Black Graduate Student Excellence Bursary


The Black Graduate Student Excellence Bursary was created by the UTGSU in partnership with the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to provide financial support to help improve fair and equitable access to educational opportunities for Black students commencing graduate studies at the University of Toronto. It recognizes that talent and excellence thrive in Black communities and that providing fair and equitable access to educational opportunities acknowledges the creativity, leadership capacity and gifted nature of Black students.

Up to 15 $2,000 need-based bursaries are awarded annually and serve to provide added financial support to help offset the costs associated with academic endeavours in the first year of study. The bursary will be offered and held by students in addition to any other financial aid or graduate funding they may receive (OSAP, major awards, or graduate funding).

Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied and congratulations to the award winners listed below:

Abyan O

Amidu M

Kadeem B

Kawther S

Missy C

Peace P

Saphia S

Please read all the instructions in the sections and links listed below carefully:

REFERENCES FOR THE Black Graduate Students’ Excellence BURSARY

Applicants are required to get two (2) references to accompany this application. References could be one (1) from a Faculty member, and one (1) from a member of the university and/or from the public community. Applications are now closed.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the link to the reference form is shared with and submitted by their referee before the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Applicants are also required to complete a Financial Needs Assessment PDF Form which will be submitted directly to the SGS. Instructions for submission can be found in the form. These details you input are confidential and will be viewed and assessed by SGS only.

Black Graduate Students’ Excellence BURSARY Award Committee

The UTGSU encourages individuals who self-identify as Black to serve on the BGSEB Awards Committee. Please note however, that BGSEB Awards Committee Members are not eligible to apply to BGSEB.This is the application form for students currently registered at the University of Toronto who are interested to be a part of the Black Graduate Students’ Excellence Award Committee.

Applications are now closed.

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