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Dean's Student Initiatives Fund

The Dean’s Student Initiatives Fund has been established to provide financial support for student initiatives that aspire to create dialogue and foster a greater sense of community through special events, lectures, or other forms of community engagement.

Eligibility Criteria:

Limited to Faculty of Arts and Science undergraduate students or student groups.

Graduate students please refer to http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/graduate/milestones-pathways.

The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals:

  • Does the proposal fulfill an educational purpose for Arts and Science students?
  • Does the proposal promote dialogue? Special consideration will be given to proposals that promote cross-cultural dialogue.
  • Does the proposal create a forum for various viewpoints?
  • Does the proposal engage with communities within and outside of campus boundaries?
  • Is the proposal realistic, with credible timelines, resource requirements, and goals?
  • Will the proposal be of sufficiently broad interest to engage a significant portion of the student community?

Value: Variable depending on project budget [maximum $1000].


  • Priority for The Dean’s Student Initiative Fund is given to organizations that are seeking funding for the first time.  Sponsors of annual events (e.g. conferences, symposiums) who are applying for one-time-only funding should demonstrate the innovative components of the event for which they are applying.
  • Repeat applicants need to demonstrate how the funds were used in the past by submitting a report of the funded event.
  • Journals and magazines should focus on electronic dissemination. Hard copy printing costs will not be considered.
  • The Fund does not fund individual students requesting travel for research, delivering papers, or taking courses.

Applications: All components of the application must be submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must include the following:

  • Dean's Student Initiative Fund Application Form.
  • Please use internet explorer to fill out the fillable PDF form.
  • Detailed proposal -- The application must include a detailed description of the proposal, and should indicate how the proposal fulfils the eligibility criteria listed above.
  • Budget -- The application must include an approximate breakdown of expenses. The budget should also indicate any other sources of funding; applications requesting matching funds for funds already raised will be at an advantage.
  • Letters of support -- The application must include at least two letters of support for the proposal from students, faculty, staff, alumni, or community members. At least one of these must be from a University of Toronto faculty or staff member.

Deadline: December 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please note: An individual student or group of students may only submit one application per academic year. While a student or group may submit a proposal similar to one offered in a previous year, this fund should not be expected to support an ongoing activity year after year.

Submit fillable PDF to undergrad.awards@artsci.utoronto.ca or printed forms to:
Undergrad Awards, Office of the Faculty Registrar, Faculty of Arts and Science
100 St. George Street, Room 1006
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3