Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships, bursaries and financial aid are offered directly by your college of registration, with the exception of some scholarships that are offered through the Board of Trustees of the Toronto School of Theology (TST). Aside from the Board scholarships and the OGS and SSHRC competitions, inquiries and applications for financial assistance should be directed to your home college.

For graduate (advanced) degree students, application forms for financial aid are separate from the application for admission and are available directly from your home college. The registrar or advanced degree director of your college may also be aware of scholarships and bursaries available through other organizations. Some organizations provide various types of funding of theological education. We have listed such programs known to TST in the "Other Sources of Financial Assistance" tab below. For additional sources of financial aid, see the University of Toronto Financial Aid website.

Graduate (Advanced Degree) students are encouraged to apply for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) awards and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).

For more information, please see the TST SSHRC/OGS Application Guide, available each year in mid-September.

New applicants to TST who are applying to an eligible program are also encouraged to apply for an OGS and/or SSHRC scholarship. Please see the OGS and SSHRC websites for details on how to apply prior to admission into a program.

The School of Graduate Studies' English Language & Writing Support (ELWS) centre offers courses and workshops each year on writing scholarship proposals.  More information, including registration information (conjoint sutdents only), may be found at the ELWS website.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

SSHRC offers doctoral and master’s fellowships, for which some TST doctoral and Master's students are eligible. Visa (international) students are not eligible. See the SSHRC website for more information and additional eligibility criteria. For questions or more information, please contact the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies.

SSHRC application deadlines:

Doctoral Fellowships: October 16, 2015, 4:30 pm (paper submission to the GCTS)

Master's Awards (CGS-M): December 1, 2015, 8:00 pm Eastern Time (online application)

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Students in the ThM, ThD and conjoint PhD programs are eligible for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). Students from outside of Canada on a student visa may also be eligible to apply. The OGS application and eligibility information is available each year via the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website.

OGS application deadlines:

Visa (international): March 4, 2016, 11:59 pm (online application)

Domestic (citizens or permanent residents): March 4, 2016, 11:59 pm (online application)

TST's Board of Trustees offers the following scholarships, bursaries and awards. The amounts available each year for individual scholarships and awards fluctuate with the performance of the TST endowment.

Bill Lord Bursary in Continuing Education

A few small bursaries are available each year for persons taking continuing education courses at TST or one of its colleges.

  • Selection Criteria: Applicants are asked to demonstrate financial need and to indicate the connection between the course for which they are seeking funding and their ministry.
  • 2016 Amount to be Awarded: $900
  • Application Deadline: This year's competition will open in spring 2016, please check back.

Donald Cameron Memorial Award

This award, to honour the memory of Donald Cameron, who served TST for many years in a number of capacities including Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Development Committee, and with a deep commitment to the wider community, is to recognize excellence in projects planned and completed by students during their basic degree program, engaging them with the wider community beyond the Church.

  • Eligibility: The award is available to one or more students in good standing in the final year of their basic degree program at TST; or in the first year of a graduate (advanced) degree program immediately following their basic degree program.
  • Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged on the impact that the project or activity has had within the wider community beyond the confines of the church, and on what the student learned from the project or activity that will help his or her further ministry to enhance the relationship between the church and wider society.
  • 2016 Amount to be Awarded: $2,800
  • Application Deadline: Please check back in mid-February 2016 for deadlines, application information and forms.

C. Douglas Jay Scholarship

This award was established by the Board of Trustees in 1981 in honour of the founding Director of TST, Professor C. Douglas Jay, and is made possible thanks to contributions made by the Douglas and Ruth Jay Family Foundation.

  • Eligibility: The award is available to a graduate (advanced) degree student at TST, preferably a doctoral student, working in the area of Christian Social Ethics, who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Person, a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP, and has demonstrated financial need.
  • Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged on academic excellence and the quality of the research proposal.
  • 2016 Amount to be Awarded: $12,200
  • Application Deadline: Please check back in mid-February 2016 for deadlines, application information and forms.

Gordon M. Farquharson Scholarship

This award, funded by a gift by the Ralph M. Barford Foundation plus matching funds from the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS), was established by the Board of Trustees in 2008 in honour of Gordon Farquharson. Mr. Farquharson has been a friend of TST since its founding; among his many contributions, he provided legal counsel for TST’s incorporation.

  • Eligibility: The award is available to a student registered in a research doctoral program (ThD or PhD) at TST, who is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or Protected Person, a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP, and has demonstrated financial need.
  • Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged on the basis of excellence in the applicant’s chosen program of study. This is an extremely competitive scholarship, and historically has been awarded only to applicants who have attained at least a clear A- average in their current or immediately previous degree program.
  • 2016 Amount to be Awarded: $10,900
  • Application Deadline: Please check back in mid-February 2016 for deadlines, application information and forms.

Margaret E. Fleck Scholarship

This award, funded by a gift by the Ralph M. Barford Foundation along with matching funds from the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) and from the University of Toronto, was established by the Board of Trustees in 2006 in honour of The Reverend Margaret Fleck, a divinity graduate of Trinity College and former member of the TST Board of Trustees.

  • Eligibility: The award is available to a student registered at TST, who is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or Protected Person, a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP, and has demonstrated financial need.
  • Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged on the basis of excellence in the applicant’s chosen program of study, and the applicant’s demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively to the broader community. This is an extremely competitive scholarship, and historically has been awarded only to applicants who have attained at least a clear A- average in their current or immediately previous degree program.
  • 2013 Amount to be Awarded: $13,000
  • Application Deadline: Please check back in mid-February 2016 for deadlines, application information and forms.

Marjorie Watson Powles Award

This award was established by the TST Board of Trustees in 2002 in honour of Marjorie Watson Powles, and is awarded to a woman serving the church and who exemplifies a creative, positive vision for the role of women in the church and society.

  • Eligibility: The award is available to a woman studying at TST in a basic or graduate (advanced) degree program.
  • Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged on the applicant’s active engagement in community and congregational life, strong feminist perspective and transformative vision, and demonstrated academic excellence.
  • 2016 Amount to be Awarded: $2,000
  • Application Deadline: Please check back in mid-February 2016 for deadlines, application information and forms.

OSOTF Bursary Assistance for PhD, ThD and DMin Students

Bursary money from the portion of TST’s endowment fund built up under the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program is available to help currently registered PhD, ThD and DMin students in need of extra financial assistance. The OSOTF bursary provides a supplementary grant for students facing unforeseen financial emergency or whose college was unable to provide the financial help they requested.

  • Eligibility: To be eligible, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or Protected Person, a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP, and have demonstrated financial need through previous application for bursary assistance or a student loan in this academic year.
  • 2016 Amount to be Awarded: $6,500
  • Application Deadline: Please check back in mid-February 2016 for deadlines, application information and forms.

Order of St. Lazarus Bursary

This award was established in 1994 through a gift from the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. An additional gift generously made by the Order has been supplemented by matching funds from the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS).

  • Eligibility: The award is available to a graduate (advanced) degree student working in the area of ecumenism who is registered at TST, who is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or Protected Person, and is a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.
  • Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged on academic excellence, the significance of the student’s intended research, and the student’s need for funding.
  • 2016 Amount to be Awarded: $1,800
  • Application Deadline: Please check back in mid-February 2016 for deadlines, application information and forms.

Doctor of Ministry Bursaries

Two awards are made each year to DMin students thanks to funds established by the Estate of Charles Gundy and the J.T. Weir Memorial Fund.

  • 2016 Amounts Available: J.T. Weir Memorial Fund, $1,800; Estate of Charles Gundy Fund, $2,500
  • Selection Criteria: Both awards are completely open without restrictions on financial need or place of residence. The J.T. Weir Memorial Fund award will be awarded by the DMin Admissions Committee on academic excellence. The Estate of Charles Gundy Fund award will be awarded by the DMin Academic Committee for best results in the DMin comprehensive. Both awards will be announced when selected and granted on enrolment.

GCTS Conference Award

The Graduate Centre for Theological Studies (GCTS) Conference Award is given to a full-time Canadian graduate (advanced degree) student who meets the requirements for OSOTF (Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund) funding; who requires support for scholarly engagement in an academic conference; and, has exhibited excellence in their studies by maintaining first-class standing and satisfactory progress in their program. The award is designated solely to support participation in scholarly conferences (for example, the AAR/SBL or Canadian Congress of the Humanities, among others).

For complete eligibility information and application instructions, please see the GCTS Conference Award flyer and OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form, below. Deadlines for spring applications will be announced shortly.

TGSA Conference Award

The Theology Graduate Students' Association (TGSA) Conference Award is awarded to a graduate (advanced degree) student who requires support for scholarly engagement in an academic conference; and, has exhibited excellence in their studies by maintaining first-class standing and satisfactory progress in their program. The awards are designated solely to support participation in scholarly conferences (for example, the AAR/SBL or Canadian Congress of the Humanities, among others).

Please note: The TGSA Conference Award will normally be awarded to students who do not qualify for the GCTS Conference Award owing to the restrictions set down by the OSOTF (Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds). In the event that there are insufficient applicants who are not eligible for OSOTF funding, then the TGSA Conference Award may be awarded to applicants who are eligible for OSOTF funding.

For complete eligibility information and application instructions, please see the TGSA Conference Award flyer and OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form, below. Deadlines for spring applications will be announced shortly.

Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL)

Since 1952, the Grand Chapter of Ontario-Order of the Eastern Star (OES) has supported a program of financial assistance to qualifying students pursuing a vocation in ministry. The annual awards are based on the funds available each year and the number of qualifying applicants.

  • Timing: Applications for awards must be submitted to a local Chapter of the OES for their approval. Interested applicants must communicate with a member of a local Chapter of the OES to ensure their application is received in time to be approved at their May meeting at the latest. Awards are announced at the OES Grand Chapter at the end of August each year.
  • Amount:  The annual awards are based on the funds available each year and the number of qualifying applicants. In 2015, 19 awards of $2,000 were given to Ontario students.
  • More Information: The background, eligibility criteria and contact information for these awards can be found on the Ontario OES Grand Chapter website.

Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Bursary for Ministry Preparation

The purpose of this bursary is to support and encourage Catholic lay women engaged in pastoral ministry within the Church and to provide financial assistance for further studies in preparation for this ministry.

  • Eligibility: The candidate must be a Catholic woman pursuing theological or pastoral studies at an institute or university with a view to engaging in pastoral ministry, and be in need of financial assistance.
  • Selection Criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Grey Sisters.
  • Amount Available: Up to $5,000 will be awarded for full-time or part-time study for one year. The candidate may re-apply for the same amount for a second year only.
  • Application Requirements: The following are needed to apply: Submit a completed application form available from the Grey Sisters Administration Centre, provide two letters of recommendation, submit proof of acceptance into a program of theological or pastoral studies.
  • Application Deadline: April 15 of each year. Recipent(s) will be notified during the first half of May.
  • Contact for More Information: Grey Sisters Administration Centre, Bursary Committee, 720 Mackay Street, Pembroke, ON K8A 8J9

Ivor Norris Bursary

A bursary sponsored by the Anglican Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces. The bursary is awarded annually to theological students who have, or have had, some connection with the Canadian Forces.

  • Eligibility: Awarded to applicants with a personal connection to the Canadian Forces through personal military service (past or present), being married to, or the child of, someone with past or current service. Applicants must be sponsored by a Bishop for ordination within the Anglican Church of Canada and enrolled in full time theological studies. For an application form and more information, please see your college registrar.

Jonathan Daniels Fellowship

Awarded by the Episcopal Divinity School.

  • Eligibility: The application is open to students in any American Theological Schools (ATS) accredited school and supports special projects related to social justice work with grants of $5,000.
  • To Apply: Visit the Jonathan Daniels Fellowship website.

Martin Moser Society for Theological Studies Bursary Fund

This bursary fund was set up to honour Father Martin Moser, OMI, a Catholic priest, theologian and teacher with a passion for ecumenism and a commitment to the role of the laity in the Church. Father Moser has been a teacher of theology and a pastor in Edmonton and Vancouver for over 30 years. Note: This bursary is not intended for those who are ordained or who are preparing for ordained ministry.

  • Eligibility: The applicant must be a lay man or woman who is a member in good standing of any Christian denomination and who is enrolled in a recognized Canadian theological school; accepted in a graduate or undergraduate degree in theology, theological studies, or ministry; a permanent resident of Canada; and planning to exercise his/her future ministry in the Church in a Canadian setting (this would include Canadian military chaplains serving abroad with their unit).
  • For More Information: Email martinmoserbursary@gmail.com

OECTA Scholarships and Fellowships

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) provides some financial asssitance to members pursuing further academic studies. Post-graduate scholarships and religious study fellowships are available annually.

  • Selection Criteria: Full-time study, OECTA involvement, benefit to OECTA membership over time.
  • Academic Initiatives: Completion of program, length of teaching experience, previous receipts of funds from OECTA.
  • Applications: Application forms are available from the Provincial Office and on OECTA's website.

Redemptorist Anniversary Bursary for Lay Theologicans

To mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Redemptorists by St. Alphonsus Liguori, in 1987 the Edmonton-Toronto province of the Redemptorists established a bursary to be awarded to a lay person engaged in doctoral studies or ready to engage in such studies in the field of moral theology. To mark this occasion the Redemptorists of the Canadian English-speaking province established a bursary to be awarded to a lay person engaged, or ready to engage, in doctoral studies in the field of moral theology. The next award is available for the academic year, 2015 - 2016, although the award committee may assign awards for the following year, or two, as well.

  • Amount Available:  The bursary's capital fund will provide an annual income of up to a maximum of $20,000 CDN each year for a period of up to three years. Or the $20,000 may be apportioned to several recipients for the award year.
  • Requirements: For each year of assistance, the recipient will be required to work two years in Canada in the teaching of theology or in a related field, such as clinical bioethics, up to a maximum of five years. The Redemptorists undertake to assist in providing a stare to such employment.
  • Application Deadlone: The final date for receiving applications is May 29, 2015.
  • Contact for More Information: The Redemptorist Anniversary Bursary for Lay Theologians, c/o Redemptorist Provincial Offices, 426 St. Germain Avenue, Toronto, ON M5M 1W7, secretary@redemptorists.ca

The Anglican Foundation of Canada: Bursary Assistance for Students Proparing for Ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada

  • Contact for More Information: The Anglican Foundation of Canada, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2
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SSHRC OGS Application Guide 2015-16104.68 KB
How to Ask for a Reference Letter92.51 KB
GCTS Conference Award69.60 KB
TGSA Conference Award157.21 KB
OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form (1015) Fillable PDF201.60 KB