2022-23 Graduate Student Fellowship

Three-panelled image: first panel, fellows sitting on the sidewalk with a slate marking Parking day in Toronto in 2019; second panel with an group of female fellows posing in a nook in front of their work; a fellow with kids of Thorncliff park community
Fellows from previous years displaying their work/ executing their projects

The Graduate Student Fellows program supports graduate (and exceptional undergraduate) students from across the University of Toronto tri-campus working on urban-focused projects of an applied, translational, or policy-oriented nature. Graduate student fellows may work on a component of their degree-based project (thesis or dissertation), or an independent project. Candidates are encouraged from across all disciplines from the fine arts to the applied sciences.

As we launch the School of Cities India, we are particularly interested in supporting research projects that involve fieldwork or investigate topics related to India. 

Graduate Student Fellow positions are open to University of Toronto doctoral and master’s degree students who are currently enrolled in the 2022-23 school year, with strong interest in and passion for critical urban challenges; we will also consider exceptional, senior undergraduate students. They should be highly motivated to initiate and lead an innovative, creative and impactful project during the academic year. The duration of the fellowship is nine months.

Applications are closed for this session


Graduate Fellows are eligible for:

  •     Stipend of $2,000, to support their pursuit of an independent project that addresses the broad theme of cities
  •     Hoteling workspace at the School
  •     Connection with peers by participating in a series of virtual and in-person (when circumstances allow) meetings in a Methods Atelier (coordinated by SofC Director Karen Chapple with faculty guests), which will focus on building understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches from community-based research to big data and spatial analytics
  •     Connection with peers in informal writing groups
  •     University of Toronto Co-Curricular Record (CCR) (6 competencies) recognition
  •     Opportunity to mentor undergraduate group projects (the Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Project), for an additional $1,000 stipend
  •     Membership in the SofC Fellows Alumni Network


We ask that Graduate Fellows:

  •     Share their project outcomes at a virtual symposium in May
  •     Develop a project that must include some form of knowledge mobilization and/or public engagement. This includes, but is not limited to, producing a performance, podcast, or art installation; writing an op-ed, blog, or policy brief; giving a public talk; conducting a monthly student-led conversation café or a debate; creating a website or app, etc. At the end of the program, we will select several of these projects to highlight on the SofC website
  •     Participate in SofC events and outreach programs


Application requirements

  •     Description of proposed project (no more than 500 words)
  •     Curriculum vitae

Criteria for selection

  •     Creativity and likely impact of proposed knowledge mobilization
  •     Demonstrably viable project (i.e., based on research already in progress or connected to an active research team)
  •     Rigour of methodological approach
  •     Connection to equity, diversity, and inclusion


Related opportunity for 22-23 Fellows

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association (website) is offering a contract worth an additional $500 for each of 2 students whose research is relevant to this historic Toronto neighbourhood. Cabbagetown Preservation Association is participating in a heritage reset conversation in the fall, as they look into their past and its people, while simultaneously working to engage a new generation in conversations about heritage and what it means in 2022. The expected outcome is a public lecture for the community to be presented as part of the Cabbagetown Talks series. The format, could be an individual presentation, panel discussion, etc. and will be decided in consultation with the student(s) and the Board.

If you are interested, please contact Gale Moore, PhD, Chair of the CPA to discuss further at gale.moore@utoronto.ca.

Applications are closed for this session >>