This page was updated on March 31, 2020 – 9:39 p.m. EDT
Financial Aid Resources available to Students in light of COVID-19-Related Disruptions to Progress in their Programs
Public Health Sciences faculty and staff are working to ensure that courses will continue to be offered with limited disruption as we move out of the classroom and respond to changing practicum and research environments. We understand that COVID-19-related disruptions might impact additional aspects of students’ progress in their programs, e.g. delayed practicum placements, delayed/disrupted ethics approvals, suspended data collection, limited/loss of access to secondary datasets. In these situations, students may be faced with extending their program trajectories and thereby find that they need financial support.
Students experiencing immediate financial hardship should apply to the School of Graduate Studies emergency loan or emergency grant. SGS is usually able to pay out emergency loans within 24-hours and emergency grants within one week.
Emergency Loan: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/awards/sgs-emergency-loan/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=March+15+COVID-19+Message Loan applications are processed on an ongoing, continual basis throughout each academic session. Applications need to be submitted to the SGS Graduate Awards Office by 2 pm in order to be evaluated. A decision will be released within two business days upon receipt of the complete application by SGS.
Emergency Grant: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/awards/sgs-emergency-grant/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=March+15+COVID-19+Message. Grant applications appear to be ongoing (Fall, Winter, Summer). All of the applications will be reviewed and decisions will be communicated within two weeks upon receipt of a completed application (including all support documentation). Emergency Loans may be approved in the interim. The decision will be communicated via the student’s official U of T email address unless reasonable alternate arrangements of notification are requested.
Students anticipating intermediate or longer-term financial need can apply for several awards offered by the University. Note that the application requirements and processes for these awards are specific to each award, and that some of these awards apply to Research Program and Professional Program students.
- PHS OSOTF and Needs based awards: Deadline: TBA
- University-Wide Awards (some awards are needs-based): Deadline: May 15, 2020. Submit application materials email@example.com.
- Master’s Completion: WINTER 2020 Application deadline: April 23, 2020
- Doctoral Completion Awards: Deadline: TBD
In the event students do not qualify for these awards, PHS will consider offering financial aid to those with demonstrated need who are confronting program progress delays attributable to COVID-19-related disruptions. Applications for these funds will be considered on a case by case basis. Students are asked to prepare, and to send the following to Vinita (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- The OSOTF form
- A brief description of the delay, its relationship to the COVID-19 pandemic, and anticipated impacts on the student’s program completion timelines (to the best of their ability).
- List of other sources of financial assistance applied for.
For all questions or concerns related to Financial Aid Resources, please contact Vinita (email@example.com).
Additional links to University of Toronto Awards/Scholarships & Additional Financial Aid/Assistance Resources:
The School of Graduate Studies website provides links and advice on Financial Aid: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/awards-funding/financial-aid-advising/
School of Graduate Studies Awards: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/awards/
Financial Aid: https://future.utoronto.ca/finances/financial-aid/
The dashboard above was developed by Vasily Giannakeas, Deepit Bhatia, Matthew T. Warketin, Isaac Bogoch and Nathan Stall.
Life is complicated and doesn’t always go as planned. If you are in distress, we can connect you to the help you need. Here are some resources for learners and students.
For 24/7/365 support: U of T My SSP (multiple languages): 1844-451-9700; or download the app: uoft.me/myssp
Good 2 Talk: 1866-925-5454
- Basic Hygiene and Precautions
- CAMH Resources and FAQs on how to be well
- Volunteering in Active Health Care Environments
- U of T Geography and Planning – Mental Health Resources
- Well-Being Support Resources – March 27
In the News
- How do we protect ourselves from COVID-19? Allison McGeer in CBC News
- How to protect yourself and others from infection as COVID-19 cases increase – Colin Furness in City News
- How do I care for my children during a new coronavirus outbreak? Anna Banerji in the Globe and Mail
- Coronavirus: Do Canadians really need to stockpile household items? Anna Banerji in Global News
- Stockpiling is in full effect, but it’s not the answer to surviving a coronavirus outbreak Alison Thompson in the National Post
- Don’t Panic, You Don’t Need Hand Sanitizer to Fight Coronavirus James Scott in the Rolling Stone
- ‘Social distancing’ could go a long way toward slowing down COVID-19, researchers say David Fisman in the Toronto Star
- Coronavirus calls for self-isolation. Here’s how to do it properly Jeff Kwong in Global News
- The importance of remaining socially connected while physically distant Ashleigh Tuite in CBC Radio
- Who’s most at risk for COVID-19? It’s probably not you Blake Poland in the Ottawa Citizen
- Two Ontario children diagnosed with COVID-19, but research into the impact of this virus on kids is reassuring David Fisman in the Toronto Star
- How to disinfect your news from the COVID19 infodemic Colin Furness in Brain Gain Magazine
- Quitting smoking could help protect against coronavirus, experts say Robert Schwartz in Global News
- As coronavirus spreads, is it still safe to use food delivery services? Suzanne Sicchia and Jeff Kwong in Global News
- As Canadians clamour for coronavirus vaccine, many aren’t getting immunized against other diseases Natasha Crowcroft in CBC Radio
- Food delivery is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how to order it ethically Kerry Bowman in The National Post
DLSPH’s Notice and Information on Business and Academic Continuity
In addition to the support indicated in the message from the Dean (above), please find further information on business and academic continuity at DLSPH.
- A Letter from Senior Leadership (March 13, 2020)
- Faculty IT Support (March 14, 2020)
- Telecommunity at DLSPH (March 15, 2020)
- Students and Academic Continuity (March 16, 2020)
- Restricted Duties and Local Placements for Faculty of Medicine Clinical Learners (March 16, 2020)
- Class Evaluation (March 16, 2020)
- CIHR – Tri-Agency Message on COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)
- Operational Continuity (March 17, 2020)
- Graduate student research (March 18, 2020)
- Academic Continuity (March 27, 2020)
- Summer Classes 2020 (March 30, 2020)
University of Toronto and COVID-19
The University of Toronto has developed a one-stop webpage for all university matters pertaining to COVID-19.
- Important announcement from President Gertler regarding COVID-19
- Archive of Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates for the U of T Community
- COVID-19 Prevention and Precautions
- Academic Continuity Plan
- Business Continuity Plan
- ITS Preparedness
- How to Support Employee Well-Being While Working Remotely
- Provincial Announcement on Essential Services – Impact on University Operations
- Further to PDAD&C #58 re: Faculty and Librarian Performance Evaluation and Merit Process for 2019-20 (PTR/5% Merit) (PDAD&C #61)
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
The public health community has a wide range of knowledge, experience and skill sets to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. Listed below are immediate COVID-19 funding opportunities.
- DLSPH’s Funding Opportunities for COVID-19
- DLSPH’s Research Funding for COVID-19
- CIHR’s Research Funding for COVID-19
Toronto Public Health’s Resources on COVID-19
Toronto Public Health is monitoring all positive cases of COVID-19.
Public Health Ontario’s Resources on COVID-19
Learn about how the Ministry of Health is preparing for the 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario. Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick after you travel and how to recognize possible symptoms.
- Health and wellness
- Status of cases
- Current affected areas
- Travellers returning from affected areas
- Laboratory Testing
- How Ontario is preparing
Government of Canada’s Resources on COVID-19
The Government of Canada has a number of valuable resources for the public as well as health professionals as we weather through this pandemic.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Being prepared
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For health professionals
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Guidance documents
- Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada
- Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
- Public Health Guidance for Schools (K-12) and Childcare Programs (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Summary of Assumptions
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources – resources are available in PDF Format in multiple languages
- Vulnerable populations and COVID-19
- How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19
- About coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Be prepared infographic (COVID-19)
- Be prepared factsheet
- Information sheet – Travellers returning to Canada (includes contact information for public health authorities in each province and territory)
- Information sheet – Travellers returning from Iran and Hubei Province, China (includes contact information for public health authorities in each province and territory)
World Health Organization’s Resources on COVID-19
The World Health Organization has supplied numerous reports and resources for COVID-19.