Upcoming Award Deadlines

The following awards are available to current and/or recent RSI graduate students and have application deadlines in the near future. It is recommended that you check back regularly and/or bookmark this page to ensure you have the most up to date information.

Award Description  Deadline*  
SGS Conference Grant – Summer 2020 Application Cycle

The SGS Conference Grant provides financial support to encourage eligible students to actively present their research at an academic conference during the early stages of their graduate studies.

This grant aims to provide successful applicants with sufficient funds to cover at least the minimum registration fee for the proposed conference. Depending on availability of funds, top-ups, based on the location of conference, may be possible for in-person presentations requiring travel; remote/online presentations will be eligible for the registration fee portion only.

Applicants are expected and encouraged to seek support from various other sources in order to supplement their travel and other related expenses. The SGS Conference Grant assessed value is not impacted by other sources of available support. Students may collect payment for one SGS Conference per graduate degree.

JUL 31, 2020  
2021 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. SEPT 11, 2020  

*Dates indicated are the internal deadlines for submission for RSI faculty, staff and students.


These awards are available to RSI doctoral stream students (i.e. MSc and PhD students)

How to Apply:

Submit the following documents to rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca by TBD

Please note only electronic transcripts are needed.


OSOTF awards are allocated on the basis of academic excellence; however, financial need is the primary consideration for OSOTF awards. The award holder must be a full-time student for at least 14 weeks in any term during which they hold the award. Internal awards are automatically used to pay the student's outstanding fees. Preference in funding decisions will be given to students in year 1-2 of their MSc or year 1-4 of their PhD and year 5 for transfers. Students beyond these years will be considered under exceptional circumstances. The length of support from OSOTF awards is for up to one year and is not renewable, however new application may be made for subsequent competitions.

In order to assist the review committee, please –

Complete all sections of the application form, ensuring that each section is either filled out or the appropriate documents are attached. All applications are to be signed by the applicant, the applicant’s supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator.

Complete the OSOTF Needs Assessment form, making sure that all the details of your income is clear. Provide where applicable: 

  1. the names and amount for existing awards, and
  2. details on funding from your supervisor. Also, given that the primary criterion for this award is one of “need”, provide a good description of why you are in need. If you have outstanding student loans or other debts and/or have dependants, please provide details.

Contact: Diane Wiltshire, Business Officer, rsi.busofficer@utoronto.ca, 416.978-0300

Award Description Deadline  

Lois Snelling Physical Therapy Bursary

To be awarded to a doctoral stream student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the Faculty of Medicine. The recipient shall be a graduate of physical therapy. Selection will also be based on financial need.

Estimated total amount: $1000



Judy Willcocks Memorial Bursary 

To be awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a doctoral stream Program in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. The selection will be based on financial need.

Estimated total amount: $1000



Marguerite Harland Smith Graduate Award in Rehabilitation Science

To be awarded to a full-time student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute that has graduated from a physical therapy program. The student must be conducting rehabilitation research in the neuroscience field. The selection will be based on financial need and academic achievement.

Estimated total amount: $2000



Ruth Bradshaw Award 

Awarded to (a) full-time student(s) enrolled in the doctoral stream Program in Rehabilitation Science. The recipient shall be a graduate of physical therapy and be eligible to practice in Canada. Academic achievement and the relevance of the candidate’s program to physical therapy will also be taken into consideration. Selection will also be based on financial need.

Estimated total amount: $1000



Gwen Bell Endowment Fund 

Awarded to an Occupational Therapist who is in year one in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. 

Estimated total amount: $1000



Robin Schaffer Graduate Scholarship

To be awarded on the basis of academic merit, to a graduate student with an Occupational Therapy background, who is year one in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Financial need may also be taken into consideration.

Estimated total amount: $1000



Polatajko-Howell Fund

The Drs. Walter Colston (Pete) Howell & Helene J. Polatajko-Howell Student Conference Presentation Fund is intended to defray conference participation costs of RSI students, at the University of Toronto, who are presenting their work at a peer-reviewed national or international conference. The conference can be in person or virtual.

Estimated total amount: $100-$300. (five awards available)


  • Student must be registered full-time at the time of the conference.
  • Students must be in “good standing”
  • Be actively presenting your research (relevant to your current degree program) at an academic conference that occurs during the 2019-20 academic year (Sept 1st 2019-August 31st 2020).
  • Have not received payment for an SGS Conference Grant for the same conference during 2019-20.

Application Process - Please submit the following info to rsi.admin@utoronto.ca by June 26, 2020 
(NOTE: this award  does not require  an OSOTF Financial Needs Form or Application Form. Simply follow the instructions below to apply.)

  1. A brief letter (max 150 words) stating your thesis title, description, and the name of your supervisor.
  2. A travel budget, itemizing the individual costs you incurred or will incur for your conference travel, including registration fees. The conference must occur during this academic year (2019-20).
  3. Indicate whether you have received other forms of financial support to attend the conference, such as support from your supervisor.
  4. Indicate whether you have applied for the SGS Conference Grant.
  5. Proof that you have registered for the conference.
JUN 26, 2020