U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice is a place of community where students can explore spirituality, faith and self-development in all of its complexities. The Centre is a catalyst on campus for interfaith co-operation and navigating religious pluralism, including secular humanism. We engage students in questions of inclusion and difference, especially as students grapple with religious identity, spiritual development and meaning.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of this fellowship, it will be awarded to a graduate student enrolled in any of U of T’s programs as long as the student can demonstrate how their research interest intersects with the mission of the Centre.
The research fellow will have the opportunity to apply their scholarship to student programming, while contributing to scholarship at the Multi-Faith Centre by advancing research on the role of religion and spirituality in student/young adult development within the broader framework of how religion and spirituality is understood in society.
The research will also take into account:
- A peace-building framework that encourages awareness, understanding and the ability to interact with religious pluralism in a respectful and responsible manner
- Contemporary intersectional issues, e.g. xenophobia, racism and gender
The research fellow must be a full-time U of T graduate student at either the Masters or Doctoral level. They are expected to work in collaboration with Multi-Faith Centre staff and a faculty member from their area of study. It is the responsibility of the student to identify a faculty member who will sign the application and support the research project.
How The Program Works
The research fellowship will award $4000 from September 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Students pursuing graduate studies (Masters or Doctorate) are eligible as long as they clearly define how their research interests and field of study relate to the mission and vision of the Multi-Faith Centre.
The research fellow will work with a faculty supervisor and Multi-Faith Centre staff to define fellowship objectives and expected outcomes.
The research fellow will commit to one specific program to develop and facilitate from the Multi-Faith Centre (an event or workshop series).
The research fellow will disseminate research findings through symposium/conference presentations and publications.
Please submit a CV and a statement of interest (maximum 1000 words), signed by a faculty member, that outlines:
- Your research interests and how they align with the Centre’s mission
- Programming interests that align with Centre objectives that will engage students in co-curricular learning
What Students Are SayingNo Ratings Yet
The Multi-Faith Centre research fellowship extended an opportunity for me to increase the religious diversity of my dissertation pilot and refine my skills in project management and knowledge translation. Upon graduation, I will be pursuing a non-academic research career and this fellowship offered a unique opportunity for me to bridge my intrinsic academic interests (i.e., promoting religious pluralism) with applied goals.
Veronica, 2020-21 Research Fellow