University of Toronto Excellence Award

The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program is funded by the Vice-President Research & Innovation and provides eligible undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct summer research projects inthe Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE) and Social Science and Humanities (SSH), under the supervision of eligible UofT faculty members.

UTSC has been allocated:

  • 10 UTEAs in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE); and
  • 12 UTEAs in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).

Value of a UTEA Award

The value of a UTEA award is $7,500 of which $5,250 is covered by funding from the Vice-President Research & Innovation. Faculty supervisors are required to provide a minimum $2,250 top-up funding for each UTEA-NSE award. Research Services may request backup documents demonstrating this matching requirement is met at the time of award.

Award Duration: 14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and September 30, 2022. It is the responsibility of the Faculty supervisor to communicate all award/payment/reporting details to the student.



Awards are established in the name of the students’ supervisors. Only faculty members who hold or are actively seeking (i.e. have recently submitted applications for) NSERC or SSHRC funding are considered eligible.

*Please refer to the program guidelines.


Process & Timeline:

Monday, March 14, 2022, 5PM EST (Noon) UTSC OVPR internal deadline to apply by email to

To apply for a UTEA please submit the following:

  1. Completed application forms,  both part 1 and part 2 (see sample).
  2. Student’s transcript (Official or print out from Acorn is also acceptable).

There will be an internal review committee selection process. 

If you have any questions about the 2022 UTEA program or competition, please contact: Jason Darby, Office of the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation (OVPRI), UTSC.