To enable increased interaction between undergraduate students and graduate students pursuing relevant research, New College hosts senior doctoral fellowships (SDFs) for each of our academic programs.

Each fellow is a senior graduate student who contributes to the intellectual life of the college, including mentoring undergraduate students, giving an academic seminar and participating in New College academic and community events.

The fellowships further help our graduate students by providing them with dedicated space at New College, a small stipend and the opportunity to network with current faculty members.

Call for Applications: New College Senior Doctoral Fellowships – Applications extended to December 1

January – May 2024 

New College, University of Toronto, invites applications for six Senior Doctoral Fellowships in the following programs:  

  • African Studies 
  • Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health  
  • Caribbean Studies  
  • Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity  
  • Human Biology 
  • International Foundation Program (Second Language Acquisition)  

New College offers a thriving and intellectually stimulating environment for doctoral students. University of Toronto doctoral students who are in the writing stage of their dissertation are encouraged to apply to a New College program relevant to their area of research. For detailed information on our academic programs and areas of study, please see the New College website.

In 2023-24, Senior Doctoral Fellowships, valued at $1,500 each, are for the Winter term, January 1 – May 30 in a specific academic program/area of study. Senior Doctoral Fellows will be expected to engage with students and the larger intellectual community at New College and give an academic seminar related to their research. 

New College will provide access to the special library collections at the College. Senior Doctoral Fellows will be eligible for New College travel funds and can submit applications for other funding initiatives in collaboration with their host Program Director. 

Applications must include: 

  • a one-page cover letter outlining their qualifications for the New College Senior Doctoral Fellowship with a focus on the Academic Program/Area of Study to which they are applying 
  • a curriculum vitae 
  • a one-page summary of their doctoral thesis and progress to date 
  • a letter of recommendation from their dissertation supervisor. 

Senior Doctoral Fellows must be currently registered University of Toronto graduate students in the year the fellowship is held and available to participate in the College during the tenure of the award.  

For further information on the fellowship program, please contact

Applications should be sent to: 

Office of the Principal 

The closing date for applications has been extended to Friday, December 1, 2023 

Details for this call for applications is also available in PDF format.

Senior Doctoral Fellows Speaker Series

Every year, we invite the New College community to hear about the research of New College’s senior doctoral fellows. Please come back later for more information about this year’s Speaker Series.

You may find recorded presentations from former Senior Doctoral Fellows on YouTube.