SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund

​​An Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund has been established by SGS to help develop and support new or expanded Graduate Professional Development (GPD) initiatives by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the University of Toronto.


SGS will provide a $1,000 award to graduate student groups and post-doctoral fellows and will match a graduate unit/departmental/faculty contributrion for an additional $2,000, providing a total of $5,000 per award. A total of $10,000 per year is available from SGS to support up to 5-10 initiatives this academic year. Proper accounting for expenditure and receipts will be required. 


Proposed GPD activities could take the form of 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).


Please complete and submit the two-page application form below. In addition, a letter of support for the initiative from the departmental/graduate chair or designate is required, indicating the financial contribution, if any. The top finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas in three minutes to a panel of selected GPD experts.


Deadline to submit to SGS: 2017 date tba       


application form


We look forward to hearing your ideas!