Experiential Learning Bursaries

The Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean recognizes the major student commitment that comes with participation in curricular experiential learning (EL) opportunities. With the goal of promoting equal access to EL opportunities among all students, the Experiential Education Unit (EEU) has created the EL Bursaries program to reduce barriers and help students alleviate some of the costs associated with hands-on learning in eligible EL courses.

EL BursariesThe 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 eligible course. Students apply through the University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant Portal by filling out an application and attaching the EL Bursaries Cover Sheet during the appropriate application period. Applicants are notified by e-mail once a decision has been made on their application. Bursaries are distributed after the course drop date and are contingent upon the applicant’s continued enrolment in the eligible course(s).

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

As of September 1, 2021, applications to the Experiential Learning Bursaries program are being accepted for: Fall 2021 F & Y eligible courses
The deadline to submit an application is September 21, 2021.
Click here for instructions on submitting an application to the EL Bursary program.

Application Timelines

Students enrolled in one or more eligible EL courses can be considered for the EL Bursaries program by submitting an application during the corresponding application period. Applications for past courses will not be considered for an EL Bursary, so be sure to apply at the beginning of the eligible course.


Application Period

Bursary Distribution

Summer (F & Y Courses)

May 17 -May 30, 2021

June 2021

Summer (S Courses)

June 28, 2021 – July 11, 2021

July 2021

Fall 2021-2022

Sept.1, 2021 - Sept. 21, 2021

October 2021

Winter 2022

Jan. 10, 2022 - Jan. 23, 2022

February 2022

Student Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for an EL Bursary.

  • 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 demonstrates financial need through the University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant Portal.
  • The student indicates on the EL Bursaries Cover Sheet that they are enrolled in one or more eligible courses offered during the current academic term.
  • The student continues to be enrolled in the eligible course(s) after the course 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, and Inclusion 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.”

Click here to access the list of eligible courses for the current academic year.