Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are some identities prioritized in the selection process?

The Canada SROP was launched as an anti-racist initiative to support budding BIPOC researchers, with a focus on countering anti-Black racism and colonialism. We seek to centre Black and Indigenous students, which is well aligned with the recommendations of the University of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Task Force and the Steering Committee for University of TorontoContinue reading “Why are some identities prioritized in the selection process?”

How will applications be evaluated?

We will use a 4-step process to review applications: Eligibility Screening: An initial screening will the self-reported demographics and undergrad transcripts to ensure eligibility. Nomination Process: Next, the research statements and personal statements will be separated from the rest of the application and sent to a subset of SROP Faculty Members who are serving asContinue reading “How will applications be evaluated?”

When is the deadline for Recommendation Letters to be submitted?

Recommendation letters should be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on Monday, February 28, 2022. Recommendation letters can be submitted at this Letter of Recommendation Submission page. Please note that deadline for students to apply to the program is also February 28, 2022.

May I be enrolled in classes, holding a job, or volunteering at the same time?

Unfortunately, no. The Canada SROP is a 40-hour/week commitment for the 8 weeks of June 6 to July 29, 2022. Therefore, students enrolled in the Canada SROP should not have another school, work, or volunteer commitment for the 8 weeks of the program. To provide for living expenses during the Canada SROP, students selected forContinue reading “May I be enrolled in classes, holding a job, or volunteering at the same time?”

Advice for Recommenders

The deadline for letters of recommendation is Monday, February 28 at 11:59 PM PST. Thank you so much for agreeing to write a recommendation letter to support a student interested in our program, the Canada SROP! You were asked for this letter because you have played an important role in this student’s life as aContinue reading “Advice for Recommenders”

Would you please provide instructions for writing the personal statement?

The SROP takes an anti-racist approach to supporting BIPOC excellence. To us, this means creating a workplace culture where people are centred, among other things. Therefore, we want to know about you. This is what we hope to learn through the Personal Statement. Example Content Generally, we want to know the answer to 4 questions:Continue reading “Would you please provide instructions for writing the personal statement?”

Can non-Canadians apply?

Yes, non-Canadians can apply to the SROP. However, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given first priority during the review process, and we expect we will get more domestic applicants than spots. However, we think there is still value to you in signing up, because everyone who applies gets access to the Application BuildingContinue reading “Can non-Canadians apply?”

What is supposed to go in the “Notes on Transcript” item in the application?

We will use your academic transcript for two purposes during the application review process: Ensure that you will have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate education by the start of the SROP Review your academic performance Please use the “Notes on Transcript” item on the Application to tell us anything you want us toContinue reading “What is supposed to go in the “Notes on Transcript” item in the application?”

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no fee nor cost to apply to the Canada SROP. We encourage all eligible students who are interested in graduate school in Psychology, Management, Organizational Behaviour, Neuroscience, or a related field to apply!

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

The SROP application requires you to upload your transcript. Academic performance will be considered, but there is no minimum GPA requirement. Please note that we ask you to “annotate” your transcript, by which we invite you to contextualize any grades or other information on your transcript.


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