SELECT Languages for Research Purposes

Although some 40 languages are regularly taught at the University of Toronto, there remains a need among graduate students to study a wide range of languages not usually available (for example, Khmer, Maori, Indonesian, U'wa, Yakut).

The Study Elsewhere of Less Commonly Taught (SELECT) Languages for Research Purposes fund enables graduate students to pursue language study required for their research outside of U of T, if this language is not regularly taught at U of T. Funds are awarded to individual graduate students through a competitive process overseen by the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Languages.

Application Details

Typically, the application deadline for this fund is in February. The official deadline, as well as application information, will be posted in December 2022. Applications should be sent to the graduate associate chair/coordinator of the applicant's graduate unit. Students should check with their unit for internal deadlines and application processes. Students should also consult with the Safety Abroad website to assess any additional preparation that may be needed for language study in their proposed location.

Application Form

  • ​​ ​ To be posted December 2022.

Proposal Requirements

Please take into consideration the following criteria:

  • The purpose of the SELECT fund is to support the study of a language required by a student's research project. Proposals for research trips will not be funded.
  • The language to be studied is not regularly taught at the University of Toronto. Funding will not be provided for languages that are offered at U of T, but not offered at a particular time (e.g., summer).
  • Applicants must be current Arts & Science graduate students in good standing. Please provide a recent transcript with your application.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive SELECT funding a maximum of twice.
  • Priority will be given to students at the PhD level in the early stages of their doctoral research that are applying to the fund for the first time. Students at the master's level may be considered if they can show that they will be enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

Proposals should demonstrate:

  • The need for the language study, and its importance for the student's dissertation research.
  • The timeliness of language study to the student's research program – the language study should occur early enough in a student's doctoral study to benefit their research.
  • The suitability of the venue and the language instruction for the development of language skills.
  • Please also note that for students requiring funds in excess of $3,000, applications are significantly strengthened by evidence of contributions from the student’s supervisor and/or department.

Application Submission Process

Students should submit their proposals to their graduate associate chair/coordinator for approval. We ask that graduate associate chairs/coordinators submit all proposals from their unit together, with a cover letter briefly justifying the need of each student to undertake this study opportunity elsewhere. In cases where more than one student is applying from the unit, the graduate associate chair/coordinator must provide a clear ranking of the proposals.

A completed application form with the accompanying cover letter forwarded from the graduate associate chair/coordinator will be considered approved by the student's department or program. The official deadline, as well as application information, will be posted in December 2022.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please email with “SELECT” in the subject line.