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Grad Students

Need help navigating grad school? On this page, you'll find resources and supports that are available to Black graduate students.


The Black Graduate Student Awards are a suite of awards and bursaries established by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies to support Black students pursuing graduate studies at Ryerson. These awards recognize excellence and/or alleviate some of the financial burden associated with graduate education.

The Ted Rogers MBA Black Graduate Leadership award has been developed to support domestic full-time or flex full-time Black graduate students pursuing their studies at the Ted Rogers School of Management.

These awards recognize demonstrated leadership and community involvement, and alleviate some of the financial burden associated with graduate education.


The Yeates School of Graduate Studies offers the Graduate Leadership Institute, which focuses on building leadership skills for graduate students.

The National Black Graduate Network (NBGN) (external link)  provides a central structure for academic networking, collaboration, and research exchange by a new generation of scholars shaping the futures of Black studies in Canada.

R.A.C.E. Network (Canada) (external link)  is an association of Indigenous Peoples and people of colour who are academics, researchers and activists engaged in insurgent, anti-racist, decolonial, feminist, and intersectional scholarship and activism with the aim of political, economic, social and cultural transformation.

The Black Canadian Studies Association (external link)  is a nation-wide academic association of scholars, students, artists, and community members who are committed to supporting, engaging in, and furthering the development of Black Studies in Canada.

The BCSA membership year is August to August, to align with the typical academic year.  Members have direct access to participation on our members-only listserv which features events, job postings etc.,  input in association decision-making, and access to all BCSA events without charge or at a reduced rate.


Founded in 2020, the Black Business Graduate Students Association (BBGSA) (external link)  is for students at the Ted Rogers School of Management at TMU.

The Good and the Bad of Black Grad

In March 2021, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies hosted a webinar titled: The Good and the Bad of Black Grad. The aim of this five-part webinar series was to create a space for dialogue that encourages Black academics to share their stories and experiences. The webinars provided a platform to amplify the multitude of Black voices that are scattered across the country, with the ultimate goal of creating a digital anthology of the experiences of Black students and post-docs in Canada today.

Below are recordings of each of the webinar episodes. For more information about how the series was developed, visit the Good and Bad of Black Grad website (external link) 

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3