Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Graduate Awards and Scholarships

The Centre’s graduate funds are designed to supplement supports that are available through a student’s home department or faculty, and through the School of Graduate Studies.  They are not intended to replace the funding guarantee that is delivered to graduate students through their home units.  It is, however, intended to address research-related expenses beyond those covered in those home units, to support activity designed to bolster SDS student engagement, to reward academic excellence, and to respond to emergencies.

In general, applications for support will be considered twice per year, in the autumn and winter terms, with deadlines posted well in advance.  Applications for support of unanticipated expenses may be considered at other times.

The Fall 2018 Graduate Awards are now open, please submit your graduate award application by November 1, 2018. If applying for a bursary, please also submit the supplemental bursary form.  Please email all application documents to sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca.

*Only students registered in the SDS Collaborative Specialization (those with a REG status on ACORN) are eligible to receive awards funding. Therefore, if you intend to graduate/take a leave of absence, you must submit receipts for any travel or other reimbursable expenses while your enrollment status is ‘REG’.

 

The categories of expenses that the award committee will consider are as follows:                                                                  

Conference travel

Funding to support travel to conferences recognized as important for the student’s work, where the student is delivering a sexuality-related paper not delivered at other conferences.  Students will be expected to apply for department/faculty funding, where available, and SGS.  Up to one conference per year, with a maximum funding from the Bonham Centre, normally, of $500 for North American conferences and $1000 elsewhere.  Awards received from other sources will be taken into account.

Research field trips

Funding to support field work or travel to libraries/archives or sources of expertise not available in Toronto, directly related to the student’s research.  One grant per student, usually up to a maximum of $2,000.  Awards received from other sources will be taken into account.


Honorariums for “Engagement” Projects                                     

Mentoring stipends

Stipends or honoraria for SDS graduate students engaged in mentoring senior SDS undergraduate students who will be participating in the annual student colloquium, or in establishing such a program – typically $1,500 each.  Maximum of one stipend per year per student.

Graduate research exchanges

Stipends or honoraria for SDS graduate students who organize either the annual student colloquium, graduate student reading groups, graduate student conference, or work-in-progress sessions intended for students to share their research – usually $1,000-$2,000/event.  Maximum of one stipend per student per year.

 

Bursaries

Funding designed to meet unusual shortfalls, for example those faced by international students, or by all students close to the end of their program but beyond the stage of guaranteed funding.  Unforetold emergencies arising from other circumstances may also be considered. For bursaries, please complete the supplementary bursary form as well as the Graduate Awards Application form.

 

Hallam Awards of Excellence

One or two annual awards will be given to SDS graduate students on the basis of their work in the SDS graduate core course – $1,000 each.