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OISE Faculty Conference Funding Program 

The OISE Faculty Conference Funding Program is funded by the Office of the Associate Dean, Research, International & Innovation. The program is intended to support (but not fully fund) OISE conferences or research events organized by OISE faculty members and preapproved by a Department Chair as a departmental activity. Up to $1,500 in funding is available per event.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants

  • Hold a primary Faculty appointment at OISE, including tenure stream, teaching stream, and Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) faculty. Sessional lecturers, seconded instructors, and contract instructors may apply in partnership with an eligible faculty member.
  • Have not yet applied to this program during the current academic year.
  • Have secured departmental support and funding for the proposed event.

Eligible activities

  • Conferences or research events for the mobilization and/or synthesis of research knowledge. These events must include at least 50 participants, some of whom are external to OISE.

Ineligible activities include

  • Meetings for specific research projects, grant proposals, or book proposals.
  • Other knowledge mobilization activities such as publishing, book launches.
  • Travel to attend meetings or research events.
  • Panels or events at other conferences.

Application Process

To submit an application, please email a completed application form (pdf) or (Word document) to to the attention of the Associate Dean Research, International & Innovation via Please include an email from your Department Chair confirming your department's support.

If the application form is not accessible, please contact Lisa Smith at or 416-978-1117.

Please consult with your Department Business Officer to develop a budget in line with University Policies and Guidelines on Reimbursable Expenses.
Applications must be submitted in advance of the proposed conference/event and are accepted on an ongoing basis.  Please allow 15 business days for your application to be assessed.
Applications must specify:
  • The date, title, and location of the event
  • The focus, goals, and expected outcomes of the conference/event
  • The participation of OISE faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows
  • The conference/event program and confirmed or invited speakers  
  • The number of expected and/or confirmed participants
  • How the event will be advertised
  • The cash amount contributed by your department
  • Any other potential or confirmed sources of funding
  • A budget for the event

Up to $1,500 may be requested through this program. Funding decisions take into account the scale of the activity in addition to how the proposed event aligns with the funding criteria.

Next Steps and Reimbursement

Next steps

Please work with your department communication officer to ensure that your event is well advertised throughout OISE (e.g. on your departmental webpage, the OISE Events Calendar, and the OISE lobby sign.)


Please email the following scanned documents to your department business officer within 60 days of the conference/event:
  • Receipts for eligible costs incurred up to the amount awarded within 60 days of the conference or research event
  • Completed Expense Reimbursement Form (Excel; PDF)
  • The final list of participants and attendees
Please retain original paper copies of all receipts and signatures as they may be required by internal and external auditors. 
If the links to the forms or instructions are not accessible, please contact Lisa Smith for assistance at or 416-089-1117.

Resources for completing the expense reimbursement form

Eligible expenses include

  • speaker honoraria
  • technical support for online event

Ineligible expenses include

  • Research Assistant salaries
  • Travel expenses for OISE faculty or students


For questions please contact Lisa Smith, Contracts and Information Officer at