SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund

​An Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund has been established by SGS to help develop and support new or expanded Graduate Professional Development (GPD) initiatives by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the University of Toronto.


SGS will provide a $1,000 award to graduate student groups and post-doctoral fellows and will match a graduate unit/departmental/faculty contribution for an additional $2,000, providing a total of $5,000 per award. A total of $10,000 per year is available from SGS to support up to 5-10 initiatives this academic year. Proper accounting for expenditure and receipts will be required. 


Proposed GPD activities could take the form of new Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program modules, organizing a career development seminar series, GPD workshops, alumni engagement or speakers series activities, networking events, TED Talks, YouTube videos highlighting diverse careers and successful graduates, experiential learning activities, team-building exercises, skills development exercises, proposing a new graduate GPD course or module, etc. (Please note that this does not include funding for students attending conferences or events outside the University of Toronto).

Information on past recipients:

To apply: Please complete and submit the two-page application form. In addition, a letter of support for the initiative from the departmental/graduate chair or designate is required, indicating the financial contribution, if any. In December, the top finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas in three minutes to a panel of selected GPD experts.

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Deadline to submit to SGS: December 5, 2017

application form

For additional information, please contact Susan Hopkirk, Graduate Programming Coordinator, SGS, at: susan.hopkirk@utoronto.ca.