SOGS is currently accepting subsidy applications for the Summer 2021 Childcare, Professional Placement, Travel and Non-TA UHIP Subsidy programs! 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications can be submitted to the SOGS Office in person  or to the confidential SOGS drop box outside the SOGS Office (MC, room 8) any time. For those that do not want or cannot be on campus in-person due to COVID-19, you can also submit your applications electronically as a single PDF file via email sent to

Note: SOGS requires original hardcopy receipts, where applicable, for any successful application that has been submitted electronically. Incomplete subsidy applications will NOT be accepted. 

Deadline: August 31, 2021 by 4pm EST

If you have any questions or concerns about the submission process, please email or call 519-661-3394 (x. 83394 if on campus).

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out the application(s) for our subsidies:
  2. Attach a SINGLE PDF document that includes all of the relevant paperwork (i.e., you abstract or boarding pass, placement letter, etc.) and original receipts. The attached documents are required for your subsidy application to be considered.

Disbursement of Funds:

If your application is successful, you will be required to bring the original/hardcopy receipts to the SOGS office before the disbursement of funds if you submitted your application electronically. SOGS is a non-profit organization that must have original receipts for subsidy applications.


The SOGS Bursaries and Subsidies Committee will adjudicate these subsidies by the end of January 2020. You will be contacted by email as to the status of your application once the adjudication process is complete. 

Learn more about the different subsidies below:

Childcare Subsidy

  • VALUE: Up to a maximum of $500 per term
  • WHY: To offset the cost of child care services for graduate students.
  • HOW: Complete the application form and attach your receipt(s). Submit your application electronically by the last day of the term (e.g., August 31, 2020 for the Summer Term).
  • NOTES:
    • The confidentiality of all applications is assured.
    • SOGS collects general statistical information about the Childcare Subsidy in order to better lobby the University for improved childcare assistance and facilities.
    • SOGS members are eligible to receive the Childcare Subsidy twice per academic year, with a cap of 3 times over the course of your graduate degree. In other words, you may only receive this subsidy a maximum of 3 times total.

Professional Placement Subsidy

  • VALUE: Each subsidy is worth up to a maximum of $500 based on demonstrated need.
  • WHY:  To off-set the costs associated with travel and accommodations of SOGS members undertaking professional placements, practicums, co-ops, or other experiential learning opportunities that are REQUIRED for the completion of their degree.
  • WHO: Students who are enrolled in Category II programs (i.e., non-funded professional Master’s Degrees) will be given first priority.
  • HOW: Complete the application form  and attach your receipt(s). Bring your application to the SOGS office by the last business day of the term. 

NOTE: Applications must be submitted within the term the placement or experiential learning activity ends. For example, if you started your co-op in November and it ended in February, you submit your application in the Winter Term. 

Travel Subsidy

  • VALUE: Each subsidy is worth up to a maximum of $500 based on demonstrated need.
  • WHAT: Travel Subsidies are designed to help off-set the cost of professional conference travelling for students acting as “first-presenter”. 
  • WHO: All SOGS members are eligible to apply.
  • HOW: Fill out the application form and attach your
      • paper abstract
      • travel documents (i.e., boarding passes)
      • receipts, and
      • registration fee OR proof of participation (i.e., page of the conference program that lists your presentation time slot)

Non-TA UHIP Subsidy

The Non-TA UHIP Subsidy is intended to offset the cost of the UHIP fee for members and their families. This subsidy complements the UHIP Assistant Fund for TAs at PSAC 610.

  • VALUE: Each subsidy is worth up to a maximum of $250 based on demonstrated financial need.
  • WHO CAN APPLY: All international SOGS members who are NOT teaching assistants. NOTE: if you are a Teaching Assistant, please apply to PSAC 610’s subsidy HERE.
  • HOW: Fill out the application form and attach proof of your UHIP expense for the term (i.e., a copy of your tuition fee bill). 

Thesis Completion Subsidy

The Research Completion Subsidy provides financial assistance (up to $500) to members experiencing financial precarity and who are past their funding eligibility for their program.

Members who are enrolled in a course-based or thesis-based program with a research component (i.e., thesis, major research project, major research paper) are eligible to apply (inclusive of both Master’s and Doctoral students). The Research Completion Subsidy is jointly sponsored between SOGS and PSAC 610.

Applications can be found HERE.

Applications are due September 30 via email ( or in-person (room 8, Middlesex College) or by mail.


    • The information collected through this form is used by SOGS for internal statistical purposes. Confidentiality of all information will be maintained.
    • The provided income information must be more than $0. We need to know how much money you are living on for the term, regardless if it is in the form of a loan, line of credit, parental/spousal support, and/or school/government funding, etc.