The TD Bank has been funding scholarships at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to support graduate students with disabilities since 2005. This support allows KITE, the research arm at Toronto Rehab, to offer scholarships of up to $20,000 to graduate students with disabilities. These students often require adaptive aids, technologies and other resources that can contribute to the financial burden of being a student so an individual supplement for educational expenses incurred as a result of the student’s disability is also available.
To be eligible, applicants must have a disability and plan to be enrolled in a rehabilitation-related graduate program leading to a masters or doctoral degree at one of the following eligible universities: McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University. Applications are also encouraged from international students and final-year undergraduate students enrolled in/applying to eligible institutions.
Fields of study must relate to rehabilitation, but are not limited to any particular discipline. Acceptable programs include Engineering, Social Work, Psychology, Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Recreation and Music Therapy, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Speech-Language Pathology, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Physics, Telecommunications, Architecture, and Public Policy and Administration.
“This scholarship can make all the difference to students with disabilities pursuing graduate studies,” said KITE Institute Director Dr. Milos R. Popovic. “It provides an opportunity to participate in a graduate program on an equal footing with other students and helps them realize their full academic potential.”
The next round of scholarships will be awarded for the 2020/21 academic year, with an application deadline of April 30, 2020. For more details, including eligibility criteria and application procedures, read Application Guidelines or contact Lois Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 597-3422, ext. 7600.
The research arm of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Kite, is a world leader in complex rehabilitation science and is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging. KITE’s areas of focus include injury prevention, restoration of function, enhanced participation and independent living. KITE and Toronto Rehab are members of the University Health Network, which includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute for Education, and an academic partner of the University of Toronto.