Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (MSFSS)

The Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (MSFSS) provides financial support to current Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) recipients to study abroad for a portion of their study program. Eligible students holding a CGS award may receive up to $6,000 for travel and accommodation to any eligible foreign university or research institution in the world.

Spring 2012 Deadline to SGS: Thursday May 24th, 2012. Eligible candidates must submit their completed paper application and all supporting documents in hard-copy to the Graduate Awards Office by 4:00 pm. A list of required documents to be included is provided below.

Instructions for Graduate Units

While the University is assigned a maximum quota, there is no departmental quota for this award. Please have all eligible applicants submit their application directly to the Graduate Awards Office.


Competition Quota

Each federal agency has determined a quota of applications that the University of Toronto is permitted to put forward. Thus please note, not all complete and eligible applications will be forwarded if the number of application received exceeds the allocated quota.


To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline;
  • be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application;
  • undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date, and no later than the last day of your CGS award tenure;
  • not hold or have held any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies; and
  • have accepted or hold one of the following:
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS (CIHR);
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Alexander Graham Bell CGS (NSERC);
    • a master’s- or doctoral-level Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS (SSHRC); or
    • a Vanier CGS.


To remain eligible during the research study period abroad, you must:

  • hold an active CGS award at the time your research study period abroad starts;
  • be registered full time in a graduate research studies program at a Canadian institution for the duration of your research study period abroad;
  • take up the award within one year of receiving the notice of award for the CGS-MSFSS; and
  • return to complete your degree in Canada.


How to Apply


Applicants must submit their completed application in hard-copy to the Graduate Awards Office. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Each application package must contain the following items:

  1. 1. Application Form:

Your submitted application must bear your original ink signature on the front page. Emailed and faxes copies of the application form are not accepted by the MSFSS agency. Please obtain your application from the funding agency of which you hold your CGS award.





*please note, you will be required to log in using your SSHRC account to access the application


To complete the application form, you will require the following information:

–        Host Supervisor Information:

the name and contact information of the host supervisor, and name and location of the foreign institution where you intend to pursue your research/study activities

–        Budget:

a budget that provides estimates for costs of travel, living and other expenses during your research study period abroad (to a maximum of $6,000).You may include an additional one page attachment to further detail your proposed budget.

  1. 2. Intended Research Plan:

a maximum 2-Page description (this includes all references and citations) of your intended research activities during your research study period abroad (including objectives, methodology, timelines and expected outcomes), an indication of how this relates to your main graduate research topic, and a description of the potential benefits that you will derive from working at, or attending, the host institution in relation to your current research objectives.

  1. 3. Two Letters of Support:

letters must be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes, or emailed or faxed directly from the Supervisor to the Graduate Awards Office. Letters may only be a maximum of 1-Page in length, and must be submitted on official letter head. Any translations must be performed by a certified translator.

a) one letter from your current U of T Supervisor. Your supervisor must include a justification or explanation as to why this research travel is required to complete your thesis or dissertation; and

b) one letter from the host Supervisor. This letter must come directly from the host Supervisor, a letter of admissions as a visiting scholar is not sufficient. Additionally, this letter must detail any resources they will be able to provide you with – e.g. supervising time, equipment, access to labs, libraries, etc. and any additional financial support.

  1. 4. Consent Form:

All applicants are required to submit a signed copy of the Consent to Disclose Personal Information form. Please find the document at the following sites:



SSHRC:         TBD – please note SSHRC is still reviewing whether they will be requiring a consent form.

Please consult the webapps requirements before submitting your application (


More Information

Please contact the council administering your CGS award for more information.

Research Training Portfolio
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-943-7777

Scholarships and Fellowships Division
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 1H5

Tel.: 613-995-5521

Research Capacity Development
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0W9

Tel.: 613-954-1968





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May 7: Deadline to add summer reading course/master’s supervised research project

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012 is the departmental deadline to add
the master's supervised research project or a summer reading
course to your program.

To do so, please just fill out a reading and/or research course form
with your chosen supervisor/instructor:

I'll leave some hard copies in the mailroom.  The form is returned to me
for departmental approval and for entry on ROSI.  

Master's students who have not yet secured a project supervisor should contact me
or Prof. Bar-Natan for assistance.



2012 Brisbane Winter School on Geometric Partial Differential Equations

**An opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdocs in Canada**

The 2012 Brisbane Winter School on Geometric Partial Differential Equations

The Winter School will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia July 2nd to July 13th. Designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the programme will focus on recent progress in
non-linear partial differential equations and their applications,
emphasizing three interlocking themes:

*Nonlinear elliptic equations and their applications to geometry
and optimal transportation

*Geometric flows and applications

*Harmonic maps and applications

The first week will be comprised of introductory lecture courses, while
the second week will focus on key topics in recent research and contemporary applications. These lectures will be presented by world
leaders in the area of Geometric Partial Differential Equations, including:

Robert McCann (Toronto, Canada),
Neil Trudinger (ANU, Australia),
Xu-Jia Wang (ANU, Australia).
Richard Schoen (Stanford, USA),
Gang Tian (Princeton, USA and Beijing, China),
Gerhard Huisken (Max Planck, Germany),
James Sethian (USA)
Ben Andrews (ANU, Australia)
Tristan Rivière (ETH-Zurich, Switzerland)
Michael Struwe  (ETH-Zurich, Switzerland)
Min-Chun Hong (UQ, Australia)

More details are available at:

Eligible postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers from Canadian
Universities can apply for PIMS travel support, as well as subsidised local accommodation. Applications should be submitted by March 23rd using
the form available at:


SGS Conference Grant – Winter 2012 (opens March 26th)


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

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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Massey College Residence


Massey College welcomes applications for the 2012-2013 academic year from 
students who are pursuing either graduate or professional degrees at the 
University of Toronto.

The College offers much more than a residence; it provides a unique, 
congenial and intellectual environment for graduate students of 
distinguished ability in all disciplines to share in a rich and stimulating 
community. In addition to students affiliated with the College, 
members of the College community include distinguished senior scholars 
and eminent members of society beyond the academic world. Relationships 
among all members of the community are encouraged and fostered by a 
variety of College events and programs, including biweekly High Table 
dinners throughout the academic year. A College choir, sports teams, 
chapel services and several social events all contribute to our warm and 
vibrant community. The College is a partner with the CBC and House of 
Anansi Press in the annual Massey Lecture, and also coordinates the annual 
Walter Gordon Massey Symposium.

We accept both resident and non-resident graduate students as Junior 
Fellows. Non-residents are included in all activities offered at the 
College and are welcome to use our dining hall, library and study carrels 
as well. Our facilities for residents consist of a bedroom and adjacent 
private study, with meals included.

The deadline for applying is May 1st. Information and a description of 
the application process is available from our website at

Inquiries can be directed to:
Mary Graham
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Hi everybody,


The next important deadline for students is the course drop deadline
of MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012. It is an important deadline and there
are consequences for not dropping a course(s) by this date. If you
want to drop a winter course, please drop it on ROSI and then follow with
an add/drop form, available in the mailroom and at

I need the form for your student file.


Many of you have received T4 tax slips already. This is the slip
indicating the income you received in 2011 for TA/instructorship
work. If you have not yet received this slip, please let me know.
T4A slips (scholarships) and T2202A (tuition certificates) are
available for download on ROSI. You will need these slips to
file income tax forms for the 2011 calendar year. The deadline
is April 30, 2012.

Hard copies of income tax forms will be available at Canada Post
E-copies are downloadable from the Canada
Revenue Agency (
and probably some other sites.

Income Tax Clinics:

DOMESTIC students: Free income tax clinic for residents of Canada with
income below $20,000 single/$30,000 family.
Cecil Community Centre (College/Spadina), March 3, 8, 15, 31.
Register to receive an appointment at 416-392-1090.

For information on free online tax filing go to
The Canadian Federation of Students has negotiated an agreement
with to provide free online tax preparation to all
Canadian post-secondary students.

INTERNATIONAL students: CIE has arranged for representatives of
Canada Revenue Agency’s International Tax Services Office to conduct
workshops to explain the policy and process of filling out a tax return.
Two identical sessions will be held on:

Tuesday February 28th, 2012
11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

These sessions will be held at CIE in the Cumberland Room.
Please register for 1 session only by emailing

Individual help sessions for first year students who will be
completing their first tax return for the year 2011 will be conducted
from March 12th-April 3rd. These sessions will be from 1pm-4pm
(Monday to Friday) at CIE. Service will be provided by
student volunteers on a first come first served basis.


As many of your know there are no classes next week (Feb. 20-24) and
the university will be closed on Monday, Feb 20th for Family Day.

I wish you all a restful break.


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MPI 2012: First Announcement

Dear grad students,

Every Summer, industrial problem solving workshops happen around the
globe. There are two in Canada and two in the US that I know of. If
you’re intrigued about how mathematics might be used outside of the
academe, do consider going to one!

the 28th Annual Workshop on Mathematical Problems in Industry
June 11-15, 2012
University of Delaware

Mathematical Modeling in Industry XVI
A Workshop for Graduate Students
June 18-27, 2012
University of Calgary

MBI BioSciences Problem-Solving Workshop (PSW@MBI)
July 16-20, 2012
Ohio State University

August 20-24, 2012 at the Fields Institute
Industrial Problem-Solving Workshop on Medical Imaging

Mary Pugh

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Mathematical Modeling in Industry: June 18-27 in Calgary

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Alejandro Adem
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Subject: [cmath] Mathematical Modeling in Industry: June 18-27 in Calgary

**Opportunity for Canadian graduate students**

Mathematical Modeling in Industry

June 18 – June 27, 2012 at the University of Calgary

PIMS in collaboration with IMA and with the participation of
CIMAT (Mexico) is holding a 10-day workshop on Mathematical
Modeling in Industry. A proposal for funding from Mprime is

The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and
qualified advanced undergraduates from North America with first
hand experience in industrial research.

Students will work in teams of up to 6 students under the
guidance of a mentor from industry. The mentor will help guide
the students in the modeling process, analysis and computational
work associated with a real-world industrial problem. A progress
report from each team will be scheduled during the period. In
addition, each team will be expected to make an oral final
presentation and submit a written report at the end of the
10-day period.

Students will be selected through a competitive process. The
application deadline is **March 25, 2012**

Please see

for details.

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RTG Summer School on Inverse Problems and PDE’s

(The Summer School is supported by an NSF Research Training Grant. Support
is restricted to U.S. citizens/permanent residents.  Applications from
international students may be considered, but international students must
provide their own support for travel, accommodation, and meals.)

RTG Summer School on Inverse Problems & Partial Differential Equations
July 2-20, 2012

University of Washington, Seattle

The Research Training Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of 
Washington will host a summer school for advanced undergraduates and beginning 
graduate students on Inverse Problems & Partial Differential Equations. Students 
will attend lectures in the morning and problem sessions in small groups with 
mentors in the afternoon. On-campus accommodation and meals will be provided, 
plus a travel allowance of up to $600.

Two mini-courses will be given:

Robin Graham, Peter Kuchment, and Leonid Kunyansky: 
The Radon transform and the X-Ray Transform

John Lowengrub, Ami Radunskaya, and Tatiana Toro: 
A mathematical approach to cancer growth


Apply online by: April 1.

Important Deadlines – add/drop courses

The ABSOLUTE deadline to request courses on ROSI and to follow-up with an
add/drop form* is


Students taking courses from other departments must obtain approval
signatures from the other departments.

The next important deadline is  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012  to drop
second semester courses without academic penalty. After this date
the request to drop must be approved by SGS and will carry a penalty.

Master's students will enrol in their supervised research projects
in May.  


Copies of this form can also be found in the mailroom.