Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program

Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto (Fully Funded)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto is intended to recognize international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within their school. A special emphasis is placed on the impact the student has had on the life of their school and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community.  

Awarded annually, these scholarships recognize outstanding students from around the world, including international students studying at Canadian high schools. This is U of T’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship for international students.  Each year approximately 37 students will be named Lester B. Pearson Scholars.


This Scholarship covers tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support for four years


  • Applicant should be an international student (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit)

  • An original and creative thinker committed to school and community

  • A high achiever in academic and creative pursuits

  • Enthusiastic about learning and intellectual exploration

  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills

  • Currently in their final year of secondary school or have graduated no earlier than June 2019

  • Intending to begin university in the upcoming academic year (students already attending post-secondary studies cannot be considered; students starting their studies in January 2020 at another post-secondary institution cannot be considered)


To apply, you will need to:

  1. Receive a nomination from your school (High schools not already contacted/verified are asked to submit an application to participate in our program, available here.[NOTE: this participation application page is currently  closed and will re-open in early September])

  2. Apply to study at the University of Toronto to begin your studies in 2020 and complete your application for admission by the appropriate deadlines.

  3. Once we’ve received a nomination and you’ve applied to the university, you can complete the online Lester B. Pearson Scholarship application.

Pearson Scholarship Deadlines

  • School nomination deadline: November 29, 2019

  • Student OUAC application deadline: December 13, 2019 (Please note this is the final date to submit an application to the OUAC; however, it is recommended you apply for admission through the OUAC before November 7, 2019 as spaces in programs fill-up quickly and popular programs may close early.)

  • Student scholarship application deadline: January 15, 2020