Apply for the SGS Sponsorship Fund

Design an event, draft a budget to support your plans, and show how you can significantly engage graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows as collaborators and participants!

The SGS Sponsorship Fund supports two types of initiatives designed, led, and attended by graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows at U of T: (a) the SGS Events Fund and (b) the SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund.

(a) The SGS Events Fund offers up to $2000 to support the planning and implementation of an event at U of T. The event must contribute to the SGS mission of:

  • Working collaboratively to advance excellence and innovation in graduate research and education.
  • Fostering an outstanding graduate experience for our diverse student population.
  • Creating and promoting opportunities for graduate student and postdoctoral fellow professional development.
  • Advancing integrity and ethical conduct in graduate research and education.
  • Establishing policy and promoting best practices for graduate research and education.

For the 2021-22 cycle, the School of Graduate Studies is calling for proposals for virtual initiatives involving U of T graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows focused on community-building, engagement, and networking across programs and disciplines with particular interest in events focused on re-connection and community building activities. Preference will be given to events that have significant U of T student/fellow participation in planning and implementation and/or prioritize U of T students and fellows as participants.

(b) The SGS Innovation in Graduate Professional Development Fund offers up to $1000 to proposals for new or expanded Graduate Professional Development initiatives by and for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Initiatives must contribute to the SGS mission of:

  • Working collaboratively to advance excellence and innovation in graduate research and education.
  • Fostering an outstanding graduate experience for our diverse student population.
  • Creating and promoting opportunities for graduate student and postdoctoral fellow professional development.
  • Advancing integrity and ethical conduct in graduate research and education.
  • Establishing policy and promoting best practices for graduate research and education.

For the 2021-22 cycle, the School of Graduate Studies is calling for virtual initiatives for U of T graduate students and postdoctoral communities. Preference will be given to initiatives that have significant U of T student/fellow participation in planning and implementation and/or prioritize U of T students and fellows as participants.

Deadlines to submit to SGS:

  • November 15, 2021
  • March 14, 2022
  • May 31, 2022

Learn more about the application process and evaluation criteria on the SGS website.


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