Financial Assistance

OSOTF Awards

OSOTF awards refer to a class of endowed awards established in the late 1990’s from Ontario government’s matching program called “Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund”. Under the program every dollar of donation received for student assistance was matched by the government as well as the university on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  Each year, the University offers awards from the income generated from these endowments to domestic students who are residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

SGS Accessibility Grant

The SGS Accessibility Grant supports significant educational expenses not normally covered by the student, the graduate unit, provincial, or federal agencies. We recognize that each student’s situation is unique and funding will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The grant was established to assist with accommodations necessary to meet unexpected needs arising from the particular demands of the graduate program.

SGS Bursaries for Junior Fellows at Massey College

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the launch of new bursaries developed in collaboration with Massey College, a graduate students’ residential community affiliated with, but independent from, the University of Toronto. Designed for Afro-Caribbean Canadian, Indigenous, and International grad students, these bursaries create opportunities that can provide academic and personal enrichment for high-achieving graduate students who would not be able to afford the fees associated with Junior Fellowship.

In joining Massey College, recipients will be welcomed into a community of scholars and professionals from across Canada and around the world.

For more information about Junior Fellowships at Massey College, go to:

SGS Conference Grant

The SGS Conference Grant provides financial support to encourage eligible students to actively present their research at an academic conference during the early stages of their graduate studies.

This grant aims to provide successful applicants with sufficient funds to cover at least the minimum registration fee for the proposed conference. Top-ups, based on the location of conference, may be possible in any given competition depending on availability of funds.  Applicants are expected and encouraged to seek support from various other sources in order to supplement their travel and other related expenses. The SGS Conference Grant value is not impacted by other sources of support.

Value & Duration

The value of the SGS Conference Grant varies as it is based on the minimum registration fee for the proposed conference. Top-ups based on location of conference may be possible in any given competition dependent on the availability of funds. The SGS Conference Grant value is not impacted by other sources of support reported by the student on the application.

The grant is not intended to provide dollar-for-dollar reimbursement for conference expenses. As such, transportation, accommodations, and other related expenses are not taken into consideration when determining grant values.

Grants are calculated using the following information:

  • Conference registration fee;
  • Location of conference (funds permitting);
  • Number of eligible applicants per cycle.

SGS Emergency Grant

The SGS Emergency Grant program aims to assist currently registered, full-time graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency. The grant is intended to help provide immediate short-term relief of such financial need and is not intended as a source of long-term funding. Students should also consult the information on SGS Emergency Loans which may be appropriate depending on the situation.

SGS Emergency Loan

The SGS Emergency Loan alleviates temporary cash flow problems for students who are expecting the release of funds in the near future (i.e., 30 to 120 days) from employment, a major award instalment, OSAP (Ontario Students’ Assistance Program), teaching assistantship, or research assistantship payment, etc.

SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award

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 during the winter session. Amounts are based on the recommendation of the SAGE Award committee, in conjunction with the Centre for Indigenous Studies.

​SGS Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB)

The SGS Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB) for students beyond program length, is a financial aid program aimed to assist master’s students who must register beyond the program length required for their degree, in order to complete a minimal amount of work remaining due to unanticipated factors beyond their control.

SGS Parental Grant

The SGS Parental Grant program aims to provide financial support to doctoral students within the funded cohort by helping to offset the loss of funding as a result of taking an approved parental leave of absence at the time of birth or adoption in order to provide full-time care during the child’s first year or the first year the child comes into care (see SGS Leave of Absence Policy). Parental Grants of up to $4,000 will be provided to eligible student parents during the approved leave of one session or more. Birth mothers may be eligible for a second instalment of up to $4000 to support parental leaves of two sessions (8 months) or more in duration. The total amount of the Grant will be calculated based on other non-employment related supplemental university funding the student may have available.

SGS Research Travel Grant

The SGS Research Travel Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who are registered in the Humanities or Social Sciences, in order to pursue research travel that is necessary for the final stages of their PhD or SJD program.

This grant aims to provide successful applicants with supplemental funding as applicants are expected to seek support from various other sources in order to support their proposed travel expenses.

Funding for this competition is supported by the School of Graduate Studies Travel Grant, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), The Associates of the University of Toronto Travel Award, and The Edward W. Nuffield Graduate Travel Fellowship.


This grant aims to provide successful applicants with supplemental funding as applicants are expected to seek support from various other sources in order to support their proposed travel.

Amounts offered vary and are calculated using the following information:

  • Travel destination;
  • Duration of travel;
  • SGS Research Travel Grants previously received; and
  • Number of eligible applicants within the competit​ion.

SGS Summer Gym Bursary

The SGS Summer Gym Bursary is part of a three-year pilot program started in 2017 to promote graduate student wellness and facilitate the balance between work and play by offering students a reimbursement for up to 100% of their on campus gym membership costs. The SGS Summer Gym Bursary, now in its final year is open to professional and research stream graduate students. Participating facilities include Hart House Fitness Centre and Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) athletic facilities. ​​

With the SGS Summer Gym Bursary, students will receive a maximum reimbursement of $110.69 which will be applied to summer membership fees incurred at a St. George campus athletic facility. In other words, students will be fully reimbursed for a May-August gym membership at Hart House. At KPE, they will receive up to $110.69 for their full or partial summer membership (i.e., 4 months, 2 months, or 1 month).

Graduate students interested in getting coverage for UTSC or UTM summer athletic fees are asked to contact (UTSC) or (UTM) for details about local programs.