SGS Conference Grant


The SGS Conference Grant is intended to encourage eligible students to present their research at a regional, national or international conference or equivalent academic event.

Competition Timing (fall 2012 and winter 2013)

Applicants are encouraged to apply even if they have not received confirmation of their participation in a conference at the time of application.


The fall 2012 SGS Conference Grant: The application will be available on-line from Oct.1st to Oct.12th. This competition is intended to support conferences that are scheduled to take place between  September 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013.


The winter 2013 SGS Conference Grant: The competition will be announced in February and is intended to support conferences that are scheduled to take place between March 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013. 

Fall 2012 Deadlines:

·         October 1st Application opens to students and Supervisors/Advisors

·         October 12th Application closes to students

·         October 19th Application closes to Supervisors


The value of the SGS Conference Grant is based on the costs associated with: 1) the event’s registration fee (at the student-rate) 2) the location of the event. Transportation, accommodation and other related expenses are not taken into consideration. This grant is not intended to be the principal source of funding – applicants are expected to seek funding from other sources and must list other resources they are anticipating will supplement their conference travel and attendance. Preference will be given to applicants who are in the early stage of their academic program, have not previously attended a conference during their current program and/or who have not previously received an SGS Conference Grant. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Doctoral-stream (i.e. M.A., M.A.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (including flexible-time option Ph.D.)) or in a professional master’s program leading to a doctoral degree or in a professional doctoral program (S.J.D., D.M.A., Ed.D.)
  • Registered full-time at the time of application
  • Registered full time at the time of conference attendance and collection of payment
  • An active participant (e.g. speaker, poster presenter, member of a panel or round table) in a conference or other academic meeting relevant to their academic program
  • In good standing as defined by their graduate unit


The SGS Conference Grant application is only available online and is accessible from the SGS Website. Both the applicant and the Supervisor/Advisor will be required to enter their UTORid and password in order to access the application.


Applicants will be asked for the following information:

·         Supervisor/Advisor contact information

·         Details of the conference or academic event (title, location, registration fee at the student-rate, URL)

·         Details regarding the presentation of research (title, etc.)

·         Previous conferences in which they have presented their research during their current program

·         Potential other sources of funding that may be available to support their conference attendance



Successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive notification at their U of T email-address in early-November 2012 regarding the result of their application.


Payment to Successful Applicants

Successful applicants are required to submit the following documentation to initiate payment of the grant:

·         Proof of conference registration payment (e.g. receipt)

·         Proof of conference attendance and active involvement (e.g. link to online programme listing applicant’s name)

·         Payment Activation Form


For questions regarding this competition, visit the SGS Website or email us at

Best Regards,


Tara Lock
Awards Officer, Internal
Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies
University of Toronto
Room 202 – 63 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2Z9
Tel:  (416) 978-2386

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