Financial Opportunities: Scholarships and Awards

U of T Engineering Admissions & In-Course Scholarships

Admissions Scholarships & Awards

All high school applicants to U of T Engineering are automatically considered for Faculty-specific admission scholarships when they apply. Applicants are considered for scholarships on the basis of academic excellence and extracurricular involvement as demonstrated in the Online Student Profile. Engineering applicants may also be considered for university-wide scholarships, for which a separate application is required. For more information, please visit the admissions website.

In-Course Scholarships & Awards (for current undergraduate students)

Current undergraduate students in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE) are automatically considered (annually) for U of T Engineering in-course scholarships and awards based on academic merit and details provided via your ePortfolio (unless otherwise indicated).

In-course scholarships have criteria based on academic achievement and merit, financial assistance, community involvement, and/or extra-curricular activities. Please ensure that your ePortfolio (in-course scholarships) is accurate and up-to-date to ensure accuracy and competitiveness for scholarships pertaining to financial aid, extra-curricular and/or community involvement criteria. Your academic performance will be assessed based on academic data contained within the University.

A full listing of scholarships and awards is available in the FASE website.

External & Other Scholarships and Awards

If selected, you will be notified by the UG Advisor in mid-to late April.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

CHE has 13 awards available for Summer 2024

Student submission deadline: March 18, 2024 (Department application deadline)
Value/Duration: $6,000+$1,500 (minimum) supervisory top-up for 16 weeks
Level of study: Undergraduate Students
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
Results: April 2024 at the departmental level
Application: Please see Application Procedure below.

The NSERC USRA provides research work experience to help develop and inspire students’ potential for graduate studies and a research career in natural sciences and engineering. NSERC encourages qualified Indigenous and Black students to apply for this award.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • are currently registered student in a Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • have completed all course requirements for at least two academic terms/semesters of your bachelor’s degree (i.e., first year students are not eligible). Students finishing a PEY co-op term in April can also apply if research can begin in May;
  • have obtained a cumulative average of at least “B” or “B-“;
  • have not started nor completed graduate studies in Natural Science or Engineering;
  • will work on research and development projects in a research field supported by NSERC;
  • will be supervised by a faculty member who is currently eligible to hold an NSERC research grant;
  • must be able to commit to work, full-time, the full 16 consecutive weeks (for example May 2nd – August 19th, 2024); research must be completed by September 1st.

Application Procedure

You will be asked to complete:

  1. Form 202- Part I (Student’s part)
    Online via NSERC. You will have to log-in or create an account through their online system. Follow the instructions and adhere to NSERC’s General Presentation Guideline. For more information, you may review the NSERC’s video how to apply: USRA program information (youtube.com)
  2. Transcript
    This should be your most recent academic transcript, in PDF.
    Students can provide an e-transcript or academic history report generated directly from ACORN.
    Students external to U of T must provide official transcripts or transcripts that have been verified by their Undergraduate Office.
  3. Form 202- Part II (Supervisor’s part)
    Online via NSERC.
    Please provide your supervisor with the reference number generated by the system once you have completed Part I.
  4. Submission to NSERC USRA
    Supervisors to verify and submit both Form 202 Part I and II. Application status will change to “Complete”.
  5. Submission to Undergraduate Academic Advisor
    Please prepare a package of items 1-3 (Form 202 Part I, Form 202 Part II and Transcript) and submit as hard copy in-person directly to Nivetha (Undergraduate Assistant) or Tracey (Academic Advisor) in WB216A before 5:00PM on March 18, 2024.

As part of its efforts to make research culture more inclusive and to address systemic barriers to participation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering and Research Council (NSERC) is providing increased opportunities for Black undergraduate students to apply for Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs). This effort builds upon the same goals to make research culture more inclusive and to address systemic barriers for Indigenous Undergraduate students through NSERC’s Indigenous Student USRA program.  The goal of the USRA program is to provide research experience that complements the degree program undergraduate students are pursuing, which may lead them to consider graduate studies careers in the field of natural sciences and engineering.  If you feel comfortable self-identifying as either Black or Indigenous, please make sure you select the appropriate field in form 202-Part I. 

Please use the NSERC USRA Application Checklist  to ensure you have completed everything. Please visit NSERC USRA for more information and the application forms.

If you have any questions, please contact ugrad.chemeng@utoronto.ca.

Additional Notes:

  • USRA is intended to be over and above the academic credits required for degree. Award holders should not receive academic credits for work done during the USRA work term.
  • Award holders may be enrolled in maximum of two courses (1.0 FCE) during the summer, with their supervisor’s permission. The awardee has an obligation for the duration of the award and should drop the course if the work for both becomes unmanageable.
  • A student may hold only one USRA per fiscal year and a maximum of three USRAs throughout their university career.
  • Students are responsible for finding their own supervisors (please see ChemE Faculty Members List). Please contact the supervisors directly to start the conversation.
  • There is no provision for sick leave, vacation, or other interruptions of awards.
    Award cannot be deferred.

2023 University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA) – 2024 information to be updated 

CHE has 3 awards available for 2023 Summer

Student Submission deadline: March 24, 2023 (Department application deadline)
Value/Duration:
$5,250 + $2,250 supervisory top-up for 14 weeks
Level of Study:
Undergraduate Students
Results:
April 2023 at the departmental level
Application:
Please see Application Procedure below

The UTEA provides undergraduate students with opportunities to gain direct research experience on a faculty-led project helping students learn and appreciate investigative methodology in areas of interest (natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, or health and life sciences). The UTEA helps to foster interest in and knowledge of careers in research.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or an international student with a valid student visa for the full summer work term.
  • are currently a full-time registered student in a bachelor’s program at University of Toronto at time of application, including graduating students (or part-time in final term of graduating students).
  • have not started nor completed graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering.
  • have obtained a cumulative average (or best two years of study for students in higher years) of at least “B+”.
  • will be supervised by faculty members who is currently eligible to hold an NSERC research grant, under list of eligible NSERC Programs. If supervisor is unsure of their eligibility, please contact ugrad.chemeng@utoronto.ca
  • must be able to commit to work, full-time, for 14 weeks in the summer, beginning no earlier than May 1st and ending no later than September 30th, 2023

Application Procedure

You will be asked to complete:

  1. 2023 UTEA Application  Part I (Student’s part) and Part II (Supervisor’s part)
  2. Submission to Undergraduate Academic Advisor: please prepare a package of items 1-2 (2023 UTEA Application, part I & II) and submit as hard copy in-person directly to Nivetha (Undergraduate Assistant) or Tracey (Academic Advisor) in WB216A before 5:00PM on March 24, 2023.

Additional Notes

  • A student may only apply for one UTEA opportunity per year.
  • A student may not concurrently hold a UTEA and a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).
  • Preference will normally be given to second- and third-year students or first-time holders.
  • A student may hold only a maximum of 3 UTEAs throughout their university career.
  • A Research Report must be submitted by October 1, 2023 to Research Funding Officer, Cheryl Nash (cheryl.nash@utoronto.ca).  Template will be provided with UTEA award letters.

 

Summer Research Fellowship Awards – 2024 information to be updated

Student submission deadline: April 3, 2023

Value: Varies, please see below the individual awards for details

Level of study: Undergraduate students (first, Track One, second and third only)

Required Legal Status: Varies, please see below the individual awards for details

Results: April 2023 at the departmental level

Application: Please see Application Procedure below

 

Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

Value: $6,989.51

Required Legal Status: Canadian citizens, permanent residents or visa students. Visa students, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have clearance, if necessary, from immigration authorities.

Edgar McAllister Foundation Undergraduate Summer Research Award 

Value: $7,000

Required Legal Status: Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Other: Must demonstrate financial need

Application Procedure

You will be asked to complete:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship  Section 1 (Student’s part) and Section 2 (Supervisor’s part)
  2. Submission to Undergraduate Academic Advisor: please prepare a package of items 1-2 (Application for Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships, part I & II) and submit as a hard copy directly to Nivetha (Undergraduate Assistant)or Tracey (Academic Advisor) in WB216A before 5:00PM on Monday, April 3, 2023
  3. By August 31, 2023: recipients MUST submit one-page research report on research project and their contribution to it over the summer months. The report should be emailed to ugrad.chemeng@utoronto.ca

Contact

Tracey Peters
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Email: ugrad.chemeng@utoronto.ca