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

Competition timing

The winter SGS Conference Grant Application will be available on-line from March 26th to April 6th. The winter competition is intended to support conferences that will take place between March 1, 2012 – September 30, 2012. The fall 2012 competition will be announced near the end of summer and is intended to assist with conferences taking place between September 2012  – March 2013. 


  • Application opens to students: March 26th
  • Application closes to students: April 6th
  • Application closes to supervisors: April 13th


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., PhD (including flexible-time option PhD), or in a professional masters program leading to a doctoral degree, and professional Doctoral programs (SJD, DMA, Ed.D. )
  • Registered full-time at the time of application
  • Registered full time at the time of conference attendance
  • 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


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



Successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive notification by email in May 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
  • Proof of conference attendance and active involvement


For all questions regarding this competition, visit the SGS Website or email us at conferencegrant@sgs.utoronto.ca.

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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