Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program Application procedure, eligibility criteria, deadlines

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship is a highly prestigious scholarship program offered by the University of Toronto to outstanding international students. Awarded to one student from each school, around 37 Lester B. Pearson Scholars are selected annually. Fresh undergraduate students at UoT, who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, creativity, leadership potential, and a commitment to community service.

The scholarship is named after Lester B. Pearson, a former Prime Minister of Canada, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in resolving the Suez Canal crisis. It aims to recognise and reward students who embody the values of Mr Pearson, such as compassion, intellectual curiosity, and a strong desire to make a positive impact on society.

Scholarship details

Offered by

University of Toronto

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Type of scholarship


Level of program


Application deadline

January 2024

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Beneficiaries of the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships will receive significant financial support for their study at the University of Toronto. The following are the major areas of cost-coverage for the scholarship:

  • Tuition fees
  • Book fees
  • Incidental fees
  • Full residence support

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, a student must fulfill the following basic requirements:

  • Be an international student (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit)
  • Be in the final year of study or graduated after June month of the year application
  • Must commence study at the University of Toronto in September month of the application year
  • Have excellent academic scores
  • Exhibit leadership and other exceptional qualities

Application process

  • Apply to the University of Toronto.
  • The application is made through respective schools and not directly by the applicant.
  • Eligible students must contact their school guidance counsellor, who will nominate the top candidate.
  • The nominated applicant will receive a personalised link for the scholarship application.
  • Complete the Lester B Pearson Scholarship application online.

Apply here for Lester B Pearson International Scholarship.

Selection process

  • The applicant’s school nominates the most deserving candidate for the scholarship.
  • Only one student per year is nominated by a school.
  • Selection priority falls on extraordinary meritorious students. Leadership, creativity, potential to contribute to society, etc., are critical in selecting the perfect candidate.

Contact details

Scholarship related enquiries: pearson.scholarship@utoronto.ca

Disclaimer: All the information provided on this page is obliged to the official website of the University of Toronto. See the official website for any change in dates and other scholarship-related information.

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