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Faculty-wide awards

The Faculty of Arts offers multiple awards that recognize students for their academic excellence, as well as their community involvement. Whether you demonstrate high academic skills, strong community engagement, participate in research or are in financial need, there is an award for you! Explore what each award has to offer and find out if you qualify.

This award was donated by Alterna Savings to support female students in the Faculty of Arts who have demonstrated social change leadership at Toronto Metropolitan University or in their community and provides qualified students with a scholarship of $2,500.

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate, full-time student within the Faculty of Arts; have a minimum CGPA of 2.33 and identify as female.

Students must provide a written statement regarding their involvement in social change leadership (500 words). Social change leadership may include civic, community and/or TMU involvement in a campaign, club, association or social enterprise. Students are also required to provide one letter of recommendation (500 words) from a member of the TMU community or other community that has worked with the applicant (cannot be a family member).

Apply through AwardSpring (external link) 

Deadline: October 28, 2022

The Carla Cassidy Award recognizes an eligible fourth year student enrolled in a full-time Arts program with the highest CGPA across the Faculty of Arts, through 6 semesters of study; must demonstrate financial need. Students with the highest CGPA at the end of the sixth semester and preregistered to take at least four billing units in the upcoming fall semester will be identified and invited to apply to the award. Carla Cassidy wants to ensure students from across the Faculty are recognized so, the award will be rotated among the various programs in the Faculty of Arts in alphabetical order starting with ACS in 2017.

In accordance with the award criteria, preference the 2022 year will be given to a student in the History program. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.

Apply through AwardSpring (external link, opens in new window) 

Deadline: October 14, 2022

Description / The COMMA Book Award in the Faculty of Arts will be awarded in each of the fall and winter terms to a full-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated financial need and who has self-identified as being from a racialized group or who has self-identified as an Aboriginal (Metis, Inuit, First Nations, status and non-status) person.

Background / The name COMMA is an anagram taken from the names of the donor’s parents, whom the award is intended to honour, for the love of books and of learning that they imparted.

Purpose / To provide financial assistance for a student in the Faculty of Arts to facilitate the purchase of text books for their studies.

Award Value / One award of $500 in each of the fall and winter semesters.

Application Deadline / Fall Term: September 26, 2022

  Winter Term: January 27, 2023

Eligibility / 

  • Applicants must be self-identified as being from a racialized group; or be self-identified as being an Aboriginal (Metis, Inuit, First Nations, status and non-status) person.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing the student application form and budget;
  • Applicants should write, in confidence, to the Faculty of Arts, naming the COMMA Book Award and explaining how they meet the Award criteria;
  • Applicant students must be registered in a minimum 4 courses in the semester in which the award will be received;
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.67 and have a clear academic standing (students entering Ryerson will simply need to have met Faculty entry requirements);
  • Applicants who have received the award previously are eligible to re-apply.

Application Information / Interested candidates will need to submit:

  • a one-page cover letter describing why they are an ideal candidate
  • a resume demostrating your commitment to community and volunteer work

Apply through AwardSpring (external link, opens in new window) 

Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 Dean of Arts Liberal Studies Essay Prize. Essays submitted in liberal studies courses from ANY TMU faculty during the Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 terms may be nominated for this prize.

There are four prizes, each worth $100.00, awarded annually for the best essays in Liberal Studies courses (day and CNED) during an academic year. Two prizes are awarded for essays in lower-level courses, and two are awarded for essays in upper-level courses. To qualify, an essay must achieve a grade of 85% (A) or higher. Nominated essays will be reviewed by a selection committee in May and awarded in June 2023. The students, their program advisors, and instructors are informed of the winners. Please note, liberal studies instructors may nominate up to three students per course. Essays must be individually-written.

Deadline to submit nominations: May 5th, 2022

Faculty should submit nominations to Ryan Walters, Undergraduate Program and Liberal Studies Coordinator (

The Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award recognizes graduating students who have made outstanding voluntary extracurricular contributions to their school or academic program department, their faculty, or to Toronto Metropolitan University as a whole. The awards acknowledge and encourage student participation in university affairs.  

Professor Ken Moffatt, along with the TMU community, is delighted to honour Professors Doreen Fumia (Sociology) and Myer Siemiatycki (Politics) for their career contributions to student engagement and social justice. On the occasion of their retirement, the Fumia/Siemiatycki Award for Social Justice Engagement is being established to continue their outstanding legacy. Myer Siemiatycki and Doreen Fumia were the first and second holders of the Jack Layton Chair at Toronto Metropolitan University. Since its launch in 2012, the Jack Layton Chair has focused on developing Toronto Metropolitan students’ engagement and skills in issues Jack Layton championed: Indigenous rights, equity, environment, housing, public health, fair employment and vibrant culture. Beyond their work as Jack Layton Chair, Professors Fumia and Siemiatycki devoted their teaching, research and university service to advancing student-community engagement, social inclusion and equity. They enriched the Toronto Met experience for students and colleagues alike. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate student at Toronto Metropolitan University and have clear academic standing; enrolled in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Community Services; enrolled in either Full-time or Part-time studies; enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or graduating year; meet a minimum CGPA of 2.67

Students must provide a written statement (max. 250 words) showing how they have overcome adversity to pursue public education and demonstrates a commitment to social justice. They must also include a reference letter showing how you have overcome adversity to pursue public education and demonstrates a commitment to social justice. The reference letter to be written by a community member, instructor, supervisor; anyone other than family member.

Apply through AwardSpring (external link, opens in new window) .

Deadline: October 24, 2022

The Global Exchange Award provides two annual awards of $2,000 each to Faculty of Arts students to assist in paying for a learning exchange opportunity. The learning exchange must involve taking a credit course at another post-secondary institution that has a formal partnership with Toronto Metropolitan University.

Deadline: September 28, 2022

Apply through AwardSpring (external link, opens in new window) .

The Irene Gammel & Jean-Paul Boudreau Undergraduate Research Award recognizes excellence in research and academic achievement for a BA student in the Faculty of Arts.  Award recipients will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000 and will be recognized at their program department's awards ceremony.

To be eligible for this award the Undergraduate student must:

  • have successfully completed a minimum of 10 semester courses towards any BA degree in the Faculty of Arts;
  • be enrolled in good standing and have a minimum CGPA of 2.50;
  • have demonstrated minimum of 50 hours of Faculty of Arts based research experience from either a research practicum course, a research volunteership, or a research assistantship;
  • self-nominate or be nominated by a research supervisor;
  • write (if nominated, the nominator must write), in confidence, to the Associate Dean of Arts, Undergraduate Studies, explaining how they meet the Award criteria

Note: In accordance with the award criteria, in 2022, preference will be given to student in a Social Sciences program.

Apply through AwardSpring. (external link, opens in new window) 

Deadline: October 21, 2022




The Jehangir Saleh Fund at Toronto Met honours the memory, life and work of Jehangir Saleh. Faculty of Arts students, or groups of students with at least one Faculty of Arts student at Toronto Metropolitan University, are invited annually to apply for financial support towards public initiatives that continue Jehangir’s work and legacy.

These events, which can take place in the form of public lectures, panel discussions, artistic installations, and/or performances, might explore themes such as:

  • The intersection of identity and community
  • Chronic illness and disability
  • The social framing of illness and death

Projects can be in collaboration or celebration with other activities such as Social Justice Week or Mental Health Week. They can include bringing in a guest speaker for a stand-alone event for members of the Ryerson and broader community or be a part of an existing student conference or event. They can also be meaningful, community-building endeavours to support overcoming various forms of adversity. 

For more information: The Jehangir Saleh Fund at TMU.
Applications are administered through the Student Project Grant.

The TMU Gold Medal is the University's highest student award available across all Faculties. Students are nominated for this award by their academic Program Departments.

Do you need financial support to get your project up and running? The Faculty of Arts Student Projects Grant provides financial support for student-initiated extra-curricular projects and activities that promote experiential learning and student engagement. Applications are collected twice a year, in the Fall and Winter terms. / Read more >

The Faculty of Arts created the Social Venture Prize, to support Faculty of Arts students working on community-based projects and students who are incubating social innovation projects in the Zone Learning Network. The purpose of the funding is to advance an initiative and support the start-up costs, it is not intended to be used as salary. The prize is funded by individual donors, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Toronto Metropolitan University.

Intended Value of Award: $1,500 x 2 and $3,000 (given out twice a year - Winter and Spring)

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate or Graduate student within the Faculty of Arts or be a registered member in one of Ryerson's 10 Zones. Must have a minimum CGPA of 2.67, enrolled full-time.

Students must provide written statements including an elevator pitch and project plan.

This award is not available for the 2022-2023 year.

In recognition that the cost of applying to graduate and post-graduate programs may be prohibitive for  many students, and is not often subsidized the Society of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities created a  grant program to provide upper year students with demonstrated financial need a $250 grant to assist  with the costs associated with graduate and post-graduate program applications.

Apply through AwardSpring (external link) .

Deadline: December 12, 2022

This award is intended to celebrate Black women in higher education. The successful recipient of this award will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from the donor. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1,000.

Eligible students must be an Undergraduate student in Sociology, Criminology, Politics and Governance or Public Administration and Governance degree programs. Applicants must have clear academic standing; demonstrate Financial Need as determined by Toronto Metropolitan University; enrolled in full-time studies (minimum 60% course load); enrolled in their second, third, tourth, or graduating year; must have a minimum CGPA of 2.00; must identify as a Woman, including cisgender and transgender; must identify at Black (including those that identify as Afro-Caribbean or African-Canadian).

Students must provide a written statement elaborating on at least one of the following: current experiences or upcoming initiatives as it pertains to elevating Black culture, on and/or off campus; contributions to the Black community, on and/or off campus; career or life path goal(s).

Apply through AwardSpring (external link) .

Deadline: October 21, 2022

The Donor seeks to recognize a first-year female student in the Faculty of Arts who is from Caribbean heritage. This award is open to both domestic and international students, but preference is given to international students. The Donor will also offer personal mentorship to the student, and understands that it would be considered a 'follow-up' once they receive the award, and the student would only receive mentorship if they have consented to it. The award recipient will receive a monetary award of $1,000.

Eligible students must be registered as an Undergraduate student at Toronto Metropolitan University; have clear academic standing; enrolled in full-time studies; enrolled in the Faculty of Arts; have a minimum Admission’s average of 85% (or international equivalent) and self-identify as female.

Applicants are to submit a (500-word max) written statement detailing how their Caribbean heritage has shaped their self-confidence and journey into post-secondary.

Apply through AwardSpring (external link) .

Deadline: TBA for Fall 2022

Purpose / The Undergraduate Research Opportunity (URO) grant offers 6 undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts the chance to meaningfully participate in the Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) activities of a faculty member in Arts and to benefit from their mentorship. The URO grants are designed to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to enhance their research, analytical, presentation and writing skills that they can use in their careers or future research projects.

Student Eligibility / The applicant must be a current full-time undergraduate student in a Faculty of Arts program with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0. The URO award cannot be held concurrently with another student position on campus. The applicant may apply for only one URO opportunity per competition.

Faculty Supervisor Eligibility / All tenured and pre-tenure RFA members are eligible to serve as supervisors.  Limited Term faculty members must hold a position during the award period (May 1 to August 31, 2023). The URO is for SRC assistance on a faculty-member-driven new or existing project. Work that is not part of a faculty member’s SRC project is not eligible for funding. Ineligible projects include those that do not enhance a student’s research or academic potential, for-profit contract research, consulting contract work, and administrative, organizational, or non-academic research projects.

Amount / The total amount for each URO Grant is $10,491.40 (inclusive of benefits, vacation pay and the $25.00 showcase materials support). The hourly rate including benefits and vacation pay is $21.36. Students cannot work more than 35 hours in any week. The URO grant supports student employment for a maximum of 14 weeks (490 hours total), from May to August 2023.  The faculty supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the student completes the assigned work within the time frame noted above (no more than 35 hours per week for 14 weeks). Any overages will be the responsibility of the faculty supervisor.

Review Process / The URO applications will be jointly adjudicated by the Associate Dean of Arts, Undergraduate Studies and the Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Graduate Studies.  The adjudication criteria include:

  1. The quality of the research experience being offered to the student
    1. Specific research skills to be developed/enhanced.
    2. Opportunity to develop increased understanding of the depth and breadth of the student’s academic field.
    3. Direct supervision and mentorship by the faculty member/supervisor and interaction with research team members.
    4. Consideration of EDI-focused measures in place.
  2. Enhanced academic and career opportunities made available to the student
    1. Potential for conference attendance, participation in research seminars, and/or an advanced training opportunity.
    2. Potential for continued involvement in research and co-authorship on papers or presentations.
    3. Potential for developing post-graduation employment contacts/preparation for graduate school.
  3. Excellence of the student
    1. Based on GPA, or a combination of GPA with demonstrated research interest and/or community or research experience.
  4. Quality and completeness of the application
    1. Strength and likelihood of success of the project.

Responsibilities / The URO student must agree to participate in an undergraduate research workshop and a separate showcase event (details to follow in May and August 2023 respectively). Financial reporting to the OVPRI is not required, but unused funds must be returned to the OVPRI by no later than September 29, 2023.  Unused funds cannot be banked for other purposes. Successful faculty and student applicants must sign the Mutual Expectations Checklist (to be provided) prior to the start of the project.

Application / Students must complete the online application below in consultation with their potential supervisor. The URO supervisor form must be completed by the Faculty supervisor and attached to the student’s online application.  Please note that URO applications that are missing information or do not include the completed URO supervisor form will not be considered.

Deadline / Closing date: March 31, 2023.