Frequently Asked Questions

Mental Health & Wellness

Better Coping Skills Workshop Series

  • This series of workshops, offered by the Office of Student Life, is designed to help graduate students develop coping skills to better meet the demands of university, work, and personal life. The workshops cover the following topics: balanced thinking, behavioural change, emotion regulation, and balanced living.

Better Breath Workshop

  • This workshop, offered by the Office of Student Life, will focus on the benefits of restorative breath. Try new techniques for relaxation such as muscle tension reduction and learn new tips for taking time to pause and recharge.

Wellness Counselling

  • Wellness counselling appointments are available to graduate students at the School of Graduate Studies (63 St. George Street). The Wellness counsellor will offer brief counselling services tailored to the challenges presented by graduate-level university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.

Student Health & Wellness

  • The on-location service is a brief counselling service that aims to connect students with a counsellor in a timely fashion in order to get the support that they need. The counsellors are trained to provide personally tailored treatment specific to what you’re experiencing. The on-location counsellors are also familiar with other campus and community supports and can help you find and connect with other supports, if needed. 

Additional relevant workshops and events are offered by the Office of Student Life, Health & Wellness Centre, and University of Toronto Graduate Student Union.

Personal Finance & Budgeting

Own Your Financial Future Workshop

  • This workshop will teach you how credit works and what debt can do to your financial plans, plus practical ways to take control of your finances. The workshop is offered by the Hart House Finance Committee in partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. The workshop if often held multiple times per year, so look out for updates on the Hart House website.

Financial Planning Calculator

  • This calculator will show you how much money you will need to cover tuition and fees, housing costs, food and everything else for the upcoming academic year. You’ll provide some background and income information, and the calculator will show you a budget summary and direct you to some useful resources to help you save money.

Financial Advising

  • Financial advising can help relieve your financial stress, resolve your immediate financial problems and help you plan for the future. Meet with a financial advisor who can assist with all aspects of financial management, including planning a budget and debt load management. Advising is available in person, via email, or via telephone from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

Professional Development

Career Chats

  • This series of drop-in group advising sessions covers a variety topics in relation to career exploration and education (e.g. networking, exploring career options, exploring further education, job search motivation, etc). The sessions happen weekly on Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Student Success Centre. Log into the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network and visit the Events and Workshops Calendar for more details,

Resumes and Cover Letters

  • Workshops on how to create resumes and cover letters are regularly offered at the Career Centre. Log into the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network and visit the Events and Workshops Calendar for more details.

One-on-one, drop in consultations are also available through the Office of Student Life


  • The Office of Student Life offers a variety of mentorship training workshops to any student who is or wishes to be a peer mentor.

Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program

  • The GPS Program, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, is designed to help graduate students develop skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, which may be critical to success in careers within and outside of academia. The program can help you to communicate better, plan and manage your time, learn entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as a leader.

Mitacs Training Workshops

  • A variety of professional development workshops are offered such as: networking, project management, time management, presentation skills, etc.

BCH2024H Professional Development Course

  • This is a graduate level course focused on developing the academic and professional skills required to succeed during and beyond graduate education in basic biomedical sciences such as biochemistry.

Moderator Sessions

  • The workshop provides tips for being a successful moderator of a scientific talk or a panel. RSI students will get to practice the skill of moderating during the Leadership Rehabilitation Rounds.

RSI Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation Information

​​​​​​These resources provide PhD students with additional information regarding their comprehensive exams and writing their dissertations

What are the components of the application process?

The components of the application process are:

  1. Two copies of the official transcripts from each university previously attended.
  2. A letter of intent describing the proposed research program, outlining the research question(s), rationale and general methodology for the work to be undertaken. It is advisable that this document is developed in conjunction with the potential supervisor.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. It is recommended that these be from individuals who can assess your academic potential.
  4. A Recent Curriculum Vitae (CV). Ensure that you highlight your publications/presentations and any previous awards or scholarships.
  5. A Letter from potential supervisor indicating financial and supervisory support.

What happens if I am accepted, conditional on funding?

Your supervisor and you are responsible for notifying RSI office that funding has been secured so that the condition can be lifted. If you have only partial funding from scholarship or supervisor stipend, you and your supervisor can speak to the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Administrator to see if they can recommend other sources of funding.

If the full funding cannot be secured, you should consider deferring admission to a later date to provide additional time to apply for funding.You can defer admission for up to one year. After this period, you would have to re-apply to RSI.

What if I am not accepted?

If you are not accepted into RSI, speak to the Graduate Coordinator to understand the reasons. The Graduate Coordinator will outline the rationale for the committee’s decision and will make recommendations for a future application.

What is the required financial support for students?

The University of Toronto has committed to provide a minimum of $15,000 plus tuition fees for eligible doctoral-stream students. For Canadian students, the minimum funding requirement for RSI students is $25,500 for MSc and PhD is $26,500 per year. NOTE: that these amounts are subject to change; RSI is in the process of gradually increasing required student support. The RSI policy is that graduate students should have financial support throughout the fundable period of the program. Support is derived from External Scholarships (e.g. OGS, NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), supervisor stipends, Departmental/Internal award. If you receive a competitive external award, you may receive a top-up to the total stipend.

What should I do when I am approaching a faculty member as a potential supervisor?

Remember that faculty members receive multiple requests. Make sure your request stand out. Instead of a generic request, personalize the approach.

Things to consider in your request and interactions with potential supervisor:

  1. Highlight your strength and accomplishments in a cover email or letter.
  2. Send the faculty member a copy of your curriculum vitae and grades. This component is important so that the potential supervisor can be confident that you meet the minimum criteria for admission.
  3. Ascertain that you and the faculty member match in terms of research interests. A telephone conversation or in person meeting may help establish this.
  4. Make sure the faculty’s style matches your own. It is highly recommended that you ask the faculty to put you in touch with their other trainees that currently work or have worked closely with him/her.
  5. Consider sharing some of your scientific writing with the faculty.
  6. Work with the faculty to apply for funding.

When I graduate from RSI, can I work clinically in rehabilitation?

NO, as a graduate from RSI, you cannot practice clinically in the field of rehabilitation. If your interest is in working clinically, consider applying to an entry to practice Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Language Pathology.