U of T Student Fellowship Award

2018-19 student fellows Lamia, Rushay and Jessika

2018-19 Fellows: Lamia Aganagic, master's student, Public Policy; Rushay Naik, undergraduate in human Biology: global health and peace and conflict & justice studies; and Jessika Tremblay, PhD student, Anthropology.

SofC Connects! A Call for Student Fellowship Applications 2020

We are thrilled to announce the School of Cities Student Fellowship Award. The Award provides a forum and unique opportunities for urban-focused interdisciplinary and collaborative learning, mentorship, research, experiential and service-based learning to students at all three campuses and across divisional boundaries.

Student Fellowships are open to current University of Toronto students with a strong interest and passion for urban issues and critical challenges, and who are motivated to initiate and lead an innovative and impactful project during the winter term. The duration of the fellowship is four months, with flexibility to extend with approval, based on the type of project. 

The Student Fellowship will provide participants with the opportunity to: 

  • Connect with peers by participating in a series of in-person Fellowship meetings, building skills and understanding in areas such as urban leadership, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, community-based research, and policy processes;
  • Contribute to SofC programming and activities and act as a mentor to one of the Student Academy’s thematic working groups;
  • Receive a stipend of $2,000 to support their pursuit of an independent project that addresses the broad theme of cities;
  • Share their project outcomes at the Student Academy & Fellows symposium in June 2020; 
  • Join an alumni network of Fellows and Student Academy members. 

Each project must include some form of public engagement and can be shared on the School of Cities website and social media channels. This includes, but is not limited to, animating a monthly student-led conversation café, community outreach, civic engagement, working on a policy brief, writing op-eds, an activation, an art installation, writing a blog, organizing a debate, a podcast etc.

Online applications for the U of T Student Fellowship Awards are currently closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of successful Fellowships.

Notification of decisions will be completed by early February, prior to the program start date in February 2020. 

The program will run from February 2020 to June 2020 with meetings to be scheduled February through April 2020. Meetings will be held at the School of Cities, St. George campus (dates and times to be confirmed).

Fellows are expected to give a public presentation to share their project outcomes and deliverables at the Student Academy & Fellows symposium in June 2020. All Fellows and Student Academy members will receive a School of Cities Recognition Award.

Fellows are current U of T students, attending one of U of T’s three campuses. Students can be registered in any program of study.

The proposed project/initiative must be focused on the broad theme of cities.

A total of 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate students will be selected to participate.

Online applications are currently closed.

Q: Can my proposed project be related to current course work or independent study? 
A: Synergy with your program of study is encouraged. You have creative license to select a self-initiated and original project.
Q: What is the time commitment involved?
A:  Attending bi-weekly meetings and presenting at the symposium is compulsory. The time commitment for an individual project is variable depending on the type of project selected. Virtual meetings will be arranged with fellows at Scarborough and Mississauga campuses when face to face meetings are not feasible. It’s also expected that Fellows will lend mentorship support and attend meetings of their assigned Student Academy working group. 

Q: What are the timelines for project completion?
A: The duration of the fellowship is four months, with flexibility to extend with approval, based on the type of project. Fellows are expected to participate in the Student Academy & Fellows Symposium in June (date and time to be confirmed).

Q: What does the selection process look like?
A: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee led by the Education Associate Director and comprised of representatives from the School of Cities. Successful applicants will be contacted by email before the program start date in January 2020. Fellows will also be required to submit a timeline of project deliverables with a budget within two weeks of accepting their fellowship. 

Q. What flexibility do fellows have in using the stipend?
A: Each fellow will be provided with a $2,000 stipend. The stipend can be used to support any costs incurred as part of initiating their proposed project/initiative and for their participation in the Fellowship.

Affordable Housing project

The Affordable Housing project by Urban Indigeneity / Indigenous and Racialized Communities working group

Q. What is the Student Academy? 
A: The School of Cities Student Academy is a tri-campus interdisciplinary academic platform to foster student academic and social engagement and leadership in city-building and urban scholarship. The Student Academy is structured around ten thematic working groups that reflect critical urban challenges based on students' interest and research focus. More information, including projects initiated in 2019 can be found at www.schoolofcities.utoronto.ca/education/student-academy.

Q. Who may I contact with further questions?
A: Prof. Marieme Lo, Associate Director, Education 
School of Cities | education.sofc@utoronto.ca