2024 Lester B Pearson Scholarships at The University of Toronto

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships at the University of Toronto offer a unique opportunity for exceptional international students to pursue their education at one of the world’s premier universities, situated in one of the globe’s most diverse cities. This scholarship program is designed to recognize individuals who exhibit outstanding academic excellence, creativity, and leadership qualities within their educational institution. Particular attention is given to the positive impact these students have had on their school and community, as well as their potential to make meaningful contributions to the global community.

These scholarships are conferred annually and extend recognition to outstanding students from across the world, including international students enrolled in Canadian high schools. It stands as the University of Toronto’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship program for international students. The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships encompass tuition, book expenses, incidental fees, and comprehensive residence support for a duration of four years. It is important to note that these scholarships are exclusively applicable to first-entry, undergraduate programs at the University of Toronto. Each year, approximately 37 exceptional students are honored as Lester B. Pearson Scholars.

Scholarship Details for 2024 Lester B Pearson Scholarships at The University of Toronto

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024

Eligible Countries: International Countries

Number Of Awards: 37

Scholarship Duration and Reward:

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships encompass the cost of tuition, textbooks, incidental fees, and comprehensive residence support for a duration of four years.

Application Process:

The 2024 Competition commenced in September 2023. To initiate the application process, please follow these steps:

  • Obtain a nomination from your school. If your high school hasn’t been contacted or verified, kindly submit an application to participate in our program, which will be available here in September (external link). High schools that have participated in previous years will gain access to their nominations in early September.
  • Apply for admission to the University of Toronto (external link) with the intention of commencing your studies in September 2024. Ensure that you complete your admission application by the specified deadlines (external link). It’s important to note that you will be considered for the Pearson Scholarship in connection with your first choice of program at U of T. You may apply for multiple programs and receive admissions offers for all of them; however, if you are awarded the Pearson Scholarship, it will be designated for your initial program choice at U of T at the time when our scholarship decisions are made.
  • Once we have received a nomination and you have successfully applied to the university, you will be provided with a private link to complete the online Lester B. Pearson Scholarship application.

Pearson Scholarship Deadlines

Here are the important deadlines for your reference:

  • Deadline for school nominations: November 30, 2023
  • Deadline for student OUAC admission applications: December 15, 2023 (Please be aware that this is the final date for submitting an application to the OUAC. It is advisable to apply for admission through the OUAC as early as possible. The recommended application date for admission is before November 7, 2023, as program spaces tend to fill up quickly, and popular programs may close early.)
  • Deadline for student scholarship applications: January 15, 2024


To qualify for the Pearson International Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be an international student, meaning you are not a Canadian citizen and require a study permit.
  • You should either be in your final year of secondary school currently or have graduated no earlier than June 2023.
  • You must intend to commence your studies at the University of Toronto in September 2024. Please note that students who are already enrolled in post-secondary studies cannot be considered, and individuals beginning their studies in January 2024 at another post-secondary institution are also ineligible for consideration.

Method of Application

Interested and eligible candidates are encouraged to click on the “CLICK HERE TO APPLY” button to initiate and finalize the application procedures

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