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Academic, Grants & Awards, Student, Travel: JOSEPH WONG STUDENT EXPERIENCE FUND

This award provides undergraduate students with financial assistance for international learning experiences in or related to Asia, such as studying an Asian language abroad, undertaking field research or special projects, or participating in an international field school. Students will be expected to provide the Asian Institute with updates about their experience and produce a short report with photos upon completion of their travel. Quality of proposal will the primary criteria. Financial need may be considered.

Award Value: 1-2 awards, up to $3,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in any faculty or program at the University of Toronto, including UTM and UTSC.

Deadline: March 9, 2020

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to as a single pdf attachment. The email subject line should be “Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund Application” and the file name of the pdf should be LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME-JWSEF2020.

  • Statement of research/study interest. This should be no more than 1 page and outline the international learning experience you plan to undertake, including the academic rationale and the significance to your program of study.
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information and student number)
  • Academic transcript (printout from ACORN is fine)
  • A detailed breakdown of estimated costs. Please make sure to comply with Safety Abroad regulations
  • OSAP assessment, if eligible, or short paragraph describing your financial need for this award.

One page letter of support from a University of Toronto faculty member. This may be emailed separately by the faculty member to, or submitted to Katherine MacIvor, 1 Devonshire Place room 228N, in a sealed envelope.

Deadline: March 9, 2020


Academic, Grants & Awards, Student, Travel: Daisy Ho Contemporary China Special Undergraduate Fund

Note: Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, travel to China and nearby regions will not be funded, but travel to other regions for research purposes will be considered.

We’re excited to announce the Daisy Ho Contemporary China Special Undergraduate Fund will select its inaugural awardees in spring 2020. This fund offers approximately four awards to third-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science who are interested in undertaking a special research project on contemporary China. The awards will be used to help defray the project costs associated with the travel and research of the student participants. The successful recipients will be required to share their findings with their peers to extend the learning opportunities.

Value: Up to approximately $5,000 to defray costs

Eligibility: Must be a third-year undergraduate student (defined as having completed between 9.0 and 13.5 full course equivalents) in the Faculty of Arts and Science at University of Toronto St. George Campus. No program eligibility restrictions.

Application Instructions: Fill out the PDF Application Form and email it to

The application consists of 5 parts:

  1. Research Statement
  2. Schedule and Budget
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of Support (to be submitted separately by the referee)
  5. Signature

Application Deadline: March 22, 2020, 11:59 pm EST

Please contact with any questions regarding this award.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are there any restrictions on those who have previously received funding through AI?

No, there are no restrictions as long as any other funding you have received was not for the same proposed project.

2. Can two people team up to apply for this fund together?

Yes, as long as each team member meets the eligibility requirements. Each individual should submit a separate application form, but the research statements and budgets can be the same, with a note that you propose to work with (name the other student). The combined possible budget could be up to $10,000 total for two people, to defray reasonable costs associated with the project.


Deadline: March 22, 2020


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