SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award

Award Overview


The SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award provides 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 educational issues. Possible activities include Indigenous-focused events, workshops, meetings, field trips, competitions, and other educational-related activities, online or in-person, 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 winter each year. Amounts are based on the recommendation of the S.A.G.E. Award committee, in conjunction with the Centre for Indigenous Studies.  ​


Applicants must be:

  • Indigenous to North America (e.g. 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 (online or in-person) activities specifically focused on Indigenous student or educational issues;
  • Be actively participating in the educational and/or experiential learning activity that occurs between December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021; and
  • If travelling outside of Canada, compliant with all departmental and U of T Safety Abroad procedures prior to travel.

Application Process

The Application Form​​ 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 February 12, 2021.


All applicants will receive an email notifying them of the result of their application via their U of T email address in late March 2021.

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

Additional Info

Safety Abroad Requirements

IMPORTANT: The Government of Canada advises against all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Accordingly, the University is also advising all members of its community to avoid all non-essential international travel at this time. Please consult the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 travel advisory website for more information on international travel. As of September 28, 2020, the University of Toronto has cancelled future University activity to international locations for all students until May 1, 2021. If you are a PhD student who was planning to travel abroad for your dissertation research during this time, please contact the Safety Abroad Office at For current information on this and other travel related information, please refer to the U of T COVID-19 Information for Students webpage.

Safety Abroad procedures are mandatory for all U of T students travelling outside of Canada, including to the U.S.A., and must be completed before the travel occurs (regardless of receiving funding support). Travel conducted without prior completion of all Safety Abroad requirements may render students ineligible for travel funding.

Please contact U of T Safety Abroad at for further information on the process and/or the requirements below.

The following steps must be completed prior to departure:

  1. Reviewthe Safety Abroad website for details on what is necessary prior to your travel date;
  2. Complete a profile if you are a first-time user;
  3. Log your upcoming travel dates on the Safety Abroad Registry;
  4. Complete the online Safety Abroad Workshop(valid for 1.5 years); and
  5. Obtain supplementary health insurance (if not already covered).

Prior to making travel plans, a preliminary determination should be made of the overall risk level and suitability of the University sponsored out-of-country activity. When considering the appropriateness of a destination, students should balance risk with academic necessity. The assessment should consider special needs of the student including disabilities and medical issues.

All students should consult the Global Affairs Canada website to ensure that their intended travel is in correspondence to the Safety Abroad Guidelines, and contact the Safety Abroad Office directly at prior to any planned travel.

Contacts & Resources

Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies