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. (Note: University allocations are subject to change when the next phase of the OTS Program is officially launched by the Ministry later this year)

2015 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, 2014

 Faculty Nomination Quota 

Don Wright Faculty of Music

37 1

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

256 4

Faculty of Education

156 2

Faculty of Engineering

336 6

Faculty of Health Sciences

206 3

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

71 1

Faculty of Law

4 1

Faculty of Science

394 6

Faculty of Social Science

337 6

Ivey School of Business

53 1

Schulich Medicine and Dentistry

225 4

Grand Total

2075 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 23, 2015