Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship


Colleagues and Friends of Professor R. Paul Young


Up to $2,000.00

Number of Awards Available

One recipient annually


​This fellowship is designed to honour outstanding PhD students who are conducting research that addresses issues crossing traditional faculty boundaries.

Established by Colleagues and Friends of Professor R. Paul Young, this fellowship recognizes Professor Young's significant contributions during his seven-year term as Vice-President, Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto (2007 to 2014). During his appointment, Professor Young led a major University-wide planning effort that resulted in the University's Excellence, Innovation, Leadership Strategic Research Plan. The success of this project is a testament to his passion for research and his ability to build consensus on complex challenges.

​Previous Recipients

  • Tsukushi Kamiya (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), 2018-19

  • Ravin Alaei (Psychology), 2017-18

  • Mark D. Hathaway (Leadership, Higher and Adult Education), 2016-17

  • Jacqueline Zimmermann (Psychology), 2015-16​

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Be a domestic or international graduate student

  • Be registered full-time in a PhD program and will maintain full-time registration throughout the academic year immediately following the current competition

  • Be conducting research that addresses a problem which crosses traditional Faculty boundaries (e.g., Music and Medicine; Education and Exercise Sciences)

  • Demonstrate academic merit
    • Have achieved at least A- ("A-" = 80%) or equivalent in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); 
      • ACORN print-out is sufficient for the U of T transcript. Each applicant must also provide a copy of their previous institution’s official transcript; this copy may be obtained upon request from the applicant's U of T graduate unit
    • Or if the student has completed two years of graduate studies, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- ("A-" = 80%) or equivalent on all graduate courses completed.
      • ACORN print-out is sufficient for the U of T transcript; in this case, a copy of the previous institution’s transcript is not required

Application & Nomination Procedure

The Professor R. Paul Young Fellowship is one of 16 endowed awards within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition. 

Review the full Application Process on the University Wide Awards web page.

  1. University-Wide Awards application form

  2. Transcript(s), as per above

  3. One copy of resumé/CV

  4. One page plan of study/research proposal in non-technical language; the introduction must state how the applicant's research meets this award's research criteria

  5. One letter of reference from the academic supervisor attesting to the applicant’s academic excellence and describing how his/her thesis addresses a problem that crosses traditional Faculty boundaries (one to two pages maximum).


Each applicant may contact their graduate unit to determine the application deadline for this competition as well as to which email address all of their application materials must be submitted.

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