2018 University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA)

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The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program is funded by the Vice-President Research and Innovation.  The UTEA program provides eligible undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct summer research projects under the supervision of eligible U of T faculty members.

Research Services allocates a certain number of UTEA awards to eligible Faculties each year.  The Faculties are responsible for selecting UTEA awardees.  For information on how to apply for a UTEA award through your Faculty, please contact your Faculty Research Coordinator.


Award Duration: 14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and September 30, 2018.

Value of Award: $6,000 over 14 weeks

Eligibility of Students for a UTEA:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term.
  • Registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto (and not holding higher degrees in NSE or SSH).
  • 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 or SSH.
  • Registered full-time throughout his/her program, except for the final session, during which he/she was only required to register part-time in order to complete his/her degree. The award must be held in the session immediately following his/her final session.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., B.Sc.N.). Note that CIHR Undergraduate Health Professional Awards and the University of Toronto’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Awards are available to students enrolled in these programs.
  • Holds higher degrees in the NSE or SSH.

To hold an award, students must:

  • have been registered full-time in the term immediately before holding the award unless only part-time study was required to complete degree requirements;
  • not have started a program of graduate studies in NSE or SSH; and
  • be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities in the NSE or SSH under the direction of an eligible supervisor during the award tenure.

Please also note the following:

  • A student may only be nominated in one department under one supervisor, and may not apply to both UTEA-NSE and UTEA-SSH in the same year.
  • A student may not concurrently hold a UTEA and a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).
  • Preference will normally be given to second and third year students.
  • A student may hold only one UTEA per fiscal year (i.e., April 1 to March 31).
  • A student may hold a maximum of 3 UTEAs throughout his/her university career, although priority will be given to applicants who will be first-time holders if selected.
  • Graduating students may hold an award in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program requirements, as long as they have not started a program of graduate studies.

Contact Information

Mike Folinas
Manager, Internal Programs
m.folinas@utoronto.ca | (416) 978-7118

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