Northrop Frye Centre Undergraduate Research Award


To provide opportunities for further involvement with Humanities and Social Sciences research and to give students access to a community of scholars during the year of their award.


Awarded to undergraduate Victoria College students for research purposes. The research undertaken cannot be a component of a course taken for academic credit. Students must have achieved a CGPA of 3.30 or better and be registered in a Humanities or Social Sciences program. Successful applicants will receive the title of “Northrop Frye Centre Undergraduate Fellow” and be invited to participate in the life of the Northrop Frye Centre over the course of the subsequent academic year.

  • The intended research may take place either over the summer session or during the regular academic year, before the applicant graduates. Successful applications must include a realistic timeline with concrete start and end dates for the proposed research project.
  • The intended research project is related to the Humanities or Social Sciences. Projects that use the resources of the Victoria University Library are encouraged.
  • The research project will have a faculty supervisor secured prior to application.  A confirmation letter from the faculty member who has agreed to supervise your research project must be submitted to the Registrar's Office (NF106) or emailed to by the application deadline.
  • The research project application will include a statement regarding financial implications and/or a budget.
  • Recipients are required to submit a final copy of their research project to the Northrop Frye Centre one month after the completion of their research project, together with final copies of any and all expense reports and timesheets.
  • Recipients will communicate their results as part of an undergraduate research colloquium.
  • If you must travel to conduct your research project, you must submit an Assumption of Risk and Release from Liability Form (pdf) to the Registrar’s Office (NF106). The signed form can be scanned and emailed to All students are encouraged to register with the U of T Safety Abroad Database prior to their departure.

Award value:  up to $2,500 each

Award recipients will receive their award payments in two instalments.  Original receipts for approved expenses and/or timesheets for approved research hours as appropriate must be kept and submitted to the Northrop Frye Centre at the end of the award period.

Application Deadline:  April 15th (5 p.m.)

Notification:  Award decisions will be made within 2-3 weeks.

Inquiries: email Alexandra Varela at or call 416-585-4521 Ext. 3100

ATTENTION:  Draft your responses ahead of time as the online application does not save your entries.  If you need to make any corrections to your application information after submitting, please email

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Given Name:
Email Address:
Submitted Degree Request (i.e., requested graduation):
Year of Study:
Programs of Study (SPE/MAJ/MIN):
Name of Research Supervisor:
Research Supervisor's email address:
Research Organization:
Start Date of Research Project:
Pick date
Proposed End Date:
Pick date
To verify the above, you will need to request a letter from the faculty member who has agreed to supervise your research project to be submitted to the Registrar's Office (NF106) or emailed to by the application deadline.
In the space below, provide: (i) a brief description of the research project and your involvement; (ii) an explanation of how the project will enhance your overall academic success; and contribute to your academic program; and (iii) a statement regarding the financial implications of participating in this research opportunity (direct costs, implications for summer work, etc.) and if you have been approved for any other grant and the value. If the grant will be used to defer travel/accommodation costs, please include a brief budget.
Statement of Interest (maximum 3,500 characters):


By submitting this application, I hereby certify that the information provided on this application is, to the best of my knowledge, true and complete, and I authorize the release of the information to the Award Selection Committee. If I am granted a Northrop Frye Undergraduate Research Award, I may be expected to repay all or part of the award if I withdraw my participation from the intended research project. Original receipts for approved expenses and/or timesheets for approved research hours as appropriate must be kept and submitted to the Northrop Frye Centre at the end of the award period.

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