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Scholarships & Funding


To support the needs of Black students pursuing studies at the University, these awards recognize excellence and/or alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with post-secondary education.

For a student who identifies as Black, and demonstrates their community involvement for the advancement of Black people.

This award honours the achievements of a student who self-identifies as Black in the School of Social Work committed to challenging a climate of anti-Blackness in order to make the university a more inclusive space for all.

Recognizes a student who identifies as Queer, Trans or Gender Non-Conforming who shows community and/or academic work that aligns with the Blackness Yes! mandate such as work that focuses on or centres or touches the lives of Black and Queer/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming peoples/community.

For students from traditionally underrepresented groups including women, visible minorities, international students, students with disabilities and Aboriginal students.

For a first generation student who is of Black, Caribbean or West Indian Caribbean descent (including Guyana); not an International Student.

A Faculty of Arts award for students who self-identify as being from a racialized group, or who self-identify as being an Aboriginal (Metis, Inuit, First Nations, status and non-status) person.

For students who self-identify as a woman who is Black, African Canadian or has Black/African Canadian ancestry.

For students who identify as Black (including those that identify as Afro-Caribbean or African-Canadian) to encourage Black students to explore careers related to Black music.

Recognizes a Black student for their academic achievements and community leadership both on and off Ryerson campus.

This award is intended to celebrate Black women (including those that identify as Afro-Caribbean or African-Canadian) in higher education. Eligible students must be undergraduates in Sociology, Criminology, Politics and Governance or Public Administration and Governance degree programs.

A Faculty of Arts award that recognizes a first-year female student who is of Caribbean heritage.

For a student who identifies as trans and racialized (established by Sociology graduate Lali Mohamed and others in tribute to Sumaya Dalmar, a Somali-Canadian transgender activist who passed away in 2015)

For a student who self-identifies as a Black, African, or African-Canadian female


Arts Student Project Grant

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.

Office of Social Innovation

The Office of Social Innovation provides funding for projects highlighting Social Innovation and Activism on Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous Racism.

The Social Venture Zone

Provides opportunities to work on building a social venture that creates real impact (also see their internship program).


The Undergraduate Research Opportunity (URO) grant

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.

Apprenticing With a Problem

Apprenticing with a Problem is a grant initiative that supports student projects and research addressing systemic social or environmental issues, in collaboration with a faculty member at Toronto Metropolitan University or community organization.

Black Initiatives Fund

The Black Initiatives Fund (BIF) is dedicated funding that aims to support Black students in developing and advancing events, meetings and information sessions that specifically support and centre Black students.

Black Innovation Fellowship Bootcamp

The BIF Bootcamp is a two-week virtual program designed to support very early-stage Black tech founders who want to validate their idea and market opportunity, create buyer personas to better understand customers needs, and build their first prototype and MVP.

Black Innovation Programs

The Black Innovation Programs (BIP) provide Black-owned tech startups with the strengthening support of a top university-based incubator network, as well as additional programming, mentorship, events, and connections to industry, capital and an alumni network, to support their success and growth.