GLSE Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund

Molecular Genetics
GLSE Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund
Faculty of Medicine

For research-stream graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine, the Leave of Absence Stipendiary Fund is available for an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) due to health issues (i.e. physical) and/or mental health challenges which temporarily impair a student’s functioning during his/her graduate studies. Funding is available up to $5,000 per student for one term on a one-time only basis.  Ideally, students must submit an application package (as described below) to the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine (MSB 2360) before the deadline below and prior to the start of their LOA.  Students who remain registered during the requested LOA will not receive LOA Stipendiary Funding. 

For students taking a LOA due to parental leave, the School of Graduate Studies provides funding through the SGS Parental Grant.  Please click here for more information. 

Anticipate taking a LOA in Deadline to Apply
Fall  2019 (September 2019 – December 2019) Revised deadline: September 30, 2019
Winter 2020 (January 2020 – April 2020) Revised deadline: Monday December 13, 2019
Summer 2020 (May 2020 - August 2020) Friday April 17, 2020

To apply for the LOA Stipendiary Fund, students will be asked to submit the following package by the appropriate deadline (i.e. April 17, 2020) to the Graduate Affairs Officer, Rachel Zulla at

  1. A completed form (see below) by the applicant; no signatures required.  GLSE will email your Graduate Coordinator to confirm your requested a Leave of Absence starting Summer 2020. Please read the instructions carefully to complete the PDF iconLOA Stipendairy Fund Form 2019_20.pdf
  2. One page letter explaining the reason(s) for the LOA and how it has impaired your ability to function in your graduate program.  Please address the letter to the LOA Stipendiary Fund Committee;
  3. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, applicants are exempt from submitting a physician's note for this round of funding (i.e. LOAs starting May 1, 2020).
  4. A copy of your completed SGS PDF iconLeave of Absence Form.pdf. Please note that only Sections 1 and 2 must be completed.  Again signatures are not required for this round of funding (i.e. LOAs starting May 1, 2020).

Please note this fund will not count towards a graduate student’s stipend package.  This fund is not renewable and can only be received once.  It is intended to provide one term financial support to the recipient who will NOT receive funding from scholarship(s) or award(s) during this Leave of Absence. 

This funding is conditional upon confirmation of an approved Leave of Absence by your graduate unit and the School of Graduate Studies. 

Last updated:  April 8, 2020