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Taking your research abroad? Through travel awards and grants, we'll help you get where you're going.

The​​ Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships: Canada

The Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships: Canada will benefit Canada and Canadians by developing leading neuroscientists and enhancing our international competitiveness in the knowledge economy. The program supports top Canadian PhD students to travel to and work in world-renowned international labs for up to 12 months, to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. ​Application deadline is ​April of each year. Learn more about The Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships.

W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship

The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program is no longer available as of 2015.

2014 Weston Fellows

The University of Toronto and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation are delighted to announce the 2014 Weston Fellows.

Congratulations to:

  • Olivier Bégin-Caouette (Leadership, Higher and Adult Education)

  • Arthur Montazeri (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Jennie Pouget (Medical Science)

  • Gwyneth Zai (Medical Science)

As recipients of one of Canada's most prestigious awards, the Weston Fellows have an opportunity to develop leadership skills critical to Canada's next generation of international thinkers.

Drawn from a highly selective pool of candidates, the Weston Fellowships provide recipients with $50,000 for a one-year period. The Fellowship gives recipients the opportunity to work collaboratively with scholars around the world, gain new perspectives and different expertise, further their research, broaden their skills, and build networks in a global setting.

This year's Fellows were selected based on their distinguished record of achievement, the quality and significance of their proposed research, promise as top-tier researchers and future leaders in their respective fields, and their ability to represent and advance Canada's international reputation for academic excellence and collaboration.

Award Overview (2014)



Value & Duration:

$50,000 for one year

Level of Study:

3rd or 4th year doctoral candidate (during time of research abroad)

Required Legal Status:

Canadian citizen

Where to Apply:

Through your graduate unit


The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program benefits Canada and Canadians by developing leading thinkers and enhancing our international competitiveness and reputation in the knowledge economy. It will do so by providing top Canadian graduate students from the University of Toronto with a travel award of $50,000 to further their research and broaden their skills and networks in a global setting.

The fellowship program aims to attract, support, and develop globally oriented thinkers who will be making important contributions to their field, Canada, and the world. The benefits of this fellowship will be significant -- providing opportunities to the finest students in the country for international exposure, building global networks, and fostering important and original research regardless of where it takes them.

Read the profiles of the 2013 Weston Fellows.

For an in-depth look at individual recipients' research, view these U of T News articles:

Shaun Cleaver

Carrie Demmans Epp

Rebecca Bartel

SGS Conference Grant

The SGS Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively presenting their research at an academic conference. Two application cycles occur every year (Winter/Spring and Fall).

Because this grant serves as supplemental funding for the proposed conference, applicants are expected to seek out additional funding from other sources.

For complete details, visit the SGS Conference Grant web page.

SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award

Award Overview

Winter/Spring Cycle: 

Activities occurring between March 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019

Application deadline: Mid-March, 2019

Results: late April

Fall Cycle:

Activities occurring between September 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

Application deadline: Mid-October 2018

Results: late November

Value & Duration:

Up to $1000 each

Level of Study:

Full-time master's ​or doctoral students


The purpose of the SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award is to provide financial assistance to University of Toronto Indigenous graduate students to participate in educational and experiential learning in Canada or abroad in activities specifically focused on Indigenous student or education issues. Possible activities include Indigenous-focused events, workshops, meetings, field trips, competitions, and other educational-related activities off campus approved by the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement group (SAGE)​ or the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto.

Up to 10 awards of $1,000 each will be awarded annually, and applications will be considered in spring and fall. Amounts are based on the recommendation of the SAGE Award committee, in conjunction with the Centre for Indigenous Studies.

Read about the recipients of the Fall 2017 award cycle.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must be:

  • Indigenous to North America (e.g. recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982 as a person who identifies with First nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit);
  • Registered full-time in a graduate degree program (master's or doctoral) when:
    1. Submitting the application;
    2. Participating in the Activity/Conference; and
    3. Requesting payment of award.
  • Planning to attend activities specifically focused on Indigenous student or education issues; 
  • Be participating in activities that occur ​within the appropriate cycle's timeframe (as per chart above)
  • Compliant with all departmental and U of T Safety Abroad procedures prior to travel, if travelling outside of Canada.

Application Process

The application contains the following sections, which must be completed:

  • Student Information;
  • Activity Information;
  • Statement of Justification/Eligibility;
  • Budget & Summary of Expenses;
  • Travel Award holders' Responsibilities;
  • Release Form/Collection of Use of Image; and
  • Letter of Support from a member of the university community (including Academic Elder, Staff and Faculty Members)

Completed applications must be submitted via email to by the deadline specified above associated with each cycle.

Safety Abroad Requirements

All U of T students participating in educational activities outside of Canada (including USA) must complete the following steps before the travel occurs (regardless of receiving SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award support):

  • Complete the online registration request form.  This should occur at least one month before departure. The Safety Abroad Office will register the student and send a confirmation email.
  • Sign on to the Safety Abroad Database and complete a profile, including emergency contact, passport and travel health insurance information.
  • Attend the appropriate Safety Abroad Workshop (valid for 1.5 years).
  • Sign and submit waivers to the Safety Abroad Office.
  • Submit a Safety Planning Record (if applicable).
  • Obtain supplementary health insurance (if not already covered).

For travel to a region designated by the Global Affairs Canada as "Avoid Non-Essential Travel" or "Avoid All Travel," students must contact the Safety Abroad Office at as soon as possible to request special approval for the trip.​

Please contact the Safety Abroad Office at for further information.

Travel conducted outside of Canada without completing all Safety Abroad requirements will cause automatic forfeiture of the SGS Indigenous Travel Award.


All applicants will receive an email notifying them of the result of their application via their U of T email address approx. a month after the application deadline date of each cycle. ​

Successful applicants will receive information regarding the offer amount, the terms and conditions of the award, and information regarding payment activation and collection deadlines.

Payment Activation

Successful applicants must submit the following required documents as a single PDF file via email to to receive payment of the award:​

  1. Receipts for all travel expenses up to the award offer amount (e.g. airfare, train, accommodations, meals, registration fee); and
  2. Student's Travel Reflection/ Testimonial.​


Contact and Resources​ 

Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto
563 Spadina Ave, Room #225 M5S 2J7

Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

There are two types of Mackenzie King Scholarships: the "Open" Scholarship and the "Travelling" Scholarship. Both were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies.

The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship is open to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations. Four scholarships of approximately $10,500 each are awarded annually (number of recipients and value are subject to change).

View the full details on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

Award Overview: For SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR CGS Award Holders

Student Deadline:

September 24​, 2018

Value & Duration:

Up to $6,000 to fund 2 to 6 months of travel

Level of Study:

Master's or Doctoral


Hold (or have accepted) any CGS award (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC)

Required Legal Status:

Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Where to Apply:

SGS Graduate Awards Office


The Canada Graduate Scholarships–Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada.

Learn more about the eligibility criteria and how to be nominated by the University of Toronto.

SGS Research Travel Grant

The SGS Research Travel Grant assists full-time doctoral students registered in the Humanities and Social Sciences with research travel that is necessary to the final stages of their program. Funding for the SGS Research Travel Grant comes from The Associates of the University of Toronto Travel Award, The Edward W. Nuffield Graduate Travel Fellowship, the School of Graduate Studies Travel Grant, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

For complete details, visit the SGS Research Travel Grant web page.

L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

View the profile of U of T's Molly Shoichet, the 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science North American laureate.


In its aim to promote and encourage women throughout their scientific careers, the For Women in Science partnership has also developed a global network of International, Regional and National Fellowship programmes aimed at supporting young women who represent the future of science.

To date, Fellowships have been granted to more than 2,170 women in 110 countries, permitting them to pursue their research in institutions at home or abroad. The programme has become a benchmark of scientific excellence on an international scale.


Each year, the For Women in Science Programme highlights scientific excellence and encourages talent through:

  • The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, given each year to five outstanding women scientists—one per continent—for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society

  • The UNESCO-L'Oréal international Fellowships, granted annually since 2000 to 15 promising young women scientists, doctorate or post-doctorate, to encourage international scientific cooperation and the developing of cross-cultural networks

  • The L'Oréal National Fellowships, with the support of the UNESCO National Commissions, which anchor the For Women in Science programmes in countries around the world while respecting their particularities and specific needs

Contacts & Resources

For further details, review the For Women in Science Programme website.

MITACS Globalink Awards

Award Overview

Student Deadline:

Value & Duration:

Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000

Level of Study:

Master's or doctoral

Area of Study:

All academic disciplines

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international


Mitacs Globalink builds a living bridge between Canada and international partners by establishing and reinforcing global links through student mobility.

Mitacs Globalink offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and Mitacs partner countries for both undergraduate and graduate students. The program promotes Canada as a top destination for research opportunities and showcases Canadian research expertise around the world.

Find out about eligibility and how to apply on the Mitacs Globalink website.