Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) program is an important initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for Ph.D. studies. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarships are encouraged to contact the graduate program when applying for admission to Western university. Because of the elite nature of this scholarship-recruitment program, a qualified international applicant must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Chair of the intended program.

Value and Duration

Western's Allocation

Western is allocated 7 Trillium Scholarships per year.

2016 Nomination Quotas by Faculty

The SGPS Executive Committee expects to annually review and rank a pool of 35 competitive nomination files (equal to 5x the annual number of awards to be offered) proportionally distributed among the Faculties that offer doctoral degree programs. The calculations are based on the annual November 1st Ph.D. enrolment numbers. 


 Doctoral Enrolments as of 

Nov. 1, 2015

 Faculty Nomination Quota 

Don Wright Faculty of Music

46 1

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

242 4

Faculty of Education

211 3

Faculty of Engineering

329 5

Faculty of Health Sciences

205 3

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

68 1

Faculty of Law

6 1

Faculty of Science

394 6

Faculty of Social Science

368 6

Ivey School of Business

54 1

Schulich Medicine and Dentistry

231 4

Grand Total

2154 35

Timelines and Deadlines


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

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

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.

Administering the Competition - Roles and Responsibilities

The Nomination File:

International candidates must be nominated by their admitting Graduate Chair, and the nominee’s complete admission application will be used as the basis of assessment along with the letter of nomination written by the Graduate Chair.

Remember that when applying for admission, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language. Please refer nominees as appropriate to the information on English Language Proficiency on our website.

Initial Considerations for the Graduate Chair

Graduate Program Responsibilities

Faculty Responsibilities

SGPS Responsibilities

All information updated January 13, 2016