Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Graduate Awards and Scholarships

The Centre’s graduate funds are designed to supplement financial support that is available through a student’s home department or faculty, as well as 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.  They are, 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 Winter 2017 Graduate Awards Application is due to the SDS main office by February 24th 2016 at 5pm. 

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

Research Needs                                                                      

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 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, up to a maximum of $2,000.  Awards received from other sources will be taken into account.

Honoraria for “Engagement” Projects                                     

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 – $2,000 each.  Maximum of one stipend per year per student.

Graduate Research Exchanges:
Honoraria for SDS graduate students who organize graduate student conferences or colloquia, graduate student reading groups, or work-in-progress sessions intended for students to share their research – $2,000 each.  Maximum of one stipend per student per year.



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. *Please note that applications for bursaries require both the Graduate Awards Application as well as a Supplementary Financial Application. Applications which do not contain a completed Supplementary Financial Application will not be considered.


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.