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

[to be updated in November 2017]

Timelines and Deadlines


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:

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 September 1, 2016