SGS Conference Grant – Fall 2013 Competition

Award Overview:

Deadlines:                                         Sept. 30th – Online application opens

Oct. 11th – Online application closes

Oct. 18th – Last day for Supervisors to complete approval

Value/Duration:                              Grant value varies (based on registration fee & location of event)

Level of study:                                  Full-time Master’s and Doctoral students

Required Legal Status:                  Domestic or International

Results:                                               Mid-November 2013 (via U of T email address as recorded on ROSI at the time of application)


The SGS Conference Grant provides modest financial support to eligible students who will be actively-presenting their research at an academic conference.  Applicants need not have received confirmation of participation in the conference at the time of application. This grant is not intended to be a principal source of funding but serves to reimburse students for some basic expenses. Applicants are expected to seek funding from various sources to supplement their travel and other related expenses.


Students attending conferences outside of Canada are responsible for complying with U of T’s Safety Abroad Guidelines.  Please see the Safety Abroad Office’s website for more details.

Required Eligibility: (revised fall 2013)

Applicants must:

·         be actively presenting their research (relevant to their current degree program) at an academic conference that occurs between Sept.  1, 2013 – March 31, 2014

·         be registered full-time in a graduate degree program (Master’s or Doctoral) at the time of: 1) application, 2) conference presentation and 3) collecting the reimbursement

Priority is given to students who are in the early stages of their academic career and who have not previously received an SGS Conference Grant while enrolled in their current program.


** Effective the Fall 2014 competition, SGS Conference Grants will be limited to one per graduate degree.

Application Process:

The SGS Conference Grant online application will be open to students on Monday September 30th via the SGS Website. Students must apply as an individual for a grant in support of one conference. To complete the online application, applicants will be required to provide the following information:


·         Supervisor/Advisor’s email-address

·         Details of the academic conference (i.e. title, location, registration-fee at the student-rate, website-address)

·         Details regarding the presentation of research (i.e. title, first-author)

·         Number of previous conferences attended during the applicant’s current degree program

·         Potential other sources of funding that may be available to support the travel/other related expenses (for information purposes only)

Tip: prior to completing an application students are encouraged to:

·         Inquire with your graduate unit if you do not currently have a Supervisor/Advisor for assistance in identifying an appropriate faculty member who can fulfill this role for the approval process

·         Notify your Supervisor/Advisor that you are submitting an SGS Conference Grant application which will require their approval

·         Confirm the correct email address of your Supervisor/Advisor or faculty designate


Successful applicants will be required to submit the following 3 documents to receive reimbursement; any additional requirements will be detailed in the letter of offer.


1.       Proof of conference attendance and active-participation (copy of, or URL to online conference programme identifying applicant as a presenter)

2.       Receipt/invoice issued by the conference organizer showing paid registration-fee (must show payment received)

3.       Completed Payment Activation Form (accessible from the SGS Website)

Contact Information and Resources:

See the SGS Website for additional information and FAQs

Please direct any inquiries to Tara Lock at


W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program

SGS is pleased to announce the establishment of The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program, Canada’s only fully funded award program dedicated to internationalization at the doctoral level. The fellowship will provide a travel award valued at $50,000 to 16 Canadian University of Toronto graduate students per year across the full range of disciplines starting in the 2013-14 academic year.

The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program aims to attract, support and develop globally oriented thinkers, visionaries and innovators who will be making important contributions to their field, their communities and the world. The benefits of this fellowship will be significant – providing opportunities to the finest students in the country for international exposure, building global networks, and fostering important and original research, regardless of where it takes them.

The Weston Fellowships will be awarded to Canadian students who plan to do research outside of Canada in the third or fourth year of their doctoral program for a period of 8 to 12 months. The awards would cover the costs of tuition, international travel expenses and a stipend. Students from all divisions are eligible to apply; they must be Canadian citizens, entering their 3rd or 4th year of doctoral studies and be conducting research outside of Canada.

The deadline for applications will be February 15, 2013. Students will be selected based on their
distinguished record of achievement, on the quality and significance of their proposed research, on their promise as top-tier researchers and future leaders of their respective fields, and on their ability to represent and advance Canada’s international reputation for academic excellence and collaboration. Award results will be available to students in early April 2013. Students will commence their travels in the fall of 2013.

The Weston Fellowships fill a noticeable void with an important opportunity now absent from the
national scene – a course of funding enabling Canada’s most promising young minds to further their research, their perspectives, their skills and experience, and their collaborative networks, in a global setting with up to a full year of study abroad, across a broad range of disciplines.

Further details regarding the administrative process for the award will be issued shortly.

For further information, please contact Kerri Huffman, Associate Director, Graduate Awards & Financial Aid at:


SGS Workshop: Electronic Thesis Submission

Workshop: Electronic Thesis Submission & Authors’ Rights

Learn about electronic thesis formatting and submission on Thurs, Nov 29 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the OISE Library.

You can also hear about authors’ rights and copyright issues before and after the workshop.

More info and registration info:


ELWS Workshop: Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal

ELWS WORKSHOP REMINDER: Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal

Graduate students write many proposals—federal grant proposals, travel grant proposals, thesis proposals—and every proposal has a potentially significant impact on a student’s ability to carry out specific research. This workshop provides an overview of proposal writing designed to get students thinking about the demands of, and the predictable variations in, this important genre of writing. We will examine the similarities and differences between thesis and grant proposals, consider the main questions that most proposals must answer, and see examples of answers to those questions in successful proposals. We will also consider common pitfalls in proposal writing, and strategies for getting started on writing a proposal.

Instructor: Dr. Jane Freeman

Place and Time: Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Koffler House, 569 Spadina Avenue, Room 108

This free workshop is presented by the School of Graduate Studies’ Office of English Language and Writing Support and requires no prior registration to attend.

ELWS REGISTRATION REMINDER: Registration for our next session opens on October 9th at 10:00 a.m. Full information can be found at our website:

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Office of English Language and Writing Support

School of Graduate Studies

University of Toronto

63 St. George Street, Room 307

Toronto, ON  M5S 2Z9


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Academic Success Strategies for Graduate International Students Session

Academic Success Strategies for Graduate International Students

Join the School of Graduate Studies and the Centre for International Experience on Wednesday, October 24th for this panel presentation and social. You will learn academic strategies and connect with important resources and people to help you get through your first semester and beyond successfully! Stay for an opportunity to socialize with the panelists, meet fellow grad students, and members from the Graduate Students’ Union afterward to continue the discussion, meet new people and learn more about graduate student life at the University of Toronto.

Date: Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street (NE corner of Spadina and Harbord)

Space is limited, so register today at:


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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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SGS University-Wide Awards 2012-2103

Through the generous support of numerous donors, a number of endowed awards have been established at the School of Graduate Studies. This year, more than 15 awards with various eligibility criteria and values are offered within the 2012-2013 SGS University-Wide Awards competition. The application, individual award descriptions and submission instruction sheet can be found at

Departmental of Mathematics deadline: MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012
– Please submit completed application to Ida.
– The Mathematics Department has a quota of 3 submissions per award.
– The Mathematics Department falls under Division III.

Complete and submit one 2012 University Wide Award application form

and one reference letter only; these may be used for multiple awards. Indicate on the Application Cover Sheet, the individual awards for which you are eligible and would like to be considered for by your graduate unit. Please refer to the application instructions

for further details. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The University-Wide Awards identified as OSOTF are only open to eligible students who are Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada or Protected Persons and demonstrates financial need as indicated on a completed Financial Needs Assessment Form. Students must meet all the requirements of the specific award in addition to the OSOTF requirements.

Inquiries on these awards should be forwarded to

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Important Workshops for International Students

Are you a graduating international student? Do you have Citizenship and Immigration Canada questions about your post-graduation work permit, permanent residency or the Provincial Nominee Program?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada and representatives from Opportunities Ontario will be presenting on your options. Please attend the Information Session being live broadcast to St. George Campus from UTSC.

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: New College, 40 Willcocks Street, WI 2002

RSVP: Erika Bailey –

Session topics:

-Post-Graduation Work Permit

-Applying for Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada

-PR application categories

-Skilled Workers vs Canadian Experience Class – what is the difference?

-PR application process

-PR requirements and selection criteria

-How PR applications are assessed

-How long it takes to process a PR application

-Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program


11am-12:15pm – Citizenship and Immigration Canada presentation

12:15pm-12:45pm – Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program

12:45pm-1:00pm – Q&A


Tax Information Sessions for International Students at CIE



CIE has arranged for representatives of Canada Revenue Agency’s International Tax Services Office to conduct information sessions to explain the policy and process of filling a tax return.


Two (2) identical sessions will be held on Tuesday February 28th:


11:00am – 1:00pm and  2:00pm – 4:00pm


These information sessions will be held at the Centre for International Experience in Cumberland House ( 33 St. George Street) and necessary forms will be made available.

Please register for only 1 session by emailing, please identify which session you would like to attend.


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ELWS Workshop: Making the Most of Oral Presentations

Upcoming Workshop for Graduate Students:   
Making the Most of Oral Presentations

Description: Whether you are preparing for a graduate seminar, 
an academic conference, a job talk or a thesis defense, this 
workshop is designed to help you improve your oral presentation 
skills. Topics discussed will include overcoming nervousness, 
structuring your presentation, designing effective visual support 
and handling questions.

Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav

Place and Time:  
Thursday Oct. 27,  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, 
Koffler House, 569 Spadina Avenue, Room 108

This free workshop is presented by the School of Graduate Studies' 
Office of English Language and Writing Support and requires no 
prior registration to attend.

Complete listings for all upcoming SGS/English Language and 
Writing Support Workshops and Non-Credit Courses can be found 
on our website:

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to our listserv:
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Upcoming SGS Workshop: Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal

Description: This workshop examines some of the common features of 
proposal writing and discusses strategies aimed at maximizing the 
impact of your thesis or grant proposal. In addition to looking at 
what belongs in a proposal and where it belongs, we'll also cover 
common mistakes in proposal writing that you can avoid.

Instructor: Dr. Jane Freeman

Place and Time:  Thursday Oct. 6,  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, 
Koffler House, 569 Spadina Avenue, Room 108

This free workshop is presented by the School of Graduate Studies' 
Office of English Language and Writing Support and requires no prior 
registration to attend.
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