The SDGs Scholars Academy will include distinguished fellows and fellows, who will be united by the breadth and depth of their expertise and interest in engaging in open and transparent dialogue about SDGs issues today and the future of the SDG, and who will engage affiliates interested in participating in SDGs Scholars Academy events.

Distinguished fellows are invited by the President of the University of Toronto based on the recommendations of the Vice-President Research, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives ad the Vice-President International. Distinguished fellows are pre-eminent thought leaders in field who have made impactful contributions to advancing knowledge with relevance to the SDGs, and who are internationally recognized for their reputation and performance, their ability to innovate and constructively disrupt the status quo, and their capacity to advice on the strategic priorities of the SDGs Scholars Academy. Distinguished Fellows are thought leaders from UofT as well as academia, government, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Distinguished Fellows will be part of the SDGs Scholars Academy for as long as they actively contribute to the Academy.

Fellows are appointed to the Academy by the University’s President based on recommendations from the senior leadership of the SDGs@UofT, using the Academy’s nomination, selection, and appointment process. Fellows are early career and established researchers who are interested in leading and participating in synthesis and catalyst research activities. Fellows will have appointments at one of the University’s three campuses.

Any faculty, staff, or student with interest in the mandate of the SDGs@UofT can become an affiliate of the Academy, by completing the membership form.

Nomination process

  1. The SDGs@UofT Nomination Committee will distribute a call for nominations of Fellows to the SDGs Scholars Academy.
  2. There is no limit to the number of nominations allowed for Fellows, but the following eligibility requirements must be followed:
  1. Each nomination shall include:


The Nomination Committee will prepare a ranked list of eligible candidates for Fellows of the SDGs Scholars Academy, using the criteria outlined above. The SDGs@UofT Implementation Committee will review the ranked list and make recommendations of Fellows for endorsement by the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council will review the recommendations and endorse a final slate of nominations to be shared with the UofT President who will appoint the fellows.


The UofT President will review the endorsed slate of nominations and invited Fellows. The invited Fellows will be informed of the outcome of the nomination process and must consent to becoming a Fellow and the conditions of being a Fellow prior to being inducted as members of the SDGs Scholars Academy. The new Fellows of the SDGs Scholars Academy will be admitted at an annual event of the SDGs@UofT.

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