Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund

Molecular Genetics
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 one-term 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 program.  Funding is available up to $5,000 per student for one term on a one-time only basis.

Students must apply to this fund directly via the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine at least one month before the start of their LOA.  Below is the cycle in which applications will be reviewed.

Anticipate taking a LOA in Deadline to Apply
Summer (May – August 2017) April 15, 2017
Fall (September – December 2017) August 15, 2017
Winter (January 2018 – April 2018) December 15, 2017

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:  

  • Copy of a completed School of Graduate Studies Leave of Absence form; please complete Section 1 and ensure Section 2 is completed by your Graduate Coordinator/Chair; Section 3 can remain blank
  • 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
  • Identification of your supervisor and your preferred graduate coordinator (as well as your Chair)  who will be notified if your application for leave is granted
  • Physician’s note outlining the physical and mental health issues that impair your functioning in your graduate program

Please note this fund will not count towards a student’s stipend package upon returning to his/her graduate program.  This fund is not renewable and can only be received once.  It is intended to provide financial support to the recipient for one term. This Stipendiary Fund will be deposited into the student’s ROSI account prior start of his/her LOA.




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