TST ranked #1 in QS World University rankings

Memo from Prof. Jaroslav Skira, Director, Graduate Centre for Theological Studies (TST)

Dear TST graduate students,

I thought I’d write with some good news items about studying at TST. 

The QS World University rankings has named the University of Toronto system as no. 1 in Canada, and no. 11 internationally, for “Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.” This bodes very well for the academic reputation of your degree and for excellence in our programs. Toronto also makes it into the top three student-friendly cities in Canada.

As for scholarships and bursaries, you can search the TST website for a number of TST Board scholarships and newly introduced conference travels awards. These are often awarded in addition to your home-college awards. 

What is even more exciting is that there have been some changes to the allocation of Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) awards to TST for domestic students (We’re awaiting numbers for our international students). Currently we were allocated 5 OGS awards, but that number is expected to jump to 12 for 2017-18. So now we will have 12 OGS awards each valued at $15,000/year. One reason for the increased number of available awards is strong student enrolment. What is more important for us, however, is that part of the formula includes an allocation based on our past success rates and our high application numbers. 

So, how can you increase your chances of getting a TST, OGS or SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council) scholarship? 

- By researching and writing (and re-writing) an excellent description of your proposed area of research for the scholarship application (usually just under 4,000 characters).
- By getting feedback on it from colleagues and faculty (especially your referees).
- By ensuring you maintain a solid GPA and are moving through the program at a good pace.
- By applying. And, the more applications we receive, the more OGS awards we’ll be able to award in the following year.

The deadlines for applications will start in the very early fall (check the TST website and look for emails from the GCTS Office), so there’s time to start preparing for these scholarships. And if you win one, don’t forget how nice it will look on your curriculum vitae. 

Prof. Jaroslav Skira
Director, Graduate Centre for Theological Studies (TST)

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