How are Junior Fellows chosen?

Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Several factors are taken into consideration:

  • academic achievement;
  • scholarships and honours;
  • community engagement outside academia;
  • work and professional experience;
  • other factors such as personal characteristics, ambition, commitment to learning and participation

It is a good idea to give the Admissions Committee a clear, honest and comprehensive view of you as a person, not just an academic. Do you play an instrument? Are you a movie buff? Are you passionate about a specific community or cause? The Admissions Committee wants to know!

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

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications are accepted between February 3, 2020 and until May 1, 2020.You may NOT apply before or after these dates.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee.

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

The outline of proposed work applies to graduate students pursuing an M.A. or PhD. Though it doesn’t hurt to let the Admissions Committee know what interests you in law/medicine/dentistry etc., and you are welcomed and encouraged to write a few words regarding why you’re interested in your specific field.

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.

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 admission.

What documentation am I required to submit?

All of the requisite documentation can be submitted via the online Junior Fellow Application Form.
Supporting documentation is as follows:

  • a cover letter indicating why you wish to be a member of Massey College between 450 and 500 words;
  • a curriculum vitae, including details of education, scholarships, and honours achieved, and an account of other interests and activities;
  • a brief outline (no more than 250 words), of proposed graduate work or interests within your selected discipline;
  • evidence of admission to the University of Toronto (although you may apply even if you have not yet received an offer of admission from the University of Toronto, but will have to indicate this in your application letter with an expected response date);
  • a scanned copy of official academic transcripts or ACORN screenshot (if admitted, the Committee may request the original versions of the scanned documents.)
  • Names and email addresses of two referees (former/current Professors or Community Leaders, Employers or Supervisors whom you have worked with in the past 5 years). As soon as you submit your application, they will receive an email from Massey College inviting them to complete a reference form.
Who can apply for Junior Fellowship at Massey College?

Applicants must be full-time graduate students at the University of Toronto. Applications are open to all degrees and disciplines, including  professional degrees such as law, medicine or dentistry.

Are there any other considerations?

The Committee must ensure representation among Junior Fellows from all academic disciplines, genders, ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. To ensure a diverse student body, the Committee also looks at non-academic life and work experience.

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’s Junior Fellowship consists of 25% International and 75% Canadian Junior Fellows.

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, for a total of 5 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 Admissions Committee by 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 .pdf format.

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

We have moved to online application system only.  Our intention is to ensure that all applicants, locally and internationally, have an equal opportunity to apply.

Who should my application be addressed to?

Your application should be addressed to the Admissions Committee.

Who is on the Admissions Committee?

The Admissions Committee consists of Senior Fellows, Alumni and departing Junior Fellows. The Committee is divided into 4 sub-committees – for Division I (Humanities), Division II (Social Sciences),  Division III (Physical Sciences) and Division IV (Life Sciences). Together they select candidates for Junior Fellowship.

Do you require reference letters?

We require the names and email addresses of 2 referees (former/current Professors or Community Leaders, Employers or Supervisors whom you have worked with in the past 5 years). As soon as you submit your application, they will receive an email from Massey College with a link to complete a reference form. The reference form is a list of characteristics that we think a Massey College Junior Fellow should have. The referee can also add a comment at the end of the form. Please make sure they submit the reference form by May 4, 2020 at 12:00pm.

What should be the focus of the comment in the reference form?

Your academic achievements and your area of study are already covered in other documents you are submitting. When reading reference comments, the Admissions 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?

When you apply to Massey College, you should also apply for bursaries and financial aid to partially cover the cost of residence and meals. Information on fees, bursaries and grants is available here.

You may apply for a bursary AFTER you submitted your application for Junior Fellowship. 

Is there someone I can talk to about my application?

If you have read everything written in this section and have not found answers to your questions, you may contact Massey Admissions at