Funding Options and Awards

Explore OISE Graduate Funding and General Funding options for registered students below:

Ontario Student Opportunity
Grant (Formerly Loan
Forgiveness) – external site

In addition to the awards and bursaries listed in the links above, there are awards, scholarships and jobs for registered students available through the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study.

Application details will be communicated to CSE students each fall and winter.

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study - Application Awards

(registered students must apply to be considered)

The Child Study Bursary, funded by Jackman ICS and the St. George’s Society is to be awarded on the basis of financial need to students in the Child Study and Education MA program. Descriptions of financial need should not exceed one typed page, double-spaced. Application info is made available in the Fall and Winter terms. Decisions regarding this award are made by the Jackman ICS Awards Committee.

The Frances Richards Award is awarded to MACSE students with demonstrated financial need facing emotional challenges. Applications are generally made available in the fall and winter terms.

This award was established by Mrs. Lorraine Drdul in the memory of her late son, Jeffrey Drdul. Jeffrey, who was perceptually handicapped, attended special education classes in Toronto public schools as well as two schools for learning disabled children. To be awarded to one or more students in the Masters of Arts in Child Study in Education program at OISE based on financial need. Preference will be given to a student with a focus on special education.

This bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need in an emergency situation. Decisions regarding this award are made by the Jackman ICS Awards Committee. Applications are usually made available in the fall and winter terms.

Small grants are provided to assist CSE students in attending conferences that will enrich their professional education. Preference will be given to applications related to the early years. The fund was established to recognize Margaret Kidd’s lifetime of professional achievement in this area. Awards are based on the student’s record, the relevance of the proposed conference to the education and care of young children, and plans to ‘report back’ on the conference to the Jackman ICS community. Preference is given to students in the second year of the program. Applications are normally made available in the fall and winter terms. Students are welcome to apply at any point during the year.

This award was established in memory of Robert Seth Kingsley who was a student in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. It is granted to one or two students in the MA program in Child Study and Education. Awards will be made on the basis of financial need potential for excellence and leadership in special education, demonstrated by an ability to integrate scholarship and practice. Two letters of reference are required to support the application. Applications are available in the winter. Award recipient announcements will be made at the CSE MA Graduation Reception at Jackman ICS in June.

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study - Nomination Awards

(faculty/staff nominations determine award winners)

These awards will be given out to year-two students who have demonstrated excellence in teaching practice. There will be a call for nominations from mentor teachers via Practicum Coordinators in the winter/spring.

One award will be given out to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research or practice in child abuse prevention. There will be a call for nominations in the winter/spring from faculty and staff familiar with student work in this area.

One or more awards will be given out to year-two students who have demonstrated excellence in research. There will be a call for nominations from departmental faculty in the spring.

In memory of the Jackman ICS Founding Director, Dr. William E. Blatz, two or more awards are given in recognition of students who demonstrate both academic strength and contribution to the Jackman ICS community. Recipients are chosen from among the Leighton McCarthy nomination pool. The Jackman ICS Awards committee will solicit nominations in the spring.

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole. This award is administered through the University of Toronto, with some nominations solicited through the Jackman ICS Awards Committee. Each year, the Awards Committee receives notification from the university and collects nominations from Jackman ICS faculty and lab school administration. Selected nominees will then be asked to submit documentation for award consideration. Recipients are presented with the Cressy Award at a ceremony, normally in the winter.

This bursary was established by the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study in memory of Dr. James Fair who was associated with the Institute from 1970 to 1989. A bursary will be awarded to a student in the CSE program with demonstrated financial need and the skills to perform a service benefiting children in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute Laboratory School. This award is available for students entering their 2nd year of study. Applications are typically made available in winter.

This award was established in 1977 by the Hope Foundation in memory of Mr. Leighton McCarthy, a former governor of the University of Toronto who gave his residence at 45 Walmer Road to the university. This residence is now the home of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. The award is granted annually to one or two second-year students in the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program. Selection is made on the basis of scholastic excellence and contribution to the life of the Jackman Institute. Financial need may also be considered. Award recipient announcements will be made at the MA CSE Graduation Reception at Jackman ICS in June.

This award was established in memory of Robert Seth Kingsley who was a student in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. It is awarded to one or two outstanding applicants to the MA program in Child Study & Education. Consideration for this award will be based on financial need, as well as evidence of a strong interest in special education in applicant letters of intent.

Graduate Awards at OISE

(MA CSE students are eligible)

More information on these  awards are available on the Graduate OISE Awards page under “Applied Psychology and Human Development – Institute of Child Study (ICS)”

To be awarded to an MA CSE student based on financial need and demonstrated academic promise. The award was established by friends and family of Amanda Marie Cowan who passed away in 2007.

This award was established in 2012 in Memory of Norma Brock, a teacher with a long and distinguished career in education. Four bursaries in the amount of $5,000 each will be granted to students studying full time in the Master of Teaching and Master of Arts in Child Study Education who are experiencing financial need due to family responsibilities. Preference will be given to single parents and/or students who are returning to school from the workplace.

This is an annual nomination award of $10,000 per year. Each year, one MA CSE student in their first year of the program is selected. Students are nominated based on financial need, academic merit, and the potential to contribute to the teaching profession. Recipients may receive the award in year-2 of the program provided they achieve a B+ average on OISE/UT course work.

Established in 2015, the William Waters Award is to be granted to Child Study & Education students with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to underrepresented visible minority or Indigenous student(s).