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SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund

Award Overview

Student Deadline:

October 15, 2015

Value & Duration:

Up to $5,000

Level of Study:

Graduate

Results:

December 1, 2015

Purpose

To fund Graduate Professional Development (GPD) activities such as 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).

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

For more information on how to apply, visit the SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund page.

University-Wide Awards

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Graduate Unit:

As determined by the individual graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

May 11, 2017

Level of Study:

Master's or doctoral (depending on awards' criteria)

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international (depending on awards' criteria)

Results:

July

Purpose

Approximately 16 awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are available within the annual SGS University-Wide Awards competition.

The majority of these awards require eligible applicants to be currently registered in a U of T graduate program at the time of application (and must maintain this registration throughout the upcoming academic year).

For complete details, visit the University-Wide Awards web page.

Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship

Award Overview

Student Deadline to Unit:

As determined by the individual graduate unit

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

May 11, 2017

Value & Duration:

Up to $2,000

Level of Study:

Doctoral

Required Legal Status:

Domestic or international

Purpose

The Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship is designed to honour outstanding PhD students who are conducting research that addresses issues crossing traditional faculty boundaries.

Established by Colleagues and Friends of Professor R. Paul Young, this fellowship was established to recognize Professor Young's significant contributions during his seven-year term as Vice-President, Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto (2007 to 2014). During his appointment, Prof. Young led a major University-wide planning effort that resulted in the University's Excellence, Innovation, Leadership Strategic Research Plan. The success of this project is a testament to his passion for research and his ability to build consensus on complex challenges. The fellowship will be awarded starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

This fellowship is included within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition. 

For complete details, visit the University-Wide Awards web page.

Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Award Overview

Student Deadline to SGS:

4:30 pm on December 9, 2016

Value & Duration:

Up to $25,000 for 1 year

Level of Study:

Doctoral

Where to Apply:

Graduate Awards Office

Sponsored by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA)​, one fellowship of up to $25,000 is awarded annually to a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding academic excellence and extracurricular leadership.

Chizoba Imoka

Congratulations to Chizoba Imoka, U of T's 2016 Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award recipient. A PhD candidate in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (OISE), Imoka was recently awarded the Clarkson Laureate in Public Service for her impressive work with Unveiling Africa as well as for her pivotal role in promoting diversity efforts at Massey College.

After obtaining her degree, Imoka plans to create a research institute for the study of African educational systems and establish a teachers' training college in Nigeria that focuses on an African-centered educational framework with the principles of inclusion, social justice, and equity. Read more about Imoka's contributions. (Photo credit: Johnny Guatto.)

Learn about the recipients from 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their completed paper application to the Graduate Awards Office by Friday, December 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm.

Hard copy letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes. Hard copies may be mailed or electronic copies emailed directly from the referee/institution to the Graduate Awards Office by the application deadline.

Complete details and the application form can be found on the University of Toronto Alumni Association's website.

Contacts & Resources

Please direct inquiries about this competition to the Internal Awards Officer.



Connaught International Scholarships for Doctoral Students

The Connaught International Scholarships assist graduate units in recruiting and supporting top international scholars to the University of Toronto's graduate programs. The effective value awarded to each student is​ $35,000.00 in total (including tuition).

See more details on the Intern​ational Student Awards web page.


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.

C. David Naylor University Fellowships Endowed by a Gift from the Arthur L. Irving Foundation

Award Overview

Value & Duration:

$30,000

Level of Study:

Master's or doctoral

Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)

Purpose

The C. David Naylor University Fellowships are a prestigious entrance initiative designed to attract outstanding candidates from Atlantic Canadian provinces to graduate programs in the University of Toronto.

Established by Arthur and Sandra Irving and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, these fellowships honour the University of Toronto's 15th president, Prof. David Naylor. During his eight-year tenure, he worked to ensure the global success of the University, while bringing greater awareness to the country and the world of the prominence of the University of Toronto's faculty, students, and alumni, and their many contributions. As a Rhodes Scholar and world-class researcher and teacher, Prof. Naylor embodies a unique combination of academic excellence and leadership.

Eligibility

These prestigious entrance fellowships are for individuals who:

  • are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;

  • are graduates of an Atlantic Canadian university;

  • have been or will be offered admission to the first year of a full-time master's (doctoral-stream) or doctoral program at the University of Toronto and subsequently register no later than the Fall session

Eligible candidates must also demonstrate within their admission application:

  • a track record of academic achievements of the highest level;

  • outstanding leadership potential and commitment to community service in one or more endeavours (including, but not limited to arts, sports, music, entrepreneurship, or social enterprise)

Recipients will be required to correspond with the donor with updates on their studies, research, and professional careers, particularly following their first year of study, but are encouraged to continue their correspondence throughout their studies at the University of Toronto.

Value & Duration

Up to two entrance fellowships of $30,000.00 each (including tuition) will be awarded for one year.

Application & Deadline

The application process consists of a paper applicaiton and an intervew for short-listed candidates. Deadlines are set by individual graduate units. Applications are accepted only via nomination by graduate units.

Contact your graduate unit when applying for admission to a graduate program at the University of Toronto.

Contacts & Resources

For further details and/or if you have questions about this award competition, please contact:
Lisa Fannin, Acting Internal Awards Officer
416-978-2386
lisa.fannin@utoronto.ca

2017-18 Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship

Award Overview

Value & Duration:

Up to $10,000 for one year

Level of Study:

Research-stream master's or doctoral

Required Legal Status:

International students. Please see "Eligibility" section below.

Purpose

Established with initial funding from the Donner Canadian Foundation, this Fellowship provides, on an annual basis, an established mechanism through which the University of Toronto is able to receive international graduate students who fall into one of the two categories listed below. This is a Fellowship that provides financial support for academic endeavours. Please note that the Fellowship does not provide any form of assistance in obtaining travel visas, or refugee status claims.

Eligibility

Eligible international students fall into two categories:

  • Students are currently in Canada as Protected Persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, but are unable to return to their home countries; or

  • Students whose academic careers have been impacted by changing political environments in their country of current study such as by changes in immigration law

Applicants must:

  • As of the application deadline, be a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and be living in Canada; or be a graduate student whose current program of study has been impacted by changing political environments in their country of current study such as changes in immigration law;

  • Have an outstanding academic record as demonstrated by transcripts and other measures of scholarship;

  • Be registered, or have accepted an offer of admission as a new or transfer student to a full-time research stream master's or doctoral program at the University of Toronto for the 2017-18 academic year;

  • Demonstrate financial need through the application process; Priority will be given to applicants outside the funded cohort; and

  • Have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the student experience of his/her peers through previous extracurricular leadership at a university and commitment to community outreach and involvement, as demonstrated by extracurricular activities beyond academe.

Note:

  • In order to hold the Fellowship, currently registered students must remain registered for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship recipients may reapply to hold the award for a second year provided they continue to meet all eligibility criteria.

Value & Duration

Up to $10,000 for one year

Award will be applied to tuition fees, and also cover Massey College non-resident Junior Fellowship fee for 1 year

Application & Deadline

Applicants must submit their completed application and all attachments via the Massey College website by June 15 at 4:30 pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must include:

Completed application form (found on the Massey College website);

  • Statement of Intent describing why applicant should be considered for the Scholar-at-Risk Fellowship. This statement should include background information on why the candidate came to Canada, or why they are seeking to study in Canada; their current circumstances, and why they are pursuing their chosen graduate program (2 pages max, single spaced, 12 pt font);
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (scans of official, unofficial, student-issued or web transcripts are permitted), scanned together as one PDF file;
  • Curriculum vitae outlining academic achievements, scholarships and awards received, plus publications, work experience, and extracurricular involvement both inside and outside a university. Extracurricular experience should be clearly separated into two categories: inside and outside of the university context;
  • Copy of University of Toronto Offer of Admission letter if not currently registered in a program;
  • If applicable, proof of Protected Person status (e.g. copy of the letter of determination from the Immigration and Refugee Board or Citizenship and Immigration Canada or Protected Person Status Document); and
  • Leadership and community involvement reference letter – maximum two pages (written by someone who knows the candidate in an academic or a non-academic capacity). This letter is to be sent directly to Massey College as per application instructions. 

The Leadership Letter may address the following:

    • Personal achievement:
      • impactful involvement and achievement in professional programs/associations such as sports, arts, science, business etc.
      • entrepreneurial achievement (start-up company); and/or
      • foreign travel and study.
    • Involvement in academic life:
      • mentoring/teaching;
      • supervisory experience;
      • involvement in student government and in the institution community, including committees, teams, senate, boards, ethics committees, etc.;
      • project management;
      • roles in academic/professional societies; and/or
      • organization of conferences, meetings, courses etc.
    • Volunteerism/community outreach:
      • community involvement in charity or not-for-profit organizations.
    • Civic engagement:
      • parliamentary page positions and internships;
      • political activity; and/or
      • elected positions.
    • Social skills:
      • develops positive relationships with a diverse range of people;
      • cares about and listens to what others say and gives feedback;
      • knows how to motivate individuals;
      • is persuasive;
      • is supportive of peers;
      • is able to negotiate;
      • is viewed as trustworthy, ethical and dependable;
      • is well-respected; and
      • displays mastery of presentation skills and public communications.


Resources & Contacts

Massey College website


For more information, please contact:

Fong Di Caterina 
Manager, Graduate Awards Office, School of Graduate Studies 
416-978-2150 
fong.dicaterina@utoronto.ca