The Ranjit Kumar Graduate Fellowship


Dr. Ranjit Kumar, founder and former Executive Director of the Foundation for International Training


Up to $5,000.00

Number of Awards Available

One recipient annually

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Be a domestic or international graduate student

  • Be currently registered full-time in any doctoral (e.g. PhD) or doctoral-stream (i.e. research-stream master's) program and will maintain full-time registration throughout the academic year immediately following the current competition

  • 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

Preference is given to students conducting research related to the development of government, civil society, and/or the private sector in Africa, Asia, the Americas, or the Middle East.

Application & Nomination Procedure

  1. University-Wide Awards application form

  2. Transcript(s), as per above

  3. One copy of resume/CV

  4. One copy of relevant paper or project

  5. One page description of thesis in non-technical language; the introduction must state how the applicant's research meets this award's research criteria

  6. One letter of reference addressing the applicant's academic merit from an academic supervisor/advisor or a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work (one page 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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