Current Opportunities

2021-2022 CGEN Scholarships

Each year, we award up to four scholarships to exceptional graduate students conducting research in engineering for global development. Those scholarships comprise:

The Paul Cadario Doctoral Fellowship in Global Engineering

This award was created through generous donations by Mr. Paul Cadario and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. It will be awarded to PhD students affiliated with the Centre for Global Engineering (as certified by the Director of the Centre or a designate) whose research has potential impact in the developing world. Applications are due April 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST (extended from the prior deadline of April 12, 2021).

The Metcalfe Family Graduate Fellowship for Global Engineering Research

This award was created through generous donations by Dr. Murray Metcalfe and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. It will be awarded to current and incoming MASc and PhD students whose research has potential impact in the developing world. Applicants should highlight how their research has the potential to address a critical global challenge, in an area such as (but not limited to) energy poverty and climate change, building sustainable cities and infrastructure, data engineering for development, or engineering education for the 21st century.

The C.W. Bowman Graduate Scholarship in Energy Research

This award was created through generous donations by Dr. Clement W., Mrs. Marjorie Bowman, and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. It will be awarded to current and incoming MASc and PhD students who are pursuing studies or engaged in research relating to either Canada’s energy systems with a focus on the environment, or global energy systems relating to the environment and to sustainability issues.

The awarded scholarships are non-renewable and are administered in accordance with the University’s Policy on Student Awards. The total number of scholarships awarded each year and in each category will vary depending on the quality of applications received and the availability of funds.

Apply for the CGEN Scholarships using the form below

Note: You will be considered for all three scholarships when you apply, but be sure to specify in your research statement which one aligns best with your work
  • In one pdf, include: (1) Research Statement - 1 page maximum: A written statement describing (a) the topic of your research and its potential for social impact, and (b) which of the Sustainable Development Goals your research helps address (and how). Be sure to specify which of the three scholarships think best aligns with your statement. (2) Transcripts and CV. (3) Letter of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation from your immediate university supervisor

Faculty Position – Interdisciplinary Research in Global Engineering

Applications accepted as of: August 1, 2021
Expected start date:
July 1, 2022

CGEN is inviting applications from outstanding scholars for a tenure-stream position, at the rank of Assistant Professor. We strongly encourage innovative, diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to the field of engineering research that address the critical challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable people.  We are seeking applications from emerging leaders whose work advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a preference for the following strategic research areas:

  1. Information Technologies for Global Development;
  2. Food and Nutrition Security;
  3. Engineering and Human Health;

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The selection will be based on an applicant’s demonstrated capacity for excellence in research and teaching, as well as the potential global impact of their research program.  The successful candidates are expected to pursue independent, innovative research at the highest international level, establish a self-funded research program, supervise graduate students, publish articles in internationally recognized top-tier journals in the related field, actively participate in CGEN’s events and activities, and to act as an ambassador for Global Engineering research. Candidates must provide evidence of excellent research of an internationally competitive caliber, as evidenced by publication in leading journals in the field, or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, presentations at significant conferences, accolades for creative work, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.  In addition, experience as a post-doctoral fellow or related industry experience is desired.  The successful candidate must demonstrate the capacity for teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate program levels.  Evidence of the capacity for excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and the teaching statement submitted as part of the application.  The Faculty is especially interested in individuals who can demonstrate a commitment to innovative undergraduate teaching and engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online when the posting is available starting August 2021.  All application materials must be submitted online, and will include:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter
  • 3-5 page statement detailing teaching and research interests, objectives and accomplishments
  • A teaching dossier.

Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in the PDF format. Candidates must arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead, signed, and scanned) sent directly by the referees to The letters should be received by the closing date and comment specifically on the applicant’s experience in teaching and research.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on November 1, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

If you have questions about this position, please contact

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