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

Competition timing

The SGS Conference Grant competition will run twice a year. The Fall 2011 competition is intended to support conferences that will take place between November 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012. A winter competition will be announced early in the new year for conferences taking place after April 30, 2012.


The value will be based on the event’s registration-fee (at the student-rate) as well as a pre-determined amount based on the location of the event. 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.  The SGS Conference 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 that will or may be used to support their conference attendance.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • Doctoral-stream (M.A, MA.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD (including flexible-time option PhD)
  • Registered full-time at the time of application and at the time of conference attendance
  • In good standing as defined by their graduate unit
  • 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
  • Applicants need not have received confirmation of their participation in the conference at the time of application


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 this conference attendance


The deadline for the student-portion of the Conference Grant application is 4pm on September 30th.  Once the online application has been submitted by a student, the Supervisor/ Advisor will be contacted via email within 48 hours and be asked to confirm the appropriateness of the conference and the potential availability of other funding. The Supervisor/ Advisor will have until October 7th, 2011 to complete their portion of the application. Students are encouraged to discuss conference attendance with their Supervisor/Advisor prior to the submission of the SGS Conference Grant application.



  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive email-notification in mid November 2011 regarding the result of their application.



SGS Conference Grant Payment Activation Form

Proof of conference registration

Proof of conference attendance and active involvement

  • Payment will be distributed through ROSI once all required documentation has been provided via email.


All applications must be submitted electronically by students by 4pm on September 30th 2011.

Supervisors/Advisors will have until October 7th, 2011 to complete their section of the SGS Conference Grant.


For questions regarding this competition, view the FAQs on the SGS Website or email us at

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

Fax: (416) 971-2864

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The following information has been sent to all currently registered
students from SGS. It is important to note the following:

PhD students who commence their progam after September 1, 2010

For PhD students who begin their program after September 1, 2010
and who do not complete their PhD within the time limit
of six years, lapsed registration will no longer be allowed,
Lapsed registration is the current practice for students who started 
before September 2010. Mandatory registration will be required. 
You can apply for extensions to a maximum of 4 years.  
The first two extensions require only 
departmental approval, the remaining two must have approval by
both the department and SGS.  If you do not complete the PhD
within this 10 year period, the degree is forfeited.
In the extension years, all PhD students will pay fees at 50% of
the domestic rate, plus sessional incidental and ancillary fees.

PhD students who commenced in September 2010

This group may lapse and seek reinstatement only if they are still
within the maximum allowable time for the degree program (10 years).
Reinstated PhD students must pay fees for any session(s) in which
they did not register including program extension fees.

PhD students who began their program prior to September 1, 2010

These students have two options. 
They may "opt-in" to the new extension arrangements listed above
or they may follow the regulations that were in place when
they began their program.  Students who do not "opt in" and seek
a program extension after the six-year period will be assessed
full-time fall/winter program fees for the extension period.

This may be all very confusing, so if you have any questions
please just drop by my office and we can discuss this on an
individual basis.


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