Applications for 2019 have closed.

Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Program

Stay tuned for details on the 2020 scholarship program

The Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship will award post-secondary students (University/College) currently enrolled in a 2nd or 3rd year degree program at an accredited post-secondary institution in Ontario. Scholarship winners will also be paired with a mentor in the life sciences sector.

The scholarship program aims to increase awareness of the life sciences sector in Ontario as a significant employer for new graduates, a significant driver of the local economy, an integrated local stakeholder, engaged with and supportive of the local community; and an existing, innovative and promising industry.


Academic Year:


How to Apply: CLOSED
Complete the application:
Applicants must submit a 250-500 word essay outlining: What are your aspirations once you graduate?
Applicants must submit a list of extra-curricular or volunteer experience related to the Life Sciences Sector. 

Deadline to Apply:  May 17th, 2019


  • Must have a permanent address in Ontario, Canada.
  • Must be currently enrolled in their first or second year of full-time studies in a bachelor degree program.
  • Applicants already enrolled in the 1st year of their bachelor degree studies must have a minimum cumulative average 75% (or equivalent) over the last 3 terms of available marks
  • Note: Applied Bachelors, CEGEP diploma, a certificate or multiple degrees are eligible to apply

One-On-One Mentorship

Those chosen for the scholarship will participate in “One-on-One Mentoring” with an experienced professional within their field of study in the life sciences sector
Once chosen recipients of the scholarship can expect to:

  • Tour of the office
  • Introductions to colleagues
  • An orientation of what the company does
  • Mentor’s role / Q&A
  • Opportunity for job shadowing

2019 Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship Winners

LSO, in collaboration with AstraZeneca, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead, Horizon Therapeutics Canada, Novo Nordisk, Roche and Sanofi Canada have established a scholarship and mentorship program, the first of its kind, designed specifically for Mississauga students.  The Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship program is available for students with a permanent address in Mississauga, Ontario and who are currently enrolled in 1st and 2nd year undergraduate program in an Ontario institution.

Overall LSO awarded 20 students with $4,000 towards their academic careers. We had over 200 applicants from across Ontario including University Of Toronto-Mississauga, Western University, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, York University, St. George Campus – University Of Toronto.

Thank you to our sponsoring companies.

Become an LSO Student Member

Why Should I Join? Benefits of LSO Membership

  • Expand your network and share best practices. LSO offers a robust suite of life sciences events, including our popular networking nights and breakfast meetings, attended by members from across our sector.
  • Stay on top of what’s happening. LSO members receive exclusive access to our weekly newsletter, with a must-read summary of industry news and events.
  • Benefit from member-exclusive or member-discounted events, such as our Policy Forum, Queen’s Park Day, and Annual Awards Gala.
  • Access exclusive member discounts, including: Preferred rate for SR&ED tax credits and other grant services; discounts on lab supplies and equipment, and savings on flights with Porter airlines.
  • Connect to the next generation of life sciences talent through innovative programs such as LSO’s Ten Thousand Coffees mentorship hub.