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University of Toronto Excellence Awards

The purpose of the UTEA program is to provide opportunities for research experience at the undergraduate level in the Natural Sciences & Engineering (NSE), Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH), and Health & Life Sciences (HLS); to augment the formal research courses offered by the University of Toronto; to provide undergraduate students opportunities to gain direct research experience on a faculty-led project; to help students learn and appreciate the investigative methodologies of areas of particular interest; and to foster interest in and knowledge of careers in research.


  1. A faculty member can hold a maximum of 2 UTEA awards per year.
  2. A supervisor must be a research or teaching stream faculty member at the University of Toronto and must hold (either as principal investigator or co-investigator) or have a pending grant application at the start date of the UTEA (May 1st).

Tags: Co-curricular Paid

Offered: 14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and September 30 of the funding year.

By: Office of Vice-President, Research & Innovation and Strategic Innovation

Student Eligibility Requirements:

Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term.

Registered in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto either as: a) a full-time student, or b) as a part-time student only if it is the student’s final session and part-time classes are all that’s required to complete the degree.

Students must be registered either at the time of application, or in the term immediately before holding the award. So graduating students may hold an award in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program, as long as they have not started a graduate program.

Must have obtained a cumulative average of “B+” or higher. For students in higher years, this average can be applied to the best two years of study.

May already hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be studying towards a second bachelor’s degree in NSE, SSH, or HLS.

Students are not eligible to apply if they are: currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., B.Sc.N.); hold a degree above a Bachelor’s in NSE, HLS, or SSH; or are currently enrolled in graduate studies.

Availability: All Years, but preference will be given to students in their second- or third-year of studies.

Research Type(s): Summer Research Programs

Location: Dependent on the nature of the research project that the student is undertaking.

Hours Involved: 14 full weeks during the summer term, beginning no earlier than May and ending no later than September of the funding year.

Application Required: Yes. Each division will set its own application deadline. Typically applications are due from late March to early April.

Contact: Cheryl Nash, Research Funding Officer Contact the undergraduate office in your academic unit for further details, including how to apply and the application process.