SGS is pleased to announce the establishment of The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program, Canada’s only fully funded award program dedicated to internationalization at the doctoral level. The fellowship will provide a travel award valued at $50,000 to 16 Canadian University of Toronto graduate students per year across the full range of disciplines starting in the 2013-14 academic year.

The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program aims to attract, support and develop globally oriented thinkers, visionaries and innovators who will be making important contributions to their field, their communities and the world. The benefits of this fellowship will be significant – providing opportunities to the finest students in the country for international exposure, building global networks, and fostering important and original research, regardless of where it takes them.

The Weston Fellowships will be awarded to Canadian students who plan to do research outside of Canada in the third or fourth year of their doctoral program for a period of 8 to 12 months. The awards would cover the costs of tuition, international travel expenses and a stipend. Students from all divisions are eligible to apply; they must be Canadian citizens, entering their 3rd or 4th year of doctoral studies and be conducting research outside of Canada.

The deadline for applications will be February 15, 2013. Students will be selected based on their
distinguished record of achievement, on the quality and significance of their proposed research, on their promise as top-tier researchers and future leaders of their respective fields, and on their ability to represent and advance Canada’s international reputation for academic excellence and collaboration. Award results will be available to students in early April 2013. Students will commence their travels in the fall of 2013.

The Weston Fellowships fill a noticeable void with an important opportunity now absent from the
national scene – a course of funding enabling Canada’s most promising young minds to further their research, their perspectives, their skills and experience, and their collaborative networks, in a global setting with up to a full year of study abroad, across a broad range of disciplines.

Further details regarding the administrative process for the award will be issued shortly.

For further information, please contact Kerri Huffman, Associate Director, Graduate Awards & Financial Aid at: kerri.huffman@sgs.utoronto.ca.

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