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Student Research

Students engage, produce and relay a wide variety and depth of research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Across the graduate level at the University of Toronto, OISE students are among the top researchers in the areas of literacy, urban schooling and aboriginal education.  With OISE, students can connect with communities to learn about their field of study to better understand practice.

The Outstanding Thesis Award for Organizational Leadership Merges with New Leadership Scholarship

OISE alumni, Dr. Mark Federman, sponsor of the Organizational Leadership award, has generously decided to integrate the award’s funds to support the newly established  William G. Davis Golden Anniversary Scholarship fund. "This will add to the impact we can achieve with a single, well-endowed fund, devoted to supporting the next generation of education change-makers," noted Dr. Federman. 

Leithwood Award for OISE Outstanding Thesis of the Year

The Leithwood Award: the OISE OUTSTANDING THESIS OF THE YEAR recognizes exceptional, stimulating, and cutting-edge research produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. This award gives OISE an opportunity to celebrate the splendid quality and diversity of scholarly interests among our doctoral students.  It is open for doctoral theses in education completed at OISE between January 1 and December 31 in the year prior to the deadline. The deadline and award guideslines for the 2017 award (for theses completed between January 1 and December 31 2017) will be available by mid January. If you are interested in making a contribution to the The Leithwood Award fund, please complete this gift form.

For additional University of Toronto graduate student awards see the Internal Awards page.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Program

The OISE Dean's Office Graduate Students Conference Travel Program supports the professional development for OISE students. The goal of the program is to enable graduate students to present their work in academic conferences as part of their graduate student experience.

All registered OISE graduate students presenting at academic conferences are eligible to apply. Each student can receive a grant in every other round of applications. For example, if your application for the May 1 - October 31 round was funded, you will not be eligible for a grant in the next round (i.e. Nov. 1 - April 30). Priority will be given to first-authored student presentations at refereed conferences. Learn more