Supporting the Next Generation of Experts

An important part of IMFG’s mandate is to build expertise in the areas of municipal finance and governance in Canada. IMFG’s graduate and post-graduate fellowships provide an important link between the Institute’s educational mission and its research objectives by supporting students who are working in this field. The fellowships support academic research in the Institute’s core areas of study, and help to shape Canada’s next generation of municipal finance and governance experts, whether they work in government, the private sector, or academia.

Each year, IMFG provides three fellowships. The Richard M. Bird Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides an annual stipend of C$60,000 to support researchers who have received their PhD and are continuing their studies. The IMFG Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance, and the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance each provide C$5,000 to support full-time graduate students undertaking doctoral or master’s level work at the University of Toronto.

  • Fellowship award of C$60,000
  • Research should be pertinent to IMFG’s focus on the finance and governance issues faced by large cities and city-regions in Canada and around the world
  • Fellowship residency: September 1, 2024 to August 31, 2025
  • Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline within three years prior to September 1, 2023
  • Applications for 2024-2025 are open
  • Deadline for applications is April 26, 2024
  • Instructions are available here.

  • Fellowship award of C$5,000
  • Eligible to full-time master’s or doctoral level students at the University of Toronto
  • Candidates should be engaged in research related to municipal finance and governance as part of their graduate program
  • Fellowship residency: September 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024
  • Applications for 2023-2024 are closed
  • There is a single application for both the IMFG Graduate Fellowship and the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship. Students need only apply once.
  • Instructions are available here.

  • Fellowship award of C$5,000
  • Eligible to full-time master’s or doctoral level students at the University of Toronto
  • Candidates should be engaged in research related to municipal finance and governance as part of their graduate program
  • Preference given to students interested in the impact of municipal finance and governance on built form
  • Fellowship residency: September 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024
  • Applications for 2023-2024 are closed
  • There is a single application for both the IMFG Graduate Fellowship and the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship. Students need only apply once.
  • Instructions are available here.

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