Experiential Learning Bursaries 2020-21

The Experiential Education Unit (EEU) is pleased to announce that the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean will be making bursaries available to students enrolled in eligible experiential learning (EL) courses offered over the Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021 academic terms. We hope that the availability of these bursaries will continue to grow interest in and reduce barriers to EL courses by alleviating some of the additional costs incurred by students (such as ancillary fees, equipment, and travel), advancing our goal of making EL opportunities available to all students at UTM.

The EL Bursaries program is facilitated by application and targets students with demonstrated financial need for various reasons, including costs associated with remote EL activities. Bursary amounts are determined by the EEU with respect to the EL activities in each course. Students can apply by completing the EL Bursaries application form available below. Applicants will be notified by e-mail once a decision has been made on their application. Bursaries are expected to be distributed after the course drop date and are contingent upon the applicant’s continued enrolment in the eligible course.

Please direct all questions about the EL Bursaries program to experientialeducation [dot] utm [at] utoronto [dot] ca.

Student Eligibility

Students must meet the following criteria to apply for the EL Bursaries program.

  • The student is registered in a degree program with the University of Toronto. (International students and students enrolled in degree programs at other divisions are welcome to apply.)
  • The student is able to demonstrate financial need on the EL Bursaries application form.
  • The student is enrolled in one or more eligible courses offered over the Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021 terms, as per the list of courses below. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require participation in a specific activity to be eligible for a bursary.
  • The student continues to be enrolled in these eligible course(s) after the drop date.

Students with accessibility concerns are recommended to consult with Accessibility Services on campus to evaluate their needs before applying for an EL Bursary. The EEU will work closely with the Office of the Registrar, Accessibility Services, the Equity & Diversity Office, and the Indigenous Centre to ensure that the EL Bursaries program fulfills the University of Toronto’s pledge to “remove a range of barriers and support our community members in fulfilling their academic, research and employment goals.”

How to Apply

Students enrolled in one or more eligible EL courses can be considered for the EL Bursaries program by submitting an application online during either of the application periods below. Applications are reviewed by the EEU and Office of the Registrar towards the end of each month in the application period. Applicants can expect to receive notice about a decision on their applications during the review periods.

Application Period

Application Period

Review Periods

Summer/Fall 2020

August 4 – September 18, 2020

Late August 2020

Mid-September 2020

Winter 2021

November 30, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Mid-December 2020

Mid-January 2021

When demonstrating financial need, please remember to include costs associated with eligible EL courses in your expenses. You will be asked to specify the EL course(s) in which you are enrolled and to provide a brief description of the additional costs associated with the course activities. Such costs may include, but are not limited to: ancillary fees, transportation, equipment, professional attire, and more. Associated costs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, so please be as specific as possible in your descriptions. Applicants who fail to provide this information may not be considered for an EL Bursary.

Click here to submit an application for an EL Bursary!

Approved applicants will also be asked to complete a pre-course and post-course self-assessment survey as part of their participation in the program.

Eligible Courses

Students must be enrolled in one of more of the following courses to be considered for an EL Bursary. Application approval is dependent upon a student’s commitment to participate in the EL activities offered in eligible courses. 

Please be advised that normally scheduled EL activities in courses may be impacted by the evolving COVID-19 situation. Should an eligible EL course or its activities be cancelled prior to the course's drop date, any approved applicants will be notified and corresponding bursaries will not be paid out.

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

EDS388H5Y
ITA388H5Y
ANT318H5F
ANT418H5F
BIO333H5F
BIO400Y5Y
CCT410H5F
CPS400Y5Y
CSC490H5F
ECO400Y5Y
EDS325H5F
EDS377H5F
EDS388H5Y
ENV330H5F
ERS225H5F
FSC481Y5Y
FSC482H5Y1
GGR379H5F
HIS498Y5Y
ITA235H5F*
ITA388H5Y
ITA400Y5Y
ITA437Y5Y
PSY442Y5Y
WGS435Y5Y
WRI410H5F
ANT241H5S
ANT312H5S
ANT368H5S
BIO209H5S*
BIO434H5S
CCT341H5S
CCT410H5S
CCT411H5S
CHI304H5S
CSC490H5S
EDS325H5S
ENV496H5S
FAH451H5S
FSC483H5S
IMI400H5S
ITA388H5Y
MGT480H5S
MGT493H5S
VST410H5S
WRI410H5S
WRI411H5S

International courses and study abroad experiences are supported though the International Education Centre and are therefore not eligible for the EL Bursary program.

*Bursary eligibility dependent on application to and participation in Community-Engaged Learning components in the course. Please consult with the instructor for more details.

1FSC482H5Y must be taken together with FSC483H5S. Please consult with the appropriate undergraduate advisor for more details.