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Arts & Science is strongly committed to diversity in research and we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, people of diverse sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The Arts & Science (A&S) Collaborative Research Funding Program aims to leverage our research excellence in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and offers seed funding to support new cross-disciplinary research collaborations between tenure stream faculty members (with a primary budgetary appointment within A&S, St. George campus) from different A&S academic units and disciplines.

The purpose of the program is to support novel collaborative research projects that seek to:

  • answer research questions that are best addressed through interdisciplinary approaches;
  • advance new ways of thinking about research questions, ideas, approaches, and methods; and
  • provide leading-edge training for highly qualified personnel (HQP) in interdisciplinary research environments.
Application Deadline

March 1 (17:00 EST)

Note: When a deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline will shift to the next immediate business day.

Value and Duration

Applicants can choose from one of two streams, depending on the amount of funding that is required to complete the project:

Stream A: $20,000 per year for two-year projects (for a total of $40,000)
Stream B: $35,000 per year for two-year projects (for a total of $70,000)

Project Team & Eligibility
  • Each project requires a minimum of two co-principal investigators (Co-PIs).
  • Each Co-PI must be tenure stream with a primary budgetary appointment within the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George campus.
  • Applicants must have an active academic appointment at the time of award start date (May 1 in each competition year).
  • Co-PIs cannot share the same primary academic unit or have previously collaborated on a funded research project within the last five years. The proposed project must explore new research questions and/or approaches that are distinct from previous collaborations between the Co-PIs.
  • Faculty members who hold a primary appointment in another division or from outside the University of Toronto can be listed as collaborators. These team members will not be eligible to receive funding from this grant.
Evaluation Criteria

All proposals will be assessed on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Quality of the research — provide a clear and original overarching goal and set of research questions/objectives.
  • Plan for collaboration — outline how the Co-PI’s expertise will be united to solve an important, unsolved, interdisciplinary research problem. Describe the role of additional collaborators, if applicable.
  • Excellence of the research team — provide evidence of established or emerging leadership of each Co-PI in their respective research area(s).
  • Training highly qualified personnel (HQP)
    • Describe the plans for the training and development of HQP
    • Incorporate equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) considerations in the training plan
  • Annual milestones — define the milestones and timelines that will form the foundation of the collaboration during the funding period, and how the project could provide the basis of future collaborative grant applications beyond the funding period.
  • Feasibility — describe the appropriateness of the research team, the research plan, and the research environment, and provide a justification for the proposed budget.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

Applicants are expected to describe EDI challenges and considerations that have been addressed in the development of the project team, and how EDI has been integrated into the research design, as applicable to the project. Actions taken to form the research team are expected to remove identified barriers and provide opportunities for the integration of individuals from all groups, including but not limited to women, Indigenous Peoples, members of racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus (SGBA+)

Applicants are expected to effectively integrate evidence-based sex-and gender-based analysis plus in their proposed research methodology, where appropriate.

Indigenous Research

The Faculty of Arts & Science is committed to the appropriate peer review of research with and about Indigenous peoples and communities. All applicants are asked to indicate whether the proposed project involves or impacts Indigenous individuals, communities, peoples, topics, lands, or areas of interest. In cases where an applicant indicates “Yes,” they are asked to elaborate in their research proposal.

Budget & Use of Funds

Applicants may request $20,000 per year (for a total of $40,000) under stream A, or $35,000 per year (for a total of $70,000) under stream B.

  • Eligible costs are those deemed necessary for carrying out the research project, including but not limited to:
    • Employment and compensation expenses: Research personnel costs, including student salaries or stipends;
    • Services: costs for professional and technical services;
    • Honoraria for research participants and to support community involvement in the research;
    • Travel: costs associated with research-related travel to conduct the proposed research and for research participants, where applicable;
    • Knowledge dissemination: costs associated with knowledge dissemination including publication costs and conference attendance travel costs;
    • Consumables: materials and supplies required to conduct the research;
    • Non-consumables: non-consumable expenses to conduct the research (e.g. data sets; software)
  • Ineligible costs:
    • Equipment
  • Proposed project expenses must adhere to the University of Toronto Guide to Financial Management.
Competition Results

We anticipate funding up to three (3) new projects under stream A and up to two (2) new projects under stream B annually. Results will be communicated in May of each year.

Contact & Resources

For program inquiries, please contact Stephanie Fisher: s.fisher@utoronto.ca.

Submission Process

Completed submissions must include (as one single PDF attachment):

  1. Application form
  2. Research proposal (4 pages maximum)
  3. Short CVs for each Co-PI (3 pages max. per CV)

Applications are to be combined into a single PDF and emailed to research.artsci@utoronto.ca. Please include "A&S Collaborative Research Funding Program" in the subject line. An MRA is not required for this program.

All applicants are also required to complete and submit the applicant demographic survey as part of their application. All survey answers will remain confidential and will not be used as part of the evaluation of your application or any other future application.

Style Guide
  • Body text minimum 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • Single-spaced, with no more than 6 lines of type per inch
  • All margins set at a minimum of 3/4" (1.87 cm)
Application Preparation Guidelines

All three sections outlined below must be addressed.

Proposed Research Activities (2 pages maximum)
Project description and Research Design (approx. 3/4 page)

Describe the research goals and objectives, theoretical context, methodological approach, and research challenges and opportunities to be tackled through the collaboration.

If applicable, describe how sex- and gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+), EDI considerations, and/or Indigenous research concepts, principles, and protocols for conducting respectful research with Indigenous Peoples and communities into each stage of the research process. Applicants engaging in community-based research are also encouraged to describe whether an agreement, partnership, or understanding is already in place with the relevant communit(ies).

Complementarity of Research Expertise (approx. 1/4 page)

Describe how the Co-PI’s expertise will be united to solve an important, unsolved, interdisciplinary research problem, and the added value of taking a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to the proposed project. Describe additional collaborators and the contribution to the research project of these individuals, if applicable.

Expected Impact (approx. 1/4 page)

Describe the expected significance and impact of the research as a result of the proposed collaboration.

HQP Training Plans (approx. 1/4 page)

Describe the plans for the training and development of HQP, including a description of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the recruitment and training plan.

Plans for future collaboration (approx. 1/8 page)

Detail the potential and plans for future research collaborations as a result of this project (e.g., joint publications, joint research grant funding opportunities, collaborative community outreach, or other research collaborative opportunities).

Project Milestones and Timeline (approx. 1/8 page)

Describe the project timeline, milestones, and planned outputs.

Budget Table & Justification (1 page maximum)

Using the budget categories listed below, explain how you will use the funds over the two years to achieve the project objectives. Please indicate the amount that will be allocated to each Co-PI.

Fully justify all budget costs in terms of the needs of the research, keeping in mind that the appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of the proposed costs are part of the feasibility evaluation criterion. Proposed project expenses must adhere to the University of Toronto Guide to Financial Management.

Note: equipment costs are not eligible.

Budget Categories
  • Employment and compensation
  • Services (professional and technical)
  • Travel
  • Knowledge dissemination
  • Consumables (materials and supplies)
  • Non-consumables
  • Other (please describe)
References (1 page maximum)

List all references cited or works referred to in your proposal.

Short curriculum vitaes (3 pages maximum per CV)
Adjudication Process
  • The Faculty of Arts & Science, vice dean, Research & Infrastructure or delegate shall chair the selection committee. The composition of the selection committee shall reflect the broad diversity of individuals and disciplines within A&S, St. George campus. The values of equity, diversity and inclusiveness are an institutional priority for the University of Toronto, and A&S wants to ensure that its internal review processes and committee reflect this commitment.
  • Selection committee members shall review the applications, individually and in an adjudication committee meeting, using the program evaluation criteria to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each respective application.
  • Members of the selection committee are expected to reinforce standards of rigor, fairness, respect and equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the adjudication process.
  • The VPRI Best Practices in Peer Review Guide shall serve as a resource for members of the selection committee.

The Arts & Science (A&S) Fund for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) program provides funding support for faculty-member-led research taking place in partnership with Indigenous organizations and communities and on Indigenous territories and/or about Indigenous lands. The FIRE program responds to the commitments outlined in the A&S Academic Plan, the A&S Strategic Research Plan, 2023–28 and the A&S Decanal Advisory Committee on Indigenous Research, Teaching and Learning, the latter of which guides A&S in answering the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

FIRE is intended to enhance the support of Indigenous research and scholarship and advance research that is ethical, respects Indigenous ways of knowing and engages Indigenous communities and nations here on Turtle Island (North America), specifically through offsetting the unique costs related to working in and with Indigenous communities.

The purpose of the program is to:
  • Support Indigenous community-based and/or fieldwork research, with a particular emphasis on supporting Indigenous faculty members.  
  • Provide funding for costs unique to Indigenous community-based and/or field work research that may not be sufficiently funded with other funding opportunities.
  • Advance sustainable and respectful research relationships between A&S faculty members and Indigenous organizations and communities.
  • Support community-engaged research with Indigenous communities.
Value and Duration

The program will provide up to $15,000 per project (based on project need and a justification for the requested amount). The funds must be used within two years of the award start date.

Application Deadline

Anytime

Eligibility
Applicants:

This program will support faculty members with a full-time A&S (St. George campus) primary budgetary appointment, who are eligible principal investigators (PIs) according to the University of Toronto PI Eligibility Guidelines. While applications are welcomed from all eligible A&S faculty members, funding for the program is primarily intended to support Indigenous faculty-member-led research.

The fund is envisioned as complementary to tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) research grant funding, and it may be leveraged for all stages of community-based and field research on Indigenous lands with Indigenous communities, including early-stage research planning with Indigenous communities to facilitate co-development of research studies and activities. If the funds will be used to supplement an already funded project, the active grant must have received an ethics review (as applicable to the research).

Research areas:

This funding opportunity is open to all research fields and disciplines. All field work requires Indigenous community consultation and engagement, including research that does not directly involve humans (e.g., environmental sciences). Applicants are encouraged to consult the tri-agency webpage on Indigenous research for further guidance.

Evidence of partnership:

While the FIRE program can be used to support both nascent and established partnerships, the application should be accompanied by some form of agreement with an Indigenous organization or community (i.e., an appended agreement, letter, other form of communication, or symbol of partnership/cooperation).

Use of Funds

Eligible costs are those deemed necessary for carrying out the research project while meaningfully engaging with the Indigenous community. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Employment and compensation expenses: Research personnel costs including student salaries or stipends and non-student salaries
  • Services: Costs for professional and technical services
  • Honoraria (for community participants, elders, etc.)
  • Travel: Costs associated with research-related travel to conduct the proposed research, and for research-participant travel, where applicable
  • Consumables: Materials and supplies required to conduct the research
  • Non-consumables: Non-consumable expenses to conduct the research (e.g., data sets, software)
  • Research-related gifts
  • Research-related hospitality items

Proposed project expenses must adhere to the University of Toronto Guide to Financial Management.

Additional helpful guidelines:
Adjudication Process and Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be assessed by the Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure in consultation with an Arts & Science review panel that includes a senior Indigenous faculty member and an Indigenous community member, based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Need for funding — Justify the need for the requested funds to carry out the proposed research.
  • Indigenous engagement — Describe the process of engagement with the Indigenous community including steps taken/to be taken to ensure engagement is responsible, respectful and reciprocal.
Submission Process

Completed submissions must include:

  • Application form (one page proposal + budget)
  • Documentation of Indigenous-community engagement

Please combine applications into a single PDF and email to research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

Questions?

Please contact Gabrielle Sugar, Funded Research Officer at gabrielle.sugar@utoronto.ca

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 members and researchers who hold graduate-only appointments, other types of cross-appointments or are emeritus faculty are not eligible.

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's) PI Fund Centre.

Submit applications to research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

Arts & Science International Research Events Fund Application Form

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 & Infrastructure.

Opportunities & 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 after 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's) 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

XSeed is an interdivisional research funding program led by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE), which is designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and to catalyze new innovative partnerships between a co-PI from FASE and a co-PI 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 co-PIs from either the humanities or social sciences.

For complete program details, visit the FASE Call for Proposals page, where you can also view past recipients, and access a new Joint Seed Collaboration database for those looking to connect with potential collaborators.

Deadline

The current application deadline is 12 pm on Monday, March 11, 2024.

Value

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

Eligible sources of matching funding from Arts & Science academic units:
  1. Operating reserves within an academic unit.
  2. Available funding within an individual principal investigator’s (the applicant's) 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.

Contact and resources

For Arts & Science applicant inquiries, please contact Glaucia Lima: glaucia.lima@utoronto.ca.

 

University of Toronto Internal Research Funding Opportunities

$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.

Value: $250,000 (over two years)

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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.

Deadline: Fall

Value: $50,000

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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.

Deadline: December

Value: $20,000

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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). Stream 1 is currently under moratoriam and unavailable.

MRPM Stream 2 funding is provided for compensation for a dedicated Project Manager or equivalent. During this period of financial constraint, Investigators may request up to $25K (previously $50K) per project year, which must be fully matched by the applicant’s division/department. Very limited funding is vailable. Once the remaining MRPM funds have been committed, a moratorium will also be applied to Stream 2. 

Note, only new incremental administrative resources are eligible. This fund is not intended to recover salary of existing staff members.

Deadline: Any time

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Joint workshops help lay the groundwork for future international collaborative research. They allow faculty members 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 $5,000 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 $5,000.

Deadline: Rolling

Value: Up to $5,000 (matching commitments required)

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Through engagement in meaningful research collaborations with international partners, U of T faculty members 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.

View current opportunities

 

Funds for Recruiting Research Trainees

Arts & Science is strongly committed to diversity in research and especially welcomes applications from individuals from all groups, including but not limited to women, Indigenous Peoples, members of racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide 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 (A&S) at the University of Toronto. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate (tenure stream) within the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus).

Nomination Deadline

December 1 (20:00 EST)

Note: When a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will be considered the deadline date.

Required Legal Status

Domestic or International

Results

March

Value and Duration

Each award will provide $53,000 (plus benefits) per year for a maximum of two years. There are two types of funding for the fellowships. One is fully-funded, where A&S contributes the full stipend of $53,000 and benefits. The other is match-funded, where supervisors and/or units contribute half the stipend ($26,500) and benefits, the second half of which is matched by A&S. A section of the Supervisor Postdoctoral Fellowship Form requires the supervisor to specify which funding type applies to their application.

Eligibility to Apply

The award is open to both domestic and international post-graduates. Successful international candidates must meet all Canadian immigration requirements before taking up the award.

Fellowships are only tenable within the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Proposed supervisor(s) must have a tenure-track or tenured appointment within the Faculty of Arts & Science (primary budgetary appointment in Arts & Science, St. George campus).

Nominees must:
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and high potential for success in their chosen fields;
  • Have completed all requirements for their doctorate degree no earlier than May 1, 2021. (Note: If within two years following the date of completion of your PhD, you had your career significantly interrupted due to parental, medical and/or family-related responsibilities, or due to research-related slowdowns or shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the eligibility period will be extended to May 2020. If this applies, applicants should add a section at the end of their CV describing special circumstances and career interruptions.)
  • Not hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position;
  • Not hold concurrently another major fellowship;
  • Begin the fellowship between May 1 and December 1 in the year of award;
  • Be associated with a supervisor appointed to the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George campus.
Application Process

Applications must be submitted to the Arts & Science Research Office by the primary supervisor’s department/unit chair or director’s office.

Each application should be submitted as one single PDF file, containing all application materials in the order as listed below (including 1. the components completed by the postdoctoral applicant and 2. the supervisor applicant components, respectively).

Submit applications to: research.artsci@utoronto.ca. Required email subject line: APPLICANT NAME: A&S PDF APPLICATION:

Components completed by the postdoctoral applicant:
  • A&S Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form
    Note: The form includes a one-page research proposal where you should describe your proposed research project, highlighting the importance and impact of the research and how this research fits into your academic goals. *Reference lists or bibliographies are not necessary for the proposal.
  • Applicant’s CV.
  • (NEW) Applicant Demographic Survey to be completed and submitted separately.
    Note: All survey answers will remain confidential and will not be used as part of the evaluation of your application or any other future application. Gathering demographic data supports our ability to evaluate the diversity of our pool of applicants in each competition and allows us to contextualize our adjudications processes and inform our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion reporting and best practices.
Supervisor Application Components
  • Proposed supervisor(s) must have a tenure-track or tenured appointment in A&S (i.e., fully appointed at the St. George campus).
  • A&S Postdoctoral Fellowship Supervisors Form
    Notes:
    • This form must be signed by the chair or director of the supervisor’s unit before being submitted. Co-supervision requires signatures of the chairs and/or directors from the units of all supervisors.
    • In the space provided please comment on the applicant’s research potential, the quality of the proposed research, the research environment and resources that will be available to the applicant, and how the fellowship will advance the applicant’s career development.
Evaluation and Selection Process

The Vice Dean Research Chairs the A&S Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, which meets each competition year to evaluate and recommend top candidates. The Selection Committee reflects the broad diversity of individuals and disciplines within the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George and includes equal representation by academic leaders from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science sectoral units in Arts & Science. Members of the Selection Committee are expected to reinforce standards of rigor, fairness, respect and equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the adjudication process. The Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (OVPRI) has developed a tips and resources best practice guide for honours & awards nominations with a Best Practices in Peer Review Guide that may serve as a resource for members of the Selection Committee.

The single criteria for A&S Postdoctoral Fellowship applications is demonstrated academic excellence and high potential for success in the chosen field. The multidisciplinary selection committee members assess this through their evaluation of each applicant’s 1) proposal, 2) CV, and 3) the postdoctoral fellowship supervisor’s statement.

Important Information
  • Please consult the information regarding postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto on the website of the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents must have completed their PhD requirements no later than six months after their start-date of an A&S Postdoctoral Fellowship. International applicants must have completed their PhD requirements before the start date of an A&S Postdoctoral Fellowship. In each instance, proof of PhD completion must be provided within three months of completion if the applicant did not have it in hand at the time of application. Degree completion does not mean convocation, but rather the completion of all the requirements necessary for the PhD.
  • A&S Postdoctoral Fellows may not concurrently hold another postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Canadian citizens and permanent resident applicants, however, are strongly encouraged to apply for the appropriate CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC postdoctoral fellowships in addition to their Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship. To provide further incentive to apply to such funding agencies, if an applicant is awarded both an A&S fellowship and a CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC fellowship, A&S will provide an additional $10,000 stipend to the NSERC/SSHRC stipend and $15,000 to the CIHR stipend for each year of the fellowship.
  • Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.
  • Requests for award interruptions for reasons that are not outlined within Article 11 (Leaves) of the CUPE Unit 5 Collective Agreement will not normally be considered.
  • The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We seek to ensure to the greatest extent possible that all students and employees enjoy the opportunity to participate as they see fit in the full range of activities that the university offers, and to achieve their full potential as members of the university community.

Contact & Resources

For information regarding the selection process, please contact:
Faculty of Arts & Science Research Office research.artsci@utoronto.ca

Past Recipients of Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University of Toronto Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous to Turtle Island and/or 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.

Value

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

Arts & Science Deadline

March 5 (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, or supervisors, from the professoriate (tenured or tenure-stream) within the Faculty of Arts & Science (primary budgetary appointment in Arts & Science, St. George Campus).

Eligibility

The award is open to both domestic and international candidates.

Nominees must:
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and high potential for success in their chosen fields;
  • Identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island and/or Black;
  • Have obtained a doctoral degree, at the time the fellowship commences and normally within the last five years from the start of the fellowship; and
  • Not have held a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship previously.
Recipients must:
  • Begin the fellowship by January 2025, following the competition;
  • Be a postdoctoral employee of the University of Toronto;
  • Be associated with a supervisor appointed to a graduate unit;
  • Register and remain registered with the Postdoctoral Office at SGS;
  • Not hold concurrently another major fellowship;
  • Not hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position;
  • Establish an IDP (Independent Development Plan) and submit to SGS within the first three months of the fellowship. The IDP should be reviewed annually and the revised copy sent to the Postdoctoral Office at SGS; and
  • Submit proof of completion of degree no later than three months after the fellowship commences if they had not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of nomination.
Selection Criteria

Preference in this competition is given to nominees who have not yet held a postdoctoral fellowship.

The Evaluation Committee assesses applications using the following criteria:

Research or Scholarship Proposal
  • Are the ideas put forward in the research plan innovative and/or original?
  • Are the approaches and/or methodologies appropriate?
  • Is the research plan relevant to the nominee’s research career objectives?
  • Does the research plan have the potential of significantly advancing our understanding of the area?
Applicant Track Record
  • Academic and research training received by the nominee (take an inclusive excellence lens)
  • Awards or acknowledgements of academic achievement
  • Scholarly activity as relevant to discipline (e.g., publications, chapters, presentations, community-engaged work, public scholarship, creative practice and related scholarly activity)
  • Research accomplished to date — has the nominee started to demonstrated independence and originality? Contributions to team research?
  • Quality of the nominee’s training, mentorship and supervisory activities
Scholarly Potential
  • Scholarly potential in the field can be demonstrated through the nominee’s engagement as a mentor, their ability to manage research, to contribute novel ideas to their research program, to make decisions that are crucial to the success of the research program, to lead their research collaboratively, have excellent working relationships with those around them, etc.
  • Will the nominee make meaningful contributions while a postdoctoral scholar at the U of T? Will the postdoctoral scholar be launched into a meaningful career trajectory?
  • Does the research or scholarship plan provide evidence of the applicant’s leadership in the design and conduct of the proposed research?
Feasibility
  • Is the proposed research feasible, given the resources and support available to the investigator?
  • Has the supervisor demonstrated support for the scientific development of the candidate and their independent research program?
  • What space, operating funds, infrastructure and/or other resources will be available to the nominee and are they adequate?
  • Does the department or organization demonstrate leadership in the nominee’s chosen field?
  • Will the nominee receive adequate scientific and career guidance?
Complete Program Details

Visit U of T’s School of Graduate Studies website for complete program details.

Submit applications to: research.artsci@utoronto.ca

Submission Instructions for Chairs and Academic Directors

The nomination package for each nominee should be submitted to the Arts & Science Research Office by the supervisor’s department/unit chair. Each nomination package should be scanned as a single PDF file, containing all application materials in the order as listed below.

Please use file naming convention of: Last name, First name_PPFP2024

  1. PDF icon​A&S 2024 PPFP Application Form — If you have any issues accessing this document, please contact research.artsci@utoronto.ca.
  2. A nomination letter from the graduate unit/department chair (max. two pages). The letter should:
    • address how the nominee meets the selection criteria, clearly state which underrepresented group (Indigenous and/or Black) the nominee identifies as, and confirm that the nominee intends to accept the offer if funding is made available;
    • illustrate the synergy between the research proposal and the research goals of the supervisor/unit/department, as well as the mission of the University; and
    • outline support of the nominee by describing how the applicant and faculty/unit/department will mutually benefit from this engagement.
  3. A supervisor statement from the faculty advisor/mentor (max. two pages). The statement should:
    • describe the complementarity between the research interests/background of the supervisor and nominee, how the proposed research complements the supervisor’s ongoing projects and/or new research directions, and the anticipated mutual benefits;
    • reveal information specific to the field of study (e.g., benchmarks of excellence, publication norms/standards/practices, impact factor of research contributions) that would otherwise not be known outside the discipline;
    • provide details regarding the applicant’s proposed research environment, clearly stating the supervisor’s and department’s commitment. Examples of commitment include (but are not limited to) mentorship, opportunities for collaboration, dissemination, and/or knowledge translation, resources (e.g., funding, facilities, personnel) that will be available to support the nominee as they carry out their proposed research; and
    • illustrate the supervisor’s commitment to the applicant’s academic and professional trajectory, clearly indicating the resources and/or mentoring activities that are available through the training environment to support career development.
  4. Research or scholarship proposal from the nominee (max. two pages, plus up to two additional pages for references/citations);
  5. New: Training statement from the nominee (max. one page). The statement should describe:
    • their professional, academic, and extracurricular experiences/achievements and how it will contribute to their training success (1/2 page); and
    • how the training they expect to acquire will contribute to their productivity and to the research goals they hope to achieve. Indicate why they decided upon the proposed training location and what they expect to learn from the training experience (1/2 page).
  6. Nominee’s C.V. (no page restriction); and
  7. A short personal biography written by the nominee (max. 1/3 page), which may be used on the SGS Postdoctoral Fellows website or other communications, should they be successfully selected as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow.
Important Links:

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 (2024–25):

17

Arts & Science Application Deadline:

August 1 (20:00 EDT)

Note: When a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will be considered the deadline date.

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).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the 2024–25 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfil or have fulfilled* all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD equivalent or health professional degree:

  • between September 15, 2021 and September 30, 2025 (inclusively)** and;
  • before the start date of their award.

*Fulfilment of all degree requirements refers to the date you complete all the steps required for obtaining your degree, not the convocation date.

**Your eligibility window may be extended by the duration of the eligible delay(s)/interruption(s), as indicated in the Banting Program Eligibility section.

Note: Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2025.

For applicants who have completed more than one PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, the eligibility window applies to the most recent of these degrees.

Arts & Science Submission Instructions

Submit applications to: research.artsci@utoronto.ca

Submission Instructions for Chairs and Academic Directors
  • The nomination package for each nominee should be submitted to the Arts & Science Research Office by the supervisor’s department chair or academic director.
  • If an academic unit is submitting more than one application, the submission must include a ranked list of nominees.
  • Each nomination package should be submitted as a single Adobe PDF file, containing all application materials in the order as listed below:
    • ResearchNet Application Form
    • Curriculum Vitae (CCV format)
    • Significance of Research Contributions
    • Significance of Leadership Contributions
    • Project Overview, including Lay Summary
    • Research Proposal
    • Special Circumstances, if applicable
    • Supervisor Statement
    • Referee Assessments
  • Please use file naming convention of: Last name-First name-Banting 2024-25.
Roles and Responsibilities of Applicant and Proposed Supervisor

Below is a breakdown of who is responsible for which piece of the application before it is submitted to the academic unit for final review, approval, ranking and submission to the Arts & Science Research Office.

Applicants

Applicants must complete the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae. (see Application Guide Task 4)
  2. ResearchNet Application Form (see Application Guide Task 5)
  3. Significance of Research Contributions (see Application Guide Task 7)
  4. Significance of Leadership Contributions (see Application Guide Task 7)
  5. Project Overview, including Lay Summary (see Application Guide Task 10)
  6. Research Proposal (see Application Guide Task 10)
  7. Referee letters (at least one from an arm's length assessor). (see Application Guide Task 8)
  8. Special Circumstances, if applicable.

*Applicants should direct their referees to submit a confidential copy of their assessment report directly to the supervisor's attention. These letters are required for the university’s review process. Choose carefully, ensuring that they are prepared to write supportively and in detail.

Proposed Supervisors

Proposed supervisor(s) must have a tenure-track or tenured appointment in Arts & Science (i.e., primary budgetary appointment in Arts & Science, at the St. George campus), and complete the following:

  1. Supervisor's statement (see Application Guide Task 10)
  2. Supervisor collects the applicant referee letters and submits the complete nomination package to the department chair.
Department Chairs & Academic Directors

Department chairs/academic directors must submit the completed nomination package(s) with a ranked list of nominees.

Important Links

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.

The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to support multi/interdisciplinary training and collaborative research in data sciences that include faculty members 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).

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) provides opportunities for research experience at the undergraduate level in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), social sciences and humanities (SSH), or health and life sciences (HLS) to: augment the formal research courses offered by the University of Toronto; provide undergraduate students opportunities to gain direct research experience on a faculty-led project; help students learn and appreciate the investigative methodologies of areas of particular interest; and to foster interest in and knowledge of careers in research.

Arts & Science Application Deadline

March 29 (20:00 EST)

Arts & Science Application Process

For each respective A&S academic unit (of the proposed supervisor), the undergraduate office (or delegate) must submit all UTEA applications packages as single PDFs (one per application) to: research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

Complete applications include:

  1. Part 1 – Student personal data
  2. Part II – Proposed supervisor and research project
  3. Student transcript (ROSI or e-transcript)
Arts & Science 2024 allocation:
  • 39 UTEAs in natural sciences and engineering
  • 41 UTEAs in social sciences and humanities
  • 16 UTEAs in health and life sciences
Note:
  • Applications will not be accepted from students or supervisors directly.
  • If the supervisor has a home academic unit outside Arts & Science (St. George), the application needs to be submitted through the relevant non-A&S department/division.
Award Value

UTEAs are valued at a minimum of $7,500. Of this minimum total, $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

The award period is 14 full weeks during the summer term, beginning no earlier than May 1, 2024, and ending no later than September 30, 2024.

Eligibility of Students

To be eligible to hold a UTEA, a student must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer work term;
  • be registered in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Toronto either as 1) a full-time student, or 2) a part-time student only if the UTEA will be held during the student’s final session and the student requires only a part-time course load to complete their degree;
  • be registered either at the time of application or in the term immediately before the award start date. Graduating students may hold an award in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program, as long as they have not started a graduate program; and
  • have obtained a cumulative average of "B+" or higher. For students in higher years, this average can be applied to the best two years of study.

Eligible students may already hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline and be studying towards a second bachelor's degree in NSE, SSH, or HLS.

A student is ineligible to hold a UTEA if they:

  • are currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., MD, DDS, BScN);
  • hold a degree above a bachelor’s in NSE, HLS, or SSH; or
  • are currently enrolled in graduate studies

Please also note:

  • A student may only apply for one UTEA opportunity per year.
  • A student may not concurrently hold a UTEA and an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) or other equivalent summer research award.
  • Preference will be given to second- and third-year students.
  • A student may hold a maximum of 3 UTEAs throughout their university career, with priority given to first-time applicants.
Eligibility of Faculty Supervisors

To be eligible as a UTEA supervisor in the Arts & Science competition, a faculty member must be:

  • A primary budgetary appointee in Arts & Science (St. George campus), and
  • A principal investigator (PI), either hold an active NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR grant, or have a pending application with one of those agencies at the start date of the UTEA (May 1st)

A faculty member can be the supervisor on a maximum of 2 UTEAs per year.

Research Expenses and Fieldwork

The entire UTEA funding is to be awarded to the student as a stipend. Any additional costs, e.g. supplies, services, fieldwork (travel expenses) are the responsibility of the supervisor or the department.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Toronto embraces diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities.

Divisions are expected to post opportunities widely to attract a broad/diverse pool of students. Academic divisions/units must establish a peer review committee to make award decisions. Academic units make award decisions through their own competitive, peer-review process. In the absence of such a committee, academic divisions can rely on their executive committee or other existing committee of faculty members.

Review committees are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and to adopt equitable and consistent peer review processes. Committees must develop and consistently apply predetermined selection criteria that align with information found in the posting and account for and not penalize academic interruptions/leaves/extenuating circumstances.

Activity Report

It is the responsibility of the student to submit a Research Report no later than October 1, 2024, to Cheryl Nash, Research Funding Officer (cheryl.nash@utoronto.ca). The report template will be distributed with award letters.

Visit the University Registrar's Office website for complete program details and materials.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have each introduced their respective Black Student Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) program. Modelled on NSERC’s USRA program, the goal of both CIHR’s and SSHRC’s program is to provide research experience that complements the degree program that undergraduate students are pursuing, which may lead them to consider graduate studies in the fields of health and life sciences (CIHR) or the social sciences and humanities (SSHRC).

  • CIHR and SSHRC’s Black Student USRA awards are only for Black Students.
  • When students are completing their portion of the USRA application, they will confirm that they self-identify as Black, and confirm their awareness that this declaration will be shared with the institution and the funding agency.
  • For 2024, the University of Toronto can select 22 CIHR Black Student USRAs and 9 SSHRC Black Student USRAs.
  • As a result of the allocation provided to U of T, an internal selection process will be used as outlined in the sections below.
Program Overview
  • Duration: 16 full consecutive weeks in the summer term (between May 1st and September 1st).
  • Value: $6,000 from the funding agency with a mandatory match from the university (usually from the supervisor’s other research funds) of a minimum of $1,500.
  • Any supplement above this level may be set at the discretion of the department or the USRA supervisor.
  • Travel allowances are not permitted under the USRA program. Any costs of fieldwork and related expenses (including travel) are ineligible.
  • USRAs do not include provision for paid vacation days.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to the following summer term.
  • Tenure: Both the USRA Awardee and their faculty supervisor must be located at the same university during the tenure of the award. USRAs cannot be transferred to another university.
Eligibility
Eligible Students:
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), as of the deadline date for applications at the institution.
  • Self-identify as Black on the online application form.
  • Registered either full-time or part-time (at the time of application) in a bachelor's degree program in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award. (A student is still eligible if they already hold a bachelor’s degree, as long as they are currently studying towards a second bachelor’s degree.)
  • Obtained a cumulative average of at least a grade of B- over the previous year of study (please contact the RSO about any GPA requirement questions you may have).
  • Has completed, at the time of application, a minimum of two academic terms/semesters. (First year students are not eligible.)
  • If graduating, is in the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate program requirements and has not started a program of graduate studies (at U of T, students can hold a USRA in the summer immediately following their final spring term).
  • Will be engaged on a full-time basis in research and development activities during the award tenure. (USRA award holders are permitted to take up to a maximum two courses during the award term. Thesis research during the award term is not permitted.)
  • Will not receive academic credits for research done during the USRA term.
Ineligible Students:
  • Foreign or international students.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program in the health sciences (e.g., MD, BScPhm, DDS, BScN) (is not applicable to CIHR USRAs).
  • Cannot be currently registered or have been previously registered, at any time, in a graduate program in the same field of study.
Eligible Supervisor:
  • Can independently supervise students, as per their appointment with the university.
  • Meets CIHR or SSHRC eligibility to hold research grants (CIHR eligibility, or for SSHRC eligibility, see “Applicant”).
Ineligible Supervisor:
  • Postdoctoral fellows and graduate/PhD students are not eligible USRA supervisors.
Eligible Project:
  • Research proposed for the SSHRC or CIHR USRA must fall within the respective agency’s mandate.
Ineligible Project:
  • Research that falls outside the respective agency’s mandate.
Application Completion & Submission Instructions
  • CIHR and SSHRC Black Student USRA applications are completed on NSERC’s online system. Applicants need to choose either CIHR or SSHRC when completing the application.
  • The application comprises:
    • The student application (Form 202 Part I) and the student’s transcript (which need not be an official copy and can be an electronic copy of academic history from ACORN), which is attached to their portion of the application; and
    • The faculty supervisor application (Form 202 Part II).
    • Both Form 202 Part I and II and the student transcript must be exported into a single PDF by the supervisor to be submitted to the correct administrative contact in the supervisor’s home academic unit.
  • TIP: The faculty supervisor will need to input a reference number into their application that is automatically generated in the student’s application. For this reason, the student must complete their application portion first and send the reference number to the faculty supervisor. Once the supervisor inputs the reference number into their application, the student and faculty member applications will be linked together.
Useful Resources for Applying:
Questions?
For Students:
  1. Complete the latest version of the application form (Form 202, Part I) online. Follow the instructions and adhere to NSERC’s General Presentation Guidelines. Handwritten applications are not accepted.
  2. Identify whether this application is for CIHR or SSHRC based on the field of study that most closely aligns with either agency’s mandate.
  3. Be sure to complete the self-identification section in Part I of Form 202.
  4. Attach a PDF copy of your transcripts (or the university e-transcripts or the most recent academic history report from ACORN) to the application form (Part I).
  5. Once Form 202 Part I has been completed, provide your supervisor with the reference number generated by the system so that they may complete Part II of the form.
  6. Once both parts of the form have been completed and verified by the supervisor, the supervisor exports a copy to PDF format.
  7. Submit the application to the Department or Academic unit contact that corresponds to where the supervisor is based (the supervisor’s home academic unit where their primary appointment is held).
  8. If any additional changes are made by either the student or the supervisor, the one not making the change will need to go back online and verify in the online system in order to re-submit the edited application. Please ensure your supervisor exports the modified application into a PDF file to submit to the correct administrative contact in the supervisor’s home academic unit.
For Supervisors:
  1. Once the student has completed Form 202 Part I online on NSERC’s system, they must provide you with the reference number generated by the system. You will not be able to complete Part II of Form 202 online without the reference number.
  2. Log on to NSERC’s online system or create a new account and complete Part II of Form 202.
  3. Once all the modules of Form 202 have been completed, you must go back to the ‘My Portfolio’ page and select Verify, which will assess whether all required information has been entered. Once verification is complete, the status of the application will change to "Completed".
  4. No changes should be made to the form after it has been “Completed.” If you need to update any information, contact the NSERC On-Line Services Helpdesk. Once both parts of the form have been completed and verified, any additional changes made by either party—you or the student—will require the other party’s verification and confirmation in the online system.
  5. Export the application to PDF and submit it to the correct administrative contact in the supervisor’s home academic unit.
For Departments:
  • All applications must be submitted by academic units (undergraduate office or delegate) to the A&S Research Office.
  • Each application must be accompanied by the eligibility checklist signed by the chair (or delegate) confirming eligibility.
Submission Instructions for the Undergraduate Office (or Delegates):

All USRA applications must be submitted to the Arts & Science research office. Each application must include a single PDF file, containing all application materials (Form 202 Part 1, Form 202 Part 2, student transcript) as well as the completed and signed eligibility checklist.

Arts & Science deadline: Monday, March 25, 2024
Submit applications to: research.artsci@utoronto.ca

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.

View complete program details

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

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Other Trainee Research Opportunities

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 used for recruiting trainees. Please also review the searchable database of current Mitacs Accelerate/Elevate opportunities.

View a curated list of Mitacs Accelerate opportunities

Arts & Science Mitacs Contacts:

Hayley McKay
Advisor — Toronto
Business Development
hmckay@mitacs.ca

Christopher Dixon
Senior Advisor
Strategic Partnerships
cdixon@mitacs.ca

Arts & Science Research Services:

Glaucia Lima (Science Units)
Arts & Science Research Partnership and Business Development Officer
glaucia.lima@utoronto.ca

Stephanie Fisher (Social Science & Humanities Units)
Arts & Science Social Science Partnered Research Officer
s.fisher@utoronto.ca

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 members.
  • 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 vicedeangraduate.artsci@utoronto.ca.

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).

Completed proposals must be submitted to vicedeangraduate.artsci@utoronto.ca prior to submission to the OVPI.

View program details and application forms