CPS Graduate Research Visit Program

CPS Graduate Research Visit Program

With research becoming increasingly international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative, the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences (CPS) will be providing funding to support research visit of PhD students to other Canadian or International institutions. 

Student Eligibility

This competitive research visit program is open to PhD students who are affiliated at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and are supervised by a CPS faculty member.

To be appropriately identified in ROSI as 'UTM affiliated', students need to complete and submit the hard copy of SGS Affiliation Form to the front desk of UTM Office of the Dean. Make sure to submit a copy to Jessica Bailey, CPS Financial and Administrative Coordinator.

Grant Purpose & Timing

Students will benefit from the opportunity for short research visits to other institutions, particularly to the laboratories of close collaborators of U of T faculty.

Cost of round trip flights and monthly stipend for up to 3 months are provided to fund successful PhD students to travel to research institutions within Canada or internationally. Applicants who wish to have longer visits than 3 months need to indicate this in the application form and get the approval by the research supervisor.  

The granting year for this pilot program runs from May 1st, 2019 - April 30th, 2020 and students may be awarded up to a maximum of $6,000. Please note, applicants whose visit will last longer than the amount funded is responsible to seek own additional funding. 

Application Process & Deadlines

Interested applicants must submit below to the Adjudication Committee at cps.utm@utoronto.ca. Deadline Monday, January 21st, 2019:

  1. CPS Graduate Research Visit Program application
  2. a proposal outlining what work you will do or skills you will acquire during your visit, why you cannot do this work or acquire these skills at UTM, how the work will fit into your research program, and what you will be able to contribute to the CPS community upon your return
  3. support letter from the host
  4. support letter from your research supervisor
  5. CV

Adjudication

All completed applications will be reviewed by the adjudicating committee, and the best 3 applicants will be awarded the grant for this program. If the total sum of grant requests exceeds the allowable funding, priority will be given to:

  1. Applicants who have not received this funding in previous years;
  2. Applicants who are in the middle years of their PhD program rather than in their first  or final year;
  3. Applicants who have a clear justification for their proposal in terms of the work they will do, how it cannot be completed at UTM, how it will fit into and enhance their research program, and how their work will benefit CPS.

Expense Eligibility & Reimbursement

Expense reimbursement claims must be in accordance with the Travel and Other Reimbursable Expenses - Policies and Guidelines at University of Toronto. 

Upon trip completion, students must submit an expense reimbursement claim for the eligible expenses incurred. The claim must be supported by original receipts/proof of payment (itemized and in the order of presentation on the claim form), boarding passes and the conference program. The expense claim form and detailed instructions on how to claim an expense reimbursement are available on the UofT Financial Services website. For a quick reference list for expense reimbursements, please follow this check list.