Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures, the SOGS office has been physically closed since March 17, 2020.  As a result, we are now following a digital application process for the CHILDCARE, PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT, and TRAVEL subsidies.

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out the digital application for:
  2. Attach a SINGLE PDF document that includes all of the relevant paperwork (i.e., you abstract or boarding pass) and receipts. In order to submit a file to a Google form, you MUST be signed into your Google account. *The attached documents are required for your subsidy application to be considered.

Disbursement of Funds:

If your application for our subsidy is successful, you will be required to bring the original/hardcopy receipts to the SOGS office once our office reopens. SOGS is a not-for-profit organization that must have original receipts for subsidy applications. 


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


If you have any questions about the digital application or the requirements of the subsidy program, please email

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)


    • 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.