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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. 

The amount awarded depends on the scale of the proposed conference/research event up to a maximum of $1,500.


Eligible Applicants:

  • Hold a primary Faculty appointment at OISE.
  • Include 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.


To submit an application, please email a completed application form (pdf) or (Word document) to oise.research@utoronto.ca to the attention of Michele Peterson-Badali, Associate Dean Research, International & Innovation via oise.research@utoronto.ca. Please include an email from your Department Chair confirming your department's financial contribution.

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 10-14 days for your application to be assessed.
Applications must specify:
  • The goals and expected outcomes of the conference/event
  • The date of the event 
  • Confirmed or invited speakers  
  • The number of expected and/or confirmed participants 
  • The cash amount contributed by your department
  • Any other potential or confirmed sources of funding
  • A budget for the event 


Please work with your departmental 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 submit the following documents in person or by email to Rushain Abbasi, Senior Financial Officer (8th floor) / rushain.abbasi@utoronto.ca within 60 days of the conference/event:
  • original receipts for eligible costs incurred up to the amount awarded within 60 days of the conference or research event
  • the final attendee list
Eligible expenses include:
  • speaker travel, accommodation, and honoraria
  • catering 
Ineligible expenses include:
  • Research Assistant salaries
  • Travel expenses for OISE faculty or students


For questions please contact Lisa Smith, Contracts and Information Officer at oise.research@utoronto.ca