Inflammation & Pain supports doctoral student stipends at 5 Canadian universities. The University of Toronto's Graduate Department of Dentistry is one of the key departments in the network. For more information, please see CIHR Strategic Training Program: Cell Signaling in Mucosal Inflammation & Pain.