Master of Arts in Child Study and Education
Funding Options and Awards
The OISE Graduate Student Funding website contains information about scholarship opportunities, grad student jobs and financial assistance options:
There are also student awards available through the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Application details will be communicated to registered CSE students each spring and fall.
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study - Application Awards:
(require a student application)
James Fair Bursaries
This bursary was established by the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study in memory of Dr. James Fair who was associated with the Jackman Institute from 1970 to 1989. Two bursaries will be awarded to students in the CSE program who have demonstrated financial need and who perform a service benefiting children in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute Laboratory School. This award is available for students entering their 2nd year of study. Applications are typically made available in winter.
Margaret Kidd Awards
Small grants (normally less than $350) are provided to assist CSE students in attending conferences that will enrich their professional education. Preference will be given to applications related to the early years. The fund was established to recognize Margaret Kidd's lifetime of professional achievement in this area. Applications are made available in fall (October 15th) and winter (February 15th). Awards are based on the student's record, the relevance of the proposed conference to the education and care of young children, and plans to 'report back' on the conference to the Jackman ICS community. Preference is given to students in the second year of the program.
Robert Seth Kingsley Graduate Student Fellowships
This award was established in memory of Robert Seth Kingsley who was a student in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. It is granted to one or two students in the MA program in Child Study and Education or the MA/MEd program in Developmental Psychology and Education within the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology. Awards will be made on the basis of financial need potential for excellence and leadership in special education, demonstrated by an ability to integrate scholarship and practice. Two letters of reference are required to support the application. Award recipient announcements will be made at the CSE MA Graduation Reception at Jackman ICS in June.
Joy Penner Award
This bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need in an emergency situation. Applications are made available in the Fall and Winter terms. Decisions regarding this award are made by the Jackman ICS Awards Committee.
Child Study Bursary
The Child Study Bursary, funded by Jackman ICS and the St. George’s Society is to be awarded on the basis of financial need to students in the Child Study and Education MA program. Descriptions of financial need should not exceed one typed page, double-spaced. Application info is made available in the Fall and Winter terms. Decisions regarding this award are made by the Jackman ICS Awards Committee.
FRANCES RICHARDS AWARD
The Frances Richards Award, funded by the Frances Richards Memorial Trust, is to be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need facing emotional challenges in the Child Study and Education MA program.
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study - Nomination Awards:
(faculty/staff nominations determine award winners)
Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards
The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole. This award is administered through the University of Toronto, with nominations solicited through the Jackman ICS Awards Committee. Each November, the awards committee receives notification from the university and sends nomination information to Jackman ICS faculty and lab school administration. Selected nominees will then be asked to submit documentation. Two award recipients are typically notified in late January and are presented with the award at a ceremony in late March.
dr. william e Blatz Awards
In memory of the Jackman ICS Founding Director, Dr. William E. Blatz, two or more awards are given in recognition of students who demonstrate both academic strength and contribution to the Jackman ICS community. Recipients are chosen from among the Leighton McCarthy nomination pool. The Jackman ICS Awards committee will solicit nominations in the spring.
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Research Award
Two awards will be given out to year-two students who have demonstrated excellence in research, typically in the process of completing qualifying research papers. There will be a call for nominations from departmental faculty in the spring.
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Practice Teaching Award
Two awards will be given out to year-two students who have demonstrated excellence in teaching practice. There will be a call for nominations from mentor teachers via the Practicum Coordinator in the spring.
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Child Abuse Prevention Award
One award will be given out to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research or practice in child abuse prevention. There will be a call for nominations in the spring from faculty and staff familiar with the student’s work in this area.
Leighton McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund
This award was established in 1977 by the Hope Foundation in memory of Mr. Leighton McCarthy, a former governor of the University of Toronto who gave his residence at 45 Walmer Road to the university. This residence is now the home of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. The award is granted annually to one or two second-year students in the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program. Selection is made by the Jackman ICS Awards Committee on the basis of scholastic excellence and contribution to the life of the Jackman Institute. Financial need may also be considered. Award recipient announcements will be made at the CSE MA Graduation Reception at Jackman ICS in June.
Robert Seth Kingsley Entrance Award, MA in Child Study & Education
This entrance award was established in memory of Robert Seth Kingsley who was a student in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. It is awarded to one or two outstanding applicants to the MA program in Child Study & Education. Consideration for this award will be based on financial need, as well as evidence of a strong interest in special education in applicant letters of intent.
OISE/UT and other external organizations also have funds available to students with financial need:
OISE bursaries are non-repayable. You must be registered to apply. Students are expected to rely
n OSAP or another provincial government assistance program up to the maximum loan amount before applying for a bursary. Financial need is the most important guiding principle in the awarding of bursaries. Those ineligible for OSAP assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For bursary program details and to complete an online bursary application, please visit:
OISE Emergency Student Loans
OISE has a small short-term loan fund for full-time students experiencing an unexpected emergency financial situation. Students must demonstrate that their need is urgent, of an unanticipated nature, and identify resources from which the loan would be repaid. Emergency loans are not awarded as a means of paying another outstanding debt to the university, such as tuition fees or library fines. Application forms are available at the reception desk in the Student Services Office, 8th Floor, Room 8-225, OISE.
University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS)
Students who apply for OSAP and receive the maximum loan amount may qualify for a University grant if OSAP's assessment of their need exceeds the maximum loan amount. This grant is non- repayable. Students are automatically considered for UTAPS if they apply for OSAP. Out-of-province students who have applied for government assistance are also eligible for UTAPS but must contact Admissions and Awards, 315 Bloor St. W. to fill out an application. If you wish to get an estimate of the UTAPS amounts you are likely to receive please go to:
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
OSAP loans are interest-free while you are at school. Payments do not have to be made until six months after you stop being a full-time student, although interest begins to accrue from the date your study period ends. Program details and online application forms are available at:
Student Services recommends that returning students apply for OSAP by May 31 and new students apply by June 30 to ensure their funds are available when classes begin in September.
Ontario Work Study Program
The Ontario Work-Study program is a student financial aid program designed to assist students by providing on-campus employment. Beginning in September students can view Work-Study positions through the Career Centre website at: http://www.careers.utoronto.ca. There are over 1,150 positions available, many of which have up to 3 vacancies per position. Each student can earn up to $2,000 throughout the program at approximately 10 - 12 hours per week. Students do not have to be OSAP eligible. Positions are open to all undergraduates (i.e., domestic and international students) and graduate students.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THIS AWARD PRIOR TO ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAM
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship is available to students with a high level of academic achievement. OGS recipients typically have an average no lower than an A- or 80%. The average is typically calculated using your last 10 full courses or 20 half courses, usually the last two years of your undergraduate program if you are a full-time student. The OGS is considered a “candidate-based” award, a scholarship based on “future promise”. Applicants are not expected to complete a Master’s thesis, and therefore the statement need not have a research focus. International students are eligible for this scholarship. For more OGS details, visit:
SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (SSHRC) SCHOLARSHIP
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THIS AWARD PRIOR TO ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAM
SSHRC is an agency that supports postsecondary research in the humanities and social sciences. Correspondingly, the SSHRC scholarship is a research-based award. At the Master’s level, SSHRC is funding the research promise in the candidate. Those with a research background and strong grades are encouraged to apply. SSHRC recipients typically have an average no lower than an A- or 80%. The average is typically calculated using your last 10 full courses or 20 half courses, usually the last two years of your undergraduate program if you are a full time student. For more SSHRC scholarship details, please visit:
Ontario Student Opportunity Grant (FORMERLY Loan Forgiveness)
- Any amount that you borrow in excess of $7,300 for the year will be offset by a grant from OSAP equivalent to that amount - subject to you having successfully completed your program of studies, income verification by OSAP with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, and provided that you have not defaulted on any previous loans. OSAP will determine your eligibility for this grant six months after your study period ends. If you qualify, OSAP will forward this grant to the National Student Loans Service Centre to pay down your debt. Please refer to the OSAP website for more information: http://osap.gov.on.ca/
OISE Student Services
(source of assistance with financial matters for registered students)
Student Services General Inquiries: 416-978-2277