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How to Apply

How to Apply

Dear Prospective Junior Fellows,

If you are applying for academic year 2017-2018, please note that all applications, as well as reference letters should be submitted electronically in the requested format.

 Applications will be accepted between April 4 and May 4, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Please have all the requisite documentation available in digital format prior to beginning the application process. You will be requested to upload the following documents:

  • curriculum vitae, including details of education, scholarships, and honours achieved, and an account of other interests and activities;
  • evidence of admission to the University of Toronto
  • a scanned copy of official academic transcripts (ROSI screen shot is acceptable)

All the above documents must be saved as .pdf in the following manner:

lastname-firstname-cv (smith-jane-cv)

lastname-first name-admission (odoneyee-alicia-admission)

last name-first name-transcript (nguyen-kim-transcript)

For a full manifest of the requisite documentation accompanying an application for a Junior Fellowship at Massey College, as well as other frequently asked questions, please see below.


Who can apply for Junior Fellowship at Massey College?

Applicants must be full-time graduate students or pursuing professional degrees such as law, medicine or dentistry at the University of Toronto.

What documentation am I required to submit?

With the exception of letters of reference, all of the requisite documentation can be submitted via the online application form. This includes:

  • a covering letter (between 450 and 500 words) indicating why you wish to be a member of Massey College;
  • a brief outline (not more than 250 words) of proposed graduate work or interests within your selected discipline;
  • a curriculum vitae, including details of education, scholarships, and honours achieved, and an account of other interests and activities;
  • evidence of admission to the University of Toronto; and
  • a scanned copy of official academic transcripts or ROSI screenshot (If admitted, the Committee may request the original versions of the scanned documents.)

What if I haven’t yet received an offer of admission from the University of Toronto?

You may apply even if you have not yet received an offer of admission from the University of Toronto, but you should indicate when you expect to hear about your application.

What if transcripts are not available by the deadline?

Please advise us in advance of the application deadline and we will accept the transcripts when they become available.

I am in a professional program (law/medicine/dentistry/public policy or similar). Do I have to provide an outline of planned work?

No, that applies to graduate students pursuing an M.A. or PhD and it is optional. If you already know what interests you in law/medicine, you are welcome to say a few words about that.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee.

May I apply for both Resident and Non-Resident Fellowship?

Yes, you may. You will be ranked within both categories. Depending on the number of available spots for each and the number and quality of applicants you may be offered one or the other. If you get an offer to be a Resident and, for any reason, you reject it, that does not mean that you automatically become a Non-Resident.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications are accepted until May 4, 2017.

How are Junior Fellows chosen?

Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee. Several factors are taken into consideration:

  • academic achievement;
  • scholarships and honours; and
  • community engagement outside academia

Upon selection and acceptance, election of new Junior Fellows is approved by Massey Governing Board.

Are there any other considerations?

The Committee must ensure representation among Junior Fellows from all academic disciplines and a balanced gender representation.

How many Junior Fellows are chosen each year?

The numbers depend on the re-applications of existing Junior Fellows. On average, there are 20 openings for Resident and 30-40 spots for Non-Resident Junior Fellows each year.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, Massey Junior Fellowship consists of 25 per cent international and 75 per cent Canadian Junior Fellows.

Do different fees apply for international students?

No, same fees apply to Canadian and international students.

May I apply to be a Junior Fellow for one semester only?

No, we only permit election to Junior Fellowship for the entire 34 weeks of the academic year.

How long can I be a Junior Fellow?

Junior Fellows may apply for re-election in each of four succeeding years. Residence, however, cannot exceed a total of three years.

Do I have to re-apply every year?

Yes, election is for one year.

When will I find out if my application was successful?

Applicants will receive confirmation when all documents have been received, and will be advised of the decisions of the Selection Committee in mid-June.

Do you only accept applications electronically?

Applicants are requested to use our online application form. All documentation, including reference letters should be in electronic format.

Why can’t I submit a hard copy of my application?

We have moved to online application system only. Moreover, we are mindful of high postage costs. Our intention is to ensure that applicants from all socio-economic backgrounds have an equal opportunity to apply.

Who should my application be addressed to?

Your application should be addressed to the Selection Committee.

Who is on the Selection Committee?

Selection Committee consists of Senior Fellows, Alumni and departing Junior Fellows. The Committee is divided into 3 sub-committees – for Division I (Humanities), Division II (Social Sciences) and Division III & IV (Physical and Life Sciences). They meet 3 times in person to select candidates for Junior Fellowship.

How many reference letters do you require?

Two letters will suffice. Please let your referees know that they should save their file in Word or .pdf in a following manner: lastname-firstname- ref. AB

Example: Your name is Alika Kahananui and your referee’s name is: Kari Baben

Save as: kahananui-alika-ref-KB

Where should my referees send their letters of reference?

Letters of reference should be submitted directly from your referees to the College Admissions at admissions@masseycollege.ca.

What should be the focus of reference letters?

Your academic achievements and your area of study are already covered in other documents you are submitting. The Selection Committee is interested how you interact with your peers, your professors and the world in general, as well as how you apply your studies and your knowledge to give back to the community.

What if I’d like to apply for a bursary?

You will receive the bursary application form with the offer. General information on fees, bursaries and grants is available here.

Is there someone I can talk to about my application?

If you have read carefully everything written on the website and have not found answers to your questions, you may contact the College Dean, Amela Marin at amarin@masseycollege.ca.

How much does it cost to be a Junior Fellow at Massey College?

Fees for the 2017-2018 academic year (September 5 – April 29, inclusive) are shown below.

Resident Junior Fellow: $13,000*

Fees for Resident Junior Fellows include accommodation in suites consisting of a bedroom and adjacent private study, with housekeeping services, and all meals, six days a week (Monday-Saturday), as well as the formal High Table dinners.

An initial non-refundable deposit of $1,000 for Resident Junior Fellows is payable on acceptance of a Junior Fellowship. The balance of fees is payable in September ($7,000) and January ($5,000).

Non-Resident Junior Fellow: $800

The non-refundable annual fee of $800 is payable on acceptance of the Fellowship offer.

Note: College fees do not include academic fees and other fees payable to the University, or incidental fees incurred for guest meals or bar charges. They also do not include fees for gown rental ($69) and the LMF (Lionel Massey Fund) fee.

Are there any bursaries available for Junior Fellows?

Yes, bursaries are available to offset some of the students’ costs at the college. The aim is to assist graduate students in need. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. The overall amount we have available every year varies, depending on investment returns for the year.  The funding is approximately $281,000 and supports four bursary programs: residential fees, non-resident food bursaries, travel awards for research and conferences, and the automatic Jackman Scholar bursary paid for a supplemental residence fee, named in honour of the Visitor Emeritus, the Hon. H. N. R. Jackman.

Resident Junior Fellows: Bursaries for residents fees total approximately $90,000 and are awarded on a sliding scale from $300 to $5000 per student, based on need.  They are applied against residence fees. Download application.

Non-Resident Junior Fellows:  Food bursaries total approximately $8,000.   Each non-resident who applies is awarded up to $350 to offset costs of College meals. Download application. They cannot be applied against the non-resident fee.

Special Bursary for 5th year PhD students: If you are close to finishing your PhD and have run out of funding, you can apply for a $250 bursary to offset the cost of the non-resident fee.

Resident and Non Resident Catherall Travel Bursaries:  Each January all students may apply for a travel bursary to subsidize travel for research or attendance at a conference.  The pool is approximately $30,000 and $400 to $1,400 is awarded based on the net cost of the trip.

Jackman Scholar Bursary:  In September each year, a supplemental fee is charged to each resident junior fellow and is paid simultaneously automatically by the Jackman Scholar bursary,, named in honour of the Visitor Emeritus, the Hon. H.N.R. Jackman.  The total paid is approximately $153,000, $2,550 per resident student.


When are bursary applications due?

The non-negotiable deadline to apply for a resident fee and food bursary is Friday, May 29, 2017.  There is only ONE deadline per year.  Where possible, we’ll make an effort to provide bursary confirmation at the time of an offer of admission.

The Catherall travel bursaries are due in January 2018.

Are international students eligible to apply for bursaries?

Yes, the College also provides bursaries for international students who have been offered a Junior Fellowship at the College. Download application.

If I get selected, how will you notify me?

We will send you an email offering you the resident or non-resident fellowship. Along with the offer, you will receive an agreement, outlining Massey College policies and code of conduct, which you will have to read and sign.

Resident Junior Fellow Agreement

Non-Resident Junior Fellow Agreement




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