UTM Mobility Lab

 Graduate Student Research Award

The Mobility Lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga is pleased to announce its inaugural round of funding support for graduate student research at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The Mobility Lab, an Institutional Strategic Initiative, allocates funding to support University of Toronto Mississauga graduate students in the pursuit of independent and transformative research alongside leading scholars to contribute to the Mobility Lab mission to support interdisciplinary mobility research that addresses equity and promotes resilient, sustainable and just urban growth and prosperity.

This funding is provided on a competitive basis, with a total of two to four awards provided annually based on academic excellence, research experience and the fit between a student’s proposed project and the Mobility Lab’s mission. The transportation system, and the mobility and accessibility it enables, touch almost every aspect of our urban lives. Graduate students interested in applying for a Mobility Lab Graduate Research Award may choose to focus on any of these aspects through their interest in data sciences, sciences social or humanities, and using an equity, environmental, economic or other lens.

The UTM Mobility Lab is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within its community and research environment and especially welcomes applications from Indigenous students, Black and students of color, women, students with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ students, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of perspective and lived experiences.

The total value of each award is between $5,000 - $10,000, depending on the duration and time required to conduct the proposed research. Graduate students from both the natural and social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply alongside a faculty sponsor of their choosing. This work can take place at either the University of Toronto Mississauga or in the field, depending on the requirements of the project.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, November 25 at 5:00pm.

Awards will be announced in December 2021. The award period is expected to cover between 4 and 8 months, starting in January 2022.

For a list of potential student advisors, please see the list of UTM Mobility Lab members below. Other UTM faculty members who are interested in becoming members of the Mobility Lab are welcome to participate as supervisors.

  • Matthew Adams, Assistant Professor, Geography, Geomatics and Environment
  • Naomi Adiv, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Shauna Brail, Associate Professor, Institute for Management & Innovation
  • Ron N. Buliung, Professor, Geography, Geomatics and Environment
  • Beth Coleman, Associate Professor, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
  • Tracey Galloway, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
  • Tanjim Hossain, Professor, Management
  • Marc Johnson, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Shashi Kant, Professor, Institute for Management & Innovation
  • Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Florian Shkurti, Assistant Professor, Mathematical & Computational Sciences
  • Soo Min Toh, Professor, Institute for Management & Innovation
  • Tara Vinodrai, Associate Professor, Institute for Management & Innovation
  • Alan Walks, Associate Professor, Geography, Geomatics and Environment
  • Jue Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography, Geomatics and Environment
  • Anthony Wensley, Associate Professor, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
  • David A. Wolfe, Professor, Political Science

Application Information

Mobility Lab award applications will be evaluated based on academic excellence and future research promise (50% weighting), and the fit of the research proposal to the Mobility Lab’s goal of supporting interdisciplinary mobility research that addresses equity and promotes resilient, sustainable and just urban growth and prosperity (50%).

Conditions of Award

  • Submit a written project report and deliver a research presentation (either at ML, UTM-ML or UTM research).
  • Participate in ML research network activities.
  • Acknowledge Mobility Lab funding and affiliation in any publications, presentations or reports stemming from grant-funded work.

Application Materials

  1. Research statement: A maximum 2-page (single spaced, 12-point font) statement that includes the following:
    1. Introduce research topic.
    2. Why is this topic / question important to the overall study of mobility? How will the research be conducted?
    3. Describe proposed research methods.
    4. Summarize why EDI matters to the proposed research and briefly explain how the proposed research considers and approaches EDI.
    5. Identify the key research tasks and activities that you plan to undertake, including a timeline.
    6. If funding request is for an internship, provide details on internship partner, goals, timing.
  2. Include an email or letter from your faculty supervisor/mentor (and from a secondary supervisor, if applicable) indicating support for the proposal.
  3. CV outlining work, volunteer and extra-curricular experience and activities.
  4. Unofficial transcripts.

Applications are due Thursday, November 25 by 5 pm.

Please send your complete application package to:

Andres Jimenez
Research Associate, Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI)
University of Toronto Mississauga
andres.jimenez@utoronto.ca