Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is an important initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for PhD studies. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarships are encouraged to express their interest in the competition to the graduate program chair when applying for admission to Western University. A qualified international applicant must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Chair of the admitting program.

Value and Duration

Western's Allocation

Timeline and Deadlines


Academic Eligibility : An eligible applicant must have achieved a minimum of 80% in each of the last two most recently completed years of full-time university study, or equivalent to full-time study. Eligibility averages for competitive scholarship are rounded ONLY to the nearest decimal place. 

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 (Director or Associate Dean), and the candidate’s complete admission application is used as the basis of assessment along with a Nomination Letter written by the Graduate Chair (Director or Associate Dean.

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 candidates as appropriate to the information on English Language Proficiency on our website.

Initial Considerations for the Graduate Chair

Graduate Program Responsibilities

SGPS Responsibilities

All information updated January 1, 2018