External Awards

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Canadians and permanent residents may also apply for external support in the form of scholarships offered by SSHRC. These are awarded to outstanding graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. Doctoral awards are valued at $20,000 for 12 to 48 months (depending on eligibility).

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
The Government of the Province of Ontario provides graduate scholarships tenable at Ontario universities. OGS is available for graduate studies in all disciplines. Sixty of these awards are available to visa students.

Fund for Theological Education
The Fund for Theological is a non-profit, ecumenical advocate for excellencew and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship.  They provide fellowships and a network of support to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
The federal and provincial governments provide financial support to qualified students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Ontario. The amount of the loan depends on calculated financial need.

Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Ontario: Canada Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL)
The Grand Chapter offers bursaries for students who will be or are enrolled in an accredited college or university for training in ordained ministry or church music, and who have financial need. Please contact your nearest ESTARL chapter for more information and application.

Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada (BEFC) Community Care Scholarship
Scholarships of $500 per course are available to registered students of Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto taking one or more courses in the Diploma in Buddhist Mindfulness and Mental Health. Deadline extended to December 15, 2014.

Toronto School of Theology
A listing of internal and external scholarships and bursaries for basic and advanced degree students.

The Anniversary Bursary Fund
The Anniversary Bursary Fund at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto awards bursaries to candidates for ministry in The United Church of Canada who are registered in a campus-based ordination programme of a United Church Theological School. Individual awards of $1,000 or more are granted after careful consideration bythe AnniversaryBursary Committee. The decision is based upon the financial needs of the candidates, their academic achievement and their statement of faith.

Scholarships Canada


U.S.AWilliam D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
The U.S. Department of Education, as part of its usual review of how international schools are administering the US Direct Loan program, is reviewing its funding of degree programs at the Toronto School of Theology. Depending on the outcome of this review, funding may be affected for 2014-15. To aid in your financial planning for 2014-2015, you should consider alternative sources of funding. For example, private loans are available such as the Smart Option Loan through Sallie Mae, from your preferred lender, or if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may apply through the Canadian government student loan system. It should be noted that neither the University of Toronto nor the Toronto School of Theology endorses any of these alternative sources of funding.

Current Students