Junior Fellows

Junior Fellows are full-time students at the University of Toronto, studying a wide range of disciplines, with varied interests and from diverse backgrounds, either registered with the School of Graduate Studies or pursuing professional degrees such as business, law, medicine or dentistry.

The college offers an extraordinary experience by providing a caring community that allows all members to expand their horizons academically, socially and culturally. What makes us unique is the question we ask all applicants: “What will you bring to the life of the College?”

Junior Fellows have their own governance, they elect committee members twice a year and organize events, including conferences and panels, movie nights, book clubs (they even run their own literary journal!) and fundraisers for local organizations. 

  • Eligibility
  • How to Apply

Junior Fellows are full-time students at the University of Toronto, either registered with the School of Graduate Studies or pursuing professional degrees such as law, medicine or dentistry.

Election is for one year. Junior Fellows may apply for re-election in each of four succeeding years; residence, however, cannot exceed a total of three years.

For potential residents of the College, residence and meal fees do apply. For non-residents, there is an annual fee that covers access to study carrels and lockers, as well as some meals.

Massey College has 60 spots for resident Junior Fellows and up to 70 for non-residents. Each year, around 20 spots open up for resident and 30 for non-resident Junior Fellows.

Starting in 2021, Massey College Junior Fellowship is open to a limited number of Post-docs.

Applications for the 2022/2023 academic year will open in February 2022. For applications instructions, frequently asked questions and information on available bursaries, please see Junior Fellow Applications.

At Massey College, we strive to offer a positive experience for our Junior Fellows, starting from their physical and mental well-being, offering them mentoring and networking opportunities, and building a caring and inclusive community.


Click to view a list of current Junior Fellows and their associated disciplines.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Bursaries are available to offset some of the costs. The aim of these bursaries is to assist graduate students in need.

Application Process

Applications for 2022/2023 Junior Fellowships are now open!


Applications are reviewed by an 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.

Applications are accepted between February 1, 2021 and until April 30, 2021. 

No, there is no application fee.

Yes, bursaries are available to offset some of the costs. The aim of these bursaries is to assist graduate students in need. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. The overall amount available varies every year, depending on investment returns for the year, and supports four bursary programs for:  Residential fees, Non-Resident food and 5th-year PhD awards, 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. Click here for more detailed information on bursaries.

Applications for new Junior Fellows will open on February 1, 2021.

All applications, including reference forms, must be submitted electronically in the requested format (.pdf). We are no longer accepting in-person or applications by post.


Please ensure you have all of the requisite documentation available in digital format prior to beginning the application process. Please note we only accept documents in .pdf form. Once you have compiled the required documentation, please fill out the Junior Fellow Application Form and upload the following documents:

 - A cover letter (maximum 500 words)  indicating why you wish to be a member of Massey College;

 - A curriculum vitae, including details of education, scholarships, honours achieved, and an account of other interests and activities;

 - A brief outline (maximum  250 words), of proposed graduate work or interests within your selected discipline;

 - Evidence of admission to the University of Toronto (if you have not yet received an offer of admission from the University of Toronto, please indicate this in a separate letter with an expected response date);

 - A scanned copy of official academic transcripts or ACORN screenshot (if admitted, the Selection Committee may request the original versions of the scanned documents.)

 - Names, email addresses and telephone numbers for two (2) referees (former/current Professors or Community Leaders, Employers or Supervisors whom you have worked with in the past 5 years). Upon submission of  your application, your referees will receive an email from Massey College inviting them to complete a reference form.

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