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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].


  • The Dean’s Student Initiative Fund is limited to one-time-only and should not be expected to support an ongoing activity year after year. 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.
  • Applicants for activities intended to on-going or annual should demonstrate plans to become self-sustaining. The Fund should be viewed only as start-up assistance for such activities.
  • Journals and magazines should focus on electronic dissemination. Hard copy printing costs will not be considered.
  • The Fund does not fund catering costs.
  • 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