CPS Supplementary Degree Completion Grant

CPS Supplementary Degree Completion Grant

To help alleviate some stress around extended time in graduate students’ program due to COVID, the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences (CPS) provides a Supplementary degree completion grant, provided through GEF funding for UTM affiliated students.

Student Eligibility

The CPS Supplementary Degree Completion Grant is open to MSc and PhD students in their first year out of the funded cohort 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 Campus Affiliation form on the SGS website.

Grant Purpose

In addition to the SGS Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB) and the SGS Doctoral Completion Award (DCA), this grant will provide up to $3,000 to MSc and PhD students in their first year out of the funded cohort for a period between 3 to 6 months in monthly installments of $500.

Due to the complexity in managing this program and for our financial planning purposes, please let us know at cpsgrad.utm@utoronto.ca and marek.velits@utoronto.ca if you will require this support in advance so we can reserve the appropriate funds.

Application Process

Below information must be submitted in order for your application to be considered. Please send following information to cpsgrad.utm@utoronto.ca and marek.velits@utoronto.ca, copying your supervisor.

  1. Projected date that you will be out of the funded cohort.
  2. Duration for which you will (likely) require this financial support (must be minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 6 months).
  3. Brief rationale re: how COVID-19 prevented you from continuing your graduate studies.
  4. Copies of your mentoring meeting record with your supervisor that documents the disruption to your progress and the mitigation strategies you have begun to employ.

Note that at the time you accept this award, you must be in good standing. In order for us to assess this is if you are qualified for the SGS extended registration with tuition fee exemption. The criteria are as follows:

  1. Students were making good progress with their thesis/dissertation prior to COVID-19 and data collection or access to necessary sources has been significantly impeded due to pandemic-related impacts (e.g., labs closed, fieldwork cancelled, access to materials, archives or library sources has been impeded, personal circumstances).
  2. Additional work is needed before the thesis/dissertation can be defended (e.g., insufficient data or material).
  3. All feasible alternative academic activities (e.g., writing of sections of thesis/dissertation or publications, coursework, professional development) have been completed.
  4. The revised research plan will require additional time.
  5. Supervisory committee agrees that conditions (i) through (iv) have been met

Or, you could share with us your latest Doctoral Supervisory Committee Meeting Report. This report will allow us to confirm that 1) you are in good standing and making process and 2) the expected date for the final oral exam.

You and your advisor will be contacted to confirm these at the time you accept the award.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at cpsgrad.utm@utoronto.ca