Financial Support Available to Students
It is each student's responsibility to meet the financial commitments associated with their study at Trinity College. Students are expected to prepare a budget plan for their period of study and give serious consideration to their ability to meet these costs. In addition to personal resources, students should explore other sources of funding including family and spousal contributions, government assistance programs including loans, child care and special needs bursaries, and church and diocesan programs, to meet their commitment.
A. Government Assistance Programs (Grants and Loans)
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): Offers doctoral and master’s fellowships, for which TST doctoral and M.A. students are eligible. Visa students are not eligible. See the SSHRC’s website for more information and additional eligibility criteria: www.sshrc.ca.
For questions or more information, please email: tstadv.degree @ utoronto.ca.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
Students in the ThM or ThD programs are eligible for the OGS. Students from outside of Canada on a student visa may be eligible to apply.
The OGS application and eligibility information for 2014-2015 is available via the U of T School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website: www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Ontario-Graduate-Scholarship.aspx
The U of T OGS application requires students to provide the following materials:
- Plan of study (approx. 500 words), submitted online by student
- List of previous awards/publications/conferences/research experience, submitted online by student
- Transcripts, submitted online by student
- Two reference letters, submitted online by referee
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TST STUDENTS
- Only ThD and ThM students are eligible for the OGS award.
- There are no paper forms. All material, including the reference letters, is submitted online.
- Check your eligibility for the award before applying.
- Academic background: ensure that you enter your current institution, as well as past institutions. Paper transcripts are no longer required. Each student is responsible for uploading copies of their transcripts online. Transcripts should be combined into 1 file for upload as multiple files may cause delays.
- Academic references: signed paper reference letters are no longer required. When you indicate your referees in the online application form, an email will be sent to the faculty member with a link to their online reference letter submission page.
- All TST students must choose the following when initiating the application:
Faculty - Theology, Toronto School of
Department - Theology, Toronto School of
Program - Theology, conjoint program in
The application will only be assessed at the University of Toronto. Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable by a student from one university to another.
Applicants to TST who are applying to an eligible program (ThD and ThM for the OGS; M.A., ThD and PhD for SSHRC) 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.
B. Trinity College
Funds administered by the College are available for students in the Faculty of Divinity in the form of Bursaries (Grants), Special Bursaries, for example for Intership expenses or educational travel, and Emergency Loans. The application can be downloaded from the Forms page.
For students who have investigated other sources of funding, and still have a small shortfall within the context of a sensible budget, the College has available funds which may be awarded to students in good standing. The amount of the award will be determined by need, and will not, except in extraordinary circumstances, exceed the maximum award limit set each year by the Bursary Committee. Applications for assistance are normally considered in May, September, and December.
The College acknowledges with gratitude the generous contributions of our many benefactors which make these bursaries possible:
R. Bruce Baker Memorial Fund
J.H. Barr and M.H. Barr Fund
Francis Wright Beare Fund
Robert Bertram Beaumont Fund
John Williams Billes Fund
Canon Brewin Memorial Fund
Bishop Broughall Fund
William C. Buchner Fund
Sarah Ann Burgess Fund
Bishop Burgett Bursary
Mabel Cartwright Fund
Christ Church, Oyster Bay NY Bursary
Amy Frances Cooper Fund
Robert Crombie Memorial Bursary
Kathleen Daykin Fund
Ellis-Hamilton Memorial Fund
Samuel Harris Fund
Canon Anthony Hart Exhibitions
Edward and Mildred Jeffery Fund
Canon W.W. Judd Memorial Fund
John Kerr Fund
Reverend and Mrs. Alexander Ketterson Fund
Arthur Stewart Madill Fund
Reverend William Pippen Memorial Fund
R.C.A.F. Protestant Chapel Fund
Jean Rutherford Reekie Fund
Clare Slater Fund
Victor Spencer Memorial Exhibition
Bishop Strachan (Trinity Centenary)Fund
James and Frances Stubley Fund
St. Thomas's Church, Toronto Bursary
Venerable Robert F. Walker Memorial Fund
Canon John de Pencier Wright Memorial Fund
C. Bursaries granted by other bodies
The Anglican Foundation of Canada
The Foundation now administers all national bursary funds formerly available through various departments of the Anglican Church of Canada. The General Bursary Trust is to help support the theological education and training of men and women for ordained ministry. Candidates must show ACPO recommendation or an officially approved alternative evaluation procedure. The Graduate Award Trust helps support post-graduate studies (Th.D./Ph.D.) of qualified clergy and laity who plan to pursue an academic career. Applications: Divinity Office or The Anglican Foundation of Canada, 80 Hayden St. Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2. Applications are available here. Application deadlines are April 1st and September 1st.
Anglican Church Women (Diocese of Toronto)
The Toronto Diocesan Anglican Church Women (ACW), established in 1967, offers two types of bursaries to women in the Diocese of Toronto who are attending a theological college.
The Theological Student Bursary is to financially assist women theological students, who are seeking ordination to the priesthood. The limit is $1,000 per applicant ($500 initially, $500 upon proof of acceptance as a postulant). Applications available here.
The Lay Ministry/Vocational Deacon Bursary is to assist women wishing to take training in Christian Lay Ministry or training for the Vocational Diaconate. The limit is $750 per applicant. Applications available here. Applications are received throughout the year. The Finance Committee usually meets on the first Wednesday of every month, September to June. Once the application and all three references are received, the Finance Committee reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors. The Board usually meets on the second Wednesday of every month and they pass a motion based on the Finance Committee's recommendation. For further information about the Toronto Diocesan Anglican Church Women, contact the ACW office Telephone: 416-363-0018, FAX: 416-363-7815, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.C. McCollum Assistance Fund, St. John's, York Mills
At the invitation of St. John's Church, students studying for ministry of the Church and who require financial support may apply for assistance . The fund may not be available every year for this purpose. Application and guidelines can be found on their website.
Dioceses and Anglican colleges in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario share a joint bursary application form. When a student applies for a College bursary, a copy of their application is forwarded to the diocese. Students in other dioceses apply to their bishop.
Donald Cameron Memorial Award
This award, to honour the memory of Donald Cameron, who served TST in a number of capacities over many years. It is designed to recognize excellence in projects planned and completed during a student's Basic Degree program which engages them with the wider community beyond the Church. The recipient must be in the final year of study in their BD program at TST or in the first year of an Advanced Degree program immediately following their Basic Degree. Applications will be judged on: the impact of the project or activity within the community and what the student has learned that will help in his/her further ministry to enhance the relationship of church and wider society.
The award is for $3000, payable upon registration in September. Applicants should submit a description of their activity/project and its impact on the wider community; a letter of nomination from within TST (if the project is not part of the student's program, the letter aught to indicate that it is compatible with the program's objectives); a letter of reference from a lay person involved with the project.
London Goodenough Association of Canada
The LGAC will award several scholarships with a value up to $7,500 each, to students in accredited graduate degree programs, in support of graduate study in London, England. Scholarships are tenable for periods ranging from three months to one year. Application forms are available in the Divinity Office or on their website (www.lgac.ca). Deadline is January 1.
The Ivor Norris Bursary
Awarded by the Anglican Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces to applicants who have a personal connection to the Canadian Forces through personal military service (past or present), being married to or the child of someone with such service. Applicants must be sponsored by a Bishop for Ordination within the Anglican Church of Canada and enrolled in full time theological studies. Applications are available in the Divinity Office.
Parishes may make some provisions for the financial support of their members who are preparing for ordination. Candidates should consult their respective rectors or church wardens.
The Prayer Book Society of Canada
The Prayer Book Society of Canada offers a limited number of bursaries annually in the amount of $1000, for Anglican students engaged in religious studies who value the Book of Common Prayer, use it in their daily prayer life, and wish to support its continuing use in the Anglican Church of Canada. Students in the ordination stream are particularly encouraged to apply. Students wishing to apply should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and two letters of reference, together with a covering letter explaining their interest in this bursary and in the Book of Common Prayer, to: Dr. Diana Verseghy, President, PBSC Bursaries Committee, 12 Sherbourne Drive, Maple, Ontario L6A 1G8. Candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee in late November. and awards will be made in mid-December.
St. Basil the Great Scholarship
The purpose of the Scholarship is to enable an interchange of students between the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Anglican Church of Canada. To that end scholarships are offered to applicants who are members of the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East to facilitate their study and participation in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada, and to applicants of the Anglican Church of Canada to facilitate their study and participation in the life of the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East.
Woodcock Theological Fund
At the invitation of Christ Church Deer Park, the Dean nominates a student to be considered for a bursary. The Proceeds of the fund will be used for theological education generally, including continuing education for the ministry staff of Christ Church Deer Park and others. Contact the Dean of Divinity.
Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Ontario: Canada Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL)
The Grand Chapter offers bursaries for students who will be or are enrolled in an accredited college or university for training in ordained ministry or church music, and who have financial need. Please contact your nearest Eastern Star chapter for more information and application. See http://www.easternstar.on.ca/resources/Chapters.pdf.
Notices of these and additional awards are posted, as received, on the Divinity News Board. Please note application deadlines.
D. Toronto School of Theology Board Scholarhips
The Toronto School of Theology offers scholarships and bursaries for Advanced Degree students, including Doctor of Ministry students. For scholarship awards and deadlines, please see the Toronto School of Theology Scholarships and Bursaries page.
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.
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 an 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.
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 an 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.
GORDON 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 corporation.
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.
MARGARET 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.
MARJORIE WATSON POWLES AWARD
This award was established by the TST Board of Trustees in 2002 in honour of Marjorie Watson Powles, 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 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.
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.
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 an 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.
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY BURSARIES
A limited amount of financial assistance is available to incoming and returning DMin students thanks to funds established by the Estate of Charles Gundy, the J.T. Weir Memorial Fund, and the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF).
Eligibility: Students must demonstrate financial need.
Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged on academic excellence and the student’s demonstrated need for funding.
Fellowship and Scholarship information available through the Association of Theological Schools