The Ontario Trillium Scholarship was introduced by the Ontario government in November 2010. The aim of this scholarship is to encourage international students to purse doctoral programs at an Ontario university. The scholarship will also help Ontario universities remain competitive with top international universities. There will be 75 scholarships available each year and the first recipients will begin their doctoral studies in September 2011. The scholarship is worth $40 000 annually with renewal available for a maximum of four years.