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 was allocated 28 Trillium Scholarships – 7 per year over 4 years – from 2011-12 to 2014-15.

2014 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 awards) proportionally distributed among the Faculties that offer Ph.D. degree programs and is based on the annual November 1st Ph.D. enrolment numbers. 


 Total Doctoral Enrolment as of 

Nov. 1, 2013

 Faculty Nomination Quota 

Don wright Faculty of Music

40 1

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

250 4

Faculty of Education

117 2

Faculty of Engineering

339 6

Faculty of Health Sciences

198 3

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

63 1

Faculty of Law

3 1

Faculty of Science

373 6

Faculty of Social Science

339 6

Ivey School of Business

69 1

Schulich Medicine and Dentistry

235 4

Grand Total

2026 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:

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

Initial Considerations for the Graduate Chair:

The Graduate Chair will:

The Faculty will:

SGPS will:

All information updated February 18, 2014