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Dean's Experience Enhancement Fund (DEEF)

This fund helps Victoria students pursue important out-of-the-classroom experiences that may or may not be related to their coursework or academic programs.

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This fund helps Victoria students pursue important out-of-the-classroom experiences that may or may not be related to their coursework or academic programs.

The annual application deadline is February 1.

Up to $250 may be granted to support:

  • Travel during the academic year, or between semesters, for volunteering or conducting research not required for academic work.
  • Attendance at intellectually-related student activities at other institutions where students represent Victoria individually or in teams.
  • Participation in activities related to academic programs. Students from various fine arts programs, for example, often present their work in galleries or theaters in order to get experience and exposure.
  • Participation in academic conferences that may or may not require the presentation of academic work.
  • Fostering student intellectual initiatives that directly contribute to campus culture.
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The Susan McDonald and Dr Roseann Runte Awards

The Victoria College Office of the Registrar & Academic Advising offers the following awards of up to $500-$1,000 each for Vic students who will be presenting academic work or research papers at national or international conferences. These funds are intended to support travel and/or accommodation costs for the intended upcoming conference, not for reimbursement for a past conference. Due to limited funds, these awards are subject to availability.  Students may also apply for the DEEF for reimbursement for other related costs.

Please refer to the latest COVID-19 and travel updates from the University of Toronto VP Students COVID-19 FAQ page.

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 The Susan McDonald Award

  • Established in 2016, by friends, colleagues and Victoria University to mark the retirement of Susan McDonald, Victoria University Registrar and Secretary to the Senate from 1989-2016.
  • Awarded to Victoria College students who completed their first year but who have not yet graduated, for the purpose of travel to present an academic paper, related to their studies, at national or international conferences.

The Dr Roseann Runte Award

  • Friends and colleagues in 2001 in honour of Roseann Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University 1994-2001.
  • Awarded to Victoria University students who have completed their first year but who have not yet graduated, for the purpose of travel related to their studies. Preference will be given to students who will be presenting papers at international conferences.

Applications are accepted year-round.  First-time applicants will be given priority.

Students should apply well in advance of the date of the conference. These funds are not for reimbursement for a past conference.

Award recipients are required to register with the University of Toronto Safety Abroad Registry prior to their departure.

Recipients must provide documentation of their participation in the intended conference and flight/accommodation booking in order to have the funds released.  

Award payments are issued to the recipients’ ACORN student account.  Set up direct deposit in advance to receive these funds.

Inquiries: email vic.awards@utoronto.ca and include your full name and student number.

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