Western University, Canada: Ontario Trillium Scholarship

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is an important initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for PhD studies. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarships are encouraged to express their interest in the competition to the graduate program chair when applying for admission to Western University. A qualified international applicant must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Chair of the admitting program.

Value and Duration

  • $40,000 per year renewable for up to 4 years, and will begin concurrently with the start of the recipient’s PhD program.
  • Eligible start dates are May 1 or September 1 immediately following the annual SGPS call for nominations.
  • OTS Terms and Conditions


Academic Eligibility: An eligible applicant must have achieved a minimum of 80% in each of the last two most recently completed years of full-time university study, or equivalent to full-time study. Eligibility averages for the competitive scholarship are rounded ONLY to the nearest decimal place. 

To Be Eligible for Nomination by the Graduate Chair, an applicant must also:

  • Be an international student at the time of application and when taking up the award
  • Intend to be present on campus to undertake full-time PhD studies in any discipline at Western at the start of either Summer Term or Fall Term immediately following the annual call for nominations
  • Not be currently registered in a university degree program at an Ontario university at the time of nomination 
  • Have exceptional research experience and potential, combined with an outstanding university academic record

To Be Eligible to Hold the Award, the recipient must:

  • Have received a valid temporary resident visa as a member of the student class under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by the start date of the PhD program
  • Be present and registered full-time in the PhD program at Western by the start date of the award and for its full duration
  • Not have concurrently accepted a scholarship or fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), or be in receipt of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or a Queen Elizabeth II – Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in the program which will be verified by the recipient’s completion of an annual progress report in conjunction with his/her supervisor

N.B. A recipient may continue to hold the Trillium should he/she become a permanent resident of Canada during the tenure of the award.

More info->https://grad.uwo.ca/finances/external_funding/ots.html