This page only covers funds that are generally available to all graduate students in English through the University of Toronto.  It does not address travel funding available for specialized geographical areas, conferences, or research endeavours, or funding provided by external organizations.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Funding

This grant is usually offered once per year in late Fall or early Spring from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, supplemented by the Department of English.  Both MAs and PhDs are eligible to apply for these funds, and can be used towards conferences or travel research.  MAs may apply for up to $350 and PhDs for up to $750.  This grant can be used towards upcoming travel or retroactively for travel already undertaken  during the academic year.  An endorsement from your supervisor is required. An application form and due date is sent with the grant announcement over the graduate mailing list.

English Department Chair’s Academic Travel Fund

This is a one-time grant of $300 to cover the costs of academic travel for graduate students in the English Department. You may apply at any time, as long as your application is received in advance of the travel you wish to have covered by the grant. Please contact Clare Orchard (clare.orchard@utoronto.ca) for more information.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Conference Grant

This grant is usually offered once per semester (except summer) from the School of Graduate Studies.  It is designed to assist registered, full-time doctoral-stream students in good standing to present their research at a conference or academic meeting. The grant covers all or much of the student registration fee and a fixed amount based on conference location (the average seems to be $300). This grant is not intended to replace other sources of funding (e.g. student, supervisor or department/Faculty contributions) but will enable students with limited funding to attend a conference that might otherwise not be possible without additional support.  Preference is given to students early in their career who are presenting their research for the first time.  An endorsement from your supervisor is required. An application form and due date is sent with the grant announcement over the graduate mailing list.

Successful applicants will usually be informed about a month or two after the grant is closed. For more information, consult the SGS website’s internal awards page.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Research Travel Grant

This grant is usually offered once per year, most often between January and March, from the School of Graduate Studies.  It is designed to assist full time doctoral students registered in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are pursuing necessary research travel to assist them in the final stages of their PhD program. Travel to conferences, exchanges programs, courses, or seminars is are not covered under this grant. Preference is given to students in the latter stage or their program, and students who are applying for this award for the first time.  An endorsement from your supervisor is required. An application form and due date is sent with the grant announcement over the graduate mailing list.

The SGS contacts all successful and unsuccessful applicants by email a few months after the grant is closed.  For more information, consult the SGS’s website’s traveling awards page.

Karma Travel Grant

The Graduate English Association’s Karma Travel Grant offers a grant opportunity for MA, MACW, and PhD students who did not receive travel funding from the department’s annual DGS competition. The grant is typically offered once or twice a year, depending on availability of funds, and is approximately $300.

The award, previously the Karma Yoga Travel Grant, was founded in 2009 and funded by Professor Elizabeth D. Harvey’s ‘pay-what-you-will’ yoga class. Our current round of awards comes from the recent Silent Talent Auction that was hosted with our annual Cook the Books departmental potluck.

The deadline for application varies year to year and application forms are mailed to the GEA listserv. Applications should be submitted to the GEA mailbox and will be evaluated by the GEA executive. You must be a registered graduate student in the Department of English at the time of travel. Money will be awarded following the completion of your travel by submitting your receipts to the GEA Treasurer.

Congratulations to our past winners:

2015 Winners:
Abi Lemak
Elisa Tersigni

2013 Winners:
Letitia Henville
Katie Mullins

2012 Winners:
Rachel McArthur
Laurel Ryan

2011 Winners:
Heather Jessup
Alisha Walters

2010 Winners:
Jennifer McDermott
Kailin Wright
Heather Ladd