The bursary program is intended to students who, without financial assistance otherwise might have difficulty completing their program. Bursaries are need-based and not academic awards. 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 Internship expenses or educational travel) and Emergency Loans.
Please review Trinity College Faculty of Divinity Bursary Policies for eligibility and additional information:
International students may be considered for bursary assistance. However, like domestic students, international students and their families are expected to have reasonable financial plans to pay for the costs of a university education. Expenses will be considered in the same manner as domestic students (i.e. limited travel allowance). Supports to international students will not be larger than the maximum awards made to domestic students.
Financial assistance is available to students who find themselves in emergency situations such as the need for urgent dental care. Assistance may be provided either in the form of a short-term loan or as supplement to the normal bursary award. The Bursary Committee will determine eligibility for such assistance. Limited funds are available.
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 to meet their financial needs, including family and spousal contributions, government assistance programs (grants and loans, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship), child care and special needs bursaries, and church and diocesan programs and other granting bodies, and awards from the Toronto School of Theology.
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.
For more information, please see the TST SSHRC/OGS Application Guide (PDF) (available in September). New applicants to TST who are applying to an eligible program for the following fall are also encouraged to apply for an OGS and/or SSHRC scholarship. Please note that some new applicants who wish to apply for a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship may need apply directly through SSHRC, and not through TST – please see the SSHRC website.
The School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) centre offers courses and workshops each year on writing scholarship proposals. More information, including registration information may be found at the GCAC website.
The Toronto School of Theology 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.
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 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).
Notices of these and additional awards are posted, as received, on the Faculty of Divinity News Board.
Through the generosity of benefactors, the College has available funds which may be awarded to students in good standing who give satisfactory evidence that without such assistance they would have difficulty completing their course of study. The College acknowledges with gratitude the generous contributions of our many benefactors which make these bursaries possible:
Bruce Baker Memorial Fund; J.H. Barr and M.H. Barr Fund; Baynes-Reed Exhibition; 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; Cooper Exhibitions; 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; Palmer Exhibition; 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; Talbot Exhibition; Venerable Robert F. Walker Memorial Fund; Canon John de Pencier Wright Memorial Fund