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
- $40,000 per year renewable for up to 4 years, and will begin concurrently with the start of the recipient’s Ph.D. program.
- Eligible start dates are May 1, 2017 or September 1, 2017
- OTS Terms and Conditions
[to be updated in November 2017]
Timelines and Deadlines
- January: Call for nominations
- March 15: SGPS Deadline to receive ranked nominations from Faculties according to the allocations in the above chart.
- By April 15: SGPS Associate Deans' Committee selects the annual quota of recipients and offers are made to new Ontario Trillium Scholars-elect
Academic Eligibility : At Western, an eligible applicant must have achieved a minimum of 80% in each of the last two completed years of full-time study, or equivalent to full-time study. Eligibility averages for competitive scholarship are rounded ONLY to the nearest decimal place. The eligibility averages are based on grades on the transcript(s) up to August 31st, 2016.
To Be Eligible for Nomination by the Graduate Chair, an applicant must also:
- Be an international student
- Intend to be present on campus to undertake full-time Ph.D. studies in any discipline at Western at the start of either Summer Term 2017 or Fall Term 2017
- Not have previously been registered, or not be currently be registered, in a university degree program at an Ontario university.
- Have exceptional research experience and potential combined with an outstanding university academic record.
To Be Eligible to Hold the Award, the recipient must:
- Have received a valid temporary resident visa as a member of the student class under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) by the start date of the Ph.D. program
- Be present and registered full-time in the Ph.D. program at Western by the start date of the award and for its full duration.
- Not have concurrently accepted a scholarship or fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), or be in receipt of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or Queen Elizabeth II - Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) award.
- Maintain satisfactory progress in the program which will be verified by the recipient’s completion of an annual progress report in conjunction with his/her supervisor.
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
- Am I satisfied that the student meets the criteria for nomination, i.e. does the student have an established record of high research potential and academic excellence, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Am I confident in my verbal and written contact with the student that he/she possesses a strong enough command of English as a second language to undertake doctoral study in Canada?
- Does my graduate program’s research training environment offer the student the right opportunities and facilities and do the student’s research interests align with our priorities?
- Would a successful nomination bring any incremental benefit to Western, and in what capacity?
Graduate Program Responsibilities
- Recruit a competitive candidate(s) and have them complete and submit an Online Application for admission, or identify a competitive candidate(s) from the pool of Ph.D. admission applications already submitted.
- Confirm that the candidate has performed at a first-class level over the two most recent years of full-time study
- Calculate two eligibility averages, one for each of the last two years of full-time study. Each average must be equivalent to at least 80%.
- Notify the nominee(s) that they are being considered for the Ontario Trillium Scholarship
- Write a letter of nomination (max. 2 pages) addressed to the Vice-Provost, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies which includes:
- the considerations listed above plus,
- mention of evidence of academic excellence including the two calculated eligibility averages (%).
- a description of the foreign university and the international degree used as the basis of consideration of the applicant for admission to the Ph.D. program
- mention of evidence of exceptional research experience/potential
- scholarly skills or characteristics based on evidence of communication excellence, interpersonal skills, leadership, community engagement, etc.
- Prepare an electronic nomination file (one single PDF file) for each nominee which includes, in this order:
- The letter of nomination
- Admission application which normally includes: summary, academic intent, letters of reference, transcripts, supplementary documents
- Submit PDF nomination files electronically to the Faculty Office by an internally set deadline.
- Communicate an internal deadline to graduate programs. This deadline must leave enough time for the Faculty committee to do its work.
- Convene a Trillium ranking committee to review and rank all nominations that are competitive enough go forward to the SGPS Committee
- Advise SGPS as soon as possible before the SGPS deadline if the Faculty allocation of nominations cannot be met.
- SGPS Deadline: Submit the ranked nomination files to SGPS (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2017.
- Convene the SGPS Associate Deans' Committee in March to select the seven (7) recipients and determine a ranked list of alternate candidates.
- Communicate the offers to the Ontario Trillium Scholars-elect
- Update the External Funding Portfolio with the results of the SGPS committee review
- Make offers to waitlisted candidates in the event of declined offers
All information updated September 1, 2016