University of Toronto

University of Toronto
  • 21 Mentors
  • 146 Alumni
  • 52 Researchers
  • 40 Published Case Studies

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto (U of T) is Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. One of the world’s top research-intensive universities, students learn from and work with preeminent thought leaders through a multidisciplinary network of teaching and research faculty, alumni and partners. Consistently ranked among the top 10 public universities worldwide, U of T has remarkable strengths in disciplines that span the humanities, social sciences, sciences and the professions. U of T’s three campuses host 93,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 159 countries, who are taught by 15,000 faculty.

Applications for our 2024-25 Reach Researcher Cohort are now closed!

We are excited to launch the Application Portal, piloting at the University of Toronto for the 2024-25 Call for Applications. The following step-by-step guide for prospective researchers will ensure a seamless experience and address some frequently asked questions. Please contact should any technical difficulties arise with the following subject line: LastName, FirstName — Application Portal Technical Issue.  

  1. Click on the “Apply Now” button above to be redirected to the University of Toronto Application Portal page. Upon clicking “Submit”, you will have officially logged in to your application.  
  1. Within a few minutes, you will receive an email with the subject line “Welcome to the Reach Alliance Application Portal”. Please pin or flag this email so that you can easily find the details needed to log back into the portal at a later date. If you do not see this email in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder and click “Mark as not Junk”.  
  1. In the portal, you will now be viewing a dashboard displaying your Applicant Information and Application Forms. Click on the “2024-25 U of T Reach Researcher Application Form” to start your application.  
  1. There are eight sections in the application form. A bar on the top of each section of the form indicates the progress you have made towards the completion of your application. The subsequent steps provide details on each section of the application.  

Note: at any section of your application, you can click the “Save & Exit” button and then click “Logout” to continue your application later. However, upon clicking submit in the last section of the form, you will no longer be able to edit your application.  

  1. Section 1—Tell us about Yourself and your Skills. This section collects biographical information, educational history, language proficiency, and research experience.  
  1. Section 2— Tell us about your Experience. This section collects short answer responses to four questions delving into the rationale of your application. The length of your response is limited to roughly 250 words.  
  1. Section 3— Required documentation: Resume & Unofficial Transcript. This section collects a single PDF file upload of your resume (2 pages max) and unofficial transcript. You can view and print your complete academic history by logging into ACORN and visiting the Academic History page. 
  1. Section 4—Annotated Transcript. This section collects annotations of three courses from your unofficial transcript, including also the course code and name and the final grade received, if applicable.  
  1. Section 5—Activity Listing. This section collects information on your existing and anticipated extracurricular time commitments.  
  1. Section 6—Reference. This section collects the contact information of an academic or professional reference. Please ensure that you have received permission from the individual whom you are listing, as they will be contacted if your application moves forward.  
  1. Section 7—Additional Information. This section prompts you to share information regarding accommodations, if needed for the interview process, and where you learned about this opportunity.  
  1. Section 8—Optional Survey. This section prompts you to take the Student Equity Survey to help shape our recruitment strategy.  

Congratulations, you are now ready to submit your application! We look forward to connecting with you soon.  

Recruitment Events

Event Date: Thursday, January 11, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: KN L1220, Innovation Complex

Register here!

Event Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Bahen Atrium

Event Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Location: IC 318, Instructional Centre

Register here!

Event Date: Friday, January 19, 2024
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Zoom

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Event Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Time: 11:15 – 12:00 PM
Location: Transit House, 315 Bloor St West

Register here!

How to Apply

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To be eligible to be a Reach researcher, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student who is registered for the full next academic year (Fall & Winter) at the University of Toronto. Reach researchers are recruited from a variety of disciplines and academic backgrounds, such as: engineering, business, law, global affairs & public policy, public health, medicine, social sciences, and more. Reach research teams are unique due to their interdisciplinary and collaborative nature. This diversity of perspectives brings different lenses to the research process. Students learn from their peers and the experience prepares them for future collaboration in the workplace

  1. The online application will be open from December 8, 2023 to February 11, 2024.  
    • Short Answer Questions
    • Uploading Required Documentation
    • Resume, unofficial transcript, annotated transcript, activity list.
    • Anonymous Student Equity Survey (voluntary)
  2. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a 30-minute interview and complete a pre-interview assignment in March 2024. 
  3. The final selection of the 2024-25 Cohort of Reach Researchers will be made by the beginning of April 2024. The in-person all-day onboarding session will be in April, dates to be confirmed.  

Should you experience any technical difficulties during the completion or submission of your application, please email with the subject line LastName, FirstName — Application Portal Technical Issue.  

The Reach Alliance is committed to building on initiatives that address systemic and structural barriers that impede access to opportunities for participation in the learning and scholarly activities as outlined in its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Charter. If you require an accommodation to apply or participate in the interview process, please contact us at

Please visit: our FAQs page for more information

Meet the Team

  • Amy Bilton


    Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering; Director, Centre for Global Engineering, University of Toronto

  • Jill Cameron


    Associate Professor and Vice Chair Research, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

  • Priyank Chandra


    Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

  • Leanne De Souza-Kenney


    Assistant Professor in the Human Biology Program and Health Studies Program, University College, University of Toronto

  • Erica Di Ruggiero


    Associate Professor of Global Health and Director of the Centre for Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

  • Sarah Haines


    Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at University of Toronto

  • Raji Jayaraman


    Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

  • Carmen Logie


    Canada Research Chair in Global Health Equity and Social Justice with Marginalized Populations, Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, & Health, and Adjunct Scientist at Women’s College Hospital

  • Ahmed Mahmoud


    Program Manager, Centre for Global Engineering and Lecturer, University of Toronto

  • Anita McGahan


    University Professor and George E. Connell Chair in Organizations and Society, Rotman School of Management; Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

  • David Meyer


    Assistant Professor of Civil and Global Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

  • Mariana Mota Prado


    Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

  • Imara Rolston


    Founder & Director of the Community Climate Resilience Lab (CCRL); Assistant Professor, Dalla School of Public Health, University of Toronto

  • Paola Salardi


    Assistant Professor in Economics; Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

  • Avni Shah


    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

  • Kim Skead

    Mentor, Alum

    Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto

  • Dilip Soman


    Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • Jason Spicer


    Assistant Professor, Economic Development/Planning – Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

  • Michael Widener


    Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Health at the University of Toronto – St. George; Director of Health Studies at University College; Associate Professor in Geography and Planning

  • Joseph Wong


    Founder, The Reach Alliance; Professor and Vice-President, International, University of Toronto

  • Stanley Zlotkin


    Professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto; Chief at the Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children