Apply by May 31: Institute for Pandemics Graduate Studentship Awards

Purpose of the studentship awards

The Institute for Pandemics graduate studentships aim to foster interdisciplinary research training in pandemic readiness, resilience and/or recovery.  Students who are conducting research in such areas and co-supervised by faculties from different disciplines are encouraged to apply for support. Applications will be considered based on scientific merit of the research, its progress and supervision, interdisciplinarity, and relevance to IfP’s research themes. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in IfP programming and activities, attend workshops and seminars, present their research at the IfP Symposium, and network with IfP members across divisions and campuses at the University of Toronto.

Funding information

  • Number of fellowships to be awarded: Expecting to award 8 studentships per year @ $10,000 each
  • Award duration: One year from September 1 through August 31


  • U of T students who have completed at least one year of a Master’s or PhD program and are registered for the academic year of the term of the award.
  • Cannot hold another major grant or fellowship (>$15,000)
  • Supervisor
    • Must be members of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies, eligible to supervise graduate students and be eligible to hold research funding at the University of Toronto
    • Co-supervisor(s) from distinct disciplines (priority to those from different Faculty/Division)
    • Registered member of IfP
  • Working on a project related to at least one of the pandemic research themes of IfP

Studentship Responsibilities

  • Students must fulfill the academic requirements of their degree program and plan of study.
  • Expected to participate in IfP programming and activities, when invited.
  • Students may be invited to present their research at an IfP Symposium, webinar, or seminar, or to IfP partners.
  • Students are required to acknowledge IfP in publications, presentations, and communications resulting from their Studentship.
  • Students must complete an exit survey.

Important Dates

  • Call for applications – April 24, 2023
  • Deadline to submit an application (through the online system) – May 31, 2023
  • Anticipated notice of award – June 30, 2023
  • Funding start date – September 1, 2023


All applications must be submitted using the online submission form by 11:59pm ET on May 31, 2023.

Application components:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Support from supervisor(s)
  • Record of academic history (downloaded from ACORN)

A template of the application form is attached here.

NOTE: Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

Demographic Data Collection

Applicants are asked to complete an optional EDI Survey after submitting their application. The purpose of the survey is to collect data for the Institute to reflect on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion practices in the studentship program. The data will only be collected and held by the Associate Director of IfP and shared internally as de-identified, aggregated information to inform the review committee.


Questions pertaining to the Graduate Studentship Awards can be sent to Associate Director, Tedd Konya (

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