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.

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 eligible course

EL Bursaries Applications for Fall and Y 2023 courses have closed!

Students apply through the University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant Portal by filling out an application and completing this EL Bursaries Cover Sheet MS Form 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 inquiries about the EL Bursaries program to experientialeducation.utm@utoronto.ca.

Click here to access frequently asked questions about the EL Bursaries program can be accessed.

Applications for Fall 2023-2024 (F & Y Courses) are now closed.

Application Timelines

Students enrolled in one or more eligible EL courses can be considered for the EL Bursaries program by submitting an application and completing the MS Form Cover Sheet 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

Fall 2023-2024 (F&Y Courses) September 5 to September 19, 2023 Pending
Winter 2023 (S Courses) Closed Distributed
Summer 2023 (F&Y Courses) Closed Distributed
Summer 2023 (S Courses) Closed


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 MS Form that they are enrolled in one eligible course offered during the current academic term (students enrolled in multiple eligible courses for that academic term must fill out the form for each course).
  • 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 Office of Indigenous Initiatives 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.

Application InstructionsLearn about the steps needed in order to apply for an EL Bursary.

Eligible CoursesSee list of courses that are eligible for the EL Bursaries Program.

FAQView videos of the EEU Student Ambassadors answering some frequently asked questions.