Joint Educational Placement

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What is a Joint Educational Placement?

A Joint Educational Placement (JEP) is an opportunity for individual students to pursue their doctoral degree program under the joint supervision of faculty from U of T and a collaborating Canadian or international university.

It requires two main ingredients:

  1. an existing or emerging collaboration between a supervisor at the University of Toronto and a faculty member at another institution and
  2. a full-time doctoral student whose research interests are shared with the two supervisors.
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If successful, the student will be awarded a single doctoral degree from the lead institution. University of Toronto will issue a parchment and transcript regardless of whether it is a lead or collaborator institution. The parchment and transcript will include the following statement “awarded as a single degree under a Joint Placement arrangement with (the other institution).” Verify with the other institution whether a separate transcript and parchment will be issued.

Learn More About JEPs


Professor Vina Goghari
Vice-Dean, Research and Program Innovation
School of Graduate Studies
65 St. George Street

Minerva Jaimes
Admissions and International Students Advisor
School of Graduate Studies
63 St. George Street

International Doctoral Clusters (IDCs)

An International Doctoral Cluster (IDC) is a research and doctoral education arrangement in a well-defined area/topic of research that brings together, through in-person and virtual activities, a critical mass of complementary talent (PIs, PDFs and graduate students). An IDC is a partnership between faculty and trainees at U of T and international partner institutions (academic/corporate/NGO etc.) in the form of an alliance that is more than the sum of its parts.

Four annual competitions will be adjudicated (February 15, May 15, September 15, and December 15). Faculty members submitting proposals for IDC funding should consult the information provided on the website of the Office of the Vice-President, International, including the FAQ section, and use the template for submission. To submit an application or for any questions please contact Skandha Sunderasen with the subject title “IDC.”