Projects, Scholarships, and Clubs

CGEN offers both undergraduate and graduate students a range of opportunities to get involved in global development research and advocacy. In addition, CGEN sponsors a number of annual scholarships which are awarded to engineering graduate students who are conducting innovative research to tackle some of the world's most intractable development and humanitarian challenges.

Global Engineering Capstones

CGEN offers multidisciplinary capstone design courses to fourth year students across the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. In this full academic year course, 4-5 students are paired with a company, NGO or aid organisation to work on real-world global development problems, and receive guidance from a faculty member. Students are expected to conduct engineering analysis and design, while considering interdisciplinary elements such as environmental, health, safety, social, economic and other factors. The students are responsible for applying their knowledge to meet their client’s specific needs.

Read more about CGEN's completed and current capstone projects.


Undergraduate Summer Positions

Every year, CGEN faculty across all engineering departments recruit a number of undergraduate students during the summer to assist with their research. Those positions are paid, but students are encouraged to concurrently apply for NSERC USRA co-funding to increase their chances of being accepted to a given opening. Research topics range from reinventing the toilet to designing passive drip irrigation control systems for small-scale, low-income farmers in the developing world.

CGEN Scholarships

Thanks to donations generously provided by influential members of the global engineering community at the University, CGEN is pleased to offer multiple scholarships annually to qualifying MASc and PhD students. The scholarships range from $5,000-8,000 and include those listed below:

Paul Cadario Doctoral Fellowship in Global Engineering

This award was created through generous donations by Mr. Paul Cadario and the UofT’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.

Metcalfe Family Graduate Fellowship for Sustainable Energy Research

This award was created through a generous donation by the Metcalfe family to support sustainable energy research. This scholarship will be awarded to students affiliated with the Centre for Global Engineering (as certified by the Director of the Centre or a designate) and who are registered in one of the following department or divisions: The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, or the Department of Civil Engineering. This scholarship is open to current and incoming MASc and PhD students.

All Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis, 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.

Scholarships will be awarded to current and/or incoming graduate students registered in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) and who are – or intend to be – affiliated with CGEN (as certified by the Director of the Centre). They will be awarded primarily on the basis of the applicant’s academic excellence and the research proposal’s potential to address a global engineering challenge. Applicants should declare which of the scholarships they are applying for but they will be considered for both if they are deemed eligible. All applications are assessed internally at the University, and award decisions are taken by FASE members.

We do not have an open call at this time, but please check back around April 2020 for the official Call for Nominations.


Student Clubs