Scholarships & Awards

Updated on July 20, 2022.

University of Toronto Financial Support

If you are concerned about the adequacy of your financial resources, you are welcome to discuss your situation with a financial aid counselor. Financial counselling is available through your Faculty, College, Division or Enrolment Services. Counsellors can help you navigate the array of government and University of Toronto programs, scholarships and bursaries available to you. They can also help with budget planning and debt management. Here is a directory of contacts so you can make an appointment with a counsellor to figure out your finances.

On the Awards website you will find useful information to help you plan how to finance your university education. You will also find information about Canadian and U.S. government student financial assistance programs.


Departmental Scholarships

We are proud to offer scholarships exclusive to students in our programs to support and recognize their academic development.

More detailed description of the following scholarships - including elegibility criteria, application deadlines and estimated values - can be found in the Award Explorer website. Search under "Spanish", "Portuguese" or "Latin American Studies" according to your program.

CIRV FM Scholarship in Portuguese

Kurt Levy Family Latin American Studies Travel Grant
To subsidize travel and accommodation costs for recipients who intend to complete a program of study in a Latin American country during the academic year.

Alessandri Scholarship
Awarded to a student who has completed LAS200Y1 or LAS200H1 + LAS201H1.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Prize in Portuguese
Awarded to a full or part-time student enrolled in a Specialist or Major program in Portuguese.

Doris May Barker Scholarship
Awarded to a student on academic exchange in a Spanish-speaking country during Winter or Summer session.

Gaspar Otalora Memorial Prize in Spanish
Awarded to a student who has completed SPA423Y1 or SPA420H1.

Gordon Patterson Prize
Awarded to a student who has completed SPA100Y1.

Hermann Fischer and Enid Levy Prize
Awarded to a student who is enrolled in a program offered by the Department on Spanish and Portuguese.

LAS Excellence Award
Awarded to a student with outstanding performance in courses with LAS codes.

Latin American Studies Undergraduate Research Award
Awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in a Latin American Studies program for field research during the Summer session to complete a research project on issues concerning Latin American or its diasporas. This award is aimed for students in their third year (between 10 and 17 FCE completed). It aims to support exceptionally qualified and committed undergraduate students who want to engage in bold, innovate projects in the region.
Application to the LAS Advisory Committee. Call for applications usually opens in late November with a deadline in mid-January.

Milton A. Buchanan Scholarship in Spanish and Portuguese
Awarded to a second year student spending one or two terms at a university in Spain, Portugal or Latin America.

Peter Bell Prize
Awarded to a student who has completed SPA220Y1.

Portuguese-Canadian Cultural Alliance Prize
Awarded to a student who has completed PRT100Y1.

Spanish Prizes
Awarded to students who have completed: SPA220Y1, SPA320Y1, SPA420H1.

Summer Course Prizes in Spanish and Portuguese
Awarded to students who have completed: a 100-level course in Spanish; a 200/300/400-level course in Spanish; and a course in Portuguese.

William Robert Phillips Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to one or more students enrolled in a Specialist or Major program in Spanish.


Other Awards

The following awards are not yet listed in Award Explorer. For more information, please read below.

Latin American Studies Undergraduate Engagement Award
In 2022, this award supported peer to peer engagement through the organization of remote events on issues related to Latin America or its diasporas in Canada. The next call for applications for the first round of funding is currently open, with a deadline for submissions
For more information on the recipients and their proposals, please visit the awards announcement news article in our website.

Pedro da Silva Portuguese Award
Sponsored by Caixa Geral de Depósitos. Awarded to a student with outstanding performance, currently enrolled in a PRT 100-level language course. The recipient of the award receives $750.00 CAD.


Other International Options

Youth Mobility Program

If you’re a Canadian citizen aged 18 to 35, International Experience Canada (IEC) offers you the opportunity to work and travel abroad. IEC provides you a path to a work permit or visa to work and explore in one of over 30 countries and territories - including Chile, Costa Rica, Portugal and Spain.

By taking part in IEC you:

  • gain valuable international work experience and take your career to the next level
  • develop life-long connections and help strengthen Canada’s place in the global work force
  • experience the world while you work to discover your strengths and find your inspiration