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UTM-MN opens applications for 2023-2024 Graduate Research Award

September 16, 2023

The Mobility Network at the University of Toronto Mississauga is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2023-2024 Graduate Research Award.

The Mobility Network, an Institutional Strategic Initiative, allocates stipends of $5,000 to graduate students undertaking research that contributes to the Mobility Network’s mission. To be eligible, research projects must be supervised by a University of Toronto Mississauga faculty member.

This funding is provided on a competitive basis, with a total of two to four awards provided annually based on academic excellence, research experience and the fit between a student’s proposed project and the Mobility Network’s mission to find mobility solutions that serve people’s well-being, the planet’s future, and the potential of our growing cities to flourish equitably, sustainably and productively. For the details of past research awards, please check here and here.

Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 29, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Awards will be announced in October 2023. The award period is expected to cover research conducted between October 2023 and April 30, 2024.

For potential student advisors, please see the list of UTM Mobility Network members below. Other UTM faculty members who are interested in becoming members of the Mobility Network are welcome to participate as supervisors.

UTM-MN faculty

  • Matthew Adams, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Assistant Professor
  • Naomi Adiv, Political Science, Assistant Professor
  • Shauna Brail, Institute for Management & Innovation, Associate Professor
  • Ron N. Buliung, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Professor
  • Beth Coleman, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, Associate Professor
  • Tracey Galloway, Anthropology, Assistant Professor
  • Tanjim Hossain, Management, Professor
  • Marc Johnson, Biology, Associate Professor
  • Shashi Kant, Institute of Management & Innovation, Professor
  • Stephen Scharper, Anthropology, Associate Professor
  • Florian Shkurti, Mathematical & Computational Sciences, Assistant Professor
  • Soo Min Toh, Institute for Management & Innovation, Professor
  • Tara Vinodrai, Institute for Management & Innovation, Associate Professor
  • Alan Walks, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Professor
  • Jue Wang, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Assistant Professor
  • David A. Wolfe, Political Science, Professor

Application information

Applications will be evaluated based on academic excellence and future research promise (50% weighting), and the fit of the research proposal to the Mobility Network’s goal of supporting interdisciplinary mobility research that addresses equity and promotes sustainable and just urban growth and prosperity (50%).


Students eligible for this award will be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Toronto, working under the research supervision of a University of Toronto Mississauga faculty member.

Conditions of Award

  • Submit a written project report and deliver a research presentation (either at MN, UTM-MN or UTM research).
  • Participate in Mobility Network research network activities.
  • Acknowledge Mobility Network funding and affiliation in any publications, presentations, or reports stemming from grant-funded work.

Materials to be submitted by applicant

  • Research Statement: A maximum 2-page (single-spaced, 12-point font) statement that includes the following:
    • Introduce research topic.
    • Why is this topic / question important to the overall study of mobility? How will the research be conducted? Is this research being conducted as part of your graduate thesis? 
    • Briefly describe proposed research methods.
    • Summarize why EDI matters to the proposed research and briefly explain how the proposed research considers and approaches EDI.
    • Identify the key research tasks and activities that you plan to undertake, including a timeline.
    • Context: Is this research being conducted as part of your graduate work? What other sources of research funding (if any) do you currently hold? (Note that the Graduate Research Award provides a stipend to the award holder). 
  • CV outlining work, volunteer and extra-curricular experience and activities.
  • Unofficial transcripts.

Material to be submitted by applicant’s faculty supervisor

  • Request a 1-2 paragraph letter of recommendation from your faculty supervisor that includes an assessment of both the proposed research and future research promise. For supervisors supporting more than one award application, a ranking should be provided.
  • Letter of recommendation should be directly sent to before the deadline of applications.

How to apply

To apply for the UTM-MN Graduate Research Award, email all application materials to with the subject line "UTM-MN 2023-2024 Graduate Research Award" by Friday, September 29, 2023.


Dr. Gaurav Mittal
Postdoctoral Fellow, UTM Mobility Network

This announcement originally posted by UTM Mobility Network.

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