GLSE Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund

Molecular Genetics
GLSE Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund
Faculty of Medicine

For research-stream graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine, the Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund is available for a Leave of Absence (LOA) due to health issues (i.e. physical and/or mental health challenges) which temporarily impairs a student’s functioning in his/her graduate studies. Funding is available up to $5,000 per student for one term on a one-time only basis.  Students must an application package (as described below) to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine before the deadline below and prior to the term they will start their leave.

For students taking a LOA due to parental leave, the School of Graduate Studies provides funding through the SGS Parental Grant.  Please click here for more information. 

Anticipate taking a LOA in Deadline to Apply
Fall  2019 (September 2019 – December 2019) Extended to September 30, 2019
Winter 2020 (January 2020 – April 2020) Monday December 2, 2019
Summer 2020 (May 2020 - August 2020) Monday April 13, 2020

To apply for the LOA Stipendiary Fund, students will be asked to submit the following package to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in a sealed envelope marked LOA Stipendiary Fund, Confidential:  

  1. A completed and signed form (see below) by the applicant and his/her Graduate Coordinator.  Please read the instructions carefully to complete the PDF iconFinal LOA Stipendairy Fund Form 2019_20.pdf
  2. One page letter explaining the reason(s) for the LOA and how it has impaired your ability to function in your graduate program.  Please address the letter to the LOA Stipendiary Fund Committee;
  3. A physician’s note, specifically outlining the physical and mental health issues that impair your functioning in your graduate program. Alternatively, you can also have your physician complete the PDF iconVerification of Student Illness and Injury.  
  4. A copy of your completed SGS Leave of Absence Form . Please note that only Sections 1 and 2 must be completed. 

Please note this fund will not count towards a graduate student’s stipend package.  This fund is not renewable and can only be received once.  It is intended to provide one term financial support to the recipient who will NOT receive funding from scholarship(s) or award(s) during this Leave of Absence. 

Last updated:  September 12, 2019