Innovation in Graduate Education

The School of Graduate Studies supports innovation in graduate education across the University of Toronto. Initiatives like Healthy Research Teams and the Centre for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision are in place to ensure that wellness, equity, diversity and inclusion are core principles in graduate education and research. Explore our new initiatives developed to improve the graduate student experience and assist supervisors and graduate units in promoting student success.

Graduate Funding at the University of Toronto

In the Fall of 2022, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) struck the SGS Graduate Funding Working Group. Chaired by Dr. Joshua Barker, Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education and Dean of SGS, the working group was formed to collectively enhance understanding of the graduate funding landscape at the University of Toronto (U of T) and identify strategic recommendations to address ongoing issues related to graduate funding and improve alignment and transparency across the University, where possible.

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Graduate Education Innovation Fund

This new fund from the School of Graduate Studies aims to support projects within and across academic divisions and units, that create positive, innovative changes in the design and delivery of graduate education at the University of Toronto. Ten seed grants of a maximum of $5,000 each will be available on an annual basis. 

This is a three-year pilot project beginning Fall 2021, after which a review process will ensue, to ensure the initiative meets its goals. 


The goal of the GEIF program is to advance innovative educational practices within and across programs and curricula, including both the classroom and field settings, and in the student-faculty member mentorship relationship. We invite proposals that advance at least one of the fund’s nine themes. If you have a proposal that falls outside the areas listed, please liaise with SGS to discuss suitability.


University of Toronto faculty members with continuing appointments are eligible to apply. Typically, applicants will hold Graduate Faculty Membership with SGS. Collaborators can include librarians, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows etc., as appropriate to the project. 

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Healthy Research Teams Initiative

The Healthy Research Teams Initiative celebrates promising practices to foster healthy research team environments in the University of Toronto community. The initiative includes educational programming, seed funding, and spotlight awards. Together, these program components are designed to promote a culture of continual learning and celebration of healthy research practices that shape our research environments into welcoming, inclusive, creative, collaborative, and innovative settings. 

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