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Dean's Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives

Dean's Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives

Increasingly, Arts and Science students must have the skills to study and work across cultural, social and political spheres. Our goal is to encourage as many of our students as possible to undertake a significant international experience during their academic career in Arts and Science. International opportunities include partnerships developed with Indigenous nations.

Application Details:

The Dean's Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives(DFIII)- formerly Dean's International Initiatives fund (DIIF) supports the development of new and creative international activities in areas of need not already addressed by existing programming (Research Excursions (398), International and Indigenous Courses, Undergraduate Research Fund, Summer Abroad, etc.). The goal of the DFIII is to leverage Faculty resources to provide a broad range of international opportunities for Arts and Science students.

Please note : In support of International Opportunities, the Dean’s Office has partnered with the Professional and International Programs (PIP) office at Woodsworth College to provide integrated logistical support. The International Programs Coordinator can assist with booking and arranging for payment, whenever possible, for transportation, accommodation, and venue admission.

Proposal Requirements:

Graduate students and faculty should use the forms located here.

For undergraduate students,proposals should be submitted using DFIII Student Application Form. A faculty supervisor must approve student submissions by filling out Student Project Approval Form (Please use internet explorer to fillout the PDF form):

  • Activities are for Faculty of Arts and Science graduate and undergraduate degree students. Students must be in good standing and currently enrolled in an academic program at the time the proposed activity takes place.
  • Proposed activities are distinct from current international programs.
  • Activities may be either curricular or co-curricular, but must be academically focused.
  • Eligible funding expenses are travel, food, and accommodations. Stipend payments are not eligible

Projects are encouraged from both students and faculty, but faculty supervision must always be provided by a faculty member with a continuous appointment to the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) to the unit through which the proposal is submitted.

  • Proposed activities may include collaborative projects with institutions and experts at other universities and organizations, including Indigenous nations.
  • Support is targeted to creative and original projects, including interdisciplinary activities.
  • Proposed projects must have a measurable impact beyond those who receive the funding.
  • Eligible students must not have already received funding for an Arts & Science international opportunity including 398 REP, ICM, DFIII (formerly DIIF) or CFHU. (Some exceptions may apply, please inquire for details.).
  • Students may not miss classes or exams to participate in DFIII projects.

Proposed budget requests are not expected to exceed $10,000. Contributions from other sources are encouraged. This fund cannot be used to support existing international activities offered by the University or Faculty, e.g. student exchange, Summer Abroad courses, or international experiences that are required for academic programs. Please note that conference funding and individual/dissertation research are not eligible for funding.

Proposal Submission Process:
  • Proposals should be submitted to your faculty supervisor for approval as well as submitted to the Office of the Faculty Registrar using the "Submit button" on the DFIII Student Application Form
  • An approval form forwarded from the supervisor will be considered "approved" by your department or program. Student Project Approval Form
  • Eligible undergraduate proposals should be sent via email to dfiii@artsci.utoronto.ca no later than November 24, 2017.
  • A committee of faculty members, chaired by the Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International, reviews all eligible proposals.
Further Information:

If you have any questions please contact the DFIII with inquiries. Faculty and Graduate students may contact FAS.International for further details