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Description: The Arts & Science International Research Events Fund is a matching funds program, designed to facilitate hosting research-related events that contribute to increasing the international research profile of A&S research. Faculty members who have full-time faculty appointments in A&S units (i.e., St. George campus faculty) are welcome to apply to the fund in support of events they are organizing/co-organizing on campus. Faculty and researchers who hold graduate-only appointments, other types of cross-appointments, or are emeritus faculty, are not eligible.

Submit applications to:

Deadline: Any time

Value: up to $7,500

Arts & Science International Research Events Fund Application Form

Description: The Arts & Science Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program is designed to help bridge research funding gaps for full-time A&S faculty members (i.e., St. George campus) whose Tri-Council grant applications have been unsuccessful. The program is designed to allow researchers to continue their work and become more competitive on their next application. Faculty members and researchers who hold graduate-only appointments, other types of cross-appointments, or are emeritus faculty, are not eligible. While we accept requests for bridge funding for all of the below listed programs, first priority will be given to applicants in the SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, and NSERC Discovery Grant competitions. The CIHR and NSERC RTI programs will require some vetting depending on the quantity and magnitude of the requests.

The Tri-Council Bridge Fund is a 1:1 matching funds program. Principal Investigators must first apply for funding through their Department Chair or Director. Matching fund requests are to be submitted by the Unit Chair or Director to the A&S Research Services Office for review and approval by the Vice-Dean Research.

Opportunity & Deadlines:

SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, and NSERC Discovery Grant Bridge Funding
A&S will match unit contributions, up to $15,000, for one year.

  • Deadline: Any time before August 1 (immediately following an unsuccessful application).

CIHR Project Grant Bridge Funding
A&S will match unit contributions, up to $20,000, to PIs on CIHR Project grants that were unfunded in the Spring or Fall competition.

  • Deadlines:
    • Fall competition: apply for Bridge Funding by April 15 (immediately following an unsuccessful application). 
    • Spring competition: apply for Bridge Funding by August 1 (immediately following an unsuccessful application). 

Note: Principal Investigators who are awarded a Bridge Fund subsequent to an unsuccessful grant application in either the SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, NSERC Discovery, or CIHR Project grant competition must submit a proposal to the same funding program in the next competition cycle (Fall or Spring round for CIHR applicants).


NSERC Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) Bridge Funding
A&S will match unit contributions, up to $50,000.

  • Deadline: any time before August 1 (immediately following an unsuccessful application)

Eligible sources of matching funding from Academic Units

  1. Operating reserves within an Academic unit.
  2. Available funding within an individual Principal Investigator’s (the applicant) PI Fund Centre.
  3. Funding for graduate students from an Academic Unit’s Graduate Program Account*

*Note: Graduate Program Account funding cannot be transferred directly to a PI account and must be transferred directly to the student via a ROSI/Acorn Award.

Arts & Science Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program Application Form

Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) funds are intended to build research capacity in high-priority areas of strategic importance, with the goal of securing significant funding and/or realizing transformational impacts on issues of societal importance. ISI proposals articulate a grand challenge and associated research themes/questions at the convergence of multiple fields and disciplines, with the potential for impact in the research field and/or community, and a path to securing external funds.

Value: $50,000 to $300,000/year
Duration: Six months to three years 
Matching Funds: Secured matching funds are required from internal and external sources (1:1 match is normally required)
Theme Areas: Open to all areas of research and scholarship
Deadline: Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis

Two-stage Application process 

  1. brief Prospectus presented for early review and feedback
  2. full Proposal to follow early review
  • Only Proposals approved by the lead applicant’s Academic Division with matching cash support from at least three Academic Divisions will be considered.
  • Prospectuses and Proposals are reviewed and considered for approval by a subcommittee of the Research Advisory Board. The Divisional Vice Principal/Dean Research lead brings forward the Prospectus and Proposal to the subcommittee; the Academic lead(s) will be invited to present the final Proposal to the subcommittee.

Faculty members who are interested in leading or participating in an Institutional and Strategic Initiative should be in touch with the Arts & Science Research Services Office for a preliminary consultation.

A&S Contact: Lisa Rumiel, Director Research Services,
For a direct link to the New Initiatives Program Guidelines & Materials, please visit the Launch a New Initiative webpage
For complete details about existing initiatives, visit the Institutional and Strategic Initiatives webpage.

Description: The Research Catalyst Funding Competition is a competitive seed funding program for multidisciplinary teams forming a Collaborative Research Team (CRT). Funding from this program supports CRTs focused on the development of new data science methodology, or the use of existing methodology in innovative ways to address questions of major societal importance. Data Sciences is defined as the science of collecting, manipulating, storing, visualizing, learning from and extracting useful information from data in a reproducible, fair and ethical way. A proportion of the Research Catalyst Funding is prioritized for research projects related to the University of Toronto Data Sciences Institute’s (DSI) Thematic Programs.

Value: Up to $100,000

Arts & Science Allocation: While there is no set allocation for the Faculty of Arts & Science, A&S has set aside funding for up to two additional Catalyst Grants earmarked for projects with at least one A&S co-PI.

Please visit the Catalyst Program website for complete details on the program requirements, including the Notice of Intent and Full Application Deadlines.

Description: XSeed is an interdivisional research funding program led by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE), which is designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and to catalyze new innovative partnerships between a coPI from FASE and a coPI from another University of Toronto division. Funding is available for a maximum of seventeen (17) new collaborative projects, four of which will be allocated to the Faculty of Arts & Science. Two Arts & Science projects will be earmarked for coPIs from either the Humanities or Social Sciences.

For complete details, visit the FASE Call for Proposals page.

Deadline: March 7, 2022 by 12 Noon

Value: $60,000/year for a maximum of 2 years. $15,000 each from the collaborating Faculties and home unit of each co-PI.

Description: $1 million annually will be awarded to support approximately 4 team initiatives of up-to $250,000 each. The program aims to heighten U of T’s contribution to important issues facing society through the advancement of knowledge, and the transfer and application of solutions. Global Challenge teams will represent new collaborations involving leading U of T researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors. The program objective is to enhance U of T’s capacity to achieve meaningful outcomes and impact, including but not limited to: major new external funding to further develop solutions to the global challenge, important new partnerships, and/or new research oriented academic programs.

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Value: $250,000 (over two years)

Description: The Connaught Innovation Fund was created to accelerate the development of promising technology and promote commercialization and/or knowledge transfer. Connaught applications will be at or above Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 as defined by Science and Economic Development Canada (SEDC) to support evolving the innovation to the next level with potential commercial partners. Information regarding SEDC TRL Scale can be found here. Successful projects will have strong socioeconomic and/or commercial potential, and will strive to have a positive impact on society.

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Deadline: Fall

Value: $50,000

Description: The purpose of this program is to help new tenure stream faculty members establish competitive research programs. Up to $1 million awarded: support for approximately 50 awards of up to $20,000 will be provided to the highest ranked proposals (no matching required). These awards are intended to establish a strong research program, thereby increasing the faculty member’s competitiveness for external funding.

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Deadline: December

Value: $20,000

Description: The Major Research Project Management (MRPM) Fund is an initiative of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation to enhance the competitiveness of U of T-led research funding applications, and to ensure the effective administrative oversight of the project, enabling faculty members to focus on research.

To be eligible for MRPM, an application will be multi-PI, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional, led by full-time faculty members whose research is campus-based and administered through the University. Other sponsors/programs that attract indirect costs will also be considered on a case-by-case basis where all other eligibility criteria are met. The budget request from the sponsor for these large, complex projects are typically in excess of one million dollars (total project cost) at the level of hundreds of thousands per year.

The MRPM program comprises two potential funding streams that may be applied for separately or in combination. In both streams, MRPM funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar by cash contributions from the supporting division(s).

MRPM Stream 1 funding is provided to support proposal development for submissions at the full proposal stage. Up to $10,000 will be provided by the MRPM fund, which must be fully matched by the applicant’s division/department (up to $20,000 total when matched).

MRPM Stream 2 funding is provided specifically to support the administration of large, complex research projects, normally as compensation for project management. PI’s may request up to $50,000 per project year, which must be fully matched by the applicant’s division/department (up to $100,000/annum – total when matched).

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Deadline: Any time

Description: Joint workshops help lay the groundwork for future international collaborative research. They allow faculty and students to leverage complementary research strengths and increase their access to the unique capabilities of other international institutions. The Office of the Vice-President, International will provide up to $5000 to help facilitate a joint research workshop. Please note: workshop organizers must demonstrate a match of $10,000 in order to be eligible for the full $5000.

For complete details, visit the VPI Call for Proposals page.

Deadline: Rolling

Value: Up to $5000 (matching commitments required)

Description: Through engagement in meaningful research collaborations with international partners, U of T faculty and students contribute to solving complex global problems. One way the Office of the Vice President, International helps support this work is through various joint calls for research proposals with select international institutions. The collaborations supported through this seed funding leverage each institution’s unique research strengths, foster the mobility of researchers, and accelerate discovery.

Each call varies with respect to project length, allocated funding, and prioritized field depending on the nature of the partnership.

For complete details on current opportunities, visit the VPI Call for Proposals page.


Funds for Recruiting Research Trainees

Arts & Science is strongly committed to diversity in research and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Description: The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships provides outstanding recent doctoral students advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific, but rather can be held in any department or research unit across the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a full-time supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus).

Submit applications to:

Deadline: December 1 (20:00 EST)

Value: CDN $48,000/year for a maximum of two years.

Past Recipients of Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships

Description: The University of Toronto Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.

To start the process, interested applicants should be directly in touch with potential supervisors. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a full-time supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus).

Visit U of T's School of Graduate Studies website for complete program details and materials.

Submit applications to:

Deadline: March 15 (20:00 EDT)

Value: CDN $70,000/year for a maximum of two years (plus $5,000/year in start-up funding)

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

Value: CDN $70,000/year for a maximum of two years.

Arts & Science Allocation (2022-23): 16

Arts & Science Application Deadline: August 1 (20:00 EDT)

To start the process, interested applicants should be directly in touch with potential supervisors. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a full-time supervisor(s) from the professoriate (tenured or tenure-stream) within the Faculty of Arts & Science (primary budgetary appointment in Arts & Science, St. George Campus). Please consult the following documents for details about how to prepare the application.

Description: The Arts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide advanced training to outstanding recent doctoral students working at the intersections of ethics, law, religion and politics in relation to questions of citizenship, migration and diversity. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a full-time supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus).

Suspended until further notice.

Description: The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to support multi/interdisciplinary training and collaborative research in data sciences that include faculty from the University of Toronto and funding partner institutions. Currently, DSI Partner institutions are: Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, University Health Network, and Hospital for Sick Children.

  • To be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must pursue a research project that uses a data sciences focus to address major societal issues through the development of a novel methodology or the innovative application of existing approaches; and
  • Applicants must identify at least two faculty members from complementary disciplinary backgrounds to serve as co-supervisors, who together can supervise the different multidisciplinary aspects of the research project.

Value: $60,000/year plus benefits

Arts & Science Allocation: While there is no set allocation for the Faculty of Arts & Science, A&S has set aside funding for up to five additional DSI Postdoctoral Fellowships earmarked for postdoctoral fellows who have at least one co-supervisor from A&S (a primary budgetary appointee within the tenured or tenure stream).

Deadline: January 4, 2022, 20:00 EST

Please visit the DSI Postdoctoral Fellowships Program website for complete details on the program requirements.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Description: The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program provides undergraduate students from both the Natural Sciences & Engineering (NSE) and the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) with funding to conduct summer research projects under the supervision of U of T faculty members. Starting in 2022, with support from the Office of the Vice-Provost, Strategic Enrolment Management and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, UTEA program funding has been increased, raising both the value and number of awards available. Additionally, the awards are now standardized to ensure equitable funding across all eligible disciplines.

Deadline: March 25, 2022

New Award Value (Effective 2022 Competition): Both the UTEA-SSH and UTEA-NSE are valued at a minimum of $7,500. $5,250 is provided by the University, and must be matched by a minimum of $2,250 from the student’s supervisor or the academic unit. Any supplement above this level may be set at the supervisor’s or department’s discretion.

Award Duration: 14 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1 and September 30, 2022

Complete UTEA Application components (please submit in one PDF file):

  1. Part I – Student Personal Data
  2. Part II – Proposed Supervisor and Research Project
  3. Student Official Transcript (e-transcript or scanned transcript)

Submit applications to:

Visit the U of T Research Services website for complete program details and materials.

Description: The purpose of the Research Opportunities Program is to provide an opportunity for degree students in their second and third year in the Faculty of Arts & Science to work on the research project of a professor in return for 299Y or 399Y course credit. The Program is completely voluntary and serves to enhance the fundamental connection between teaching and research in a research intensive university.

Timeline: Fall/Winter and Summer term course offerings.

Learn more about the Research Opportunities Program.

Description: The Research Excursions Program (REP) provides small groups of second- and third-year students the opportunity to contribute to faculty research in an off-campus setting, in Canada or abroad. These group projects are based on experiential learning and are supervised by an Arts & Science faculty member.

Timeline: Applications accepted in the Fall

Value: $5,000 - $15,000

Learn more about the Research Excursions Program.


Other Trainee Research Opportunities

Description: Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that supports the creation of research and training programs in Canada. Mitacs programs financially assist academic researchers in providing on-the-job research training opportunities for students and post doctorates. Support is available for collaborations with Canadian and international industry and not-for-profit organizations. Mitacs applications are pre-approved when included in successful Tri-Agency grant application budgets.

Learn more about Mitacs programs that can be utilized for recruiting trainees. Please also review the searchable database of current Mitacs Accelerate/Elevate opportunities.

A curated list of current Accelerate opportunities for A&S faculty has been prepared:

Mitacs curated list of Accelerate opportunities

Arts & Science Mitacs Contacts: 

Rhianna Malcolm

Director, Business Development

Arts & Science Research Services

Glaucia Lima (Science Units)
Arts & Science Research Partnership and Business Development Officer 

Stephanie Fisher (Social Science & Humanities Units)
Arts & Science Social Science Partnered Research Officer

A joint partnership between the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Office of the Vice President International (OVPI), the program forms a foundational part of OVPI’s strategy for building Global Research Alliances with priority global peer institutions.

Value and Duration

  • SGS and OVPI will provide one third of the budget, up to a maximum of $33,000 CAD/year (up to three years) for the associated mobility costs for U of T students, PDFs, and faculty.  
  • The remaining 2/3rds of the budget must come from within and/or beyond the University (e.g. department, division, Tri-Agency, industry, philanthropy etc.).
  • Subject to a successful internal review, SGS/OVPI funding may be renewed for a maximum of two further years.

Eligibility: U of T applicants must have a faculty appointment with U of T and be eligible to hold research funding.

Eligible Expenditures: IDCs are designed to support expenses related to the mobility and research collaborations of U of T graduate students, postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) and PIs. 

  • Mobility expenses include costs incurred by U of T PIs, graduate students and PDFs for economy class flights, accommodation, meals, local transportation, etc.
  • Collaboration expenses include the costs of hosting workshops at U of T, as well as online communication platforms, virtual workshops and lab group meetings, virtual journal clubs, and online open access lab notebooks.

Faculty of Arts & Science Review and Support Process

The Faculty of Arts & Science anticipates funding up to three A&S-led IDCs per fiscal year (up to a maximum Divisional contribution of $15,000 CAD/year per IDC). Requests for larger Divisional contributions will be considered on a case by case basis.

Proposals for partial IDC funding will also be considered for A&S matching funding (i.e. A&S led proposals where PIs have secured more than 1/3 of the funding from external funding sources, or proposals led in other U of T Divisions, on which A&S faculty members are co-PIs).

Important Information

In order to facilitate this for the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Vice Dean Graduate asks that interested faculty members, teams, and unit Chair(s) and Director(s) consult the A&S Office of Graduate Studies early in the application development process. Contact

IDCs should be aligned with A&S Strategic Priorities and/or those of the host units and be undertaken in partnership with priority peer institutions (i.e. there is potential for a broad-based institution-institution partnership with globally recognized institution(s).

IDC proposals must have secured at least one third of its funding from a combination of unit funding (cash) and/or external funding (tri-agency funding, corporate, philanthropy) that directly supports eligible IDC expenses for U of T participants.

IDC proposals must have confirmation that the financial resources of participating PIs from partnering institutions are in place to support their travel costs and those of their graduate students and PDFs for coming to the U of T.

A&S will consider requests for additional top-up funding for IDC Proposals with peer-institutions in lower and middle-income countries (LMICs), where additional funding is needed to support the mobility and collaboration expenses of PIs and trainees at the partner institution. Where possible, PIs will be expected to leverage external funding sources (i.e. peer-reviewed grant funding, philanthropy, etc.) to support these costs.

To be considered for A&S funding, proposals must demonstrate plans for:

  • Collaborative knowledge creation & transfer.
  • Funding: Leverage larger sources of external funding to sustain partnership.
  • Attracting top global talent (doctoral students, PDFs etc.).
  • Enhancing the global exposure of the U of T community.
  • Building sustainable multidisciplinary global knowledge networks.

To be considered for A&S funding, PIs must submit the completed IDC proposal for review no later than two weeks in advance of the corresponding VP International deadline. A&S proposals will be reviewed four times per year (i.e., February 1 for the February 15 competition, May 1 for May 15 competition, September 1 for September 15 competition, and December 1 for December 15 competition).

For complete program details and to access applications forms, please visit the International Doctoral Clusters program page.

Completed proposals must be submitted to prior to submission to the OVPI.