Awards and Scholarships


The following awards are presented annually to undergraduate students enrolled with the Department of Physics.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

For application instructions, see

Provides funding to support academic research under the supervision of a faculty member during the summer term.

For details see:

The Fred N. Hainsworth Award for Medical Physics

For academic excellence in the fourth year of the Medical Physics Program.
Awarded to a student with a CGPA in the A- range who is committed to pursuing graduate studies.
(no application required)

The Physics Undergraduate Alumni Award

For academic excellence in the third year of the Medical Physics Program.
Awarded to the student whose five highest grades, in physics courses taken during the first and second years, yielded the highest average mark.
*Contingent upon availability of funds.
(no application required)

Graduate Student Travel Award

The Department of Physics is offering a travel fund of up to $1,000 to our graduate students to supplement their travel to attend conferences in Canada or abroad.

To apply:

  • Complete and sign the Graduate Student Travel Fund application form and submit it to your supervisor with the required documents attached.
  • The supervisor must complete and sign the relevant sections of the application form and submit the application form to the Department of Physics Office by a deadline.
  • You will receive notification when/if your application is approved by the Department Awards Committee.
  • Upon completion of travel, you must submit a Travel Expense form along with all original receipts to the Department of Physics Office. Forms may be downloaded at:
  • For additional information, see award instructions.


NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Competition criteria (application required):

  • Academic Excellence
  • Research Ability/Potential
  • Communication/Interpersonal/Leadership Abilities

For details see:

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Competition criteria (application required):

  • GPA
  • Transcript
  • References
  • Awards/Achievements
  • Published Conference Proceedings
  • Published Peer-reviewed Publications

For details see:

Ryerson Graduate Scholarships for New/Returning Students

Competition criteria (application required):

  • GPA
  • Transcript
  • References
  • Statement of Interest
  • Awards/Achievements/Publications
  • Program Specific Factors

For details see:

Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The Canadian Association of Physicists' Educational Trust Fund (CAP-ETF) and the OSA Foundation (OSAF) have partnered to establish the Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship as a memorial to Boris P. Stoicheff, an eminent, internationally renowned laser spectroscopist who also served as President of the Canadian Association of Physicists (1983-84) and the Optical Society of America (1976).

The joint CAP-ETF/OSAF scholarship in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated both research excellence and significant service to the optics or physics community. The scholarship is awarded jointly by ETF and the OSAF, with the administration and presentation of the scholarship rotating between the two societies.

The first scholarship will be awarded in 2012 by the CAP-ETF. The deadline for applications, which must be submitted through the CAP, is 2012 March 5. Abstracts for the 2012 CAP Congress, which will be held at the University of Calgary from June 11-15, must be submitted prior to 2012 March 1st (see for Congress information and a link to the abstract submission system).

All applicants must:

  • Be a student member in good standing of the awarding society (even years: CAP; odd years: OSA).
  • Be an accepted, registered or enrolled full time graduate student studying astronomy, electrical engineering, medical physics, optics, photonics, or physics (in OSA's awarding year chemistry will be added to the criteria). (NOTE - the applicant cannot have already defended, or be in the process of defending, their thesis)
  • Have at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal that is recognized by the awarding society. (NOTE - the applicant does not need to be listed as the lead author)
  • Have made at least one conference presentation at a scientific meeting recognized by the awarding society.
  • Have an accepted submission, in the year of the award, at the annual meeting of the awarding society (even years: CAP Annual Congress; odd years: OSA Annual Meeting).
  • Demonstrate community service, which may include but is not limited to: leadership in a student association or other student organization at the undergraduate or graduate level.

See for more details and the link to the online scholarship application system which should be live by February 17, 2012.