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 an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) due to health issues (i.e. physical) and/or mental health challenges which temporarily impair a student’s functioning during his/her graduate studies. Funding is available up to $5,000 per student for one term on a one-time only basis.  Ideally, students must submit an application package (as described below) to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine (MSB 2360) before the deadline below and prior to the start of their LOA.  Students who remain registered during the requested LOA will not receive LOA Stipendiary Funding. 

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  2020 (September 2020 – December 2020) Monday August 17, 2020
Winter 2021 (January 2021 – April 2021) Monday December 7, 2020
Summer 2021 (May 2021 - August 2021) Monday April 12, 2021

To apply for the LOA Stipendiary Fund, students will be asked to email the following package by the appropriate deadline to glse.vicedean@utoronto.ca

  1. A completed PDF icon Final LOA Stipendary Fund Form 2020/21.pdf signed by the student and Graduate Coordinator. Please note this is a fillable form and digital signatures can be inserted where applicable. If digital signatures are not possible, please leave blank and GLSE will follow-up with your Graduate Coordinator.
  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 ask your physician to complete the PDF icon Verification of Student Illness and Injury.pdf. This a standard University of Toronto form that has being adopted for the purpose of this fund; we will only accept forms signed by physicians.
  4. A completed PDF icon SGS Leave of Absence Form.pdf. Please note that only Sections 1 and 2 must be completed. Please note this is a fillable form and digital signatures can be inserted where applicable. If digital signatures are not possible, please leave blank and GLSE will follow-up with your Graduate Coordinator/Chair. Alternatively, we will also accepted a scanned copy (with signatures) of this form.

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.

This funding is conditional upon confirmation of an approved Leave of Absence by your graduate unit and the School of Graduate Studies.

Last updated:  August 6, 2020