Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarship for Black and Indigenous Master’s Students


The School of Graduate Studies Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarships for Master’s Students aims to diversify academia by supporting the recruitment of underrepresented groups, specifically first-year Black and Indigenous master’s students to PhD-stream programs (i.e. MA, MSc, MSW, MEd, MPH, and other research and professional programs that are commonly a stepping-stone to a UofT PhD program).

These Scholarships are an SGS initiative developed in response to recommendations emerging from the Weecheehetowin Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Anti-Black Racism Task Force Final Report, and the Scarborough Charter to increase graduate school opportunities for Black and Indigenous applicants whose paths to academia include significant accomplishments that may not be included in conventional graduate admission criteria.

Starting with the 2022-2023 UofT admission cycle, the 3-year pilot program will provide 100 admission scholarships over three years, each valued at $15,000 payable by The School of Graduate Studies, to support the creation of new graduate funding packages and award opportunities for Black and Indigenous applicants who are highly admissible.

Eligibility Note

This is a needs-based award specifically for first-year Black and Indigenous master’s students to PhD-stream programs.

Submit a UofT online OGS Application to the nominating unit (nominees need not be OGS eligible)

Have applied, and received an offer of admission for the 2024-25 academic year, to a master’s program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, UofT which constitutes a common route for admission to a PhD program

Self-identify as a Black and/or Indigenous to Turtle Island applicant;

Have not been awarded other major internal or external funding in excess of $10,000 (excluding governmental loans/grants, e.g., OSAP, or band funding) at the time of offer*; and

Have not received an offer of admission (funded programs) or have received an offer of admission but may not be able to accept the offer due to financial need (unfunded programs).

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