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UTSC Awards Profile

Did you know you may be eligible for multiple awards, including one for Psychology students? You can apply for more than 15 awards with just one application using the UTSC Awards Profile.  Please email if you have any questions.

UTSC Psychology Student Travel Award

**Update due to COVID-19** Students can still apply to this award opportunity to help cover the cost of registration fees for participation in online conferences.

The UTSC Psychology Student Travel Awards are designed to partially support students’ travel to domestic and international conferences at which they are presenting a poster or research talk. Students whose papers have already been accepted for presentation at a conference will be given priority.

Amount: The awards are valued at up to $500 for travel to a conference within Canada and up to $800 for travel to an international conference. Payment of the award will be made as a reimbursement of eligible expenses (in accordance with the University of Toronto’s Policy for Travel and Other Reimbursable Expenses) after conference participation.


At the time of application applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled in a psychology, mental health studies, or neuroscience degree program at UTSC (students may also attend conferences in the term immediately following graduation)
  • not have received this departmental travel award in the past

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Quality of abstract (if already accepted at a conference)
  • Statement of intent
  • Supervisor’s reference
  • CV
  • Cumulative and program GPA
  • Post-graduation plans (e.g., graduate school)

Application Procedures: 

Award applications will be processed on a rolling basis by a committee of Psychology faculty and staff until funding has been exhausted for the fiscal year. Students may apply at any time during the academic year by submitting all of the following documents to Nina Dhir at Only complete applications will be considered. Please write “Student Travel Award Application” in the subject line of your email.

  • UTSC Psychology Student Travel Award application form
  • Statement of intent (one-page maximum) describing the student’s research experience, the current project, and the importance of the conference travel to their current and future academic and professional goals
  • Statement of support/letter of reference from the research supervisor
  • CV
  • Transcript print-out
  • Letter of acceptance for participation in a conference (if applicable)
  • Submitted conference abstract (if applicable)


2022 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)


To provide research work experience that complements the degree program which will encourage students to consider graduate studies and pursue careers in the natural sciences and engineering. View full program details here. NOTE THE INTERNAL DEPARTMENT DEADLINE: Friday March 25, 2022.

Amount:  $6000 provided by NSERC plus a min. $1,500 supplement provided by the supervisor.

Duration: 16 full consecutive weeks


At the time of application applicants must:

  • Have completed 4.0 FCEs (ie completed 1st year)
  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto
  • Have a minimum cGPA of B- (70%)
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Application -  Program Guidelines and  Application Checklist. See the landing page here

  1. Application Form 2022:

            Part I – completed by the student

            Part II – completed by the proposed supervisor

  1. Official and current U of T transcript (ACORN report is acceptable)
  2. Student - Supervisor Certification
  3. Review the FAQ page  and Tip Sheet if you have any questions

Deadline to applyFriday March 25, 2022.

Quota of awards available: 2

USRA Program Changes from 2020 that have continued:

  • Supervisor eligibility: supervisors will no longer be required to hold an active NSERC grant to supervise a USRA student however, they should be capable of supervising a student and providing a research experience that falls under the NSERC mandate. 
  • Travel allowance: travel allowance for students coming from other institutions has been discontinued due to low usage.  


Nina Dhir
Department of Psychology
1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON  M1C1A4


UTSC Undergraduate Reseach Poster Forum and UTSC Library Undergraduate Research Prize

The UTSC Library and the Office of the Vice-Principal Research are initiating an Undergraduate Research Forum and an Undergraduate Research Prize as an opportunity for students to share their recent research experiences with the academic community, promote more undergraduate research, and foster undergraduate scholarship excellence at UTSC.

The Undergraduate Research Forum allows students to communicate their research goals and outcomes to an academic community through the form of a poster presentation. The Undergraduate Research Prize allows students to reflect on their research experiences and the process of accumulating their research (use of the library and academic resources). Both opportunities are competitive and judged programs, which promote the spread of knowledge as well as the acknowledgment of student efforts (cash prizes, acknowledgment of participation on Co-Curricular Record, etc).

For more information, please visit the following sites:

Undergraduate Research Forum (due February 17, 2022):

Undergraduate Research Prize (due April 11, 2022):