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SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award – Winter 2018 Cycle


Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:00 am - Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:00 am




Award Overview

Student Deadline: March 17, 2018
Value/Duration: Up to $1000 each
Level of Study: Full-time master’s or doctoral students
Required Legal Status: Domestic – Indigenous
Results: Summer 2018


The SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award provides financial assistance to University of Toronto Indigenous graduate students to participate in educational and experiential learning in Canada or abroad in activities specifically focused on Indigenous student or education issues. Possible activities include Indigenous-focused events, workshops, meetings, field trips, competitions, and other educational-related activities off campus approved by the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement group (SAGE) or the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must be:

  • Indigenous to Canada (recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982 as a person who identifies with First nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit);
  • Registered full-time in a graduate degree program (master’s or doctoral) when:
  • Submitting the application;
  • Participating in the Activity/Conference; and
  • Requesting payment of award.
  • Planning to attend activities specifically focused on Indigenous student or education issues; and
  • Compliant with all departmental and U of T Safety Abroad procedures prior to travel.

Application Process

The PDF application is available from the SGS Travel & Conference Awards webpage. The application contains the following sections, which must be completed:

  • Student Information;
  • Activity Information;
  • Statement of Justification/Eligibility;
  • Budget & Summary of Expenses;
  • Travel Award holders’ Responsibilities;
  • Release Form/Collection of Use of Image; and
  • Letter of Support from a member of the university community (including Academic Elder, Staff and Faculty Members)

Completed applications must be submitted via email to sage@utoronto.ca by March 17, 2018.

Safety Abroad Requirements

All U of T students participating in educational activities outside of Canada (including USA) must complete the following steps before the travel occurs (regardless of receiving SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award support):

  • Complete the online registration request form.  This should occur at least one month before departure. The Safety Abroad Office will register the student and send a confirmation email.
  • Sign on to the Safety Abroad Databaseand complete a profile, including emergency contact, passport and travel health insurance information.
  • Attend the appropriate Safety Abroad Workshop (valid for 1.5 years).
  • Sign and submit waivers to the Safety Abroad Office.
  • Submit a Safety Planning Record (if applicable).
  • Obtain supplementary health insurance (if not already covered).

For travel to a region designated by the Global Affairs Canada as “Avoid Non-Essential Travel” or “Avoid All Travel,” students must contact the Safety Abroad Office at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca as soon as possible to request special approval for the trip.

Please contact the Safety Abroad Office at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca for further information.

Travel conducted outside of Canada without completing all Safety Abroad requirements will cause automatic forfeiture of the SGS Indigenous Travel Award


All applicants will receive an email notifying them of the result of their application via their U of T email address in summer 2018.

Successful applicants will receive information regarding the offer amount, the terms and conditions of the award, and information regarding payment activation and collection deadlines.

Payment Activation

Successful applicants must submit the following required documents as a single PDF file via email to sage@utoronto.ca to receive payment of the award:

1)    Receipts for all travel expenses up to the award offer amount (e.g. airfare, train, accommodations, meals, registration fee); and

2)    Student’s Travel Reflection/ Testimonial.

Contact and Resources

For more information, please visit the SGS Travel & Conference Awards webpage or contact:

Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto
563 Spadina Ave, Room #225 M5S 2J7