Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research will provide a travel grant of up to $400 per student per year to support graduate student travel and registration expenses to attend and present research results at academic conferences.

The travel grant application must be submitted within the fiscal year (May 1 – April 30) in which the conference took place.

The travel grant may support more than one conference up to the $400 grant maximum, however the money cannot be carried forward to the next fiscal year if not claimed.

Student Eligibility

Eligible students include all graduate students who are registered in a University of Toronto graduate progam at the time of the conference and identified in ROSI as based at the University of Toronto Scarborough. To be identified in ROSI, students must have completed and submitted an SGS Campus Affiliation Form available under the Registration and Enrolment section of the SGS Forms webpage. Students may receive only one travel grant in each year of enrollment beginning May 1st and ending April 30th.

Conference attendance must take place prior to completion of the graduate program requirements. Students will not be supported for attendance at a conference that takes place after the thesis defence date.

Grant Purpose

Travel grants will be provided to fund graduate student travel to attend and present their original research (e.g. research talk or poster contribution) at academic conferences. This research will comprise part of their degree program, and will have been completed under the primary supervision of a UTSC principal investigator.

Eligible expenses include transportation, accommodation, registration fees. Per diem meal allowances are not eligible. All expenses must be supported with original receipts.

Other research travel purposes, such as off-site data collection, collaboration, or visits to other research facilities are ineligible. Expense eligibility will be in accordance with the University of Toronto and tri-council grant policies. University of Toronto financial guidelines.

Following the conference and the provision of original receipts for travel expenses, reimbursement will be made by electronic deposit to the graduate student or to the appropriate account of the graduate student's faculty supervisor, as applicable.

Application Process

Application for a graduate student travel grant consists of:

  1. a completed one page application form,
  2. a copy of the research abstract for the conference, clearly indicating affiliation with UTSC.
  3. original expense receipts with proof of payment.
  4. and a signed University of Toronto Expense Report.
  5. visit University of Toronto Safety Abroad website to make sure you are aware of your responsibilities when traveling abroad and you have registered.

If you are being reimbursed from other sources in addition to this $400.00 UTSC Graduate Student Travel grant, please work with your UTSC departmental financial officer to coordinate a single expense claim before bringing over to the Vice Principal Research office.  It is always good practice to have your financial officer review each travel grant before submitting.
Please keep a copy of your travel grant application form and expense receipts on file. Your complete, original application (original blue ink signature) must be submitted to Kristine Peruzzi in the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research in Room AA 427, Arts and Administration Building.