Scholarships & Funding

Graduate Student Funding

Master of Applied Science & PhD students

Registered MASc and PhD candidates receive funding to cover tuition and incidental fees. In addition, MASc candidates receive a minimum of $16,000 per year for up to two years and PhD candidates receive a minimum of $18,500 per year for up to four years.

View 2020/21 MIE MASc & PhD Student Funding Policy

Students must be in good academic standing to maintain financial support. View MASc Program Requirements and PhD Program Requirements for more information on maintaining good academic standing.


Master of Engineering students

The Master of Engineering program is self-funded. Students may look to their home province for financial aid and visit the SGS website for financial aid and advising.

How to Administer Funding

Students must report any change in immigration status to the MIE Graduate Studies Office and to the MIE Payroll Office (MC134A), as this may affect the tuition a student pays, and thus the funding that will be provided. Students are responsible for paying tuition and fees from their scholarship, RA, and MIE fellowship funding. RA and fellowship funding is administered as follows:

MIE fellowship payments

MIE fellowship payments are processed on ROSI by the MIE Graduate Office, twice a year, in the fall and winter sessions. The fall fellowship payment is issued to students by the end of October. The winter payment is issued by the end of February, and is first applied to tuition and/or any outstanding charges. Students are advised to set up direct deposit banking on ROSI to receive fellowship payments securely and quickly, as mailed cheques may take weeks to reach students. See the Managing Your Award page on the SGS website for more information.

RA payments

RA payments are processed by the MIE Payroll Office (MC 134A). These are deposited monthly to a student’s bank account. Students must contact the MIE Payroll Office to set up direct deposit.

MIE Teaching Assistant Awards

MIE offers up to five Teaching Assistant Awards for TAs of undergraduate courses. Each award consists of a $500 prize.

MIE Graduate Student Travel Grants

The MIE Graduate Student Travel Grant Program provides up to 24 travel grants (up to $750 CAD) per year to support conference-related expenses of MIE students. See the U of T Guidelines for Travel and Other Reimbursable Expenses for a list of eligible expenses.

Applicant must:

  • present a poster or paper, or participate as a panelist at a domestic or international academic or industry-related conference before their convocation date.
  • be a MASc or PhD student registered in an MIE graduate program (their home department is MIE). Applicants must be a student at the time of attending their conference.
  • not have received a travel grant from MIE within the past 24 months.
  • submit a completed and signed 2019/20 MIE Graduate Student Travel Grant Application to the Graduate Office ( before the following deadlines:
    • Fall 2019 (Travel between Sept 1 – Dec 31, 2019) – Deadline is September 30, 2019
    • Winter 2020 (Travel between Jan 1 – Apr 30, 2020) – Deadline is January 30, 2020
    • Summer 2020 (Travel between May 1 – Aug 31, 2020) – Deadline is May 30, 2020

The MIE Graduate Student Travel Grant Program is by reimbursement only – an award will be withdrawn if an awardee does not attend the conference.

Applications are reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. the level of participation of the applicant in the conference (i.e. paper, presentation, poster, invited talk)
  2. the academic and professional merit of the candidate
  3. the degree to which the activity will enhance the academic experience of the MIE graduate student and/or expand his/her networks with other leading scholars or institutions.

Submitting travel claim after the conference:

Within one month of returning from the conference, recipients of an MIE Travel Grant must:

  • complete an expense form, available from MC134, along with original receipts. Receipts should be numbered and taped to blank sheets of paper. Refer to Sections A and B of How To Claim an Expense Reimbursement
  • provide proof of conference registration
  • provide proof of participation (for example, copy of program showing your name and participation)

If the expenses total less than $750 CAD, students will be reimbursed for only the amount claimed. Any expenses incurred over this amount must be covered by the student.


Students must report all scholarship income to the Graduate Office ( and MIE’s Business Office ( Scholarships that are awarded competitively with a financial award of less than $3,500 do not affect other funding. Other funding may be adjusted for students who are awarded competitive scholarships in amounts greater than $3,500.

Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master’s)

The Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master’s Program) includes:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

View eligibility requirements on the Canada Graduate Scholarships website

Submission deadline: December 1, 2019

Apply via the Government of Canada’s Research Portal


Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Master’s or doctoral)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program provides merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study.

Submission deadline:

  • Domestic students: April 1, 2020 
  • International students: Mar 2, 2020 

View eligibility requirements and apply via the School of Graduate Studies website


Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology

Student submission deadline: April 20, 2020

Apply via the Ontario Student Assistance Program website.


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)

The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. The Vanier CGS program strongly encourages candidates to pursue their studies beyond the university that granted their previous degree(s).

Student submission deadline: September 18, 2019

Visit the School of Graduate Studies website for more information and to apply.


Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence

Entrance scholarship for students applying into a full-time master’s program in an AI-related field at an Ontario university for the 2020-21 academic year.  

Quick Links: and Information for Students and Information for Administrators & Faculty

The Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence supports the recruitment of top students to AI-related master’s programs in Ontario. Valued at $17,500 for one year of full-time study at an Ontario university, these merit-based entrance awards recognize exceptional candidates pursuing a master’s program recognized by the Vector Institute or who are following an individualized study path that is demonstrably AI-focused. Students in both core technical programs and complementary fields such as business and health are eligible for nomination.

For Vector recognized master’s programs, please submit your nominations using Form A. For all other master’s programs, please use Form B.

Referee forms can be found by clicking here.

The deadline for submitting nominations is April 3, 2020 at 4 pm EST.


NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (Doctoral)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.

View eligibility requirements and apply via the NSERC website.

Student submission deadline: September 25, 2019

Note: Enter “Celeste Francis Esteves” as the MIE Designate Person to upload transcript for online application.

Endowed Fellowships

MIE Endowed Fellowships – Deadline to submit applications is September 30th, 2019

The Department of MIE has a number of fellowships endowed by generous alumni and friends.

  • MASc students can only hold an MIE Endowed Fellowship within the first two years of study;
  • MEng students that have transferred to MASc can only hold an MIE Endowed Fellowship within the first two years of study from initial registration of the MEng program;
  • PhD students can only hold an MIE Endowed Fellowship within the first four years; direct-entry PhD within the first five years of study;
  • Fast-track PhD students can only hold an MIE Endowed Fellowship within the first five years from initial registration in the Master’s program.

To qualify – Students must be in good academic standing with minimum grade average of A-; satisfactory research progress; in financial need.

Depending on how much money is in each account, awardees will receive up to $3.5k on top of other funding; the remaining fellowship award will be used to offset RA and MIE fellowship funding.

To be considered for MIE Endowed Fellowships/Bursaries, students must submit:

  1. MIE Endowed Fellowship Application
  2. One-page statement highlighting academic strength, research area, and leadership skills
  3. For award indicated with **Need-Based/OSOTF Award**, submit a Financial Need assessment form (attached) along with the above application document

Students may apply for more than one award in this competition by submitting one complete application package.

Applications must be combined in one single PDF file and sent to by September 30.


MIE various bursaries (Indicated below as **Need-based/OSOTF)

A number of bursaries are available to MIE MASc and PhD students who are in financial need.  Bursary amount: $2,000 to $3,000

Students must be in good academic standing with minimum grade average of A-; satisfactory research progress.

Request for extenuating circumstances to be taken into consideration for bursaries should be indicated in the application – please provide a brief description of the circumstances.

Note:  Students may not hold the same endowed fellowship awarded in previous year(s).


The following is a list of fellowships endowed by generous alumni and friends of MIE:

Glynn Williams Fellowship (*Need-based/OSOTF Award)
Awarded to a most promising doctoral candidate beginning the Ph.D. program within the Department of MIE. Eligibility is restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Successful applicants will be expected to possess outstanding academic credentials, references and leadership qualities, and show that their research has potential for commercial application that could be of benefit to Canadians.

Bert Wasmund Graduate Fellowships in Sustainable Energy Research
Awarded on the basis of academic merit to MIE doctoral-stream graduate students specializing in the recovery and utilization of energy derived sustainably from the sun. Preference will be given to students conducting research in the areas of power generation from solar cells and wind turbines, systems for the efficient use of sustainably derived thermal and electrical energy, and energy storage by batteries and other means.

Bill Shaw Memorial Graduate Fellowships
Awarded to MIE graduate students of high academic standing, who specialize in the area of Maintenance Optimization or Reliability Engineering (MORE). Fellowship recipients are expected to provide Ivara Corporation with a paper they’ve written during their studies, and include a profile of themselves.

Weber and Mariano Graduate Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering
Awarded to MIE graduate student(s) who are undertaking advanced research in Biomedical Engineering.
The candidate will be a mechanical engineering student who demonstrates academic excellence.

Russell A. Reynolds Graduate Fellowships in Thermodynamics
Awarded to MIE doctoral-stream graduate students engaged in research in the area of thermodynamics.

Pierre Rivard Hydrogenics Graduate Fellowships
Awarded to MIE graduate students engaged in research in the area of alternative energy.

David Sanborn Scott Graduate Fellowship
Awarded to an MIE graduate student who is engaged in research in the areas of Hydrogen and Low-Carbon Energy Systems.

Ron D. Venter Graduate Fellowship
Awarded to an MIE graduate student who is engaged in research in the areas of Hydrogen and Low-Carbon Energy Systems.

Neil Duncan Thompson Fellowship (*Need-based/OSOTF Award)
Awarded to MIE graduate students whose thesis research is in the field of engines or motor vehicles.

Barbara and Frank Milligan Graduate Fellowships
Awarded to MIE/IBBME graduate students engaged in biomedical research.

6T6 Industrial Engineering 50th Fellowship in Healthcare Engineering
Awarded to a PhD student in Healthcare Engineering

Edmond G. Odette Scholarship in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Awarded to PhD student(s) in MIE on the basis of academic merit

Mart Liinve Graduate Scholarship
Awarded to MIE research students on the basis of academic merit

Peri Family Graduate Scholarship in Healthcare Engineering
Awarded to one or more graduate student(s) enrolled in MIE undertaking advanced research in the field of healthcare engineering. The candidate will be selected based on academic merit and commitment to pursuing innovative solutions in healthcare.